Pets are arguably one of the best things in life. There's nothing like having a furry (or not furry, if scales are more your thing!) companion in your home to share your love and life with. When getting a pet, many people tend to go for a younger animal; such as a kitten or a puppy.
There are many benefits, though, to adopting an older animal. Sure, it is nice to raise an animal from when it is very young so it can grow, change and mature with your family. But adopting an older animal may actually be a wiser choice.
Older animals already have their personalities worked out; so there's no mystery as to whether you will end up with a lazy, sleepy cuddle-lover or a hyperactive monster! They're often also already trained, which could save you time teaching commands and/or cleaning up after any litter accidents.
You also know exactly what size they are, so you won't have to worry about your small, cute puppy growing into a small horse!
Older animals may require more time and money, due to the potential of increased vet visits.
However, you will be providing an animal with a second chance, and the loving home it deserves.
When speaking with KOAM-TV, Connie Andrews, services manager of Joplin Humane Society Shelter said that:
“What you see is what you get ... Senior pets take out the guess work about how big a dog will get, what the kitten’s personality will be like when it grows up, or how much energy that puppy will have as an adult.”
By adopting an older animal, you have greater control over choosing a pet that will best match with your lifestyle.
November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month--but, of course, you can adopt an older animal at any time of the year! There are so many older dogs and cats that are in need of a good home.
The Shelter Manager, Lysa Boston said, “People need to consider senior pets ... You are truly saving a life that someone else turned away from.”
Remember to adopt, not shop. There are rescue shelters full of animals who are just waiting to be loved.
Next time you're considering adding a new member to your family, don't be blinded by the fluffiness of a kitten or the playfulness of a puppy, and instead adopt an older animal; one you'll love just as much!
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