Many times, people are not too hard to persuade when a tiny, fuzzy kitten or a bouncy little puppy needs a home. But finding homes for mature pets can be more challenging. It's difficult to understand why. Although all animals in shelters need homes, older pets are more often left behind. More mature pets have many advantages, but don't just take my word for it... check out these different links, and decide for yourself. This page is here to draw attention to older pets and some of the benefits of a more mature animal.
All Grown Up -- The Unique Joys of Mature Pets
Island Life: Mature Pets Are Fun to Adopt
Senior Partners: Older Americans and Mature Pets
Do Senior Animals Really Make Good Pets? from Cyber-Pet
Some Fast Facts on Mature Pets from InterLinc
"But don't misunderstand: Although older pets may be less demanding,
that's not to say adult animals don't require pet parents to be responsible
and devoted -- all animals require a lifelong commitment."
-- Rebecca Simmons, Outreach Communications Coordinator for the HSUS.
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