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.

We also suggest that you browse through lists of agencies that have been around for a while and are known for their passion for doing  an especially good job of evaluating and rehabilitating seniors and for their insightful placement of senior dogs into their new homes.  Here they are:

  • 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.
  • Shelters, Other Rescue Groups  — 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  –These organizations are focused on rescue of seniors of a specific breed.  Of course, you can offer to foster, if you're not ready to adopt.

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.To