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The benefits of adopting an older pet

While the cuteness of a puppy or kitten is very appealing, there are many good reasons why you might want to think about adopting an older animal instead. Here are 4 good reasons why.

April 29, 2021
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  1. You know what you’re getting

Puppies and kittens grow quickly along with their temperament and size! When you adopt an older animal, what you see is what you get!

  1. Puppies and kittens can be a real handful!

Young animals generally require a lot of time and attention. You can expect a few sleepless nights, lots of toilet and obedience training, along with chewed up footwear! Older pets tend to be calmer, are already well-adjusted to family life, and have likely had at least some training. 

  1. Many older animals are young at heart

Adult and older pets still love to play, and still need exercise and entertainment for their mental and physical wellbeing.  An adult dog or cat will still have lots of energy and can be a loving addition to your family for many years to come.  

  1. You are giving a second chance

It’s generally not too difficult to find a new family for a cute puppy or kitten. But older pets are often overlooked. Giving a well-deserved second chance to an adult or older pet can be a rewarding and valuable lesson for your kids too. You really are giving a home to an animal in need, and you’ve probably found yourselves a best friend for life.   

Always make sure you adopt from a reputable organisation who has done the necessary checks to make sure the pet you are adopting will be suitable for your family.

Source: rspca.org.au
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