Adoptions rates for senior dogs are lower than those of younger dogs

Local shelters and rescues are trying to reverse that

Annemarie Payson

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Shadow is one of the senior dogs at Bob’s House for Dogs. She is a 12+ year old female Shepard mix. © Annemarie Payson 2019

Many senior dogs have a lower shelter adoption rate than a younger dog, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

While they may be older, these senior canines still are able to steal your heart the way a puppy could, dog owners say.

Mature dogs are usually already trained and house broken, unlike most puppies, and are just looking for good homes to spend their last years.

Many of these dogs love to cuddle up on the couch with their owners, which is the exact picture you see at Bob’s House for Dogs in Eleva, Wisconsin.

Because shelters can be high stress environments, they want to give the senior dogs a better chance at relaxing.