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Senior pets typically have a difficult time getting adopted. They’re perceived as weak and illness-ridden and even discards in some cases. But these perceptions couldn’t be further from the truth.

Senior pets are in fact seriously awesome — they’re loveable and wise companions, they know what they want, and are much easier to handle than youngins. They ought to have a whole lot more of our love and attention than they’re currently given, and they definitely deserve to live out the rest of their lives in the comfort of a true forever home.

So, let’s work together to stamp out the senior pet stigma and make sure these elder animals don’t just become another shelter statistic.

In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet month, check out 10 awesome senior pets below, coming from all over the U.S. Then, be sure to spread the word to help them get adopted!

1. Shirley at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah

Rabbit shirley

Interested in Shirley? Don’t forget about her cage mate, Laverne, who is also an elder rabbit!

2. Rammy at Pasados Safe Haven in Sultan, Wash.

Rammy sheep

3. Camille at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, Calif.

Camille dog

4. Chole at MSPCA at Nevis Farms in Methuen, Mass.

Chloe horse

5. Bruno at For Our Friends Inc. in Bayside, N.Y.


6. Baby at Parrot Guardian in Winston Salem, N.C.

Baby parrot

7. Hecter at Arrowhead Reptile Rescue in Cincinnati, Ohio

Hecter turtle

8. Julia at Elizabeth Lake Animal Rescue in Union Lake, Mich.


9. Chester at Humane Society of Missouri-St. Louis County in Maryland Heights, Mo.

Chester gerbil

10. Maggie at Adopt a Stray in Hallandale, Fla.

Maggie cat

Don’t forget about Maggie’s best friend, Autumn!

Looking to help more elder pets find their forever homes? Check out this list of senior dog rescue groups across the U.S. and this Facebook page dedicated to senior cats!

Image source: A. Davey / Flickr