Shelter Spotlight: Senior Dog Month

The month of November has been designated as “Adopt A Senior Pet Month”. I can tell you from personal experience that senior dogs have TONS of love to give!

Shelters are full of older dogs hoping for a second chance at life; many of them were once owned and loved by someone, but for whatever reason ended up homeless. People seem to think that if they drop their older dog off at the shelter, they will get adopted and have a great life with someone else. That just isn’t the case–and it’s heartbreaking.

One such shelter is The Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in NY. This shelter is extremely overcrowded. Since November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, THE VOLUNTEERS AT TOHAS ARE PAYING THE ADOPTION FEES FOR THESE SENIOR DOGS!

The picture below includes all the dogs over the age of 6 who currently reside in the Town of Hempstead Shelter at 3320 Beltagh Ave, Wantagh. Stop by and check them out!

Many of the older dogs become depressed and are overlooked at the shelters for younger, cuter puppies. When people think about adopting a dog they tend to think of a warm, cuddly, tail wagging, wet nosed puppy. While puppies are adorable, there are also great reasons to consider adopting an older dog.

Adopt an older dog and you will see exactly what gratitude really is… They have a special way of showing you how grateful they are for giving them a second chance.

Senior dogs fit into a new home with ease, and are very loyal companions! They love car rides, trips to anyplace and just to be with their human. They will find the softest, warmest spot in your home and be glad to cuddle up with you. They will stay right by your side, no matter how many episodes of a show you watch.

Unlike puppies, senior dogs have already grown into who they are and developed their personalities. A puppy can grow up to be very different than what they seemed at first.

Senior dogs usually have a more mellow personality and can focus better when it comes to learning new routines. They have a much more stable temperament. A senior dog may already be trained, although not always, but they are not teething like puppies and won’t chew on your furniture or shoes. They are definitely less destructive than puppies.

You may be reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you fear that the time with your new best friend will be short, but know that the privilege of loving your senior dog makes every day more special!

You and your pup will share companionship, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger because of the knowledge that you have given an older dog a second chance at life. The love that grows with this knowledge is stronger than the actual pain of the eventual loss.

While there can be lists written about the pros and cons of adopting a senior dog, and it’s true a senior dog requires more health care than a young pup and have fewer years to give, they still deserve to be rescued too! Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue a senior dog, you have a friend for life, old dogs make great friends.You will also save a life. Spread the word, adopting a senior dog is wonderful! Owning an senior dog is priceless, so head out and adopt one!

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