We love senior rescue pups! These vintage puppies come with a ton of life experience and a lot of love. Unfortunately, these sweet pups usually spend more time waiting at the rescue than their younger counterparts.
We encourage everybody to consider a senior dog when you’re ready to adopt. But, if you can’t add a pup to your house right now, here are five ways you can support senior rescues while they wait for their forever homes.
1. Foster a Senior
The next best thing to adopting, fostering can make a big difference in the life of a senior dog still waiting for its family. Getting these pups into a house while they wait for their forever home can improve their health and reduce stress levels. It is especially important for seniors who require extra care such as regular medication.
Seniors sometimes need extra attention, so offering your time to care for senior pups at the rescue can be a huge help. You can request to work specifically with a senior pup, going on a slower walk or even taking one to a veterinary appointment if you want to go the extra mile.
3. Send Supplies
Senior dogs often need special items tailored for them. Consider picking up senior formulated dog food, treats with glucosamine and chondroitin or extra thick bedding to give to a rescue. Before donating, however, always call ahead to see what they need.
4. Donate Money
These experienced puppies sometimes need special medical care or medication which can be expensive. To help defray the costs, you can ask your local rescue to earmark your donation for senior care. Or, if the need is great, create and share an online fundraiser for a special pup.
5. Help with Accessibility
Some shelters might appreciate help making their facilities more senior-friendly. Consider providing pet ramps for stairs or durable non-slip mats for concrete floors. Senior pups with vision or mobility issues will appreciate it.
And there you have it, five ways to help senior pups at the rescue. We hope you find these tips useful for providing a little comfort for these deserving golden years pups. We hope you'll join us in making an impact for pups 365 days a year!
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