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Why you should adopt a senior dog

We rescued sweet Joseph from a cold, concrete cell in one of Romania’s notorious public shelters. On the kill list, he only had a few hours left before he would be callously euthanised. And what had he done to deserve this?

He’d simply grown old.

Like many of the animals we save from death row, Joseph had no backstory. But before his incarceration, this lovely old boy likely once knew the warmth of a family home. Perhaps a new puppy stole the spotlight. Maybe his human had died leaving him as a legacy no family member wanted to inherit. We can’t ever know for certain why he was abandoned, but what we do know for certain is that he didn’t deserve it.

There’s a heartwarming twist to Joseph’s tale: thanks to a couple of compassionate supporters, he has found a wonderful home where he will spend his golden years surrounded by love. Yet while Joseph’s story is a happy-ever-after, countless more seniors remain trapped on death row in Romania. Could you open your heart and your home to one of them?

Adopting an older dog comes with a whole bucketful of benefits. They’ve long outgrown all those pesky pup behaviours such as chewing, and our rescuers check they’re toilet and lead trained before they’re put up for adoption. Not to mention, they’d often rather curl up by your side for a nap than drag you around the park. Perfect if your own energy levels are more couch than 5k.

Some may hesitate to adopt a senior pet because they fear the final farewell in a few years. Yet, our experience shows these older dogs are pure love and gratitude. For our adopters, knowing a dog like Joseph will enjoy a loving retirement is the ultimate heartwarming reward.

So, please don’t scroll past our senior dogs. They’re waiting to love someone just like you.