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Older pets make great additions to a family

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der pets are often overlooked in favor of younger pets. But in this edition of Pet Pointers, Lisa Chelenza tells us why we should take a second look at older animals.

Most older dogs who end up in rescue groups or shelters were likely family pets at one time. That means, many of them are already socialized, house trained, know how to walk on a leash, and even know basic commands.

If sleep is important to you, an older pet is a great choice. Unlike puppies, they won't whine at night, and will need to be taken out less often. Despite common perception, most pets are not surrendered at a shelter because of behavior issues. Pets are often surrendered because of changes to a family's financial situation, or because a family member develops allergies.

Grown up cats make fantastic pets. They are still curious and playful, but will likely sleep while you are out, and are less likely to pounce on your toes while you are trying to sleep. Also, an older cat already knows how to use a litter box.

Older pets are given less time to be adopted in over crowded shelters. By adopting an older pet, you and your family are offering it a second chance.

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