People are finally understanding how amazing senior dogs really are.
A new survey by The Grey Muzzle Organization, a group that provides grants to senior dogs at rescue groups, found that the perception of senior dogs is changing – and for the better.
The group found an uptick in adoption of senior dogs, with older and younger people now more willing to bring home an older rescue. For one, these dogs often blend more easily in someone’s lifestyle, as they are house-trained, tend to more laid back and already understand family dynamics.
“No dog is more grateful or loving than a senior. As more people discover their wonderful qualities, more old dogs are getting the second chance they deserve.” says Lisa Lunghofer, the executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in a statement.
Also, the increased awareness about the need for these elder dogs to find a home has changed viewpoints.
“We think this is because they first see the dog on social media and want to ‘do the right thing,’”says Nicole Ristau of Bob’s House for Dogs in Eleva, Wisconsin. “It seems as if adopting seniors is starting to be a trend. People see it in a new light.”
The group surveyed 30 rescues that had receive a grant from Grey Muzzle and found homes for nearly 18,000 dogs, 3,900 of which were seniors last year.
For those not wanting to adopt a senior dog, their concerns often fit into two categories. One, people are scared their newly adopted friend will leave them sooner than they would like. It is important to note dogs older than seven are often considered senior, but many are living much longer lives.
The second issue is expense. While people who get a puppy will one day have to incur fees that arise with their aging dog, not everyone is wanting to have those high vet costs right off the bat. Insurance can help reduce the cost.