Thank you for considering a beautiful Senior Paws’ dog to become the newest member of your family! The following offers basic information about adoption.
- First, we pride ourselves on responsible re-homing practices. This means that every adopted dog from Senior Paws Dog Rescue is neutered or spayed (unless it cannot be done for reasons such as age, health, etc.), microchipped, vaccinated, de-wormed and flea-treated. After adoption, the health and welfare of your dog (proper vaccinations, heart worm and flea prevention and vet care costs) will be your responsibility.
- Second, we are an open-adoption rescue, which means we look for ways to turn potential adopters into good homes, instead of trying to look for reasons why they should be denied from adoption.
- We look to find loving and suitable forever homes for these special seniors who we consider our own; we want to be sure that they will never be abandoned, without a home or mistreated again.
All applicants for Senior Paws’ dogs are thoroughly screened, all references checked and a home visit may be performed.
Before submitting an adoption application, please consider the following:
- You must be 21 years of age or older to adopt
*if you are 65 and older, please visit our “Seniors for Seniors Program”
**if you are active or retired military, please visit our “Mutts for Military Program”
- Two forms of identification are needed: A government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card, military ID, etc.) and proof of current address (telephone, utility or cable television bill qualifies)
- An assurance that your home policy has no restrictions about pet ownership to avoid any landlord or HOA concerns
- Consideration of the commitment in adopting a senior (it may be long or short), ask yourself if you have the time to spend with your dog
- Making sure you have the patience to educate and train your dog, if necessary
- Planning to walk the dog even in bad weather
- Realizing that when the dog steps into your home or car with dirty feet or covers your clothing or furniture with fur, that this is preventable
- Making sure that someone can take care of your dog when you are out of town or are ill
- Knowing there may be unexpected veterinarian bills
If you’ve thought about all the above and you’re ready to go – let’s get started!
Making sure we find the right companion for you is important to us. You can get a head-start on the adoption process by completing the ASPCA© Meet Your Match™ survey. Print and complete the survey and mail, email, fax or bring to one of our upcoming events, and we can get started on finding your perfect dog!
Curious to see all the benefits of adopting a senior dog?
Health Benefits for You
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Lowered blood pressure, cholesterol
- Improved cardiovascular system
- Improvement in your mood – a dog’s optimistic demeanor and devotion to you are natural mood enhancers
- Builds self-esteem and increases empathy
- Walking your dog makes you exercise!
- A lovely boost to increase your social life (dog people love other dog people)
- Increased laughter, playfulness and physical activity
- Added structure and meaning to your day. Dogs love a consistent schedule, which in turn encourages you to become more organized and focused on everyday tasks
General Benefits of Adopting Senior Dogs
- Older dogs have manners.
- Senior dogs are less destructive
- Easy to train – you really CAN teach an old dog new tricks
- You can “custom order” your senior dog
- Senior pets are great company for senior citizens
- Senior dogs are relaxing to hang out with, they enjoy easy livin’
- Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness and are super-loving
- Save a life, be a hero!
- What You See Is What You Get. Senior dogs are open books from the start – they come with their own history. You’ll know important things like their full-grown size, color, male or female, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right senior and feel the instant love connection that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, a senior dog is definitely for you!