The Adoption Center

You can start your search for a senior dog to adopt by going to an online search tool such as:

You can also use a phone app such as:

The above search tools allow you to filter by specifying age of dog, size, breed, etc.

Apps are really a terrific means of starting your search, and that’s where we recommend you begin.  At the same time, or in addition to using an app, you will find here on the srdogs site specific rescue groups that specialize in helping senior dogs.  Also listed are some really great groups that rescue dogs of all ages but at the same time  have a good track record for rehabbing and rehoming seniors.  In addition, each month we’ll give a shout-out to rescue groups that deserve to be noticed.  If the featured group is in your area, we hope you’ll get in touch with them – whether to adopt a senior, or volunteer, or donate.

  • Senior Dog Rescue Groups and Sanctuaries — This list is organized geographically and describes organizations that will have dogs as young as six or seven years and sometimes into their teens. A number of these groups will also take in younger dogs, in order to help in situations where an elderly person can no longer care for the dog.  In addition to adoption, there will be opportunities for foster care and “hospice” care.
  • Rescue Groups and Senior-friendly Shelters  — Also organized geographically, the list cites organizations that will have dogs of all ages, but have made a commitment to do all they can to adopt out the seniors who come their way.  They will usually start their “senior” category at seven years.  Both adoption and foster care are generally possible through these groups.
  • Breed Rescue Groups for Seniors  –These organizations are focused on rescue of seniors of a specific breed.

To get quickly to an agency by location, you can try:

Interactive Map of Senior Rescues —   Dots on this map pinpoint the locations of senior dog rescues in the United States, and include a brief description and the opportunity to get driving directions via Google.  Senior dog rescue groups are forming all the time, so the map may not be up to date.