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Should you adopt an adult dog?

Still undecided about whether you should adopt a puppy or adult dog? Here are our top 8 reasons for adopting an adult dog:

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  1. Fully perfect:All grown up and perfect just the way they are. An adult dog is fully grown and there are no surprises about size, colour or temperament.
  2. Over the terrible twos:Acting out and bouncing off the walls is no longer likely in older dogs. They are over the teenage phase and have learned to take it easy.
  3. Easy to train:You can teach an older dog new tricks. Training is often easier with older dogs since they are able to better process information and moderate their actions.
  4. Fewer mistakes:Though not all older rescue dogs are house-trained, the process is easier and simpler to implement.
  5. Your socks are safer:With all their adult teeth where they should be, adult dogs are far less likely to chase down shoes and socks left out. Chewing is easier to control and often is not an issue.
  6. Take it easy:More relaxed, older dogs know that there is a time for play and a time for rest. The energy consumption of an older dog is far more compatible with a relaxed lifestyle, and an intermittent hike or beach walk is deeply appreciated.
  7. A good night’s sleep:We all need our sleep and older dogs are considerate in that way.
  8. Instant friend – rescue dog bond:There are many stories from families who have adopted an older dog who explain how instantly the new dog bonded with them and fitted in. Go on – try it!

Should you adopt an adult cat?

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Here are our top 10 reason for adopting an adult cat:

  1. Fully perfect:All grown up and perfect just the way they are. An adult cat is fully grown and there are no surprises about size, colour or temperament.
  2. They’ve got that lovin’ feelin’:Affectionate and loving, an adult cat somehow knows how to say “I love you” in just the right way.
  3. Kittenhood is a thing of the past:Acting out and climbing up your curtains is no longer the concern of adult cats.  They are over the teenage phase and have learned to take it easy.
  4. More independent:More sure of themselves and confident in how to deal with the day, whether it be gallivanting or slouching around.
  5. Child-friendly:Equipped to deal with the “cats land on their feet” test and general harassment by young children. Adult cats can escape the chaos; run and hide.
  6. Self-cleaning:Adult cats have mastered the art of grooming. Cat-bathing your kitten due to poor litter box etiquette is not a concern you need have.
  7. Take it easy:More relaxed, older cats know that there is a time for play and a time for rest. The energy consumption of an adult is just so much more compatible with a relaxed lifestyle of simply being at home.
  8. A good night’s sleep:We all need our sleep and adult cats are considerate in that way.
  9. Instant friend– rescue cat bond: There are many stories from families who explain how instantly their new adult rescue cat bonded with them and fit right in.
  10. Awesome! They really are just that!

FosterMe!

Sometimes the years fly by, life gets complicated and things don’t work out as planned. Unexpected turns and unfortunate circumstances often bring older dogs to our shelter; dogs who are then overlooked by prospective adopters because they have a few years under the proverbial belt.

But with those years come experience and knowledge that the younger crowd lack and it’s not like those years mean that you are old… there are still plenty of years of fun and affection up ahead. Just like puppies and younger adult dogs, our golden oldies want to be part of a family and engage with their human companions in all the activities you undertake.

Animals that are seven years and older, in addition to those with special needs, are eligible for our FosterMe! programme which means that the homing is as a no-charge adoption which includes:

  • sterilisation
  • vaccination
  • deworming
  • defleaing
  • microchipping
  • ID tag

Medical costs are also covered by the FosterMe! Programme which means that TEARS commits to providing veterinary care for the older dog within our capabilities and capacity. Included are free veterinary consultations, vaccinations and any surgery that may be necessary. The foster parent would need to cover (available from us at cost price):

  • medication
  • defleaing treatment
  • deworming
  • food

So, if you think you could provide all the love and creature comforts that a mature dog or cat would need to fit into your household, please get in touch with us.

OldFoster Me! for dogs

Melany: adoptions@tears.org.za
021 785 4482

FosterMe! for cats

Joey: cattery@tears.org.za
074 171 8367

Enquiry form to: adoptions@tears.org.za

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Enquiry form to cattery@tears.org.za