For those thinking about adding a furry friend to their family, the Cheatham County Animal Control has several senior pets that are available for adoption.
Officials from the Middle Tennessee animal control said there are many benefits to adopting an older dog than a puppy.
"They are just as well as the younger dogs, except they are house trained, well-behaved and have good character, lot of personality and they need a loving home as much as a puppy or some of the older dogs," explained T.J. Jordi with animal control.
Jordi added that someone who has not had a pet in a long time may find that a senior dog or cat may be a better fit than a young pet.
"It would be a great place to start because they're already got their character, their personality, their little quirks and they are fun to have around," he said.
Any pet over the age of eight is considered a senior.
For more information on the Cheatham County Animal Control, visit their Facebook page.