There are approximately 70 million homeless animals in the U.S. today, with about 10 million of then finding their way into animal shelters each year. With a name like an animal shelter, you would assume that the animals being brought here are safe, but to the contrary, most animals shelters have to put down healthy, adoptable dogs every day because they lack the space and funds to care for them all. Only about three million dogs and cats who make their way into the shelter system will ever find homes – and in high-kill shelters some animals are only given three days to find a new home!
Puppies are usually the first to be adopted or rescued; small, young dogs are also quite popular. Big dogs, bully breeds, and senior dogs, however, are typically the last to find homes and therefore, they often find themselves at the top of the euthanasia list. For older dogs with families, being dumped at the shelter is can be an emotional experience as many of them spent their lives as beloved family pets. Because of this, they are often the best snugglers!
This little fella was just adopted. He is ten years old and missing a few of his teeth, which means that he will have to stick to softer foods.
On Imgur, this lucky pup’s new parent writes, “just adopted this guy 10 YO, missing most of his teeth and is adorable.” Although many people might have overlooked this elderly pup, his new guardian sees him for the sweet, loving little one he is. All animals deserve the chance to feel safe and loved in their lifetimes.
This pet parent knows that with most dogs living between 12 and 15 years, there is still plenty of fun to be had – plus, like most older dogs the cutie is likely already housetrained and knows his basic commands.
This adopter realized that the calm energy of a senior pet can be a great addition to almost any family. Perhaps there is room for one in yours.
Image source: Imgur