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Why senior dogs end up in shelters

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

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People surrender their senior dogs to shelters for a number of reasons.

Because senior dogs have often been with a single family their entire lives, the reasons for surrender tend to be more serious .. such as:

  • Financial difficulties. Drastic increases in a pet’s medical costs because of age-related health problems may produce bills that are impossible to pay,. in some countries the vet costs are out of controle!

  • Lifestyle change. Sudden disruptions, such as divorce or job loss, can lead many to give up their senior pets.

  • Relocation or death. The human may be moving to a senior living center or has died

  • "Too much trouble.” Sadly, some elderly animals are given up because they are an inconvenience in their old age.

  • Economic hardships cause a family to lose their home and the dog becomes homeless too.

  • Children are born, and the senior dog isn’t able to tolerate the young children because of their energy level, or the parents just don’t want one more responsibility.

  • People bring dogs to shelters claiming they’re strays so they don’t have to pay a surrender fee.

  • Former show dogs are no longer useful and are brought to the shelter to be euthanized.

  • People move away and don’t want to take the dog with them for various reasons.

  • The dog has become incontinent and rather than taking the dog to a vet to determine the problem, the people bring the dog to a shelter … in many cases without telling the shelter the real reason they’re surrendering the dog.

  • Senior dogs are traded in for puppies.

Luckily more and more dogmoms and dads see the advantage of adopting a senior dog (Like I mentioned in my previous post) and give them the life they deserve.

If you can't adopt a senior dog (or any dog, I hope), maybe you would like to help at your local shelter.. you could walk a senior dog, spend some time with them, make their day a little brighter..


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