Oldies but goldies: Adopting older animals

Some pet owners prefer to adopt an older animal as it is more likely to be overlooked in a shelter and is easier to manage compared with a young one

When Mrs Stephanie O'Carroll and her husband were considering moving to Singapore from Japan, adopting an older cat was part of the lure.

Adopting a cat in Japan, where the couple met and lived for several years, was difficult, says Mrs O'Carroll, a Singaporean married to an Irishman.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Oldies but goldies'. Subscribe