It's okay, I'm not suggesting you adopt your granny, but there are older cats and dogs out there looking for love.
Why would I adopt an older pet?
Older pets tend to be calmer
Older pets are often house trained
Older pets are generally already trained
With adult cats and dogs you can see what you're getting personality-wise. When you visit the rescue centre and take the dog for a walk or play with the cat you will know straight away if they are likely to fit your lifestyle. If they are laid back or lazy at the shelter chances are they will be at home too. If they're full of energy on a walk you can be sure you have the right dog for long walks on the beach or taking for a run.
Because adult animals have, in the majority of cases, already lived with people or been at the animal shelter for some time they will be house trained. Dogs will be used to regular walks for toileting and cats will have been using a litter tray in the shelter. You will just need to establish the right place for them to do their business at your home.
Training a puppy is time consuming and as they pass through the chewing stage, and then adolescence, they can be a real handful. Adult dogs, on the other hand, have a much longer attention span and will most likely already know basic commands. And don't be concerned about the old myth about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks; with positive training, a few treats, their maturity and experience, older dogs learn just as fast as a young pup!
Most animal welfare centres and shelters have senior pets available for adoption, check out the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, The Lost Dogs Home or search adopt-a-senior-pet for your nearest animal shelter.
All animals need our love but senior pets deserve that little bit more affection and without a doubt they will return the love.