“Older dogs fill the holes in your heart instead of digging holes in your yard.”
A senior dog, given a new chance for a loving home, will reward your care with unwavering love and devotion. What you see is what you get. Frosty faces tend to transition easier into a new home, are less demanding than a pup, and you can teach an old dog new tricks! They are often already house trained and understand basic commands. Plus, you will be a hero! Shelters are frequently overcrowded and older dogs are often among the first to be euthanized.
Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog:
- You will be saving a life
Shelters are frequently overcrowded and older dogs are among the first to be euthanized. A senior dog, given a new chance for a loving home, will reward your care with unwavering love and devotion.
- Seniors are easier
He’ll let you relax. Older dogs tend to transition into a new home easier. They are are less demanding, require less exercise, and don’t need constant monitoring like a pup.
- Your patience will thank you
Frosty faces are past the chewing phase. A mature dog has probably lived in one or multiple homes, so they know a shoe is for walking and the couch cushions are not for ripping up.
- What you see is what you get
Older dogs are easy to assess for size and temperament. You won’t have to wonder how big they will grow. When first meeting, it is easy to determine if the dog is friendly, shy, or whatever personality would be a good fit for your lifestyle.
- You can teach an old dog new tricks
Older dogs are often already house trained and understand basic commands. You may be very surprised to see their ability to concentrate and learn new things. We all benefit from mental stimulation and your older dog will too!
Find information and resources about adopting a senior pet from the organizations below. Ask rescues and shelters about senior dogs, and “Seniors for Seniors” programs where adoption fees are often discounted or waived.
Bichon Rescue of OC
Bichon Rescue of Orange County California is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of neglected, abused, or otherwise homeless senior Bichon Frises, bichon mixes and other small non-shedding breeds, placing them into permanent, stable, and caring forever homes. They put a special focus on “Seniors for Seniors” believing in senior citizens and their value as adopters and fosters.
Frosted Faces Foundation
Frosted Faces Foundation delivers the promise of family and quality veterinary care for senior animals whose love and lives are in jeopardy.
Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary
Grand-Paws’ mission is to rescue primarily large breed senior dogs who’ve been abandoned. They rescue from local high-kill shelters and let them live out their lives in their sanctuary or in a wonderful foster home.
Leave No Paws Behind
Leave No Paws Behind is an all-breed, foster-based rescue, specializing in seniors, terminal and end-of-life animals, and pets with special needs. When possible they step up, most times in the “11th” hour when all hope is gone, to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor.
The Senior Dogs Project
The Senior Dogs Project offers resources and information about adopting a senior dog.
Thrive Animal Rescue
Thrive Animal Rescue offers a Forever Foster Program for senior dogs where they cover medical and veterinary expenses while their Forever Foster Family provides food, a warm bed and love.
Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary
Wise Tails is family-owned and their mission is to provide a forever home to senior dogs facing euthanasia, neglect/abuse. These seniors then live out their golden years in the sanctuary, receiving the love and care all dogs deserve.