At The Gentle Pit, we applaud anyone who adopts a precious pup from a rescue or shelter. This is especially true with those who have made the decision to give a senior dog a forever home. 

Each year 1.2 million shelter dogs are euthanized, with many being senior dogs. Depending on the breed, pups as young as 5-years-old can be considered a senior.

 A 2015 study using a sample size of 83,000 adoptable animals found that puppies are more desirable than their older counterparts. This leads to many senior dogs spending their entire lives at a rescue or shelter until they are eventually put down. 

But this doesn’t need to be the case. The fact of the matter is older dogs are just as good as younger ones. Here are a few reasons why you should consider adopting a dog who has a few years under his or her belt. 

-They usually don’t need to be housebroken

-Senior dogs tend to have a lower energy level, which is perfect for those who want a calm dog. 

-They probably have outgrown destructive tendencies, like chewing clothing items or scratching furniture, meaning that they don’t been to be constantly supervised.

-Older pups are the ideal therapy dogs due to their calmer demeanor

And most importantly: 

-You are giving a precious pooch, who may have spent the rest of his or her days without a home, a new lease on life. 

image courtesy of Villalobos Rescue Center

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