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10 Sweet Senior Dogs Who Need a Home (Photos)

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10 Sweet Senior Dogs Who Need a Home (Photos)

In animal shelters, senior dogs are often passed up for adoption in favor of younger, sprightlier dogs. However, if you’ve ever spent time around an amiable senior dog, then you know that this is not only a shame for the older dogs, but a major loss for any humans who can’t see past the elder canines’ age!

Senior dogs can be wise, mellow, and deeply loving, especially once their new human companion earns their trust. Even if they’ve had difficult lives of abandonment and abuse, they can still loveóreservedly, but wholeheartedly. Could you take a chance on an old dog?

Here are ten sweet senior dogs who are looking for homes, from shelters all over the U.S.

(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)


1. Huck

Senior male (Labrador Retriever/Shepherd Mix). Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary, Lake Odessa, MI.

Huck was rescued from New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina; unfortunately, the shelter was never able to locate his original family, so he now needs a second chance at a forever home.

The shelter adds, “He has a fairly laidback energy level, yet has his excitable spurts & can be quite the social guy with people he knows. Huck loves being at his people’s side, getting all the attention & petting he can get.”

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3:17AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

7:57PM PST on Dec 12, 2013

I hope those doggies found homes by now!!! lots of love to them and all animals waiting for loving homes!!!!

9:11AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Older dogs can be the best pet you ever had! Most often they dont need to be housebroken the way a puppy does, and often their chewing furniture days are long behind them, They just want to enjoy life and love you.

Older dogs are also the perfect choice for older people who want a loving companion to go for shorter walks, and for companionship.

They could be a fantastic addition to senior's homes , and to disabled persons - people who benefit from a docile nature and temperament.

Open your hearts!!

5:20PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Senior pets are wonderful. Will share.

4:50AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013


1:50PM PST on Jan 12, 2013

as well as other cats and dogs that have lived with me over the years, I have adopted a 9yo German Sheppard, a 12yo ginger tabby cat, and an 11yo foxy- chihaua cross. They have all been wonderful companions

4:50PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Senior pets rock!

10:52AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

My neighbor just adopted a 9-year-old mixed breed this summer - she's the most loving dog in the world! True, she's older, so she's a bit slower, has noticeable arthritis, etc. But there are no doubt a good few years still left for her, and who's to say she deserves less love than a puppy?

6:59AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

i hope they get forever homes. it's such a shame that so many will end their days alone in a shelter. nobody should give up on them, even when saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do

10:17PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

I wish more people would give a senior dog or cat a chance. While younger animals can be great fun, senior animals are often more laid back, socialized, house and litter trained and they express gratitude for a second chance. We have adopted senior cats and never regretted a minute.

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