Older animals can make excellent pets

Eight-year-old Roxy was one of the first recipients of the Senior Animal Wellness Program, which provides a complete senior wellness exam for select shelter pets. (Courtesy of Paws and Claws Care Center)

Eight-year-old Roxy was one of the first recipients of the Senior Animal Wellness Program, which provides a complete senior wellness exam for select shelter pets. (Courtesy of Paws and Claws Care Center)

 

November is National Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. The Paws and Claws Care Center — Apache Junction’s animal control facility — is hoping that adopters looking to add a new family member to their household will consider a senior pet instead of a puppy or kitten.

Although pets of advanced age may have possible health challenges, it doesn’t mean that senior pets have less love to give or are not good companions. In fact, older pets are often already housetrained and typically calmer, and make excellent pets for families with children or seniors looking for a low-key pet.

What you see is definitely what you get when adopting a senior pet.

To help the public and the shelter with the challenge of senior adoption, C.A.R.E. Medical Fund is announcing its Senior Animal Wellness Program. C.A.R.E. Medical Fund is a nonprofit organization that already provides emergency medical funding to injured and sick shelter pets within Apache Junction.

This new program will provide a complete senior wellness exam for select shelter pets who are 7 years and over and currently residing at the PCCC. The exam will include blood work, urinalysis, a fecal test, a heartworm test, blood pressure and X-rays. By giving this valuable information to potential adopters, families can make a more informed decision about the senior pet they are considering adopting. The program will run for a year and hopefully, save many more lives.

One of the first recipients under the Senior Animal Wellness Program is 8-year-old Roxy. This beautiful and gentle, white Labrador retriever came to the PCCC as a stray. It was obvious she needed medical care for a very bad skin infection. She was treated and received a clean bill of health at her vet exam and is now ready for adoption.

Roxy is a healthy, senior girl who just wants to find her forever home. She is active, loves balls and squeaky toys and will be a great walking partner. She likes to “talk” to you and is very smart and well-behaved. We hope that you will visit Roxy at the PCCC and make her part of your family.
Senior pets deserve an opportunity to find a forever home and C.A.R.E. Medical Fund is making sure they get an opportunity for a better life.

If you would like to know more about C.A.R.E. Medical Fund, visit its website. If you would like to see all the dogs and cats available for adoption at the Paws and Claws Care Center, visit our website or come down to the PCCC Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to visit with these loving animals looking for forever homes.

Paws and Claws Care Center is at 725 E. Baseline Road in Apache Junction, between Idaho and Tomahawk.

For more information, call the PCCC at 480-983-4405 or me at 480-474-5442 or e-mail me at scarney@ajcity.net.

Editor’s note: Serene Carney is the community resource coordinator for the Apache Junction Police Department, which oversees the Paws and Claws Care Center.

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