I admit I feel sad and frustrated watching people in shelters ignoring the old dogs. Of course puppies are too cute for words, but in their final years don’t old dogs deserve homes too!
People, I beg you. before you actually get that puppy, do your research and give it serious thought. Having a puppy is a lot of work so consider how realistic it is for your lifestyle, the amount of time you have to commit to his or her care, and even your physical abilities. It isn’t fair to adopt, then realise you made a mistake and have to return him. It not only makes it sad for everyone concerned, depending on how long you kept him and how much training he received, he could be less adoptable to others looking for a young puppy. He stays at the shelter longer, gets older, starts developing behaviour issues and the story may not end well.
Considering the older dog
- You see his size, temperament, and even how much training he’s received.
- By getting the dog from a rescue group or shelter with knowledgeable staff, they will help match you up with a dog to suit your lifestyle.
- You want a dog, but aren’t sure you are able to devote the next 10+ years to one. An older dog could be the answer.
- Having been abandoned or neglected, they are grateful for a loving home.
- You can’t beat the feeling you get, knowing you gave a dog a second chance, and more than likely saved him from being killed in a shelter.
- Older dogs generally have some kind of training, they just might need a refresher. It’s unlikely they have severe behaviour problems as most shelters would have killed them quite quickly. Harsh but true.
- If you have an active lifestyle, there are plenty of high energy old dogs ready for a hike, canoe ride…
- Many have mellowed so if you prefer a lower energy dog who prefers short walks and cuddles on the couch, a senior dog may be your new best friend.
- Adopting an old dog shows and teaches compassion, and that life has value no matter the age.
- You won’t be supporting the cruel puppy mill industry by getting a puppy from a pet store, or backyard breeder.
As someone who wants nothing more than to rescue seniors, I have had my share of sorrow from losing them all too soon.What comforts me, and allows me to keep doing what I do, is knowing that dog did not die alone, and someone loved him, or her, in the end.
Have you adopted a senior dog? What were your reasons and what would you say to encourage others to do the same? Leave your comments in the section below or on my Facebook page.