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Oldies but Goodies: 5 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Shelter Dog

It's high time to address some of the hardest pups to place out there . . . the older dog in a shelter. Stuck with stigmas of "reject" or "difficult," or worse, they often get overlooked for the fresh starts of playful puppies. Well, as someone who's raised a few pets from lil ones, it's not all fun and fluff.

Before you head straight for the babes, check out five solid reasons to start with the big guys.

  • Break-ins — Potty training is no joke, especially for newbies. When you get a dog at an older age, especially one who has spent time in a foster home, much of the most difficult part is already done. Starting with an already housebroken, or almost housebroken, pet is easier than starting from scratch.
  • Miracle grown — It would be quite the shock to adopt what you expect to be a small pooch and end up with someone more akin to a St. Bernard. If you get a dog as an adult, you know that your teensy pooch is not gonna become large and in charge in a few months.
  • Tricksters — While training needs to continue at any age, getting an adult pooch can allow you to have a pup that already knows the basic commands and maybe some tricks, too. Bonus.
  • Less Mouthy — Adult dogs have their grown-up teeth that can make them better for you and your beloved shoes.
  • Chilled out — As dogs get older, they tend to get calmer. Adopting an adult or senior dog lets you have a calmer pal around the house if that's the lifestyle you prefer.
— Additional reporting by Hedy Phillips
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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Thanks fuzzles, I admit I have a soft spot for a coat full of mange and some protruding ribs. I've heard of petfinder but never checked it out until today. If I ever find myself wanting a dog and no strays follow me home, I'll keep it in mind!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Betty Wayne, As the saying goes, strays find those with good hearts! :) To add: petfinder.com is a wonderful resource if you are considering adopting. You can search for pretty much any animal by breed (please research, as some breeds are cute but have special needs!) and location. This is how the stunning Carpet Bat in my avi came home. :woohoo:
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I've never adopted a shelter dog, not that I don't want to, but strays always seem to wander into my life every time I consider adopting a new pet! Though I would love to adopt a full grown dog eventually. I would like to give a shout out to purebred adoption groups. A lot of people avoid shelters because they're looking for a purebred. All you need to do is google 'chihuahua rescue' or 'doberman rescue-' you get the idea- and you'll be able to find one. I talked my Australian Shepard loving mom out of buying a puppy from a breeder and she's 100% happy with the 2-year old purebred that she ended up getting from a rescue.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
My family adopted our doggy when she was 2.5 years old (the vet thinks). She is turning 14 this year!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
The current Persian and my three past Persians have all been adult rescues. After taking care of a friend's 8 week old kittens while he was on vacation with his family, I wouldn't do it any other way. I was exhausted and frazzled after only 10 days!
katiekat95 katiekat95 5 years
I rescued both of my pugs...they were about a year when I adopted them (a year apart). It was the best thing I have ever done. They are pure bred pugs and beautiful but had come from very sad situations. They are the BEST dogs I could have ever asked for. So loving and sweet. And bonus they both came potty and crate trained. I hope lots of dogs get adopted tomorrow!
vtracy vtracy 5 years
The best thing a shelter can do is to get as many foster families they can get .Screen the people really well ....People with big homes and empty rooms can foster allot of cats...People with allot of land would be good for dogs...Euthanasia should only be used on animals in allot of pain that can't be fixed...not babies just because there is no room....It actually pains me to think about it.I have done my own rescues over the years and got many animals new homes on my own...I screen the people like they are adopting a baby....If you have only one animal and think you could take care of another one...do it now...before it is too late....
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