According to a survey done by PetFinder a few years ago, most hard-to-adopt shelter animals are made up of senior pets. Sitting in the shelters, senior pets don't seem as bubbly as younger pets, but there are many reasons to consider adopting a senior cat or dog.
1. They Already Know Their Manners
Unlike puppies who need to be taught manners, house-training and taught not to be destructive, most senior pets spent most of their lives living with a family and have learned these things. At some point they may have even been to obedience school.
2. Easy Keepers
Senior pets are likely well past their destructive phase and will be happy to play with their own toys or cuddle on the couch with their favorite person. You won't have to worry about your shoes disappearing, socks going missing or your curtains being shredded.
3. More Predictable
There are very few surprises when it comes to adopting senior pets. You already know how big they'll get, what their coat will be like and their personality has already formed. By working with a shelter you should be able to find a pet that's exactly what you're looking for.
4. Can be Taught New Tricks
Senior pets seem to be the only ones that haven't heard that old saying. They are just as eager to learn and please their people as a young pet. It's never too late to enroll in obedience class or try training at home.
5. Great for Senior Citizens
Senior pets can make great companions for senior citizens. For senior pet owners looking for a slower paced pet who's just as happy to sit on the couch as they are to go out on a walk, a senior pet is a great option.