Nevermind the challenges of raising a puppy or a kitten: There are many adult pets at the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro this holiday COURTESY PHOTO - Tank is one of the many adult pets at the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter ready to find a forever home.

The shelter is encouraging people to think about “adopting an adult.”

From now until Jan. 4, the adoption fee for all dogs and cats 5 years old and older is half price.

The usual adoption price for dogs is $150, but that is being reduced to $75 for older dogs for the holidays. For adult cats, the adoption fee will be reduced to $25. All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and are up to date on shots.

There is often a perception that people bond best with puppies and kittens, but people who adopt older pets often find there is a depth of relationship that comes from the adoption that is unlike anything else they’ve experienced, said shelter manager Deborah Wood.

“These are also animals that are done with all the puppy and kitten problems — they’re usually not chewing shoes or climbing curtains. They just want to be loved and give love,” Wood added.

See photos of adoptable pets on the shelter’s website,

The Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter is located at 1901 S.E. 24th Ave. in Hillsboro. Adoption center hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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