What You See is What You Get.
Unlike puppies and kittens, senior pets aren't going to grow, their coats are fully developed, and their personalities are fully developed. With a senior pet, you know how big your pet will be; you'll be able to gauge what kind of grooming the pet will require; and you should be able to quickly determine the pet's temperament.
Training is Easier.
We have all heard the old saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," but that is far from accurate. Senior pets have longer attention spans than young pets. They "get" that you are trying to tell them something, and they will try to do just that.
Senior Pets are Very Loving.
Senior pets seem to know that they have been rescued from a sad, solitary life. They are devoted and loving and focused on the family. Unlike young pets, they've had their adventures, learned a thing or two, and seem to appreciate the attention and care we offer them.
Senior Pets Require Less Work.
Puppies and kittens need constant—or near constant—supervision. They will get into just about anything. They get bored. They investigate. They get into trouble. Senior pets are far more laid back, and they don't go off and get into mischief as much as the younger generation does.
Senior dogs are often house trained. And if they are not, they train quickly. They have larger bladders and can "hold it" while you are at work. Senior cats are almost always litter-box trained and are unlikely to have an accident outside the box.
Senior pets have generally mellowed out. They don't need as much exercise and play time as young pets and are content to sit back and enjoy a night of television with you. While they still want to walk and to play, they don't expect play marathons and are happy to chill with their loved ones.
They Need You.
Senior pets are often the last to be adopted. They stay at shelters longer, and no matter how hard we try to make shelter life positive for these pets, it's not the same as having a forever home.
So the next time you are planning to adopt a shelter pet, let the others ooh and ah over the puppies and kittens. Take a minute to look into the eyes of a senior pet, and you will see that there's life and love in those eyes. Maybe you'll find your soulmate.