There are lots of great reasons to adopt a senior dog. A dog is generally considered to be a senior at 7 years of age, and sadly, dogs as young as 5 years old already begin to have trouble getting adopted and finding their new forever homes. Adult and senior dogs make great companions. They usually understand commands and are housetrained. They also are calmer and less demanding of your time and attention than young pups. Looking for a senior dog to adopt into your family? Here are some great resources to help you find adoptable older dogs in your corner of the world.
Old Dog Haven, Washington State. This organization saves the oldest dogs that have been surrendered to shelters and provides them with loving foster homes until they are permanently adopted. They care for up to 250 dogs at any given time. Senior dogs considered unsuitable for adoption live out their lives in a Final Refuge foster home.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, Ohio. This organization also rescues senior dogs surrendered to shelters and adopts out appropriate senior dogs into new loving forever homes. All of the dogs live in foster homes approved by the Sanctuary, and dogs in poor condition live in hospice foster care until they pass on.
Senior Dogs 4 Seniors, Missouri. What could be better than a sweet senior dog for a senior human with lots of love to give? This organization helps bring senior dogs and people together. They list adoptable dogs on Petfinder and hold regular adoption events in the St. Louis area.
Young at Heart, Illinois. This group rescues and rehomes senior dogs and cats that have been turned in to animal shelters. Adoptable pets are matched with their new permanent families while pets that are too old or ill for adoption live out their lives in comfortable foster homes in the Sanctuary Program.
Vintage Paws Sanctuary, Florida. This home-like sanctuary for senior dogs is housed in a pet resort. They have adoptable dogs seeking their forever homes and also care for permanent residents. They take in dogs whose owners have died or can no longer take care of them, as well as dogs surrendered to shelters.
Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, Delaware. An all-volunteer, foster-based organization that rescues and rehomes senior dogs aged 7 and older. They also provide hospice care in foster homes for terminally ill dogs. Their adoption process includes a one week trial home visit to ensure that you and your dog are a perfect match.
There are lots of ways you can reach out and help homeless senior dogs besides adoption. Check out The Grey Muzzle Organization for more information on how to help.
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