Without doubt senior dogs make great companions and have a lot of love to give a family in their golden years. Sadly, they are often overlooked at shelters. And, as shelter volunteers can attest, it can be heartbreaking to see a wonderful mature dog deemed less desirable and struggle to find a forever home.
The Senior Dog Project, www.srdog.com founded in 1997 is a one-stop go-to website that helps to re-home senior dogs (over the age of five). The site, through its various categories re-directs adopters to special organizations that focus on senior dogs that operate in every state and also lists sanctuaries throughout the country too. Further, there’s in-depth information on the special kind of care that older dogs may require to be active and healthy family members.
Apart from individual organizations that operate separately in different states, there is also the nationwide organization known as the Grey Muzzle Organization that works with groups around the country improving the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. Their website www.GreyMuzzle.org details the type of support they offer, such as paying for expensive surgeries for a senior dog. There is also a section dedicated to the dogs they have helped focusing on their heart-warming individual stories that endorse how they can make people’s lives better in so many ways.
Whether you have a young family or are empty nesters, senior dogs have a way of fitting in. From leisurely strolls and a quiet home, to children's tea parties and hectic schedules, most senior dogs have the patience, maturity and training to make everyone's life better.
A dog’s age has nothing to do with the human-animal bond. So if you're looking for your next fur ball, check out the Senior Dog Project and the Grey Muzzle Organization!