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Take home an older dog or cat for Adopt a Senior Pet Month for only $20 in November


When people are interested in adopting a pet, mature dogs and cats are often overlooked, consigning them to long periods of time waiting for someone to give them a new home.

As part of Adopt a Senior Pet Month this November, the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement shelter is offering a $20 adoption special for all dogs and cats, including seniors. Pets will be vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered. Pet adoption at the shelter usually costs $90.

People tend to gravitate to cute puppies and kittens because, well, they’re cute puppies and kittens. But older pets (6 years or older) have their own advantages.

Many older dogs are already house-trained, are less inclined to chew up your favorite pair of shoes, and often know many basic commands. And, contrary to the old saying, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Older cats have established personalities so you can tell if they will be a good fit for your household. Senior cats have longer attention spans and impulse control so they’re easier to teach, are generally more apt to sharpen their claws on scratching posts instead of curtains, and they probably already know to use the litter box.

So remember, older pets yearn for homes, too, and they offer plenty of reasons – and love – to adopt them as part of your family.

The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. Visit www.gwinnettcounty.com or call 770.339.3200 for more information.