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We asked Devra Lyn of the North Shore Animal League America about older cats and dogs for adoption:
Five and older would generally be considered an older dog. Cats live a little longer than dogs do so an older cat would be approximately eight-years-old.
I adopted Lil a couple of weeks ago. I had taken her home because she had been in the kennel for a long time and I felt bad for her. I took her home to foster her and my husband and I fell in love with her and she now belongs to us.
One reason why Lil was brought back to the shelter was because her people moved. So there are a variety of reasons why an older dog might be in a shelter. An older dog would be good for anyone.
The only recommendation I have is that you talk with a cat or dog adoption counselor and make sure the dog is good with children or other pets. We check that with any dog that’s brought in here.
Adopting an older dog, you get just as much love, if not more, than you do from a puppy and the gratification is invaluable.
If you're thinking about adding a pet to your family, you may want to consider adopting an older dog or cat
Though old dogs and cats may be long in the tooth, they have wonderful qualities and can engage in an incredibly loving relationship. Plus, they most likely have some of the basics taken care of, including house training.
For insights about adopting an older cat or dog, view the video above featuring Devra Lyn, of North Shore Animal League America.
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