Puppies and kittens are awfully cute, but…they don’t stay little for long! Puppies need to be housebroken, kittens get the “kitten crazies”-usually while you’re trying to sleep, and then there are teething issues.  If you don’t have the time or energy that it takes to care for a little one, the Tri-County Animal Shelter recommends that you consider adopting an older, more mature animal; and we may have just the incentive to help you do so.

During the month of November, the adoption fee for senior pets is reduced to $50.  “Senior” pets, or “mature” as we prefer to call them, are animals that are five years old or older.  But don’t let the age fool you-mature pets have many years ahead of them to give and get love.  They already have their manners, meaning they are usually housebroken, calmer, and less destructive than their younger counterparts.  Mature pets may already know some tricks that they can share with their new owners.  You’ll already know how big they’ll get and what they’ll look like, which you can’t guarantee with a puppy or kitten.  And if you adopt a mature shelter pet, you’ll help address the problem of pet overpopulation.

Some people believe adult animals must be at a shelter due to behavioral problems.  In most instances, this is not the case. Pets are relinquished because their owners are moving or may be allergic, the owners are in the military and are being deployed, or the owner may have died.  Most pets at a shelter are there through no fault of their own, and just want someone to care for them.
If you have room in your home and your heart for a mature pet that’s looking for a second chance, and you’d like to take advantage of the reduced adoption fee, visit the Tri-County Animal Shelter in November and we’ll match you with the pet that best fits your lifestyle.  We may just have your new best friend.

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit
www.CharlesCounty.org/ES/AnimalControl or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your next best friend.