It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters.

Senior pets are mellow, relaxed and ready for a new home. They are past the puppy chewing-and-destruction stage, or the kitten climbing-of-curtains-and-dive-bombing you from above stage, and usually come with basic training. Most senior pets are happiest sitting at your feet or curled up in their bed next to yours.

Stress reliever: Life today can be very hectic. Studies have shown that animal guardianship can decrease blood pressure levels and reduce stress. Senior pets enjoy leisurely walks and gentle play, which will encourage you to exercise for even a few minutes on your busiest days.

Calm, cool & collected: Most senior pets do not demand the time and attention that a younger dog or cat does and are satisfied with casual walks, cuddling, and short play time. Many senior pets snooze the day away inside while you are busy at work and are waiting calmly at the door for you when you return home.

What you see is what you get

Adopting a senior dog or cat takes the guesswork out of the future. You won’t have to worry about them growing as big as a small horse, having long hair or short hair, or staying under the weight limit enforced by your apartment complex. Adopting a senior pet allows you to see and choose exactly the right fit for your lifestyle.

They need you to make the last years of their life the best years. Adopting a senior is rewarding and heartbreaking, but that heartbreak belongs to you. When it’s time to say goodbye, you can process it and understand it. All they know is that up to the very end, they were loved.

Trudy Pope Memorial Humane Society

Trudy can sing! Oh boy, can she sing. She can be found hanging out in her beehive bed in the cat area laundry room. Guardian of the hand towels and fleece blankets. Trudy loves her special extra gravy fancy feast and her private cat grass plant. If you are interested in Trudy, the staff at Pope Memorial would be happy to speak with you about her! Trudy is almost 11 years old.

Or come meet Princess, a beautiful 14 year-old dilute Torti.  If a pair is what you’re looking for, Moses and Pusheen would love to join a loving family together. We have plenty of young and young-at-heart pets to choose from at the shelter. To learn more visit www.popehumane.org or visit the shelter Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sundays and the third Wednesday of the month.

Wish list: canned pate-style poultry canned cat food, paper towels, 13 & 33 gallon garbage bags, scrubby sponges and gift certificates to Walmart, Staples and other local businesses. Thank you.