My Elderly Dad Would Like to Adopt an Older Dog from a Shelter. Is this a Positive Thing for Him to do?
Forming a bond and developing a relationship can be a good thing for your dad and for the older dog that your dad may consider adopting. But first, sit down with your dad and create a pros and cons list to see if it is feasible for him to adopt. Many older pet owners have often said how incredibly empty and lonely their lives would be without their pet’s companionship and that the positives outweighed the negatives.
According to Agingcare.com, animals benefit from adoption too, particularly when seniors adopt older pets. “These lucky animals go from a pound to paradise. Retired adopters tend to have a lot of time to devote to a previously unwanted pet, forming a lasting relationship and they can become best friends.”
Would you believe that according to an article from Thirftyfun, “Pets and the Elderly,” 95% of elderly pet owners talk to their dog, including myself? For a lot of elderly individuals, they may only have their dog to talk to. Another statistic says that 80% of elderly pet owners say their pets help them when they are sad. Pets offer unconditional love and affection.
An older person who rescues a pet isn’t just helping themselves; they’re saving a life. I suggest that you take your father to a shelter and let him pick out a dog that will suit him. He might prefer life with a laid-back mature dog who will sit at his side faithfully through their golden years. If it is at all possible, help your dad find and develop a relationship with a shelter dog. I am sure you will not regret it.