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Why You Should Adopt a Senior Pet

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Why You Should Adopt a Senior Pet

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. When I learned this, I recalled hearing a woman speak last year about her personal mission to rescue and find forever homes for senior dogs. Established as a non-profit in 2007 by Sherri Franklin, Muttville‘s mission is to rescue wonderful, loving older dogs from shelters and euthanasia and find them homes with people who love seniors as much as they do.

Sherri used to volunteer at shelters and was heart broken to see so many senior dogs wait in shelters for months. She was so upset to see them either spend their senior years in shelters or end up being euthanized because of their age (when their health and temperament were often without problems). So she started adopting as many as she could on her own. And she enlisted the help of friends in providing foster homes while she searched for their forever homes. Hence the creation of Muttville with non-profit status in 2007.

I spoke with Leslie Lingren who has fostered close to 50 Muttville dogs and has adopted four of them. Leslie has always had a soft spot for less wanted as well as wounded dogs. When I asked him about the benefits of adopting an older dog, he said “There are less behavior problems when adopting an older dog. It’s absolutely perfect for people who live in the city and don’t need to provide as much exercise for their dogs. And there is something very special about providing a loving forever home for a rescue dog. They have a very different disposition. Often times they weren’t loved and were neglected. It’s so rewarding watching them blossom and find security. They become wonderful animals that are so grateful to be loved and adored.”

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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5:44AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

We adopted an 8-year-old male Beagle yesterday, and two female cocker spaniel sisters 7 years old, this summer.

12:54PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

I will always adopt a senior pet now.....I am older...I get their needs...more patience and love and more time spent on their is a wonderful feeling to give to the needy seniors...they so appreciate it and let you know it!

9:49PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

After, reading two articles about the pros of senior pets, I will most definitely chose one when my present darling leaves the earth.

1:51PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

thank you

5:13AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

Thanks for telling the world

5:13AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012


10:47PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

1:08PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Those who know me, know I advocate adopting senior pets (especially dachshunds & Chihuahuas), on Facebook, every day. People dump seniors at the shelter for a variety of reasons. These dogs are so loving, past the destructive period, an usually well-behaved. They are NOT disposable, yet get "traded" for a younger model constantly. Or they are dumped because of special needs and plain old aging. If you want a calm, lovong dog - adopt a senior!

12:16AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the article!

7:46PM PDT on May 18, 2012

If you are beyond retirement age...adopt a senior pet ,

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