Neglected Senior Dog Needs a Hero!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 1:45pm

Not every visitor to the ASPCA Adoption Center in NYC sees something special in Britney, but a local artist did. Whoever adopts this sweet senior gets to take home a beautiful portrait of their new dog!

The artist chose Britney to paint instead of the hundreds of other animals in our care, and we think we know why. Britney’s life has been so hard.

When she came to us through Humane Law Enforcement last year, Britney was in lots of pain, suffering from multiple untreated conditions. But with ASPCA veterinary care and attention, she is now as healthy as possible. In her opinion—and ours—Britney is ready to find her forever home.

For now, Britney spends her days quietly sleeping in her habitat until it’s her turn to be walked. She seems to know that she doesn’t belong here. And yet, it’s been more than 200 days since she came to us. (Only one dog has been with us longer: Lady.)

Britney is not a difficult dog to care for. At 12, this low-key lady loves everyone she meets and wants nothing more than to sleep peacefully in a comfortable spot in a loving home. She’s good on walks, though she does bark at other dogs she meets along the way, and often lags behind to take in the scenery.

But Britney does need special food (at least for now) and twice-daily arthritis medication, likely for the rest of her life. That’s why she needs a really special adopter to make her golden years golden.

If you live in a six-and-up home and have a special place in your heart for seniors, this sweet Lab gal really needs you! She’s been through so much. Please share her on Facebook and Twitter, and help us give her a happy ending!

To adopt Britney, please contact our Animal Placement department in NYC at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. 

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I too live in CA and would like to help. I would adopt her in a heartbeat as well. Any suggestions? I assume Britney cannot be shipped to CA?

Please let me know. [email protected]

It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Ps. Thanks for sharing.


Marguerite, it is not easy to transport an animal, especially a senior. Tell me what ways you are talking about that a dog (a senior dog) can be safely transported, other than in a car and how likely is the ASPCA or a Humane Society to allow this animal to be transported across country? I know the Humane Society I worked for would not allow a transport of an animal unless it was going to to a rescue organization or another Humane Society. So, Marguerite, not being in NY to get this precious dog IS a good excuse. NY is a big place. Is there no one in NY who can give this girl a home?


I would take her as well, but am in Missouri. You cannot tell me there isn't someone in that area to take this poor girl!

Marla Draper

I love you Britney...God Bless You Sweet Baby
I live in Florida and have four dogs...I would love to have you


Most organizations can help get a dog to any location across the country. Dogs can be relayed from one location to another.

Don't let your location stop you from adopting because it can be done.

Cami Purpura

Will Britney be allowed in a home with two other loving dogs? I would like to take her - in her bio it says that she barks at other dogs. Is this just a regular old bark or is she aggressive towards other dogs? I would love to give her a forever home.


I am in North Dakota, cared for a dog with diabetes who got 5 extra years of life, but I have a pair of 3 year old boxer/Great Danes, how do you think she would do with them....


I love how everyone is willing to help. It is so refreshing to see decent people posting beautiful comments. I too live in Florida with 4 rescued cats and 1 rescued dog. If she was closer to me I would make an effort to see what we could do but from the post I have been reading I have a good feeling she will find a wonderful forever home very soon. Good Luck sweetie!

Matthew Dorros

I have adopted several senior dogs over the years. They are more than AWESOME. They are housebroken. They are smart. And, they have better manners than I do. I have a 13 yr old female chow mix - - she is so georgous and appreciative and a 10 yr old Sheltie mix who spent 2 months at the City Pound.., He wound up there because his first guardian died. He's a perfect pet!