In the animal welfare world, summer means only one thing: puppy and kitten season!
This is the time of year when we see an influx of babies coming into our shelter. I have to admit that one of the perks of my job is that I can cuddle and play with the puppies – but at the end of the day I don’t have to be responsible for caring for them and molding them into good canine citizens.
Many people come to the Escondido Humane Society specifically to adopt a puppy, and sadly the older pets are often overlooked. I, for one, would much rather adopt an adult pet, and I would encourage everyone to consider doing the same. Here’s why:
What you see is what you get: I often hear people say that they would rather adopt a puppy because they want to mold his or her personality and behavior. But there may be some personality traits engrained in your puppy that you haven’t had the chance to see yet. With older dogs, what you see is what you get. From the start, you know how big they are, their personality and behavior, and grooming requirements. Knowing these things makes it easier to pick the perfect pet for you and your family.
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks: Adult dogs have much more focus and are calmer than their puppy counterparts. They also have more experience reading you and understanding what you are asking of them.
Puppies are a lot of work: Don’t get me wrong, I think puppies are adorable and a ton of fun. But they are so much work! I definitely know my limits, and I don’t have enough patience to endure the chewed up shoes and potty accidents. Older pets don’t require nearly as much monitoring and training, and many of them are already housetrained, which means fewer messes.
Older dogs settle in quickly: Adult dogs have been around the block and know how to be a part of your pack. They should settle in and become part of the family pretty quickly.
Adult dogs are better couch potatoes: Puppies can definitely run you ragged, and we’ve seen many pups returned to our shelter by families who didn’t realize what they were getting in to. Adult dogs are still active, but they also know how to lounge next to you on the couch while you watch TV or read a good book.
As I write this, we have 81 adorable adult dogs who are looking for forever homes and hoping you won’t pass them by simply because they aren’t puppies anymore. I encourage everyone to visit us or your local shelter to meet all of the great adult dogs in need of homes … and hopefully adopt one.