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-Open Your Home and Heart to a Senior Pet-

Join our Tampa Bay area real estate team in celebrating National Adopt a Senior Pet Month.  This is a perfect season for discovering the joy of a new pet, and nothing warms a heart more than helping a furry friend in need of a home.

As real estate experts, we are aware many of our customers have spent more time at home than ever before this year.  Pet adoption rates soared during spring’s stay-at-home orders, which was fantastic for pet rescue centers and animal shelters. Although in recent months, many Floridians have given up beloved pets to shelters due to financial struggles or other inabilities to care for their pets, which means many pets need new homes.

Knowing When to Bring a New Pet into Your Florida Home

If you have room in your home and in your heart this season, now is an excellent time to adopt a senior cat or dog.  Of course, this decision cannot be taken lightly.  You will want to plan prior to adoption day for budgeting, supplies, food, grooming, and most importantly – veterinary services.  Consulting a veterinarian and setting up an initial exam is critical for vaccinations, flea-and-tick control, heartworm prevention, and other healthcare services.

In advance, it is also important to make sure a cat or dog will be a good fit for you and others in your home.  Cats and dogs have their own unique personalities, and every breed comes with an array of their own special needs.  Browse the Internet for cat and dog breed tips, compatibility quizzes, and check with local animal non-profits or Tampa Bay area shelters for helpful information about pets and adoption processes.

Where to Find Your Furry New Friend around Tampa Bay

Locations across the Greater Tampa Bay area have pets ready for adoption, many of which are senior pets.  Senior cats and dogs often have lower adoption rates than kittens and puppies, which is unfortunate.  A senior cat or dog can bring just as much joy and love, while often not needing as much time for housetraining as younger pets.  Here is a list of places for adopting a pet or for making donations to help pet organizations around Tampa Bay:

– Humane Society of Tampa Bay (Tampa)

– Hillsborough County Animal Services (Tampa)

– Humane Society of Pinellas (Clearwater)

– SPCA Tampa Bay (Largo)

– Pinellas County Animal Services (Largo)

– Friends of Strays Animal Shelter (St. Petersburg)

– Pasco County Animal Services (Land O’ Lakes)

– Humane Society of Pasco County (Spring Hill)

As your pet-friendly real estate team, we hope these tips inspire you to find a new four-legged friend, whether from a wonderful shelter like Friends of Strays Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg or a local rescue near you.  Please be sure to consult with a veterinarian for comprehensive pet-health instructions.

Pets are a member of the family, and they are also an important part of the home buying and selling process. Contact Dick and Karla Nielsen today at 813-294-5786 for helpful information about buying, selling, investing, and other real estate advice.