Upwards of 3 million dogs and cats were adopted from pet shelters last year, but the large majority were less than a year old. That's a sad fact for the millions of other sweet, loving, adoptable pets who are older.
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. For those of us who have adopted 'senior' pets, it's a reminder of how special they are and how grateful we are to have them in our lives. (I think I'm closer to the dog I adopted as a 6 year old than I have been with any other pet.)
For Mary Moody, founder of the pet food company Stella & Chewy's, this month has special significance too; she adopted senior dogs Stella & Chewy several years ago, and it was they, or Chewy specifically, who inspired her pet food business.
You see, when Chewy was adopted, he had severe intestinal issues, and his veterinarian put him on a raw food diet. Moody fed the homemade diet to Chewy and he recovered. Stella too benefitted from the raw diet. And pretty soon, Moody spread the word about her pet's recovery and the diet to her friends and neighbors, and the word spread even more... until Moody was running a business that she naturally named Stella & Chewy's.
Stella & Chewy's, 16 years later, is now one of the most popular brands of freeze-dried and frozen fresh food diets for cats and dogs in the U.S.
The company has set up the Journey Home Fund to support the adoption of adult and senior pets. Since it's inception in 2018, it has provided about 600,000 meals to pets in shelters across the country, using a portion of the income from every food product sold for that purpose.
This month of November 2019, Stella & Chewy's is going to reimburse the adoption fees to anyone who adopts a dog or cat from a U.S. shelter that is four or more years old. The pet must be adopted between November 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019, so keep your receipts and your pet's adoption papers and complete this form to apply for reimbursement. Stella & Chewy's will also provide you with a month's supply of food for your dog or cat to get them started on a healthy diet!
To learn more about adopting an adult or senior pet, visit the ASPCA blog here.