Data from the ASPCA shows that dogs who are 7 years or older have only a 25% chance of getting adopted from a shelter. The statistics get worse when it comes to euthanasia. Only 56% of senior dogs have a “live release rate”, which means almost half of senior dogs who end up in shelters are being euthanized. This is compared to a 76% live release rate for younger dogs.
Many senior dogs in shelters have had loving families for several years and are now scared, sad, and confused. Others have had a lifetime of abuse or neglect and were dumped somewhere before ending up in the shelter. Regardless of what happened in their previous lives, our commitment to the dogs we rescue is that their lives will get better…….starting today.
Our goal is to take as many senior and special needs dogs as we can out of the shelter environment. We also help prevent these dogs from going to shelters, and healthy dogs from being euthanized just because of their age (yes this happens). We place these dogs into loving foster homes where they will be given medical care, comfortable beds, and lots of love and attention in their final weeks, months or years. Many will be available for adoption, as there is still plenty of life left after 7! While a dog has to be senior OR have special needs/medical emergencies to qualify for our rescue, it does not matter their size, breed, or condition. As long as we have a committed foster home and finances in place for proper medical care, they will not be turned away. Although they are often overlooked, senior and special needs dogs still have so much life left and love to offer!
Senior Dogs in Shelters
Senior Dogs in Foster Care