HELPING OUR LONG-TIME, MATURE AND EXTRA SPECIAL
RESIDENTS FIND THEIR FUREVER HOME
Come see our "Diamond" dogs and take home a "Treasure"! Call us at (850) 678-5066 to set up your special showing.
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!
Medium Adult Female
Cattle Dog & Labrador Retriever Mix
She is a 6 year old Cattle Dog mix looking for her forever home! Dixie is a happy go lucky easygoing girl that would fit in well just about anywhere. She does well with other dogs and children, both older and younger. She came in with her friends, Mutley and Smiley and while she does not have to be adopted with them, she'd benefit from having a canine companion. Dixie is a little on the plump side and is on a diet to shed some much needed pounds. Come by the shelter to meet Dixie and see if she would be just right for your family!
Large Senior Female
Labrador Retriever Mix
Hi. My name is Molly. I'm an 8 year old Lab mix in search of my new forever home since my previous passed away unexpectedly. I'm a sweet, well behaved girl and have yet to meet a stranger. I love to play fetch, get belly rubs as often as possible, and I love riding in a car. . I usually do well with other dogs if given a proper introduction and prefer to be around dog savvy children. I'm house broken, crate trained and eager to please. Come spend some time with me at Pet Welfare so you can see what a good addition I'd be for your family.
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.
Large Adult Female
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.
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.
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.