You know it’s true: Senior dogs are the best. As much as we can’t resist puppies, there is something about an old pooch that really makes our hearts sing. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we’re counting down the top five reasons why old dogs rock.
1. What you see is what you get. Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. 2. Seniors are super-loving. Adopted dogs already in their golden years are devoted and grateful. They create an instant bond that cannot be topped! 3. They settle in quickly. Older dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time! 4. Seniors enjoy easy livin’. Couch potato, know thyself. Consider adopting a laid-back canine retiree rather than a high-energy young dog who needs constant monitoring. 5. They’re CUTE! Need we say more?
Did you adopt a senior dog? Tell us about your elder states-pooch in the comments below.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things canine and get more homeless pups into forever homes. To get the party started, we’ve prepared a special Adopt a Shelter Dog Month section on ASPCA.org devoted to the lovable shelter pooch.
Speaking of Pet Adoption… Earlier this year, we polled hundreds of pup parents—some who adopted from shelters, and others who purchased their puppies at pet stores—about their experiences during and after acquiring their four-legged family members. You’d think that the pet store-pup parents, who got exactly the puppy they wanted, would be happier, but that’s not the case!
Our poll showed that people who adopted a dog from a shelter were much more likely to be pleased with their experience than those who purchased a puppy from a pet store. Shelter dog adopters are also almost twice as likely, compared to pet store customers, to feel that the process by which they got their dog was honest and transparent.
Here at the ASPCA, we’ve long been convinced that shelter dogs are awesome and that adoption is way better than buying a puppy from a pet store. Now we have the data to prove it!
“The ASPCA’s research confirms that adoption really is the best option when it comes to adding a new dog to your home,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and we continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying a puppy from a pet store. By doing so, you’re not only giving a shelter pup a new chance at life, but you’re also helping fight puppy mill cruelty.”
Get Involved There are tons of ways to get involved this October, ranging from sending a single tweet to volunteering at your local shelter. Head over to ASPCA.org to read all about it, and remember—there are millions of wonderful, adorable dogs in our country who need homes, so please opt to adopt!
Guest blog written by Ben Li’ Gon, ASPCA Senior Manager of Intake and Foster Program
Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful volunteers, the ASPCA Foster Care Program has reached its largest numbers ever. In 2011, 654 animals were placed into foster homes—and this year we have already surpassed 638 animals!
The ASPCA Foster Care Program places animals in temporary homes until they are ready for adoption. The animals we place into foster care include moms with nursing kittens or puppies, sick and injured animals, and animals in need of a bit more socialization, which can be essential to their adoptability. We also provide foster services for orphaned newborn kittens and puppies—a few of our very special foster caregivers offer these babies round-the-clock tender love and care.
By getting these guys out of the shelter and into a loving foster home, we can take in even more animals—saving even more lives. At the same time, we are providing these animals with the most comforting and nurturing environments possible until they are ready to return to the shelter and find their forever homes.
The effects of the foster care program are deeply felt throughout the entire ASPCA. If it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of all our foster caregivers, we would not be able to help nearly as many animals as we do. For this reason, we hope to see our program continue to grow each year.
Kudos to all of wonderful foster parents! The ASPCA would truly not be the same without you. To learn more about this life-saving program visit our Foster Care page.
Smitten by kittens? Well, good news—we’re transforming our mobile adoption unit into a Kitten Karavan this weekend! The ASPCA Adoption Center has received an overwhelming number of young kittens this summer, and we’re taking them on the road in an effort to find them loving homes.
“No kitten should have to grow up in a shelter, but unfortunately that’s what we have been seeing these past few months,” says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center. “We are urging everyone who has considered adopting to come to our Kitten Karavan this weekend and help us empty our cages.”
Adoption fees for kittens younger than four months are just $99 and $50 for all kittens and cats ages four months to three years. Plus, the Buddy System is in full swing—adopt one kitten and you can bring home another for no additional fee.
Where: St. Anthony’s Market West Houston Street between Thompson and MacDougal Streets Manhattan, NY
When: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
What to Bring: In order to adopt, potential adopters should bring the following: two forms of identification, one with their current address (such as a utility bill) and one government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID). Adopters may also be asked to provide one personal reference, reachable by phone. The ASPCA strongly encourages all members of the household to come to the van to meet their potential pet.
For more information about adopting a new pet, please visit our Adoption Center online.
Do you have room in your home and your heart to be a lifeline for needy animals? Shelters often need outside help caring for pets until they’re ready for adoption. Becoming a foster parent is a great way to make a hands-on difference in the lives of animals in your community! Shelter pets who may benefit from some quality time with a family often include newborns and those recovering from surgery.
Fostering is a wonderful way to help your local shelter create more space for needy animals, and it’s a great way to enjoy the many benefits of having a pet in your life without the long-term commitment.
Still need convincing? Check out our Foster Stories for real, first-person accounts of how rewarding fostering can be!
P.S.: Live in NYC and want to become a foster caretaker? Learn about the ASPCA’s Foster Care Program and enroll today! Remember, many shelters across the country sponsor similar programs, so be sure to check with your local shelter if you’re interested in fostering needy pets.