November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month and you might not have stopped to think of the reasons why adopting an animal over the age of 5 could be the best thing you ever did.

This dog is named Grandma, available for adoption from the Monmouth County SPCA

In many shelters, cats or dogs over 5-years old are classified as 'seniors'. So don't let the term throw you off. The positives of adopting an adult pet instead of a puppy or kitten far outweigh the reasons not to.

Best Friends Animal Society reminds us of so many great reasons to overlook a graying muzzle in favor of a lifetime of love. Here are those reasons, accompanied by photos of some senior pets available for adoption at the Monmouth County SPCA and Wag On Inn Rescue.

7 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

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