Sweet, loving, grateful, playful — these are just a few adjectives dog owners use to describe their senior pets. People can get pretty passionate about their older dogs and cats, and some even dedicate their lives to adopting senior dogs.
But despite a steadily growing fan club, there are quite a few misconceptions about senior dogs still out there, and as a result, adult pets in the shelter system can have a difficult time finding families, explains Jorge Ortega, senior director of the ASPCA Adoption Center.
“It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia,” Ortega tells The Dodo. “When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.”