THEY will offer you nothing but love and devotion, but these pets have been over looked for months when people adopt from the Ipswich pound.
Why? Common colours, being past the "cute" puppy or kitten stage or circumstances beyond their previous masters' control means these furry babies are lonely and homeless - with some sadly calling the Animal Welfare League Ipswich Shelter home for many months.
Shelter manager Nicole Cannon said older pets were a great option for any family, couple or retiree.
"What you see is what you get and they are so devoted to being part of your family so they bond very quickly for you," Ms Cannon said. "They are never too old to learn new tricks and respond to new rules and training. They are just looking for a second chance at having a forever home."
Sweetie - a nine month old American staffy - needs a family who is prepared to work with puppy behaviours and has the time to give training and exercise to prevent boredom.
"Sweetie is good with other dogs," Ms Cannon said. "Again Sweetie's colour is brindle and very common. Sweetie has passed the cute puppy stage and is now being overlooked. If a family is willing to include her in the family and provide training they will be rewarded with a great dog who will love them always."
Cleo, a two-year-old domestic short-hair cat, arrived at the shelter five months ago and soon after gave birth to four kittens.
"She was a great mum and is now waiting for a home of her own," Ms Cannon said.
Tuesday was a pregnant stray when she arrived months ago and was named after the day she gave birth to her litter.
"She is a very relaxed, affectionate cat and unfortunately she is a very common colour - which means she gets over
looked," Ms Cannon said. "People seem to pick the prettier ones or choose a kitten instead."
The shelter also desperately needs bedding to keep the animals warm, including towels, sheets and blankets. All animals are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated, and come with a 10-day health guarantee and a 21-day settling in period.
Phone 3202 4688 or visit them at 6 Hooper St, West Ipswich.