Old Dominion Humane Society

3602 Lafayette Blvd Fredericksburg Va 22408

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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Edith

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Female

 

Senior

Brown

mixed

I'm about ten years old and am a tiny gal at 7lbs.


I like to relax, sleep, eat and repeat! I do have some medical issues due to my older age and lack of care over the years. I'd love to be your lap dog and live out my remaining years in a warm, comfy home. Do you have it in your heart to adopt an old gal like me.

Medical notes: I have had at least 2 mammory tumors removed in my life (no biopsy was done to determine if malignant or not. The vet determined that my teeth are all bad. They removed some, but determined I need all of my teeth removed eventually. We recommend using Helping Hands in Richmond, Va.

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Bear

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Medium

Male

 

Senior

Black

mixed

Hi my name is Bear! I am 11 years old and I weigh about 50-55lbs.

Bear is such a good boy! Curious, smart, sweet! Great with the dogs, kids, and cats! He seems to be housebroken and he loves the outdoors! He will hang out outside for as long as you let him. He doesn't do well with steps, so a one level home without a lot of steps to the outside is best for him. He would even benefit from some joint supplements such as NUPRO (silver label). Bear is deaf and blind, but he doesn’t let that hold him back. He is old enough to have learned how to deal with it.

Bear was originally rescued by ODHS from a shelter in Baltimore about 1.5 years ago, he was adopted by a wonderful owner, but when she got sick with cancer, she made the heartbreaking decision to surrender him. He is now looking for his retirement home to give him lots of love.

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Walter

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Male

 

Senior

Brown

mixed

Hi my name is Walter! I’m 8-10 years old and ~25-30lbs!

My foster mom is taking such good care of me. She has found that I am a really good companion dog because I am chill and love to lay on the couch all day and watch TV with my human. I sleep all night and sometimes til mid-morning (10am) if you want. I have been very good about doing my business outside (but just know there is an adjustment period with any new change in homes). When we do have to get up and face the world, I do love to ride in the car with my human too.

My foster home has cats (one I don't mind, but one I want to chase, so probably a cat free home is best for me) and my foster mom has kids aged middle school and high school that I get along with as well. I have not been tested with younger kids yet, but as long as they know about personal space, then I should be good.

Medical note: I am heartworm positive. I am scheduled to be treated by ODHS around mid-February (after I complete 28 days of doxycycline as prep). You can adopt me anytime now, but the cost of the treatment would be yours.