9 Shelters That Give Senior Pets a New Leash on Life

Senior Pet Shelters

9 Shelters That Give Senior Pets a New Leash on Life

Did you know November is #AdoptASeniorPetMonth?

Don’t get us wrong, we love cute, cuddly puppies and kittens as much as the next animal lover, but we believe pets entering their golden years have just as many pawsitive qualities to offer. From better, refined manners to a calmer demeanor, a senior pet might just be the perfect fit for you and your family’s needs. Plus, you’ll gain a whole new level of adoption satisfaction knowing you’re giving your senior a second chance at a loving home.

Think an older rescue is right for you? Read on to discover some of our favorite senior pet shelters across the country!

Muttville is among the best-known senior dog rescue organizations. Founded in 2007 when Sherri Franklin, a long-time animal advocate and shelter volunteer, rescued 27 dogs.  Her mission is to “make senior dogs sexy,” and the proof is in the numbers. Since its founding, the shelter has grown into a nationally recognized organization that rescues about 1000 dogs a year. Some had been overlooked in shelters for months, only to be adopted within hours at Muttville!

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary (FLPS) has been rescuing and adopting out seniors since 2012. The organization works with local animal rescues and shelters to identify senior dogs in need. Before making them available for adoption, FLPS provides spay/neuter surgery, a medical examination, vaccinations, microchip and LOTS of daily love and care.

In Latin, “Amanda” means “worthy of love.” The eponymous charity has carried out this philosophy for over 30 years by helping dogs and cats of all ages, health and statures find safe and loving homes. The organization is the only non-profit animal charity in the LA area to own and operate a full-service veterinary practice. They care for both orphans and adopted pets, so your new furry friend can continue to receive care from the same vet.

North Shore Animal League is the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption center and has saved the lives of over 1,100,000 defenseless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens since its start in 1944. The center’s Seniors For Seniors program pairs elderly adopters with their perfect pet match and then helps them care for their new best friend.

Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) strives to be the premier animal rescue center in greater Western Colorado. Sitting on a scenic piece of land donated by Colorado Mountain College, the shelter is a gorgeous refuge for animals in need, providing spay/neuter assistance, training classes, school visits, a pet food bank and more. Since opening in 1992, C.A.R.E. has taken in and placed over 14,900 dogs, cats, and exotic pets!!

Vintage Paws rescues senior dogs who have been abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or whose humans have gone into senior living facilities or passed away. In their mission to give ALL dogs a happily ever after, the sanctuary serves as a home for senior and terminally ill dogs or helps them find their new forever homes by placing them with the perfect pawrents.

Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that rescues and places abandoned dogs and cats in the Atlanta metro area and surrounding counties. While the organization has always cared for dogs and cats of all ages and sizes, it moved to become a Senior Dog Rescue, Sanctuary and Hospice Care in 2020 to put a more prominent focus on rehoming and permanently fostering older dogs.

Pets for Seniors matches senior cats and dogs from shelters and foster pet groups with senior citizens 60 years or older. The organization helps with the responsibilities of pet ownership by providing starter supplies, taking care of the pet for free should the pet parent have to spend time in the hospital, helping find a new home if pet ownership is no longer feasible, and more.

Coco Twilight Tails Senior Dog Rescue

Twilight Tails was formed in 2017 to rescue and rehome senior dogs in shelters or without homes, as well as those who are displaced after an owner becomes ill or passes away. Twilight Tails’ noble goal is to help find seniors a forever family where they can live out the remainder of their lives surrounded by love and comfort.

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