Friday, July 27, 2012

Benefits of Adopting an Adult Pet: Guest Post by Valerie Lee Veltre

Valerie Lee Beltre wrote her children's book Moo Kitty Finds a Home after she rescued the real Moo Kitty. In this guest post, reprinted with permission, she speaks to the importance of adopting adult animals as pets.


Benefits of adopting an adult pet
reprinted with permission from Moo Kitty Finds a Home © 12/11

If you are considering getting a new pet, don't automatically decide to buy from a breeder or pet store. Consider adopting from a local shelter.

Some of the unique advantages of mature cats and dogs are:

* What you see is what you get. You can judge the animal's temperament ahead of time.
    - You know pretty well what you're getting with a grown cat's or    
      dog's-activity level, sociability and health.
    - Given time in a loving environment, a grown cat forms just as
      tight a bond with his new people as any kitten can.
    - Most kittens and pups are cute, cuddly, and passive--some will
      grow up and stay that way, and others will grow up to be little
    - An adult animal's personality is pretty much set, giving you a
      better handle on how well he'll fit into your household and
      whether or not she'll get along with any other pets.

* Less expensive. The cost of adopting a pet at an animal shelter is usually inexpensive compared to buying one from a breeder or pet store since they have already been neutered, wormed and vaccinated.

* Already trained. You don't have to go through the demanding stages of training a new kitten or puppy. Raising and training kittens and puppies require a lot of time and know-how.

* An adult animal is likely to be socialized to be around people and other animals.

* The animal will be litter/house trained.

* It will be less likely to engage in destructive behaviors.

* Adult animals are more sedate, making them a practical choice for the elderly and families with children.

* An adult animal can be left alone for longer periods of time than a kitten or puppy when needed.

More tips can be found in Moo Kitty Finds a Home and at

1 comment:

  1. I really appreciate people who has the heart of adopting pets who has no home.