There are perks to adopting senior pets

There are perks to adopting senior pets

November 5th, 2012 by Staff Report in Life Entertainment

Chipper is a Chihuahua mix born in July 2004.

Chipper is a Chihuahua mix born in July...

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Kylie is a pointer mix born in December 2006.

Kylie is a pointer mix born in December...

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Snowball was born in July 2008.

Snowball was born in July 2008.

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Cecil is a Tibetan spaniel/Pekingese mix born in August 2006.

Cecil is a Tibetan spaniel/Pekingese mix born in...

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Sullivan is a tuxedo born in February 2008.

Sullivan is a tuxedo born in February 2008.

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Schleky is a tabby born in February 2007.

Schleky is a tabby born in February 2007.

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The Pet Placement Center and Petfinder.com are celebrating November as Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

"Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn't chew or scratch everything in sight -- a pet who will love you unconditionally," said Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com vice president of shelter outreach and public relations. "That's what you get when you adopt a senior pet."

Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems, but according to Kerry Moyers-Horton, the executive director of the Pet Placement Center, there are no disadvantages. "Many of my pets were adopted as seniors. They are easier to train to a new home and don't come with all the hassles of a puppy or kitten. I don't regret one minute."

At the Pet Placement Center, 5975 Dayton Blvd., the Golden Oldies event continues through Nov. 30. Adoptees will receive a special rate of $10 on all dogs and cats over 7 years old. Every pet leaves spayed or neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative (dogs), feline leukemia/FIV negative (cats), updated on vaccinations, dewormed and treated with flea and heartworm preventive.

Photographs of the adoptable animals are on the website, thalppc.com, so you can select the dog or cat you want to meet before visiting. The website is updated daily.

For more information, call 877-0738.