There are over 20 dogs that make their homes with a Wondercide team member. From really big to really small, from dark to light, and short hair to long hair, we have ’em all and love ’em all just the same—including a bunch of sweet seniors!
While we have a special place in our hearts for these older Wonderpups, PetFinder.com, an online database for adoptable dogs, notes the typical pet spends about 12 weeks on the site before finding a new home — but senior pets’ profiles remain there nearly four times as long, making them the hardest type of dog to place.
When you’re considering bringing a new Wonderdog into your home, don’t overlook an older dog. These canine companions make wonderful pets and need a loving home just as much as their puppy counterparts. Here are 5 great reasons to adopt a senior dog:
1. THEY’RE TRUER THAN TRUE
Older dogs have been around the block a few times and know exactly who they are. When you adopt a senior, what you see is what you get. There’s no guesswork for size, temperament and personality or grooming needs.
2. THEY SIT LIKE A CHAMP
Most senior dogs already know most basic commands like, “sit,” “down,” “stay,” and “come.” Save hours of time and energy on dog training with a dog who knows some old tricks.
3. YOUR CARPET WILL THANK YOU
By this stage in their life, seniors are generally house-trained, which means fewer cleanups for you. Plus, they’re generally accustomed to human schedules, so no nighttime potty breaks waking you up in your slumber.
4. HULU AND CHILL
Snuggle up on the couch with your senior pooch and catch up on the latest episode of your favorite TV show, or perhaps a fun movie. Lady and the Tramp anyone? Older companions won’t run you ragged with their boundless energy (though all dogs require exercise for good health), so you can spend more time cuddling and less time cleaning up the shreds of toy your puppy just demolished.
5. SAVE TWO LIVES AT ONCE
Because senior dogs are often overlooked, they are some of the first to be euthanized in crowded shelters. We’re so thankful to live in a no-kill city, but not every town is this lucky. By adopting a senior dog, you’re not only saving him or her from euthanasia, but also opening up a kennel for another dog in search of their fur-ever home.
Do you have a senior dog? We’d love to meet him or her. Share a photo and a little bit about your furry friend in the comments below!