Sadly, our nation’s shelters and rescue organizations always house needy older dogs; many of these animal shelters are full of healthy and active older dogs that are in need of a home. And these animals usually wait much longer to find their “home forever” than younger dogs.
This may be due to the belief that it is risky to adopt older dogs as they have already been in the hands of other dog owners and probably learned a lot of things that the new owners may not want to face. The fact is that most of those older dogs are in the shelter because their owners cannot take proper care of them anymore.
Here are just 7 of many reasons you may want to consider adopting an older dog.
1. Because most of these older dogs are housetrained, obediently-trained and most likely know several tricks; their demands for your time are much less than puppies or younger dogs.
2. These dogs seem to appreciate that they have been given another chance for a great life, and they always thank you for that. They are likely to be very loyal and dedicated to their new owner.
3. You save your life. Animal shelters are full of capacity and the oldest dogs are among the first to be slaughtered if they are not adopted in a limited time. By adopting an older dog, you are not only providing it with a better life, but are also saving him from being euthanized.
4. Easier to train: You can teach a new old dog trick, you can train dogs at any age and older dogs are as smart as the younger ones. They have a longer concentration span than a puppy, which makes them easier to train.
5. They are good companions. Older dogs are different from a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. They are ready to go with you on a long walk and they know how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great training partner, a loyal friend, and a nuzzle nightly friend.
6.Older dogs are not problematic. Most of these dogs lose their homes for a number of reasons like movements, career changes, new babies, and the death of a guardian, which usually has nothing to do with their behavior or personality. Older dogs are a perfect choice for someone who has never had a dog before and is also a great source of love and distraction from a family that may have lost a dog. They adapt very quickly to a new home, and people often talk about a sense of appreciation that accompanies an older dog who enters a new home from a shelter home. So, do not make the mistake of believing that an older dog is available for adoption because something is “wrong” with them!
7.Discount Price: Several shelters offer discounts for older dogs during the month of November, which is recognized as “Adopting an Old Pet Month” In some countries, and many animal shelters offer discounts or pet adoption allowances for dogs above a certain age to celebrate the occasion.
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