Adopt a Dog-Save a Life if You Adopt an Older Dog

Adopt a dog-save a life, especially if you adopt an older dog.  Do you believe this?  I sure do.

I’ve talked with several dog shelter owners.  Every one of them admits that if a dog must be euthanized, it is the older dog that is killed first.  Not one of the owners were happy about this.  But they must run a business.  Since puppies are the easiest to move for adoption, they must kill the older dogs to make room for the younger ones. 

I must look at my own little dog when I think about this.  He is 9 years old.  It is true that he was only a few weeks old when we adopted him from a pet shelter.  But he is now

Adopt a Dog-Save a Life if You Adopt an Older Dog

Romeo and Scott

definitely a senior dog.

If I faced the decision of adopting him at 9 years old or adopting or buying a puppy, I would definitely adopt Romeo.

OK, I know I am biased because of my relationship with him.  But if I put my relationship with Romeo aside, there are many other reasons why I would adopt an older dog.

Romeo is the most lovable dog we have ever owned.  He is extremely affectionate.  Although he still has a lot of energy, one of his favorite things to do is to cuddle up close to us on the couch and take a nap.  Or he may go to sleep right at our feet.

He is unbelievably devoted to us.  He stays close to us wherever we go, both in the house and outside.

Obviously, he is very well house trained.  He never has accidents inside.  When he goes outside, he does his business quickly.  He knows what he is supposed to do.

Although he is 9 years old, he is still very teachable.  He wants to please us.  So he quickly learns something new.

You may think that a 9 year old dog doesn’t have much energy.  But you are wrong in most cases.  Romeo and I take 2-3 mile walks every morning.   When we stop walking, I am the one that is pooped, not him.

The bottom line is that Romeo is very much a part of our family.

I mention these things about Romeo because I think that many of these characteristics are common in most older dogs.  Even if the older dog doesn’t have the energy that it used to have, most of the other characteristics apply.

I read a recent article that discusses why you should adopt a dog-save a life and why you should adopt an older dog.

It is entitled, “Be a Hero, Adopt an Older Dog.”  The author is Helen Hartel.  Here is a quote from the article:

More often than not, you’ll find delightful, beautiful and often well-trained older pets alone for the first time in their lives–just waiting; waiting for someone to give them a second chance at finding a good home.

Did you know that vets say dogs fall into the “senior” category around the age of 7? But in a shelter, a dog as young as 5 may have trouble finding a new home, because many prospective adopters believe they are already over-the-hill. This simply isn’t true. When given the appropriate care, love and exercise, dogs can and will remain active, playful and happily puppy-like well into their later years.

Ms. Hartel goes on to say:

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

The article is excellent.  You can read the entire article here.

Ms. Hartel mentions several reasons why you should adopt an older dog.  What do you think?  Have you considered adopting an older dog?  Not only will you adopt a dog-save a life.  You will also have a wonderful, loving companion for the rest of its life.

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3 Responses to Adopt a Dog-Save a Life if You Adopt an Older Dog

  1. may says:

    AT what age is a person to old to adopt a dog?

    • admin says:

      I am sorry I am getting back to you so late. I don’t think there is an age that is too old for adopting a dog. You need to be aware of your responsibilities as a dog owner. You may already know this. Of course, some dogs need more exercise than others. Others have specific grooming requirements. There are costs involved in owning a dog.

      I advise that you speak with your doctor and get that person’s opinion about you owning a dog. As you know, dogs make great companions. I wish you the very best.

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