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Senior pets in Great Falls looking for loving homes

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Doran says Buck knows basic commands and a few tricks like "sit pretty." Doran says Buck knows basic commands and a few tricks like "sit pretty."
GREAT FALLS -

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which focuses on older dogs, cats, and other pets in need of a home. The pets who get put into shelters later in life have a harder time finding homes.

Puppies and kittens are cute, but also require a lot of work. Pet experts say it's the older pets that shouldn't be overlooked.

"Generally senior cats and dogs are harder to find homes for because they aren't puppies, they aren't small dogs, that's mostly what every body's looking for," said Erin Doran, Maclean Animal Adoption Center Marketing and Development Coordinator. 

Dogs like Buck at the Maclean Animal Adoption Center often get passed over because of their age. Buck is a 9-year-old pit bull mix who knows the ways of the world and would make a great companion.

"He likes to cuddle with you and he may be 9, but he doesn't look 9, doesn't act like he's 9. He's just a fun-loving guy and likes to go on walks, maybe not necessarily runs," said Doran.

Doran says Buck knows basic commands and a few tricks like "sit pretty." He's also potty trained, walks nicely on a leash, and gets along well with other dogs. He's a big guy, with a big personality.

"He's a chatty guy. He'll have conversations with you, you can talk to him about anything," said Doran.

And if cats are more your speed, senior cats also make great pets. Doran says they are often mellow, mature enough not to scratch furniture, and don't need to be trained to use a litter box.

"They are just ready to find their forever home and spend the last years of their life with somebody who loves them," said Doran.

Doran says that senior dogs and cats are good options for first-time pet owners because they often require less training.

The Maclean Animal Adoption Center is located at 900 25th Avenue NE. They are open Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. They can be reached at (406) 727-7387. For a full list of available animals, click here.


 

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