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Many older animals in shelters often find themselves waiting a long time for their forever homes. Puppies and kittens are typically adopted at higher rates than adult or senior animals.

Although they may sometimes seem less energetic or eager to meet people, senior pets need a home just as badly as younger animals — maybe even more. Of the 7.6 million animals brought into shelters each year, 2.7 million are euthanized, the ASPCA says. A large portion of those animals are adult or senior pets, according to DogTime.com.

The good news? For many people seeking companionship, a senior pet may be a great fit. Read on to find out why a senior pet may be right for you.

Older pets are often calmer and already housebroken

Older pets are typically less rambunctious and destructive than new, untrained puppies or kittens, according to veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker. They are also often already housebroken and can easily adapt to your home. People looking for a gentle pet might enjoy the company of an older animal.

Many people actually look for senior animals when adopting, said Lauren Lipsey, director of rehoming at the Washington Humane Society.

“They know that they’re true companion animals that have already had a family,” she said. “Senior pets are typically quieter and calmer.”

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