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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Alma

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Short

Female

Senior

Black/Tan

mixed

Hi! Im Miss Alma. I'm a tiny lady looking for a place to chill to call my furever home. I came from a hoarding home in SC and so I'm learning to cuddle with my foster mama and explore the home. I get along with other dogs but I get grumpy about my space and prefer to sleep solo. My hobbies include eating and napping on very plush bedding. I am maybe 5lb but I sure do enjoy my canned dinners and my foster mama even warms them up for me because my precious eyes convince her I require that. These hoomans that cater to me make me get up and walk around. I'll do best with a home with older kids that understand to give me space. I haven't been cat tested but by my chill level I don't see it even phasing me. 
And I think I’m about 7 years old, but I’m not sure. I will need a dental and to be on canned food only. 

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Juliet

Color

Age

Sex

Hair

Medium

Female

 

Senior

Black/Tan

mixed

Hello! I'm Juliet and my favorite activity is sleeping! I'd make a great companion dog for someone that just wants to pet me and be soothed by my sleeping. I am not blind, but my eyes are mostly cloudy, which is typically the result of age. I am 11 years old by the way. I am not very motivated to go outside, but I do use potty pads. I'm working on being ok on a leash, which is new to me, so I might like a fenced in yard the best.