WICHITA FALLS, TX - All too often those looking to adopt a new pet usually go into a shelter looking to adopt a puppy, meaning older animals are usually left behind.
November is 'National Adopt a Senior Pet Month' and officials at local shelters say prospective owners can sometimes overlook the benefits of adopting an adult pet.
According to the ASPCA, any dog seven years or older is considered a 'senior'.
Katrena Mitchell with the City of Wichita Falls Animal Shelter says there are several benefits to adopting an older pet.
"You already know it's temperament and personality," Mitchell said. "A lot of time older dogs are more prone to be house broken; they're out of that chewing, destructive stage. They're a little bit more mannerly than our younger dogs that we get in the shelter."