It’s Adopt a Senior Dog Month. Make It Count!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 12:00pm

Here’s the truth, animal lovers: Older dogs are often the last to be adopted in shelters.

As huge fans of senior pups, we don’t quite get why they’re so frequently passed over. Why wouldn’t you want to adopt an older dog? They don’t destroy your shoes and furniture, they’re either already housetrained or figure it out quickly, they’re great for someone with a busy or low-key lifestyle, and—most important—you know exactly what you’re getting when you bring them home.

Oh, and did we mention senior dogs love you a little extra?

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month, and there’s still one week left to make a difference for older pups. How? Share a local senior dog’s adoptions profile with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! (Live near NYC? Try Lady’s or Hennessy’s.) Even better, head to the shelter and adopt one yourself.

But first, let us know what you think about senior canines. Have you adopted an older dog? Share your experience in the comments.

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About a year ago a filthy dog hoarding puppy mill was found and shut down.Authorities and volunteers took the dogs and gave emergency care and then started an adoption campaign.We picked out the puppy we wanted and at 6 months of age we were expecting maybe a 15# dog.We went to the local shelter where some of the dogs were kept and asked for our puppy.Suddenly around the corner came a frisky 40# dog.He was all over me and then my wife.My plans of holding our new little pup(Kevin) on my lap was out.We think this was Kevin's first trip outside and we were fortunate to share his first trip to the grass and also his first snow.We are all happy to have found each other and sometimes we join in on a group hug.

Aaron Levis

The ASPCA uses a great tool to help match up people with a dog or cat - it's aptly called "Meet Your Match".
After filling out a very short questionnaire, a potential adopter will learn which cats or dogs may be the best match based on energy, training needs, adaptability and other qualities in the animal. This prevents an adopter who is looking for a medium to low energy dog from adopting a Jack Russel Terrier just because they are so cute- that would not be a good match! By focusing more on what you are looking for IN a dog or cat, you will be able to find a better lifelong match. Brilliant!

Jesse @