Reduce the number of household pets orphaned or abandoned by finding safe, quality homes for these loving pets.
These two senior girls need a place to stay together. Dolly is the black lab and Sandy is the tan mix. They are both around 10 years old.
Sandy is emotionally attached to Dolly and doesn't like her to be out of sight for very long. Their owner passed away and there is no next
of kin to care for them. They've spent their lives in a fenced in backyard but their owner would bring them inside on cold winter nights or when
the weather was bad. Please consider fostering or adopting these girls. They deserve to spend their remaining years in a warm, comfortable
and loving home. If you’re interested in Dolly and Sandy, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and loving companions.
2. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.
3. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.
4. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.
5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train.
6. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.
7. Older dogs make instant companions. Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.
TLC depends on volunteers to keep our organization running smoothly. It's understandable if you're unable
to foster a pet, however, we need help on other levels as well. For example, volunteers are needed to take pictures of pets
so they can be posted on our website, help with upcoming fundraisers and adoption events and the list goes on. Please
take a moment to fill out our volunteer form and let us know how
you'd like to help.
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