Why Should I Adopt a Senior Dog?
Many people automatically think of a puppy when they think of adopting
a dog. Puppies are warm and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and
pet them. But puppies demand patience and energy to help them become
wonderful family members and companions. Older dogs, however, can be
as cute and lovable as puppies, and they often come with many wonderful
qualities that puppies take years to grow into.
Maybe you are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you fear
that your time with your new best friend will be short, bringing
time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog makes
every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship,
and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge
that you have given this fine old dog a second chance at life.
that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual
So spread the word! Adopting a senior dog is a wonderful experience
for you and your new dog. You will gain a faithful companion. You
will save a life. And don't forget, senior dogs and senior people
out the best in each other. Old dogs make great friends!
Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog
- Senior dogs love to sleep and cuddle the day away. They enjoy a brisk
daily walk, but the best part of the day is the nap. They love for
you to join them.
- Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue
a senior dog, you have a best friend for life.
- Senior dogs reward your care with an unwavering devotion. Nothing
matches the love of a senior dog for his rescuer.
- Senior dogs have learned many of life's lessons. They know, for example,
that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
- Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house
is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior dog.
- Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community
members. They make excellent therapy dogs.
- Senior dogs often fit into your household with ease. They find the
softest, warmest spot in the house and claim it for their own, but
they will share with you, too.
- Senior dogs make excellent companions for everyone, especially senior
- Senior dogs are often the first to be killed in area shelters. Passed
over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often do not have a chance and
must go to make space for more puppies.
- Adopting a senior dog saves a life!
Used with permission from Sanctuary for Senior Dogs