1. Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down. They have probably been taught what "no" means. They are more mellow and tend to have better house manners. While many are still active, they are just as content to relax at home with you.
2. Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. Puppies will chew most anything while they're in their teething stage, and kittens have yet to learn what's appropriate to scratch and what is not! You don't need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plants or shred the furniture.
3. What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. Puppies and kittens have a lot of growing to do and they may develop into an adult that is different from what you expected. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
4. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand. Puppies tend to have a short attention span, while older dogs learn quickly. The older dogs are more eager to please their humans.
5. Senior pets are often already housetrained. Dogs will know how to ask to be let outside when they need to go, and cats will know how to use their litter boxes.
6. You will have more time for yourself and to enjoy your pet, instead of cleaning up after them, attending to frequent bathroom breaks, teaching them manners, and all the other stuff that's necessary when you have a youngster.
7. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also 'getting up there' in age, doesn't mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.8. Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren't full of wild energy to burn. They are content to just relax with you.9. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.10.You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!