Adopt a Senior Dog
Adopting a puppy or dog is a major event. There are so many things to decide.
What kind of dog? Where do we go to find our new dog? pet shop or shelter? Big dog or small dog? Puppy or
fully grown dog? The questions and answers are all part of the excitement.
Today, I'd like to add to that sense of excitement by suggesting another often overlooked category of potential
adoptees. That of the senior dog. These wonderful, vibrant dogs will not be found at pet shops that peddle puppies,
born in the misery of puppy mills. Senior dogs are waiting for new homes at
dog shelters and dog rescues and what you find
will change forever the way you think of senior dogs.
A common misconception is that senior dogs are given up becuase they have lived out their purpose or are
just not worth keeping. This is far from the truth. Senior dogs end up in shelters and rescues for a variety
of reasons. Some of those reasons are discussed on our page about rescue dogs.
That list includes:
- Death in the family
- Loss of job
- Loss of Home
- Illness in family
- Moving to a new home
- Marriage or divorce
The reasons have little or nothing to do with the dog, fully housetrained, with a predictable
temperament, who has been caught up in the whirlwind of events surrounding her former owners.These dogs are the
essence of ready to go companions, perfect for families wanting a dog that desperately wants to love and be
And for senior citizens, what could be better than a senior dog? Concerns about puppy
training, a need for a lot of activity and exercise and even the potential of the new dog's longevity exceeding
that of the senior citizen can be sensitively addressed.
When you're ready to adopt a new dog, give a senior dog a chance. You'll gain a loyal friend
and family member whose gratitude will light up your days for the rest of your pooch's life.
Start your search for a senior dog on our site by Clicking Here and at The Senior Dogs Project