Are you thinking of aMissDdopting a cat or dog? Before you settle on the idea of a puppy or a kitten, consider the great benefits of adopting an older animal. Here are some reasons why adopting a senior pet might just be a better option.

With a senior pet, what you see is generally what you get. For one thing, they are already fully grown! You don’t need to worry about getting a puppy that “should only grow up to be 25 pounds,” becoming a 100 pound surprise. Plus, their personalities are already developed, so you will know from the beginning whether they are a good fit for your family. Want a lap cat? How about a quiet dog? Your senior dog isn’t going to try to knock your guests over when they come to the door. Your senior cat isn’t going to be climbing up Grandma’s pant leg. With a senior, you can choose a pet that you know will be suited to your lifestyle.

maceyMost senior dogs are already house trained and most cats are well-accustomed to using litter boxes. Maybe a few days to get accustomed to a new home and schedule, and you’re all set. No puppy pads or newspaper required.

Senior pets also make great companions! These animals probably aren’t going to be running too many marathons or trying to convince you to play with them 24/7. They’ll require less “active” time and more “cuddle” time. This makes them the perfect couch buddies or office helpers.

Adopting a senior pet who is already used to human schedules allows you a more of the independence that you sacrifice when you adopt a younger dog or cat. Puppies and kittens are like having a toddler in the house. Older pets don’t require the same constant attention and supervision, which can be appealing to a very independent or busy person.

JackWhen you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for them for their entire life. If you’re not ready for a possible 15-20 year commitment, an older animal might be a better option. You get to enjoy them during their sweet golden years, and they get to relax and enjoy their time with you!

Still want a kitten or a puppy? Consider getting one of each. You can pick a senior pet that you know gets along with the little ones and they can help teach them the manners they’ll need growing up.

Check out BCHS’s adoptable dogs and cats and see if you are the perfect match for a sweet senior!