November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which is a special month for all rescue organizations, including Wags & Walks.
It’s no secret that everyone loves puppies. They are so cute...and little...and...the list goes on. There are far fewer Buzzfeed articles floating around touting the cuteness of 8+ year old pups, though. Dog lovers are not nearly as talkative about the wonders of senior dogs, and that’s why Adopt a Senior Pet Month is so important. The reality is that it is significantly more difficult for shelters and rescue organizations to find forever homes for their senior dogs.
Today we are going to support the Adopt a Senior Pet Month initiative by highlighting our very own “senior dogs” who are currently available for adoption. After reading some of these pups’ stories, we encourage you to read a previous post we wrote about the benefits of adopting a senior dog. We hope by learning more about the pros and cons of bringing a dog of any age into your home, you can make the best decision for your family.
Say hello to Chula, our happy-go-lucky, 9 year old poodle! Even though Chula is 9 years old, she has the energy of a pup - but without the puppy problems. Chula is great in her crate, wonderful with humans and other dogs, and will even dance for you when she sees a treat! When Chula first came to Wags & Walks, she was incredibly matted down and clearly neglected, but after her makeover, she is now a new woman ready to find her forever home - look at that smile!
Meet Alice, our 6-8 year old Havanese mix with the biggest heart. Alice has not had the easiest life, but is a ball of love and happiness despite all that she has been through. She is partially blind from mature cataracts, but she doesn’t let that keep her down. She adjusts well to her surroundings despite her vision, and she loves walks...and of course cuddling with her human! Alice would make a great addition to any loving family and is ready to start her new life in her forever home.
While Popeye may not technically be a "senior" quite yet, he's still worth mentioning! This handsome, 6-year-old Lhasa Apso has the quirkiest demeanor and loves being near people, whether that be lounging or running. Although we're not sure how he ended up with only one eye, that hasn't slowed him down one bit. He's looking for a forever companion to join him in his two favorite activities - go for walks and ride in the car.
For some, the idea of adopting a senior dog is a no brainer. For others, it may not be a good fit. But there are many people who simply have not thought of the possibility before. Before writing off the option of bringing an older dog into your family, we hope you take the time to learn more about the benefits of adopting an older vs younger dog first. Above all, we encourage you to meet these pups and learn about them first, before making a final decision - that goes for all dogs, of all ages!
If you have adopted a senior dog, please comment on this post! We’d love to hear about your experience, and in the spirit of Adopt a Senior Dog Month, we hope to continue spreading love and support for this often neglected group of rescue dogs.