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.”