Adopting a Senior Dog Is Awesome!

Tux with Andy and Teri G., adopted from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Pacific Grove, CA. Photo by Jane Goldman

What’s so amazing about adopting a senior dog?

Senior dogs are great for families, people who work, and senior people — just about anyone who wants a dog grown up enough and ready to be a loyal and loving companion.   Adopting a senior dog is also an act of kindness and social responsibility: you’re saving the life of a dog who might otherwise be euthanized AND discouraging pet overpopulation.   What’s so great about senior dogs?  See the Top Ten Reasons to adopt one, and read testimonials to the joys of living with one….




Monterey, CA -- 6-year-old Wrigley, a real sweetie-pie!
Six-year-old “Wrigley” was adopted from Peace of Mind Dog Rescue in Monterey, CA

How will you know if a specific senior dog is the one for you or your family?

That is soooooo easy!  Go online to check out websites of shelters and rescue groups, arrange a virtual or in-person visit (depending on local COVID-19 guidelines), and chat with the group’s counselors.  Dogs are considered “senior” even when they’re as young as 5 or 6 because prospective adopters usually want puppies.





Shelters and some rescue groups have an in-house veterinarian to assess a dog’s health prior to adoption.

What about the potential costs of healthcare for a senior dog?

Some rescue groups and shelters have their own in-house veterinarians and will do all they can to assess a dog’s health and fitness and to prepare the dog for adoption.  It’s true that, as a dog ages, health issues can arise.  But health care for puppies can also be costly.  To help keep your senior dog as  healthy as possible, check out these tips. More questions about senior dog adoption?  Click here for answers.



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