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Adoptable Dogs at Pet Welfare

Feature: "Diamonds in the Ruff"

NOTE: The dogs featured on this page are "Diamonds in the Ruff" dogs!

The adoption fee for these "Diamond" dogs are $75.00 each.


Come see our "Diamond" dogs and take home a "Treasure"! Call us at (850) 678-5066 to set up your special showing.

Read about the advantages to adopting an older dog below our Diamond Dogs.

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Small Senior Female

Boston Terrier Mix

My name is Momma and I'm looking for my forever home. I'm a sweet, easygoing, 8-year-old girl and I love everyone I meet. I will greet you with my silly little grin and want to hold you right away. I do well with adults and children but it would be best if I were the only pet in the house because I do not share well with other pets and may be confrontational. Am I that special one for your family? Spend time with me at Pet Welfare and we can find out together!

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Large Adult Female

Labrador Retriever & Sheppard Mix

Smiley is a 7 year old Shepherd/Lab mix looking for her forever home! Smiley is a painfully shy older girl that had a very rough start to life. She was mistreated and abandoned in the woods with another dog at a very young age. Though not aggressive, she is slow to trust new people. She would do best in a quiet home with no children and an older, mellow dog and a patient family that can show her that not all people are bad. She gets along well with most dogs and would benefit from having a canine companion at her new forever home. Come by the shelter to meet Smiley and see if she would be just right for your family!

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Large Adult Male


Zeus is a mellow, easy going boy. Like many Chows, he is loyal but independent and does not mind doing his own thing or hanging out with his people. He loves walks, sunbathing, and wrestling with Athena. He does have a malformed eye, one smaller than the other, that may have reduced vision but he is unhampered by it. Due to his size, he would prefer to be around older children. He gets along well with most dogs after a proper introduction. Come spend some time with him at Pet Welfare and see how great a companion he can be.

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Large Adult Female

Chow/Boxer Mix

Athena is the shy counterpart of Zeus, who needs a little more work to come out of her shell. Once she warms up to someone, she is incredibly sweet, affectionate and playful. Athena is very dependent on Zeus and shares his loyalty to her people. She will bond very strongly to her new family. Athena does have mild hip dysplasia and is on supplements but gets around just fine and still runs, jumps, and plays. Like her best friend Zeus, she would also do better around older children. Come get to know Athena at the shelter and see how sweet she can be after getting over her shyness.

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From The Senior Dogs Project:

What advantages do older dogs have over puppies or young dogs?

Answer: Older dogs who are offered for adoption by shelters or rescue agencies generally have had some training, both in obedience and house manners. (Some dogs, due to the confusion and upset of being uprooted and finding themselves in a chaotic shelter environment, may temporarily forget their housetraining. Inevitably, once established in their new home, they remember.)

Older dogs have learned what "no" means and how to leave the furniture, carpets, shoes, and other "chewables" alone. (If they hadn't learned that, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.)

They have been "socialized" and learned what it takes to be part of a "pack" and to get along with humans and, in most cases, other dogs, and in some other cases, cats, as well.

Older dogs, especially those who have once known it, appreciate love and attention and quickly learn what's expected of them to gain and keep that love and attention.

Older dogs know how to let you finish the newspaper, sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers. They are also instant companions, ready for hiking, riding in the car, walking on leash, fetching, etc.

Finally, older dogs are a "known commodity." They are easy to assess for behavior and temperament, and you also don't have to guess how big they'll grow.

Aside from any advantages an older dog has, is there any good reason to adopt an older dog instead of a puppy, who has his whole life ahead of him?

Answer: Just about everyone who enters a shelter is looking for a puppy or a young dog (three years or under). There are also many people who go to breeders to buy puppies. By adopting an older dog, we can make a statement about compassion and the value of all life at all ages, as well as register a protest against the indiscriminate and inhumane breeding of dogs, whether it is for profit or to "teach the children about birth." And, of course, just as a puppy has his whole life ahead of him, so does an older dog have the rest of his life in front of him. You can give that older dog the best years of his life while at the same time bringing a wonderful addition into your family.

Another consideration is the larger goal of making the U.S. a "no-kill" nation. By setting the example of adopting a dog who would be otherwise euthanized just because of his age, you can help create the climate that will enable the U.S. to attain that goal.

Read more about the advantages of adopting a senior dog at The Senior Dogs Project >>