Lifestyle NYC senior dogs and cats for adoption By POLLY HIGGINS Updated November 23, 2014 12:55 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email If you're thinking about adding a dog or cat to your family, consider a senior. These more mature felines and canines, all awaiting a permanent home, offer lots of love and plenty of personality. Find out more about these pets at aspca.org/nyc. Read about the benefits of adopting a senior pet. Romeo Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Romeo is 9-year-old pit bull mix. A staff favorite at the ASPCA, everyone who meets Romeo falls in love with his happy-go-lucky attitude and goofy smile. He is super excited to make new friends, and you would never guess that he is a senior after seeing him bounce around a room and play. This big boy does need daily exercise, which can include a rigorous toy session or date with another high-energy dog. His handsome face is a bit lopsided after two tumors were found and his ear flap had to be removed. He doesn’t mind if you don’t, though! He came to the ASPCA on Sept. 20, though has been unavailable for adoption until recently. But now that those medicial issues have been dealt with, he is good to go! Perla Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Perla is an 11-year-old Shih Tzu who came to the ASPCA on Nov. 3 and is currently awaiting her forever home in foster care. Sweet little Perla is an older gal who needs a loving family to care for her in her golden years. She has very limited vision and is on medication, which she will need for the rest of her life, to help her produce tears. She likes to take her time and enjoy what life has to offer, preferring a nap on the couch or some back scratches to a rousing jog around the block. Toys aren’t really her cup of tea, but she’s been known to nibble on a bone to stay occupied. She should be ok going to a home with children who can treat her gently and respectfully. Caitlyn Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Caitlyn is a 7-year-old border collie mix who's been waiting at the ASPCA for a home since Feb. 26. She already has a best friend in Dermott, her roommate, but they are looking for a home where they can live happily ever after together with others who love them as much as they love each other. Caitlyn helps Dermott navigate, as he is visually impaired. They are a bit shy when meeting new people, but once they warm up you’ll find them snuggling next to you, and each other. They came to the ASPCA together after being abandoned, and have come a long way in their recovery both physically and mentally. These two sweethearts need a patient owner who will show them the kindness they may have never known before. Kathy Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Kathy is an 11-year-old domestic shorthair who has called the ASPCA home since June 21. If you're looking for a sweet and sensitive kitty companion, the search ends with Kathy. She is diabetic and will require daily insulin shots from her adopters, but with proper care and a special diet, her condition can be well-managed. While it would be great if Kathy’s adoptive family were familiar with feline diabetes, the ASPCA medical team can show adopters the ropes and help you address any pet's unique health concerns. Adopting a pet with special needs can be both a financial and time commitment, but this sweet girl will reward you with plenty of love in return! Kathy would do best with experienced adopters and as the only cat in the household. Snuggles Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Snuggles is a 12-year-old domestic shorthair who's been at the ASPCA since Nov. 25, 2013. Snuggles lives up to her name, as she is very sweet and docile! She still has plenty of life left in her and, despite some special hypoallergenic needs, this pretty girl will make the perfect companion. She would do best in a home where she is the only cat. Devon Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Devon is a 9-year-old domestic shorthair who's been at the ASPCA since Oct. 29. This gal has been bounced around a bit from homes and shelters and is looking for a family with whom she can settle down. Devon will make a great companion, accepting attention but also content with her "me time.". If you’re looking for a kitty who will be there for you through all thick and thin, look no further than Devon! Natalia Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Natalia is a 9-year-old domestic shorthair who's resided at the ASPCA since Sept. 7. She's has had a rough go at life so far and would love nothing more than a stable environment to call home. She has no teeth, but is able to eat soft food without a problem and shouldn’t be a concern to her adopters. This cat will be your sidekick in all adventures, but would prefer to be the only feline friend in your life. Catalina Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Catalina, a 10-year-old domestic shorthair, came into the ASPCA on June 16 with a broken pelvis. She's since recovered fully and is ready to find a loving family of her own. She is friendly and affectionate and will show you how much she loves you with head bumps and purrs, though it does take her some time to warm up at first. She would be happiest in a quiet and calm home with children older than 10. Olivia Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Olivia, a 10-year-old domestic shorthair, is quite the stunner and ready to retire from shelter life. (One of the ASPCA's longer residents, she's been at the shelter since March 9, 2013.) She likes to be around people but wants attention on her terms. She’ll let you know when she’s in the mood for affection and when she’d prefer to have some space. Once you are part of her inner circle, you’ll find her contently lounging around you and loving being petted on the head. She is looking for a quiet home with an experienced cat adopter. Rodrigo Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Rodrigo is a 7-year-old Chihuahua who came to the ASPCA as a stray on Oct. 13. He had to have a large number of teeth pulled due to severe dental disease; loose kneecaps required surgery to correct. He is a bit cautious when meeting new people, but if you approach him slowly and bribe him with a tasty treat he will learn that you are a friend. He’s a great walking buddy, staying right by your side as he trots down the block. He gets a real kick out of playing with other dogs who are gentle with him and will settle in nicely at the end of the day for some scratches on his neck. He would do best in a cat-free home with kids older than 12. By POLLY HIGGINS Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.