10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

There are many senior dogs for adoption at The Animal Foundation. Here are ten reasons you should consider adopting one of our oh-so-lovable senior dogs.

  1. Senior dogs need homes, too.

Adult dogs are often passed over by potential adopters for puppies and younger dogs. Many senior dogs available for adoption were once owned and loved but, for one reason or another, found themselves in our care and in need of new homes through no fault of their own. They’re just as loyal and loving as younger pups…and they’d love to prove it.

  1. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

Dogs can be trained at any age, and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. In fact, they can be easier to train because they’re calmer and have a greater attention span than a puppy.

  1. Your furniture…and carpet…will thank you.

Older dogs are more likely to be housebroken and have doggie manners. If their training is still a bit lacking, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick up skills fast, unlike puppies. Senior dogs also are much less likely to be destructive chewers.

  1. Years of fun and love are still ahead.

Don’t pass up that 5-year-old dog just because she’s older. Dogs live 10-15 years, and many can live even longer depending on the dog. Talk to your veterinarian about ways you can help keep your adopted senior dog happy and healthy.


  1. Experience laid back four-legged living.

If you’re looking for a couch potato, an older dog might be right for you. Senior pups still need regular exercise, but they won’t want to run a marathon every day and are often content taking it easy.

  1. With senior dogs, what you see is what you get.

Adopting an older dog gives you instant knowledge; you’ll know from the start important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. This can make it easier to pick the right dog. If you’re not into surprises, adopting a senior dog might be right for you!

  1. Older dogs require less time and supervision.

Everyone loves puppies but not everyone is equipped or willing to take on a bundle of energy that can’t make it through the night without a bathroom break and who requires hyper-vigilance during the housebreaking and teething stages, along with hours of training. Senior dogs are instant companions, ready to go on a long walk or to be the snuggle buddy or workout partner you need from the get-go.


  1. Senior dogs are appreciative.

Many of our adopters strongly believe that senior dogs who they’ve adopted know how fortunate they are and that they greatly appreciate the second chance at happiness that their new person has given them. From their perspective, life is good, and they are grateful for cuddle time, an extra treat, and—most of all—extra attention.

  1. Older dogs are adorable.

 Dogs retain their cuteness no matter what their age. Also, pretty is, is pretty does. Older or senior dogs seem eager to bond and settle into a new, loving home. 

  1. Select residents can score discounts on adoption fees for older dogs (and cats).

If you are 60 years or older, you can take $25 off the adoption fee of any cat 1 year and older or $50 off any dog 3 years and older. This means seniors can adopt a dog 3 years or older or a cat 1 year or older for free! This adoption discount is valid year-round, and photo ID must be provided at the time of adoption. Licensing fees still apply where required.

Love has no age limit! If you’re ready to open your heart to one of The Animal Foundation's senior dogs for adoption who knows that love is the best treat there is, check out our adoptable animals on our website and head over to our adoption center.  We can’t wait to help you find your perfect canine companion!


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