Save a Life By Adopting An Old Dog


INTRO——-
HI GUYS I’M ALEX FARNHAM AND THIS IS ANIMALIST NEWS!
WE’RE ALL TEMPTED TO ADOPT THE CUTEST, TINIEST PUPPIES AND KITTENS, BUT OLDER ANIMALS MIGHT
BE A BETTER CHOICE! EACH YEAR, EIGHT MILLION PETS BECOME HOMELESS
AND NEARLY FIFTY PERCENT OF THOSE DOGS AND SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT OF CATS ARE EUTHANIZED.
ADULT ANIMALS ARE THE HARDEST TO FIND HOMES FOR.
MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT BY ADOPTING A PUPPY OR KITTEN, THEY CAN SHAPE THEIR ENTIRE PERSONALITY
AND WON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH EXPENSIVE VET BILLS OR THE HEARTBREAK OF LOSING A PET FOR
A WHILE. BUT THE PROBLEM WITH ADOPTING A YOUNG ANIMAL
IS THAT YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT THEIR PERSONALITY IS LIKE UNTIL THEY’RE AROUND SIX MONTHS
OLD! A LAP KITTEN CAN TURN INTO A SCAREDY CAT AND
A PLAYFUL PUP CAN BECOME STUBBORN. PLUS YOU NEVER KNOW HOW BIG A PUPPY WILL GET
UNTIL IT’S AN ADULT! WHILE THE INITIAL BABY CUTENESS WILL FADE
IN A FEW MONTHS, PERSONALITY LASTS FOREVER ONCE THEY’RE ADULTS.
OLDER ANIMALS HAVE A LOT MORE TO OFFER THAN PEOPLE REALIZE!
THEY’RE USUALLY MORE GENTLE, ARE ALREADY HOUSETRAINED, AND WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SHELTER
IS WHAT YOU GET! EVEN IF IT’S ONLY FOR A FEW YEARS, YOU CAN
GIVE A HOME TO AN OLDER ANIMAL WHO DESERVES JUST AS NICE OF A HOME AS A KITTEN OR PUPPY
DOES! HAVE YOU EVER ADOPTED AN OLDER ANIMAL? HOW
DID IT GO? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
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100 thoughts on “Save a Life By Adopting An Old Dog

  1. I plan on being a foster parent for dogs in their twilight years when I have the means to care for them. Of course it's sad for a dog to die, but it's so beautiful to ensure they receive some love beforehand. I also feel a sense of appreciation from the older animals I adopt, whether or not science says they can appreciate.

  2. i would adopt any cat or dog that fits my personnality, young or old. I've never had a animal just for me so maybe having an older one in the beginning would be perfect for me, specially a dog. <3

  3. I would adopt the oldest animal or the one with least time and make sure it has a happy ending 🙂

  4. I agree. Senior aged animals are the most prone to diseases but that is why adopting them is even more necessary. From the older animal's stand point, they would love to be loved by a caring owner before they die than die in a shelter without a human bond.

  5. I thought about this a lot, even if I love cute and small little puppy or kitten I would most likely adopt an older dog or cat. I want them to die in a good place and hopefully happy. Thinking of a poor animal dying in shelter breaks my heart. Even if I only get to keep the pet for a short amount of time I would want to try my best to make him/her happy. 

  6. I want to adopt an older cat so badly, but sadly the apartments I'm living in do not accept animals. As soon as I can though my boyfriend and I plan on adopting two older cats from a shelter. 🙂

  7. Both. People should adopt animals it's not like adopting a child cuz your practically adopting any way and shelters are a nice way

  8. I think about adopting senior dogs all of the time but I just haven't been able to gather up the strength to build a bond with a dog that I will lose so soon. I know it's so much better to give them a home and love for the remainder of their life than just avoid the pain altogether but it is just so hard 🙁 I really don't know how I will ever deal with my current dog passing away. She's almost five and I know she has several years left (if I can help it) but I only find comfort in the fact that she will hopefully have another ten years with me.
     I also live in a city that is very unfriendly towards dogs (Vancouver, BC Canada). It's extremely difficult to find a place to live that will allow even my dog (a 4.2 lb well trained chihuahua) no matter if you rent or own and taking dogs most places is just not an option. I struggle with it on a regular basis. In a few years, I hope to have a house on the island, where I can have a large property and have lots and lots of rescued dogs! That's my dream.

  9. I literally just had this conversation with coworkers not even two days ago .The old man I adopted was the best 160lb drool filled sweet heart I've ever met

  10. my parents adopted a border collie at 12.. one of the craziest idea they have done amongst other things but at the same time it wasn't a bad one. Despite being old, he was well mannered, mostly behaved and such a gentle creature. Regardless of being old or whether not you bond with an old dog.. it really is nice to have a warm furry companion next to you.

  11. I would defintly get a senior dog from the shelter becuase it is so that most adult dogs dont get adopted like the way puppies do
    And i know its hard for getting a strong connection then letting go (death) but at least they have a second chance .
    ♥♥♥♡♥♡

  12. Older dog or cat. I feel like I could really make a difference for them by being their owner since they've gone through so many more hardships than homeless puppies or kittens.

  13. "Would you adopt a puppy/kitten or an older dog/cat?"
    Depends on how old the creature is. Ideally, I would shoot for a creature the same age is me (in equivalent years). It would do little good to have such a companion if it should die within the next two years (although I may purchase the creature anyway if but to provide it happiness in its final years). 

  14. I love dogs but I've never had one as a pet to myself, so I don't think that I would be ready to have a puppy. My heart also goes out to rescue animals who have never been in a loving home, and I want to be able to be that animal's hero and give him or her a loving human and a house with good care.

  15. i would adopt older dogs, puppies are adorable but they grow up fast. When I find a rental where I can have pets I'll definitely adopt from the local shelter.

  16. I would if i could (>;~;)> ( my parents would get angry at meh they be like NUU WE WANT A PUPPYY )

  17. I've adopted many senior dogs, and I have to say, they adapt much faster and better than the ones I adopted as puppies. Puppies are sooo easy to spoil… while  senior dogs are smart and get used to the house rules easily. A few have passed away, and I had my share of tears, but I don't regret a single moment adopting them.

  18. I would get a older dog and a puppy together
    Older dog will help the puppy
    And when the dog passes
    I cry till the end of my life
    Im scared ive never had a pet die before

    I LOVE JAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My oldest dog.
    JAKE!!! I LOVE U!!!!!!

  19. My sister took an older dog from a friend who didn't have time for him and he is the sweetest dog. 14 years old, blind, and missing both of his teeth, he is super calm and mostly sleeps, barely ever barks, and loves everyone. He's fantastic

  20. Our dog was 4 when we got him from the shelter. Even he was considered too old by some. He was there for 3 weeks and for that shelter, that's really long. No one wanted him.

  21. I totally agree. My dog is 15 years old now, and I had him since he was 1 month old. After he's gone (hoping it won't happen soon 🙁 ) I'm gonna adopt a senior dog.
    it's sad to know they won't last long with you, but at least you will give them a nice loving home until the rest of their lives. Especially because not many people want to adopt them themselves, so most old dogs probably spend their lives in the shelter…

  22. I'd want to adopt an older dog just because people don't want them as much and all animals need a good home where they can be loved until their last breath.

  23. I wouldn't mind adopting old animals and let them rest their last few months at my home, but adopting old ones is just as expensive as young or middle aged animals.
    A few years ago we adoped a 14 year old cat whose(correct word for this sentence?) owner had died. The cat passed away after about half a year later.
    We payed the same price for him as we would for a 3 year old. And adopting isn't cheap.
    I adopt animals to give them love and safety, but I also would like it in return (from animals) longterm because humans suck.

  24. Personally I would get a kitten or puppy because if you get to attached to a animal that will only live a few more years it will lead to a heart break sooner than getting a kitten or puppy

  25. I think older animals are neglected and should also get a home. Good points were brought out in this video. I'll be sure to someday adopt an old pet when I can. Euthanization should not be the only option for an older pet.

  26. I'd rather give a home to an animal who at least needs care and a good place to stay for the rest of there days than to a baby animal such as a puppy or, maybe I will take a kitten who's with me, don't be a hater and if you do like cats, well, to you I say my motto KITTY POWER

  27. My family adopted a puppy when I was in the second grade and she brought 15 years of happiness into my life. Even though she got a lot bigger she was always a cute little baby.  I have no regrets. <3

    Old dogs deserve a happy home too though.

  28. When I adopted my cat, Mr. Trick, he was 2 years old. We are thinking of adopting a puppy though so the dog can get used to Trick's personality and it won't cause too many problems. Trick loves dogs but most dogs don't like him. We need a dog that will be okay with our medium dog-sized cat.

  29. older animal and I love black cats.their the sweetest.also it's not just dogs and cats any pet but fish can be found using pet finder and if your looking for a small pet the best times are after holidays and big moving mouths.their are many hamsters bunnies,birds,mice reptiles and even rats that need good homes.

  30. I did adopt an older dog and she was a wonderful animal. I really wish the tumors inher spine had not taken her away. Now I have a puppy I can speak from this experience that old or young you have to take some real time and effort and money and put that towards that animals well being. Niether is really easier it all boils down to what kind of effort you're willing to make.

  31. Here in Chile there's a lot of homeless and abandoned cats and dogs. I prefer cats so I've adopted 2 homeless kitten abandoned in my neighborhood. Older homeless cats are semi wild and aren´t domesticated, so they run out, they come in the night to eat garbage and they are shy or aggressive. It's hard to adopt an old cat.
    With dogs is different, people don't adopt them, they leave food on the street and the dogs are unhealthy, get hit by cars and get injured in fights. They are not sterilized and there is a vicious circle in their reproduction. In Chilean culture, people like a lot dogs over cats, but are no willing to pay for the health and vet controls implied in adopting homeless dogs and give them a home, nor the authorities, they just leave food on the street. Shelters of any type do not exist. Authorities kill in the night dogs living in public spaces and deny the massacre. It's a sad reality.
    I would adopt dogs over cats because it has been hard to my cat to like the new kitten, and the dogs would live in my yard, not inside my house, but it's a lot extra money I'd have to spent to give them optimal health and food, as I do with my cats. That's what it means the concept "responsible adoption" encouraged by Chilean animalist associations, which are not heard bay authorities not citizens.

  32. as much as I feel for old dogs, I'd probably go for a dog that is maybe 4-5 years old at most. Just being selfish here, but that's what I feel.

  33. This is so true but we always think ITS SO CUTE I WANT IT MORE, because… I don't know why it just is sadly…

  34. I went to a shelter today to give blankets I made. One of the dogs there was so cute and if I didn't have family with allergies, I would want to adopt him. He was this pit bull corgi mix and he was so friendly.

  35. I would clarify that "what you see is what you get" does not pertain to their temperament as most animals are reeling from the shock of being int he shelter and may not be what they appear int he shelter.  This could be a good or bad thing depending on the desired outcome.  We rescued a Dog who seemed very high strung in the shelter but when he normalized to home living was a big ole couch potato.  Likewise we had a dog who seemed mildly aggressive int he kennel but at home when a pack order was created and he knew his place within the family was overly loving to the very person he seemed threatened by in the shelter.  just food for thought.  Either way great topic – Rescuing animals is the way to go!  Most folks don't realize than a larger percentage of the animals brought to the shelters are actually purebred dogs.  nothing against pure bred animals or breeders here but if you are looking for a pet quality dog and not trying to go to Westminster then check out your local shelters.

  36. Puppies and kittens or cute but they have more care pups will destroy everything and more bills because they are just pups and kittens are really cute but when I got my kitten sky he was happy now he is a bully to everybody ! I want a older dog because you know how they behave and it is just a great honor to care for a older dog or any kind of animal I might be getting another dog and it is going to be a senior ?

  37. When I went to the shelter I brought home a full grown pit bull. But, to be honest, I was a little torn between the one-year- old pit bull and the ten year old terrier just because I can't stand the thought of a tired old dog stuck in a cage instead of lounging on a couch with a person. I was so excised a few day later to find out someone else adopted her though!

  38. I'm looking to adopt a cat in the near future 🙂 I'm planning on getting a middle aged cat though, because I want it to be playful still

  39. I got my dog when he was 6 years old. He's 11 now almost 12 and he's a italian mastiff. I think when its your first time with a pet a older one is better. Plus you can always get another dog like a puppy with the older dog and its even better. You have a play pal and a gentle buddy

  40. I've had my dogs since I was 5…we adopted them from the shelter. We asked for the dog that was "next on the list" meaning they were about together euthanized. Best decision of my life. They're old, but I love em:)

  41. We adopted a 3 year old dog, turned out to be a much better choice than a puppy, just as cute and veeeeery thankful

  42. The reason I like puppies is because you can spend 10-14 years with them but with a old dog it's only 1-6 ish and I get attached to them so them dying in 4 years is really sad to me

  43. I had a senior bird he died last year but he was the best friend I could get and I am glad I dident get a baby bird

  44. I've shared this opinion for a while now. I would rather have an old dog than a puppy any day (both are precious and need love and affection). My stepmother has always adopted older doggies and some that have even had behavioral issues. Is it possible to sense a grateful animal? I see her as a saint and I think they feel the same… they almost seem to worship her. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and I am honored to follow in her footsteps.

  45. i can't wait to be able to keep animals in my home, i breefly worked in an animal shelter, and those old dogs and cats really deserve a home, i'll take only 6 years old or up, maybe i wont be able to give them really expensive cures like chemotherapy and others, but it's better than leaving them there

  46. I decided a couple weeks ago that when I am living on my own and am financially stable, I am going to go to shelters in search of a sweet old dog. The older ones are the ones that normally don't get adopted and I'd much rather give a senior a chance to live out their golden years in a loving home than in a shelter watching all of the younger guys leave. I love old dogs more than anything and can't wait till I'm old and have the chance to adopt!

  47. As much as I'd love to give these older dogs a home, I am with the crowd that doesn't want to have to lose them after a short time. I had my dog for 16 years and recently had to put her down … That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I don't know if I could do that again… 🙁 Selfish, I know. But I'm sure a lot of pet owners understand.

  48. I adopted last year a three year old chihuahua from an animal shelter to my minpin (I got my minpin since he was three months old) – both are boys and are a great team. But next time I will adopt a dog 8 years +. Why? Because I was helping out in an animal shelter for a summer and realized how often only the puppies or dogs til the age of 5 are getting adopted, but every dog older didn't. That's why

  49. I got a puppy on Saturday. I get to raise her and she will live with me longer. So far, she's been soo good. She's amazing ??

  50. Sorry I have not got laid in a while that's why I was so mad.Hopefully you can understand

  51. I adopted an adult dog who was not far off from being a senior dog. Best dog I've ever had! When her time comes I'll do it again when I'm ready.

  52. I'd adopt an older dog. They are less hyper, well mannered and behaved, less destructive. They just wanna lay around, chill and relax all day. They dont bark all day when your gone at work, they just sleep. Very mellow and laid back, very sweet, loyal and loving as well.

  53. Animals bring so much joy to our lives. I am happy to have them – on any terms. But, at my age (70) I have had my fill of frisky kittens. Give us an older animal to keep me and cranky, lovable old (74) hubby company..

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