If you're thinking of adopting a dog, you've got good reason to consider more than a puppy. The Nebraska Humane Society says there are benefits to adopting an older dog.
Puppies and kittens can be irresistible, but you don't always know what you're getting with a baby. What type of personality will your pet grow into? Will he or she be shy or wild, get along with other pets? Adopt an older pet and you'll have a much better idea.
Mature pets are a super choice for people with already busy lives because most older pets generally require less supervision than their high-energy little brothers or sisters.
Nine-year-old Dolbie has been a beloved pet and loves to play fetch and go for walks. He also enjoys naps and down time and actually needs a home without chaos and small children. He would prefer a more sedate environment.
A senior pet is less physically demanding. Thirteen-year-old Brucie still prances when she goes for walks and she loves attention and petting and belly rubs, though she doesn't need hours of activity like a younger border collie/shepherd mix. Brucie also understands how life in a home works.
Thirteen-year-old Smokey is in great shape, is athletic and loves to walk and explore the yard. This wire-haired terrier mix is past the puppy house training stage and can entertain himself.
Keep in mind that older pets can present more health problems because just like us, joints and organs are aging.
Indy has been at the Humane Society for a long time because they've been treating his droopy eye and ear infections and then he got kennel cough. Poor guy is a lover, super friendly, great on a leash, rides in the car like a champ and is a favorite, but he might have more visits to the vet in store.
If you adopt an older pet it's important to consult your veterinarian about proper diet and nutrition, look for signs of age-related ailments like arthritis or glaucoma and learn the proper amount of exercise that will keep your dog in shape without overdoing it.
The Nebraska Humane Society is at 8929 Fort Street, open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.