Almost Home has always had a soft spot for senior dogs. When other rescue organizations have passed by seniors at the shelters, we have brought them in.
Our Senior to Senior Program was created to match senior citizens with senior dogs through a permanent senior foster program. Many of our older adults cannot afford the care of a dog. Almost Home would take care of all these needs, i.e., medical expenses, medicines, and food. In exchange, the senior caregiver would safely house our dog, exercise him, perform basic brushing, and transport the dog to the vet. We believe each will benefit through this project. The companionship, love and care-giving will bring joy into both lives.
Pet ownership or fostering can open up a whole new world for older adults. By adopting or fostering older pets, seniors get companionship without housebreaking or training.
The program has received rave reviews from local papers and organizations, and we have since partnered with Senior Citizens Inc. of Delaware County to help expand the program.
(Published in This Week) “A central Ohio organization that finds homes for dogs that might otherwise be euthanized will launch an adoption program next week with local senior citizens. Since being established by three central Ohio women nearly five years ago, Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio Inc. has removed more than 400 dogs from animal shelters and puppy mills, and placed them in homes. Now, the group hopes to tap into a new source for saving dogs by partnering with Senior Citizens Inc. of Delaware County.”
Read the full article here.
“I cannot put into words the blessing it is to be given the opportunity to love an old dog and see the difference that it makes. It makes me a better person. It reminds me daily of how important love is. It reminds me to be gentle. To be patient. To take the extra time. To slow down, to eat and walk without rushing. To be thankful that I can eat and walk, and find simple joy in both things. To love an old dog is to reflect on a life well lived and to reflect on the role that love plays in our lives. In the end that is what carries these old guys through and, in the end, it is what matters to them above all else. That is what they teach me.” – Lori Symmonds
Our Senior to Senior Dogs:
If you’d like to learn more about our Senior-to-Senior Program, please contact the Program Coordinator.
To make a contribution to help fund this program, please click the donate button to do so through PayPal (please enter The Senior to Senior Program under “purpose” or leave blank for a general donation to Almost Home).
“Since we are seniors, very senior seniors – Jim hit 90 this year and I am not too far behind, I can not emphasize enough what it has meant for us to adopt an older pet that fit our quiet life style. Fortunately, we enjoy good health so caring for a pet is not a problem. All Three of us go for walks: good for man and beast.” –Jim and Betty Morris
We are also grateful for mailed donations. If you prefer to mail a donation, please send your check or money order to:
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
P.O. Box 1177
Powell, OH 43065
If requested, we will send you a letter acknowledging your gift for tax purposes. Thank you for all past and potential donations. Your generosity is saving lives.
You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
The adage you can’t teach an old dog new tricks couldn’t be further from the truth. Old dogs can learn new tricks. Unfortunately that isn’t the perception and far too often adoptable senior dogs are overlooked because of these misconceptions. Did you know that senior dogs spend an average of 4x longer in a shelter than puppies or adult dogs? Let’s look at what a senior dog is, why they make great pets and how to find a senior dog looking for their forever home!
What is a Senior Dog?
Veterinarians will categorize a dog as a “senior” around the age of 7, however it all really depends on the size of the dog and their average lifespan. Shelter dogs as young as 5 are sometimes looked at as “senior” and will spend more time waiting for a family to adopt them. Senior dogs can be looked at by potential adopters as “problem dogs” that were surrendered by owners when they actually end up in animal shelters for a variety of other reasons. Some of those reasons could be death of an owner, work, moving to a place that doesn’t allow dogs, new baby, allergies or just not enough time for a dog. Whatever the reason, it is very possible it’s not due to any behavioral issues.
Why Should I Adopt a Senior Dog?
Here are just some of the reasons to adopt a senior dog.
- Potty Trained: Often times senior dogs are already potty trained. This means less time worrying about and cleaning up accidents. It also means no midnight wake ups or early morning rises to let out a puppy who is unable to hold it!
- Lessons Learned: They often have already learned many of life’s lessons like shoes are not chew toys.
- Cuddle Buddy: Senior dogs love a good walk or adventure but also enjoy sleeping and cuddling for a lazy day on the couch! Their energy level will often mimic yours for the day.
- Adjust More Easily: Older dogs are more mellow and often adjust more easily to changes so when you adopt an older dog they will fall into your routine more easily than a puppy or younger dog.
- Fully Grown: A puppy can grow to be much larger than you expect or can develop fur that requires more maintenance, but with a senior dog, they are what you see. You don’t have to plan for them to get any bigger (so long as you are feeding them per your veterinarian’s instruction)
- You’ll Save a Life: Senior dogs are at risk for euthanasia due to how long it takes for them to get adopted. If you decide to adopt a senior dog not only will you be rewarded with the knowledge of saving a life, but they will reward you with unwavering love knowing they’ve received a second change.
How/Where Can I Adopt a Senior Dog?
You can find adoptable senior dogs at your local dog shelter or from area dog rescues and foster organizations like Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio. Almost Home has a Senior to Senior foster program created to match senior citizens with senior dogs for fostering and adoption. You can learn more about our Senior to Senior foster program here (http://almosthomeohio.org/foster/the-senior-to-senior-program/) which includes a list of all the currently available senior dogs.
If you are reading this article there is a good chance you are interested in adopting a dog and maybe even considering a senior dog. We hope that after reading just a few of the reasons to adopt a senior dog, you do just that; however if you are interested in hearing more stories please contact us and we will be happy to connect you with previous and current fosters and owners of senior dogs.
- You can also check out Susie’s Senior Dogs on Facebook (@susiesseniordogs) to see real life testimonials and available senior dogs from all over the country.
- The Grey Muzzle Organization is focused on supporting rescue groups and shelters that help senior dogs. Learn more about them and their supported rescues at www.greymuzzle.org.
- At the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs (http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/id3.htm) their Senior Dogs for Senior People program is designed to bring senior dogs and senior people together as well as get them out into the community.