Noah's Residents

Noah's Residents

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Virtues of Older Dogs

A Bull Mastiff was given up because of his old age.
We are often called upon to rescue old dogs and many a time we find ourselves with a fair number of Senior Citizens.  Many people tell us they are not interested in them because they are too  old. 

It is not surprising that shelters consider these animals virtually unadoptable if they are over five years old.  We find these attitudes senseless  and unacceptable.  There are many virtues in older dogs.  Having been through a fair bit, they are  typically calm, gentle and easy-going.

Beethoven was given up when he was 5 years old
because he started to misbehaved.
Many older dogs have at least half of their lives ahead of them if they receive proper care. These can be very special, loving and productive years, if human companions open their minds and hearts to welcome them.

It is apparent most people want puppies, and therefore puppies are easy to adopt.  In many cases, people do not realise what they are getting into when they get a puppy.  When they realize how much work and attention a puppy requires, many wish they had adopted an older dog that isn't as energetic and is comparatively easier to care for.

Abigail was from SPCA Selangor,
she given up because of her skin problems
and it was difficult to rehome.
After tender  loving care (TLC), Abigail
is a pretty lady.

If you could adopt one of them, you would be giving an older dog a second chance at the life he or she deserves.  Please remember they are in need of homes through no fault of their own.  It is certainly not their fault that they have gotten older.  It happens to all of us. You may be surprised how little age matters when you see some of these great dogs.

In fact, if we didn't tell you how old some of them are, you would probably have a hard time guessing. These dogs are the ones who really need special people to come forward.

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