Adopting a Senior Pet


10 reasons to adopt a senior dog!

1. What you see is what you get

From the start, you will know the dogs full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. Knowing this information makes it easier to pick your perfect senior dog and form that love connection that will last a lifetime!

2.  Easy to Train

We all know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Well, it is time to wash that saying down the drain! Senior dogs are great at focusing on you - and on the task at hand - because they are more calm than young dogs. 

3.  Seniors are Super-Loving

We love hearing for pet parents with senior dogs! The emails we seem to get all contain beautiful, heartfelt descriptions of the love these dogs give you - and those of you who adopted dogs already in their golden years told us how devoted and grateful they are. It’s an amazing bond between the person and dog that cannot be topped!

4.  They’re Not a 24-7 Job

Senior dogs don’t require the constant monitoring puppies do, leaving you with more freedom to do your own thing. If you have young children, or just value your “me time”, this is definitely a bonus.

5.  They Settle in Quickly

Senior dogs are “been there, done that” kind of pets. They have been around the block and already learned what is takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They will be a part of your family in no time!

6.  Fewer Messes

Don’t want torn up shoes, carpet, and furniture? Then a senior dog is for you! Their teething years are far behind them! Senior dogs are likely to already be house trained - and even if they’re not, they have the physical and mental abilities to pick it up quickly (unlike puppies). 

7.  You Won’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

There are those who yearn for a doggie friend of their own, but are worried what might happen in their lives in the years to come. It is wise to do so since a puppy or young dog can be anywhere from a 8 to 20 year responsibility. Providing a loving home for a dog in their golden years is not a less serious commitment, but it can be a shorter one.

8. They Enjoy Easy Livin’

Couch potato, know thyself! Please consider a senior dog rather than a high-energy young dog who will run you ragged. Not that older dogs don’t require any exercise - they do - but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day. 

9. Save a Life, Be a Hero

At other shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Depressing, right? Woods loves to help senior pets by bringing them into our adoption program where we know they will be safe and loved. Saving a senior dog offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you will feel the rewards every day you spend together!

10. They are CUTE!

Need we say more?

"Some see these gray hairs and call me a senior dog. That just means I have years of experience in the fine art of love and friendship."




1. They Understand

When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand they have been rescued and are all the more thankful for it.

2.  Developed Personality

A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if the cat is a good fit for your family.

3.  New tricks

You can teach a senior cat new tricks! Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.

4. Etiquette

A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night) anyway!

5. Litter Trained

In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is. 

6. Full-Grown

A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you will know exactly how much cat you are getting. 

7. All About Relaxation

Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.

8. Nap Time

Speaking of relaxing, senior cats make great napping buddies!

9. Good Behavior

Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting. 

10. Save a Life, Be a Hero

Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for - so when you adopt a senior cat, you are truly saving a life!


"Too old to climb on your curtains, but young enough to climb on your lap. What's not to love?"



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