Hidden in Plain Sight
Dogs are usually considered seniors around the age of 7, but start to be overlooked at shelters around the age of 5. Animal rescues are filled with sweet seniors that are waiting for you to save them and they might just be the best option for you.
In a dream world, every animal would be rescued. Most of the time, puppies and younger dogs get adopted first, but as time wears on, puppies grow older.
Dogs are given up for a variety of reasons that may or may not have anything to do with them. Typically, dogs who are more advanced in age are calmer and more well-behaved.
They Saved Me
Adopting a senior dog often means that you’re saving a life, literally.. With animal shelters being overpopulated, senior dogs are at high-risk of being euthanized. And you’ll be lucky enough to enjoy their golden years.
With an older dog comes life experience and that includes training. Teaching a dog how to listen can be time consuming, but an older dog may come “pre-loaded” with a set of skills. That means you won’t have to worry about consistent accidents and you may even get some fun parlor tricks like “sit”, “stay”, and “shake”.
Now, if your lifestyle is quite active, don’t count a senior out!
While senior dogs have a few wise years on them, they can be as energetic as a puppy, depending on the breed. A lot of small-medium sized dogs can live up till they are 10, even 20 years old. So with proper veterinary care, you and your four-legged friend can live a fun, active life together for many years to come running and playing together.
We love a pup with a great personality! Well, adopting a senior gives you that advantage, since their personalities (and bodies) are already formed. Being able to know what a dog is like will make it that much easier to pick the perfect pooch for you based on your needs and personality. And since they will already be fully grown, you’ll know if they’re the right size for you.
Deal of a Lifetime
Some animal rescues and shelters also have lower fees for senior dogs. There are also programs geared specifically for people who are 60 years of age. Some programs take care of the adoption fees for seniors and also assist with appointments for the pet, training and much more.
And of course, seniors are just adorable. Beauty has no age limit and this couldn’t be more true to older dogs! If you’re a true animal lover then you know how cute all pups are.
Rescuing any pet is admirable. But senior dogs have a special place in our hearts. While a dog will only be one part of your life, we are their whole lives. Considering a senior dog is a wonderful thing — age is only a number. If adopting is not in the future for you, consider donating to dogs in need.