The benefits of adopting an older dog or cat

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.

May 31, 2024

Puppies and kittens can be a real handful!

Young animals are adorable but can be quite the challenge. They require a lot of time and attention so you should expect a few sleepless nights at the start, some nips, chews, and scratches as they learn to behave, and plenty of clean-ups during toilet training. You'll also need to dedicate time for socialisation and obedience training.

Of course, any pet owner will tell you it’s all worth it in the end. But one of the perks of adopting an adult or older pet is that much of the hard work has already been done! They tend to be calmer, are well-adjusted to family life, and often have some training under their belts.

You know what you're getting!

Remember, puppies and kittens are only young for a short while - blink and you'll miss it! As they grow, their size, temperament, and behaviour change.When you adopt an older animal, there are generally fewer surprises. They tend to be more predictable and can be a safer choice. You know what the adult will look like in terms of size and coat length, and you'll have a good understanding of their personality. Plus, anyhealth issues are likely to have been identified already and are being managed effectively.

Many older animals are young at heart

If you think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, think again! Adult and older pets still love to play and need exercise and entertainment for their mental and physical wellbeing. Your new pet will likely be excited to join your family, and you'll enjoy plenty of fun moments as they explore their new surroundings and get to know you. A senior pet might be a bit slower and calmer, but they bring plenty of furry wisdom and life experience along with those grey hairs and whiskers.

You are giving a precious 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 the rest of their 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.

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