Older pets end up in shelters for a variety of reasons – their owners die or become ill and can’t care for them, they get lost, or circumstances force their owners to give them up.
But senior dogs and cats are simply sweet and if you don't want to deal with a young and demanding pet, an older one could be a great fit.
November is all about the seniors at Seattle Humane Society.
This month, adoption fees are waived on cats 7 years and up (normal fee $25) and dogs 7 years and up are just $50 (normal fee $199-275).
Seattle Humane's top 5 reasons to adopt a mature pet
At some shelters, pets older than three aren't considered "adoptable," but at Seattle Humane we know that mature pets make amazing companions. Here's why:
1. Mellow personality
You know who you are adopting because his or her personality is formed. Plus, these great dogs and cats tend to have just the right level of playfulness for busy families.
2. Already house-trained
Most mature pets have already learned many of life's lessions - including potty lessons
3. Make themselves at home
Older companion animals seem to acclimate more quickly to new settings.
4. Have a lot of love to give
Many of our adopters say that senior pets really seem to appreciate it when they're adopted and bond to their new family more readily than younger ones.
5. You can teach an old dog (or cat) new tricks
With older pets, you don't have to spend time teaching them all the basics - they already know them. Instead, have fun teaching them new trick
Sunday – Wednesday | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Visit the Seattle Humane Society at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue or see adoptable pets online at seattlehumane.org.