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Why Adopt a Senior Dog?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 2:00pm

Many people imagine a puppy when they think about adopting a dog. Who can blame them? Puppies are adorable little bundles of joy. But you have to admit, they’re not the only ones looking for homes. Older dogs need love, too. And here are three great reasons to adopt a golden oldie.

They’re open books. From the start, you’ll know important things like their size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information will make it easier to pick the right dog and forge an instant love connection that will last a lifetime.

They like to take it easy. Not that older dogs don’t require exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day.

Older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.

Want even more reasons to give a senior a shot? Read our Top 10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog.

Share Your Story!
Have you adopted a senior pooch? Tell us about it. Send your story along with a photo to YourStories@ASPCA.org. We’ll feature your submission in our Your Stories section.

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pat

Another reason for adopting a senior dog - if you are, as I am, a senior citizen, whether you like it or not, you have to accept you might not be around for the length of a long lived dog's life. My other dogs have all lived beyond 15 years. A senior dog might not outlive you, so you don't have to worry about what will happen to your beloved pet when you die! Plus both of you will probably have creaky old bones, so a sedate walk will suit both of your rather than a five mile marathon!!