Adopting a senior pet could be everything you didn’t know you needed this summer.

While many households have considered adopting a pet, few are likely to have considered adopting a senior pet. There are several benefits to adopting a senior pet, however, that every household should consider. For example, older pets tend to be calmer than puppies and kittens. They also often require much less training, which is perfect for first-time pet owners or households looking for a more casual companion to match their energy. Not only that but older pets tend to be just as playful, loyal, and loving as younger pets.

If that doesn't convince you, maybe these three senior pets currently available for adoption at PAWS in Camden will help you change your mind:

Cupid

Cupid is about 10 years old and came to PAWS as a stray just two days before Valentine's Day. He is a wise and gentle old soul with a peaceful presence. He loves sleeping where it's warm and appreciates the simple things in life. Since he's diabetic, he requires some special care and would need to go to a home with someone familiar with caring for diabetic cats. In return, he will offer affection and appreciation for the important role you play in his life. He is a very loyal friend to those he bonds with.

Snowball

This 16-year-old girl is new to the scene at PAWS. Her elderly owner was faced with the difficult decision to give her up after he became physically unable to walk her and she no longer came when called after being let out to go to the bathroom. She is energetic for her age and a very sweet girl, looking for someone to fill the big shoes of her prior owner.

Big Boi

Big Boi is about 10 years old. He's very quiet but will speak up when he wants you to pet him. He's very loving and social with a special place in his heart for napping by the window. He has degenerative joint disease in his hind legs, which is kind of like arthritis, so he moves a little slowly but will still jump up on the couch to cuddle. His original owner passed away, which is how he ended up at PAWS, so he would love nothing more than to find himself a new family to love him.

Established in 1974, the mission of PAWS Animal Adoption Center is to provide care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent, responsible homes, while promoting humane values in our community through outreach and educational programs. P.A.W.S. is located at 123 John St., Camden, online at pawsadoption.org and by phone at 236-8702. Shelter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed on Monday.