Yes, puppies and kittens are cute. But they’re also a lot of work.
If you’re thinking about adopting an animal, at least consider an older pet. Pet adoption site Petfinder.com, which sponsors the month, and Best Friends Network offer some great reasons why these pets might be a better fit for your household:
- You know what you’re getting. Older dogs and cats are often easier to read. Their personalities will be fully developed, you’ll already know their grooming requirements and how big they get when fully grown.
- It’s easier to train them. That saying about older dogs learning new tricks is a myth. Older pets are calmer and better at focusing and impulse control. They are also more used to humans and it’s easier for them to understand what you’re asking.
- You’ll have fewer messes to clean up. It’s much more likely your older cat knows how to use a litter box and those senior dogs will be housetrained, so you won’t need to worry as much about your floors or furniture.
- They aren’t as energetic, so you won’t need to be dragged along on a leash every time you go for a walk.
- They’re easier to handle. Grown-up pets don’t need constant attention, so you have more freedom to attend to your kids or do other things.