The Retirement 

Club

ODHS would like to highlight some of our lovely active and glowing seniors. We always have seniors looking for a family for them to spend their golden years in. Many of them just need a good ray of sunshine to lay in and a good belly rub now and then.

5 Reasons why you should adopt a   Senior

1. Adopting an older dog may save its life. Many people are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, often overlooking dogs over the age of five. Shelters are overcrowded and unfortunately, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing it with a better life but are also saving it from being put down.

2. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think. Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. These dogs need homes just as badly as young adoptees do, and make wonderful household pets.

3. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.

4. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs. An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.

5. You get what you see Whether they have crazy wiry hair, stumpy legs or a wildly wagging tail, senior pooches have already developed into exactly who they are going to be. You don’t have to worry about adopting a “Terrier Mix” puppy only to watch it grow into a huge mastiff!

The Retirement    Club

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Klaus

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Male

 

Senior

Tan/Black/White

mixed

Hi my name is Klaus! I’m 8 years old and 22 lbs! 

 

Meet Klaus. Since arriving at ODHS, this little guy has had a really rough go with kennel cough and heartworm cough. He’s on the road to recovery and getting ready for his HW treatment. 

What you need to know about Klaus:

1.He’s 21 lbs of love and appreciation
2.He’s great with other dogs
3.He’s great with kids
4.Cats don’t bother this guy at all
5.He’s done well in his crate but sometimes has an accident
6.His best days are spent laying in the sun, sleeping and getting as much love as he can possibly stand

His sweet face says it all. He’s just looking for comfort and love from his forever home. Do you have a place in your heart for Klaus?

Medical Note: I am heartworm positive. I will be on 28 days of doxycycline (antibiotic) to prepare me for heartworm treatment in early August. ODHS pays for this treatment. You can adopt me prior to the treatment, but then the cost of the treatment would be yours. Monthly heartworm prevention is important to a healthy, happy dog. After treatment is done, I will need 30 days of low activity/crate rest. This means I can play and go for short walks, but please nothing that can make me “pant”. Once I am treated and all the heartworms are gone, please be sure to keep me on heartworm prevention.

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Lady

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Female

 

Senior

Brown/White

mixed

Hi my name is Lady! I’m 8 years old and 44 lbs! I am good with other dogs and I like the inside, air conditioned life. I walk well on a leash too. Wait til you see my beautiful, chocolate brown fur in person. I am an easy going gal just looking for a place to call my forever home.

You can come adopt me or even join our foster program to help the humans learn all the awesome things about new dogs like me! Learn more on our website!

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Lily

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Female

 

Senior

Golden/Black

mixed

Hi, my name is Lily! They may call me a “senior”, but at about 7 years old, I am still spry and full of life! I love going on adventures, whether it be a car ride, a walk, a jog, a hike, I’m up for it! I’m a little rounder than I should be at 70 lbs, but my goal is to lose 5-10 lbs and feel my best. I do great with kids and would love a family all my own to take me to obedience classes and so many other adventures! I do not like dogs or cats, so please keep them away from me. Although I love adventures, I also love just chilling by you on the couch and watching some TV. And I have lived in a home before, so I have good house manners and should be able to catch onto your home routine in no time!

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Roy

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Male

 

Senior

Golden/White

mixed

Hi my name is Roy! I’m 9 years old and 35-40 lbs! 

 

Medical Notes: I was neutered and had a dental done on 7/28. No baths until 8/7 due to my neuter.

 

I just arrived to ODHS but the humans promised to update my bio as they learn more about me! 

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Shamus

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Male

 

Senior

Golden/White

mixed

Hi my name is Shamus! I’m 9 years old and about 35lbs!

I just arrived to ODHS but the humans promised to update my bio as they learn more about me!

You can still come adopt me or even join our foster program to help the humans learn all the awesome things about new dogs like me! Learn more on our website!

Old Dominion Humane Society

3602 Lafayette Blvd Fredericksburg Va 22408