One visit to a shelter and your heart will melt in front of a kitten or puppy. They really are just too cute! And while we love the little ones just as much as the next person, it's the older pets that pull at our heartstrings. They have so much to offer as a companion, it's a crime that so many sit waiting for forever homes while they're readily forgotten among the younger homeless pets.
There are many benefits to adopting an older pet. Some of you may not be aware, but older pets present you with a "what you see is what you get" proverb. Their personalities are developed and they know who they are. A kitten or puppy's personality is still unknown and you do not know what type of adult they will become.
They've gone through the kitten or puppy stage and therefore you'll not experience the chewing or curtain climbing stage as young ones are prone to do in their quest for great adventure.
You can be sure of the pet's full size and overall appearance as an adult.
You can train an older pet new things. This is contrary to the old myth which says "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
The rewards are great if you adopt an older pet. They often tend to be some of the best companions you could ever find. It is unfortunate that they are often overlooked since they will provide you with loyalty, love, and companionship.Quick Links
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