At a shelter, older dogs have a much harder chance of getting adopted simply because of their age. Plus, competing with cute, adorable puppies doesn’t help the situation. If you are considering adopting a dog, here are several reasons to consider a senior dog. 
 
  1. What you see is what you get. With puppies there is a bit of a guessing game when they grow up. How big will they get? Will they be energetic? How much grooming will they need? With senior dogs, you know exactly the breed, adult size, personality, energy level, and grooming needs.
  2. They are laid-back. If you aren’t an active person, a senior dog can compliment your life. They are done with the chewing of slippers and running through the park. Instead, they enjoy strolls, cuddling with you on the couch, or simply having a nutritious dinner made just for them.
  3. Senior dogs can adapt. Because they are so eager to please, older dogs can learn new tricks. A senior dog is able to focus more than a high-energy pup. And, because they most likely had a previous home, they often already know basic commands like sit, down, and stay.
  4. They are grateful. They know they have been given a second chance at life and they will show it. You can take one look in their eyes and see they are saying, “Thank you for saving my life.”
  5. Save a life. Yes, you saved a life! Older dogs face the highest rates of euthanization. Unfortunately, previous pet owners surrender their aging companion because they no longer see them as a beloved family member but a perceived burden simply because they got old and can no longer participate in activities they did when they were younger.

Have you adopted a senior dog? Let us know in the comments below!