By: Sarah A. Neikam, CAWA

At the SPCA Albrecht Center, our goal is to find loving homes for all pets, including the often-overlooked seniors. These mature cats and dogs have wisdom in their eyes and a calmness in their demeanor that’s both heartwarming and deserving of a second chance at love.

Senior pets, often categorized as those six years and older, face longer waits for adoption. Many potential adopters gravitate towards younger animals, dreaming of a long future together. Ironically, it’s not uncommon for these same adopters to return young pets, overwhelmed by their energy and needs.

Meanwhile, senior pets offer a balance of companionship and independence. They are often house-trained, understand basic household etiquette, and are excellent companions for quieter moments. Their maturity translates into a demeanor that’s both affectionate and easy-going.

Our community of adopters shares inspiring tales of their experiences with senior pets. One notes, “Older pets are great for those who aren’t high-energy. They’re laid back, affectionate, and enrich your life with their personalities.” Another mentions, “Adopting a senior pet who’s had a tough life feels rewarding. It’s a chance to make their later years better, and they, in turn, enrich our lives.

Meet a few of our Senior Pets:


Tony is A charming six-year-old orange tabby. He enjoys a relaxed lifestyle and would do best as the only cat in a household, though he’s fine with small dogs. Tony is independent, with a bit of an attitude, but lovable all the same.


Marvin is a handsome six-year-old tabby seeking a laid-back life and a warm lap for naps.


Cloud’s heart of gold encapsulates his personality. He’s a dog that enjoys companionship and needs a calm home due to his heart murmur. Cloud is friendly with other low-key dogs but not suited for a home with cats.


Holly is a seven-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier with a gentle soul, perfect for someone who enjoys a peaceful life. She thrives in a single-pet household and loves human companionship.


Jaelyn is a six-year-old pit mix, full of love and zest. She’s housebroken, great with older children, but not suited for homes with cats or small dogs.


Alaric is a six-year-old mixed breed who is affectionate and eager to please. He’s best suited for a home without other pets or young children and would love an active family with a fenced yard.

If you’re a senior citizen considering a pet, join us on January 5th for our Golden Paws Adoption Event. Individuals aged 60 and above can adopt a senior pet for just $6! It’s a chance to bring joy into both your life and the life of a pet who’s already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

Senior pets may not have the same youthful sparkle, but they have a depth of soul and a readiness to love that’s incomparable. Consider opening your heart and home to a senior pet – you might just find your perfect companion.

Sarah Neikam is the Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center in Aiken, SC. She has been with the organization since 2012, holding various roles including Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Operations & HR. A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator as of 2022, Sarah is a passionate advocate for animal welfare. She resides in Aiken with her husband, Tom, and their six cats.