In honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month in November, Woods Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for all senior pets (age 7+) this month. This adoption promotion aims to help our “more mature” pets find comfortable, loving homes for the holidays, and for their golden years.
“Senior pets can get overlooked due to their age, but these animals have so much character and offer so many wonderful benefits to adopters,” says Woods CEO Neil Trent. See our 4 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet below.
Our senior pet promotion is the most recent of a series of adoption promotions that encourages pet adoptions, remove financial barriers to getting a pet, and help make room to transfer in more animals from nearby over-crowded shelters that are experiencing high numbers of stray and surrendered animals.
We currently have a number of senior dogs and cats available for adoption (overall, seniors make up about 8% of Woods’ pet population) and the length of stay for these senior pets is typically longer than that of younger animals. That trend has intensified during recent years as the pet industry has experienced a “puppy boom” and an increase in demand to adopt puppies. In 2021, the average length of stay for these older animals was 20.3 days, which was an entire 7 days longer than that for younger adult animals (13.1 days) and 12 days longer than the length of stay for puppies (8.3 days). In 2022, the average length of stay for senior pets has gone up to 29 days.
“This increased length, nearly an entire month in the shelter, puts added stress on these animals and restricts our ability to help more pets in need of transfer,” says Trent.
To inspire the public to consider adopting an older animal, Woods offers these insights.
To view all of the currently available senior pets at Woods, visit www.WoodsHumane.org/adopt or visit in person during daily public hours from 12-5 p.m. (adoption hours are from 12-4 p.m.). For more information about Woods, visit www.WoodsHumane.org or call (805) 543-9316. Woods Humane Society is located at 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, and at 2300 Ramona Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422.