Today’s post is dedicated to all of those animals who have been residing in shelters for a long period of time. These wonderful pets seem to get overlooked again and again, and it is often difficult to understand why this happens. I do not know exactly what prevents these dogs/cats from being adopted. They are intelligent, housebroken, loving, and eager to have a good home. They will also be loyal, happy and a faithful companions for many, many years.
It has been suggested that perhaps one reason these animals are overlooked is that they are dark in color. Our black or dark brown dogs are always the last to be considered by adopters. Because their fur is dark, they are also more difficult to photograph and sometimes they do not appear as photogenic as their peers. The dogs who are, perhaps, more attractive or appealing, or ones with unusual markings, definitely seem to have an advantage over the others.
Size is probably also a factor. People tend to want dogs who are smaller in size. They often overlook the fact that these dogs can also be extremely active, require lots of exercise and are sometimes very vocal and difficult to train. As those of us who have larger dogs in our homes have experienced, many of these medium sizes or larger dogs are very content to lie around your home and do not require lots of exercise.
“Overlooked Pets” are not only those dogs who have spent a considerable amount of time in the shelter, but those who are senior dogs. When most people consider adopting a dog, they immediately think of selecting a puppy. Although puppies are cute and cuddly, they also require lots of energy, patience and time to teach them how to be acceptable in the family environment. Older dogs can also be cute and cuddly and have numerous wonderful qualities that will take a puppy many years to achieve. It is a privilege to own a senior dog and each day becomes special as you and your “old friend” share the love and a special understanding that grows stronger each day. And, above all, you have given this wonderful dog a second chance at life.
Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog
- Senior dogs love to sleep and cuddle the day away. They enjoy a brisk daily walk, but the best part of the day is the nap. They love for you to join them.
- Senior dogs have a tremendous amount of love to give. When you rescue a senior dog, you have a best friend for life.
- Senior dogs reward your care with an unwavering devotion. Nothing matches the love of a senior dog for his rescuer
- Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior dog.
- Senior dogs can learn new tricks and be valuable family and community members. They make excellent therapy dogs.***
- Senior dogs often fit into your household with ease. They find the softest, warmest spot in the house and claim it for their own, but they will share with you, too.
- Senior dogs make excellent companions for everyone, especially senior people.
- Senior dogs are often the first to be killed in area shelters. Passed over for cute and cuddly puppies, they often do not have a chance and must go to make space for more puppies and younger dogs.
- Senior dogs have learned many of life’s lessons. They know, for example, that shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
- Adopting a senior dog saves a life!
A perfect example is Mable, an “Old Friend” and she is one of the dearest, sweetest dogs you will ever have the opportunity to meet. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, and I think the pictures, shown below, that were taken of Mable in the nursing home will do just that.
Mable is all of the above. She knows, she feels, she cares, and …. she doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of her life in a kennel. Mable has given joy and comfort to many, many people. She has met with the children’s groups who have come to visit our shelter, and she regularly visits the seniors and other residents in a local nursing home.
Mable was one of the lucky ones. After many, many years sitting on the shelter floor, always being overlooked, she was finally adopted!
Not so Lucky
There are millions of animals just like Mable, just waiting for their forever home, always being overlooked! Mable was fortunate enough to end up in a no-kill shelter. Unfortunately, there are millions of animals who are not so lucky, and for no fault of their own, they are sitting on death row waiting for the opportunity to love someone.
Please consider adopting, not shopping when looking for a pet! No room for a pet? There are plenty of ways you can help spread awareness. Please visit the Remember Me website for more information!