It won't be long until the Virginia Miller Animal Shelter is inundated with puppies and kittens, because owners didn't spay and neuter their pets. It happens every spring.

In the meantime, we have more adult dogs and older cats at the shelter right now who also need homes. Adopting an older animal has a lot of advantages. It is trained, and its personality is obvious. It is more apt to be well-socialized and friendlier. And, for us oldsters, the youthful exuberance of a puppy or kitten has turned into more sedate playfulness. Kittens are cute, but they are so energetic. Older dogs have gotten over the rambunctious and chewing stages.

You can check out what is available at the shelter by going on and clicking on Pet Finder or visiting the shelter, 2050 E. Old U.S. Highway 40, Sunday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Marilyn Marshall, Hays, board of directors, Humane Society of the High Plains