On Sunday, May 4, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will host Strictly Seniors, its first-ever adoption event for cats seven years and older. To bring attention to the hundreds of senior cats who need loving, forever homes, the Alliance is partnering with Frankie’s Fund for Feline Care & Rescue, a rescue group focusing exclusively on older cats, and Cauz For Pawz Thrift Stores, which raises money for animal rescue.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Cauz For Pawz Thrift Stores, 212 East 23rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York, NY
Like senior dogs, senior cats are the elder statesmen of the animal world. While the attraction of kittens (and puppies) is undeniable, their mature counterparts have their own distinct charms and offer many advantages.
Senior cats make great pets, and not just for senior citizens, but for families and single people of all ages, as well. And when you adopt a senior pet, what you see is usually what you get; while they remain lively and full of charm, their personalities are already fully developed.
Instead of the high-energy play kittens require, older cats are happiest when they have a cozy lap to curl up in and a friendly hand to give their bellies and their ears a loving rub.
There are intangible benefits, too. Becoming the caregiver for an older pet is a transformative experience. In offering these animals a second chance at a loving, secure home, adopters get a warm, loving presence that brings with it that rarest of things: unconditional affection.