Above: Mature animals are ready for adoption at the Atlanta Humane Society. Here are Ricky and Lucy, two older Chihuahuas ready to give and receive affection. Photos courtesy of AHS.

When you’re looking for a new animal companion, consider an older cat or dog. They tend to be more settled, are house-trained and have already developed their social skills.

Here’s a sample of the lovable, older pets available at the Atlanta Humane Society.


A 3-year-old spayed hound mix, Natasha came to Atlanta Humane Society from a cruelty case where she was living on a chain outside with no shelter. She has scars on her ears and neck from this neglect. She’s also being treated for heartworm disease, but this treatment will be completed at no cost to her adopter. Natasha is an affectionate, loving dog that will do just about anything for a treat! She’s available for adoption at the Mansell location.

Eliot catEliot

Eliot is a 6½-year-old neutered Domestic Shorthair. He’s an independent guy who will climb in your lap for petting when he wants it and walk away when he’s had enough. He’s quite a character! He’s available for adoption at the Mansell location.

Lucy dogRicky dogLucy and Ricky

These two are a bonded pair of 12-year-old Chihuahuas. Lucy was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, but Ricky will not eat and is very depressed without her. Lucy isn’t in any pain, so the Atlanta Humane Society is looking for a special adopter who can give them a place to comfortably live out their lives. They’re available for adoption at the Mansell location.

Cecelia catCecilia

An affectionate 3½-year-old spayed Domestic Shorthair, Cecilia is a little shy. Still, she gets along great with other cats! She’s available for adoption at the Duluth location.


Mollie catAt 11½ years old, Mollie is a spayed Siamese Mix. She’s independent but gets along well with other cats. Mollie loves to have her ears scratched, and she’ll let you know when she wants more petting. She’s available for adoption at the Duluth location.


Atlanta Humane Society

Duluth Campus

2148 Duluth Highway, Duluth, Ga. 30097

Howell Mill Campus

981 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30318

Mansell Campus

1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 3000

Find a friend, and get info on supporting or volunteering, at the Atlanta Humane Society.

Call 404-875-5331 or visit atlantahumane.org.