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Love Has No Age Limit – Adopt a Senior Pet

'Coz age ain't nothin' but a number.
 

Love Has No Age Limit – Adopt a Senior Pet

In honor of Adopt a Senior Dog Month, we decided to give the golden girls and boys of the furball community the attention they deserve!

Young pets are adopted nearly 4 times faster than older pets, putting seniors at greater risk of being put down or left homeless. In effort to change this trend, we’ve collaborated with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR), an outstanding no-kill shelter located in our hometown, to highlight some of their amazing senior pets that are available and ready for adoption.

Dollie Mae is a red hound, taking it easy at 11 years young. She is spayed and a complete sweetheart that is good with kids, other dogs, and cats. She loves her squeaky toys and catching some Zs on her doggie-sized futon. BWAR volunteer, Cat (right), emphasized Dolly’s commitment to retirement: She won't get up for anything, not even treats! So if you're hardcore about R&R and are looking for a gentle soul to spend time with, then Dollie Mae might just be the gal for you.

You can learn more about Dollie here. Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook pages for more featured pets in need of love.

Helping Senior Pets Near You

If you’re not located in the Asheville, NC area, but are passionate about celebrating Adopt a Senior Dog Month to the fullest, visit the ASPCA’s website for more information about senior dogs and cats that need homes near you. 

Caring for Your Senior Pet

While pets arguably get better with age (less chewing and hyperness; more relaxation, obedience, and bonding), it’s also important to recognize their (sometimes special) health and lifestyle needs. According to Dr. Beth Hampton Jones of R.E.A.C.H., an Asheville-based, 24-hour animal hospital that specializes in veterinary medicine and pet surgeries, guardians of older dogs should keep an eye out for signs of “arthritis, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, and canine cognitive dysfunction, which is somewhat like dementia in people.” For older cats, common illnesses include “kidney disease (most common), heart disease, cancer, and some mobility issues associated with arthritis.”

As “a good rule of thumb,” Dr. Jones advises that senior pets receive a checkup “every six months and more frequently if they are on chronic medications or have a serious disease.” She also notes the importance of maintaining dental health, as “dental disease is common in both species” as they age.

Helping Senior Pets Near You

If you’re not located in the Asheville, NC area, but are passionate about celebrating Adopt a Senior Dog Month to the fullest, visit the ASPCA’s website for more information about senior dogs and cats that need homes near you.

 

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