If you are considering adopting a furry friend and you are away from home most of the day, you have limited free time, you want a calm pet or you have young children, then an “oldie but goodie” could be your perfect match. Here are some great advantages to adopting a grown-up four-legged companion:
- What you see is what you get. You already know what they are going to look like and what size they will be. You also see what their grooming requirements will be and what their personalities will be like. This kind of information will help you pick the right pet for you and your family.
- Older pets have manners. Unlike kittens and puppies, many grown-up animals have spent years living with a family and being socialized to live with humans. Many dogs are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home. Great adult cats are often overlooked during kitten season.
- Your shoes will be safe. Older adoptive pets are usually less destructive and well past the search-and-destroy phase.
- You can teach an old dog (and cat) new tricks. Adult dogs and cats can focus on the task at hand, are more attentive and are more eager to please their humans (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). This makes them the perfect candidates for learning basic commands.
- Older pets are relaxing and easier to handle. Senior dogs and cats aren’t full of lots energy to burn. If you have small children in the home, a mature pet makes a lot of sense. Select an adult dog who likes kids and the transition will be much easier than adding another “baby” to the family. Adult cats can jump up on a bookcase or table when kids are being kids and observe the action from above.
- Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older dogs and cats seem to know you gave them a home and a second chance at love.
If you are ready to open your heart and home to a lovable senior pet, stop by any of the Los Angeles city animal shelters.