The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. Meet your new best friend 11 to 3 Saturday, July 19, and noon to 3, July 20, and at the Kirkwood Petco. To see which dogs will be there plus other available dogs, go Here.
Today I heard from another rescue person who wanted me to take a 6 or 7 year old dog. "We just don't have much luck with the old ones," she said.
What I think she meant was they just don't find their new homes fast enough. Or maybe even that she just thought no one would want a senior dog.
And what's this with 6 or 7 being senior? Not in my book. We don't call them seniors until they are eight, and we don't starat thinking they will be hard to place until they're over 10. Dogs between five and 10 years are often the best dogs out there. We usually have more trouble placing wild and crazy one-year-olds.
So what's our secret? We don't really have one. We just conduct adoption events every weekend and lower the fee on some of the senior dogs thanks to our Dixie Fund. And we take in puppies and young dogs to make sure some dogs are easy and fast to place. We do need money coming in all the time if we're to pay our bills.
But what I'd like others to remember is that people do adopt old dogs. They certainly do adopt middle-aged (4 to 8 years) dogs.
Adalyn, the grey muzzle dog above is a sweetheard. We took her in last week and she's already receiving inquiries. So has Sugar, the sweetheart senior lady below.
And here's Callie, a mellow chocolate lab who has completed treatment for heartworms. Her former owner died.
And next is the lovely and laid back Madge, a fine senior lady.
Pepper is a 7 year old boy who's having a little trouble finding a home but not because of his age. He's a fence jumper. Shouldn't he know better by now. He loves his walks, though, and would do well in a fenceless home.
We recently placed 10 year old Muttley after having him for less than a week. We also placed a 12 year old chihuahua quickly. This is Emily with her new human.
Last weekend we also placed Charlie, a 12 year old corgi mix.
We don't have a secret. We just do it.
All of the available senior dogs shown here are Dixie Fund Dogs, meaning we reduced their adoption fee to only $50.
Give seniors a chance. I say that to adopters and to other rescue groups.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project