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.”


Cooper and Milo snuggling together

The ASPCA couldn’t agree more with Leslie. Among their 10 reasons to adopt an older dog, they include they’re not a 24-7 job and they settle in quickly. Leslie’s Muttville dogs Cooper and Milo seem to have settled in quite comfortably.

Muttville has found forever homes for 820 dogs, currently has over 50 foster homes for senior dogs (dogs age seven or older), and is supported by private donations. If you are interested in helping Muttville continue their mission of homing senior dogs, please consider becoming a Mutt Guardian. Your ongoing support makes it possible for Muttville to provide food, transportation, and vital veterinary care for their wonderful dogs throughout the year. You can also view their wish list here. Muttville is in need of everything from leashes and collars to items for silent auctions and fundraisers to a dog friendly rent free home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here for information on how to adopt a Muttville dog. And you won’t want to miss the priceless photos of the available dogs here. Petfinder also has listings of available pets of many species nationwide.

Have you ever adopted an older pet of any species? Thank you for posting a comment and letting our readers know some of the benefits.

Related Links:
Why You Should Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet
5 Tips for Adopting Shelter Animals
Image: Milo at 13 enjoying his forever home because of Muttville

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Kelly M.
Kelly R.about a year ago

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

ann r.
Ann Rafkin2 years ago

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 needs...it is a wonderful feeling to give to the needy seniors...they so appreciate it and let you know it!

rene davis
rene davis2 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

thank you

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

Thanks for telling the world

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago


Edo R.
Edo R.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mara Comitas
Mara Comitas3 years ago

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!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the article!

Patty Boytos
Patty B.3 years ago

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