When people think about bringing a new dog into their family, their first choice is often a puppy. And I can’t really blame them. Those puppy dog eyes, those floppy ears, that puppy breath, and puppy belly.... they are pretty hard to resist! So, it makes sense that puppies in shelters find their forever homes much quicker than their older counterparts. But what many people don't realize is just how much joy, love and companionship a senior dog can bring to their new family.
There are so many reasons that an adult or senior dog should be the preferred choice for families. For one, their personality is developed so you have a better sense of who you are bringing home, often they are house trained, many times they don’t require extensive training, and any destructive behavior they may have once had is likely a thing of the past. That being said, senior dogs are often the first to be surrendered to shelters and often the last to be adopted. Bideawee wants to help change that.
Thanks to a generous grant from The Grey Muzzle Foundation, Bideawee is able to increase the number of senior dogs taken in to the safety of our shelter. Grants like this one make it possible for Bideawee to offer the specialized care and medical treatment necessary to alleviate minor health problems, manage chronic conditions, and ensure that golden-agers spend the rest of their lives in loving homes. Dogs like Karma, Cami and Camela, Horton, and Frankie are all examples of some of the wonderful seniors that have been saved thanks to this grant.
We rescued each of these dogs from municipal shelters where they were almost another sad statistic. Karma, Frankie and Horton were all dealing with health issues that overcrowded municipal shelters cannot afford to treat, and Cami and Camela were facing an uncertain fate at an overburdened city shelter in Florida. Today, each of these dogs is one step closer to finding their happily ever after because organizations like The Grey Muzzle Foundation and Bideawee recognize the value of our senior companions. And it just so happens that this Saturday, August 17th, is a perfect time to visit a shelter and meet your senior match.
NBC and Telemundo are teaming up with Hills and hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. So, take this opportunity to head on over to or your local shelter and see for yourself what amazing pets our looked seniors can make. Trust me, I’m the Mom to two senior dogs and three senior cats. Their unconditional love and spirit keep me they are as loyal and devoted as they come, and I wouldn’t trade them for all the puppies in the world.