Sydney Dogs and Cat Home launches its Senior Pet Project for the second year

Homeward bound: Siobhan from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home with 10-year-old Cedric. Picture: John Veage
Homeward bound: Siobhan from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home with 10-year-old Cedric. Picture: John Veage

A dog or a cat with a few more years under its collar can be just as sprightly as its younger fellow four-legged friends.

This is the message of the latest campaign behind Sydney Dogs and Cats Home's Senior Pet Project - and it's all about giving older pets a second chance, even if for a little while.

Sydney's only charity pound at Carlton - which looks after lost pets from Fairfield Council - is running the project for the second year, after a successful year in 2018.

The project aims to break down the common misconception that older animals are less active and not interested in playing.

A senior resident is classed as an animal aged eight years or older.

About 10 per cent of animals who arrive at the shelter fall within this age category.

The home hopes to raise $150,000 to continue the project for the next 12 months.

This would enable an expansion of care for senior pets and would raise much-needed money for veterinary equipment including a dental x-ray machine.

Experience with age: Alanna from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home with Buddha, a 10 year old cat. Picture: John Veage

Experience with age: Alanna from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home with Buddha, a 10 year old cat. Picture: John Veage

Animal care manager Renae Jackson says the project was launched to shine a spotlight on the shelter's senior residents to help with their re-homing and treatment costs.

We seem to have an increasing number of senior residents arriving at the shelter.

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home animal care manager Renae Jackson

"We seem to have an increasing number of senior residents arriving at the shelter, and we need to continue in raising awareness for their care needs," she said.

"Owning a senior pet is extremely beneficial.

"Not only do they often have basic training skills, but they enjoy a nice balance of playtime and relaxation."

There are about 12 senior residents in care at the shelter with about seven available and patiently waiting to meet their forever family.

One of those is Buddha, an adult ginger cat with a big heart.

Buddha is affectionate and loves to snooze.

When she's not catnapping the day away, she loves to bask by a sunny window.

She likes cuddles and head rubs, and is quite the chilled kitty.

The mature lady is looking for an indoor home where she can live a lovely pampered lifestyle.