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Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

In honor of November being National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, I wanted to take time to highlight all of the amazing reason to adopt a senior dog. I recently started fostering a 7 year old Chihuahua named Matilda who is so sweet and wants nothing more to be loved and cuddled. So many senior dogs are overlooked due to their age, but there are SO many wonderful reasons to welcome an older pup into your life:



Older dogs make instant companions. I can 100% attest to this statement after having Matilda for just a few days. Though nervous around me at first, she quickly opened up and is one of the most affectionate and loving dogs I've ever met. Just give them your heart and they will happily give you theirs.


Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. As great as puppies are, they are exhausting!! If you are looking for a loving companion that doesn't need hourly potty breaks and constant supervision, then a senior pet is for you.



Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Many senior dogs have been surrendered from their previous home for various reasons - financial reasons, death of an owner, change in schedule, allergies, etc. So things like housebreaking, sit, and stay that take time to teach a puppy, will already have been taught to a senior dog.


Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs. And giving them a home could even save their life. After being abandoned by their previous family, these pups are left confused, scared, and sad and need somebody to come along and give them a second chance at life.


Adopting a senior dog can give you a whole other level of satisfaction - older shelter dogs show a level of gratitude that is unmatched when they finally find a family that gives them a chance. Matilda is available for adoption from Hearts and Bones Rescue in New York City and thousands of other senior pets are available on Petfinder.com.


UPDATE: Matilda was adopted on 11/26/2019!


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