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!)
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.”
Senior female (Bluetick Coonhound/Beagle Mix). Companion Animal Rescue and Education, Molena, GA.
According to the shelter, Pepper is “very gentle and quiet with the sweetest, most persuasive eyes. She’s longing to be an indoor dog, as her bones are tired and she just wants to settle down and know she’s safe.”
8-year-old male (Brittany Spaniel/English Setter Mix). National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network, Normal, IL.
George is exuberant and energetic. Even if you don’t live in Illinois, the shelter can transport him up to 1,400 miles for the right forever home!
13-year-old female (Boxer). Carolina Boxer Rescue Inc., Wilmington, NC.
The shelter notes, “She will snuggle on the couch with you. Bea loves to sun herself outside on a sunny day which is her favorite thing to do when she’s not snuggling.” Despite her age, she still enjoys walks and playtime.
10-year-old male (Pit Bull Terrier Mix). AmsterDog, New York, NY.
Cody is deaf, and has had a challenging lifeóyet he remains sweet and loving. Here’s his story: “Once upon a time, Cody was a death row dog called ICE who was sick with kennel cough, abandoned by his family, and didnít seem to have a future that looked too bright. He is now a wonderful thriving dog who loves everyone: kids, dogs, cats. Itís hard not to fall in love with Cody, who happens to be deaf, but is completely undaunted by this!”
Senior female (German Shepherd Mix). Love to Spare, Eddy, TX.
The shelter says that, although she sometimes barks at strangers, “she is oh so sweet to her people and people that her people introduce her to.”
10-year-old male (Beagle). Dessin Animal Shelter, Honesdale, PA.
Claude is a fine older gentleman of a dog! Sadly, according to the shelter, “Claude has been overlooked by everyone because of the pups and younger dogs from the group of over 50 [beagles] that were brought here.”
9-year-old female (Rottweiler). Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, Delhi, NY.
Sasha was surrendered to the shelter after her owner became too ill to care for her. She’s a sweetheart of a dog: she “walks well on a leash†and enjoys routine outdoor trips. She [also] loves a quiet lifestyle and enjoys being petted and brushed.”
Senior male (Chow Chow/Labrador Retriever Mix). Humane Society of Highlands County, Sebring, FL.
Look at that handsome face! Although Rudy is a little shy at first, he warms up quickly to new people.
Senior female (Chihuahua Mix). Animal Lovers of Parlier – City of Parlier, Parlier, CA.