1. They need homes too
Unfortunately most of the older pets are overlooked at the shelters. These hard-to-adopt animals would be perfect for any family willing to take them in. The majority of people looking for a dog at shelters are going to want to adopt a puppy or a younger dog.
2. You may save a life
The shelters and rescues are full of older dogs. The sad truth is that they are also the first ones to be euthanized.
3. They are usually trained
Most of these older pets have an abundance of experience and training under their belt. You won’t have to spend countless hours trying to teach them basic commands like you would with puppies. Since they probably spent years living with a family, they have manners as well.
4. They are calm and less energetic
Older pets have less energy to go crazy and run around the house all day long. They prefer hanging out by their side, taking naps and go on slow walks in the park. They are perfect for couch potatoes and older people.
5. They are less destructive
You don’t have to worry about your pet trying to find your shoes and chew on them, or destroy furniture. Older pets are usually way past this stage so even if you have to leave the house for a few hours, you are probably going to find your place exactly as it was before.
6. They are great company to senior citizens
Elderly people tend to prefer elderly pets as well. They are equally calm and relaxed, their need for exercise is also lower making it a perfect fit.