Senior dogs are at higher risk for euthanasia at shelters. They have been harder to place than younger dogs for many years. In the past, people have wanted puppies and younger dogs to grow with their families.
For rescuers, this is alarming because more and more seniors are flooding in. People are turning them over due to high costs of medical treatment or loss of patience.
BUT there’s great news! There is a big change with the public’s opinion and it’s saving lives!
Senior adopters are gravitating toward senior dogs. They are looking for dogs who operate at a slower pace and can appreciate lounging on the couch and binging on T.V. These senior adopters are giving happy homes to dogs who would likely be euthanized or spend their remaining days in a shelter.
Seniors aren’t the only ones! Because public perception about senior dogs is changing, more and more people aren’t as afraid to bring a senior dog into their family.
There are also people who are speaking for senior dogs. People like best-selling author Laura Coffey. Coffey wrote a piece several years ago called ‘No Dog Should Die Alone’ on Today.com that sparked lots of conversation and much needed action. The piece also featured photography by Lori Fusaro. The collaboration turned into a best-selling book called ‘My Old Dog: Rescued Pets With Remarkable Second Acts.’
According to a survey conducted by The Grey Muzzle Organization, an organization that gives grants to shelters for high-risk senior dogs, reported that 80 percent of respondents found there was better public perception about adopting senior animals.
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Fortunately many more shelters and rescue groups are also promoting special adoption days and events geared to finding senior dogs a forever home.
It’s good to know that the concept that no dog should be left behind really has no age in mind!
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