Adopting a dog is an amazing and big decision that can change yours (and a dog's) life. Dogs make wonderful companions and are known to be man's best friends. Sadly, they are too often abandoned by owners who lack commitment. If you’re thinking about adopting a furry friend, then you might want to consider the following six factors before you introduce a pup to their furever home.
It’s hard to resist the thrill of a new puppy, but senior dogs have a charm all their own! In fact, depending on your lifestyle, you may be better suited to giving a senior a chance. Sadly, senior dogs have a much lower adoption rate than their sprightly juniors, largely because we don’t stop to think about their charms. A few on the list:
- Housebroken? Check and check!
Senior dogs come with their training already in hand. Now, that’s not to say you can’t still teach them a thing or two (who ever said you can’t teach an old dog a new trick?), but they will generally have their basic training in place - a few less worries for you.
- Lower energy, lower maintenance.
While you’ll always need to walk your dog, an older dog won’t have the boundless energy of a puppy. A slower pace can make for an easier walk, and walks won’t usually need to go as far.
- Know exactly who you’re getting.
Older dogs have already settled into their personalities, so you don’t have to guess who they’ll become when they grow up. What you see is what you get!
Think you might be looking for a senior dog of your own? Our mission at Furbo has always been to keep dogs healthy and happy, but this year, we have another special goal: to rehome 1,001 dogs before the end of 2020. We’re excited to be working with Humane Animal Rescue, who has some beautiful senior pups waiting for a home!
Check out these sweeties, and click their link for adoption info or to sponsor:
Don’t let his graying face fool you; at heart, this big boy is still a puppy. He loves walks and will follow his nose anywhere. Because of his age, he has a few medical issues, but knows many tricks and is a lovely gentleman. He may not catch as many eyes as some of his younger shelter friends, but he still has a lot of life left in him and a lot of love left to give.
Meet Kitty! She's the cat's meow! This sweet old gal is enchanted by treats and delights in spending quality time with the people that care about her. Walks are easy going and highly encouraged as she has a few pounds to lose...again, she really loves her treats! While she is a little selective of other dogs, she has no issues with people of all ages and is quite affectionate. If you think you are the right home for this grey-faced beauty, apply to adopt Kitty today!
This pretty pitty pup is Inola. She’s a treat-loving gal and you are sure to win her heart through food. She is energetic, but is good at entertaining herself. She will need a family to help her work on her manners, but she is a quick study and eager to please. Adopt this sweet girl today!
Princess may be considered a senior but don’t let the gray hair fool you! She loves to go for walks and does very well on a leash. Car rides are her favorite and she is very well behaved in the car. Princess is currently in a foster home where she has been sleeping through the night in her crate. Princess can take a bit to warm up to new people, but after a few minutes she is very affectionate and playful. Because she can be shy at first, Princess needs a home with older children or adults only. Princess would do well in a home with another calm, easygoing dog so ask to schedule a meet and greet with your dog. If you’re looking for a well-behaved mature dog with a lot of spunk, Princess is your girl!