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How to Get More Senior Dogs Adopted

Adopt A Senior Pet month

Shelters and rescue groups across the country are making a difference for senior pets by participating in Petfinder’s Adopt A Senior Pet month.

If your shelter is offering adoption specials or events highlighting senior pets, let me know and I will add your events to this post.

Below are two examples of shelters that are increasing adoptions by offering discounts on older animals.

San Diego Humane Society – $25 adoptions for senior pets

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has an ongoing special for its senior pets!

All senior dogs and cats (ages 7 or above) are always available to approved adopters for just $25. What a great idea!

Not only that, but if you are a “senior” yourself (age 55 or older), you can take home a senior pet at no cost through the Seniors for Seniors Program! Many shelters offer the “seniors for seniors” discount, and I hope the idea catches on at even more shelters.

Pictured is Rolo, an 8-year-old Chihuahua up for adoption in San Diego.

Nevada Humane Society – Free adoptions on adult pets

Nevada Humane Society has an adoption special on adult dogs and cats through Nov. 11. Approved adopters can take home adult dogs and cats (ages 4 months and older) at no cost.

Nevada Humane Society also has an ongoing discount on senior pets (10 years and older). The cost to adopt these animals is always $25 unless you are a “senior” yourself (age 55 or older). In that case, adopting a senior pet is free.

Why dog adoption specials work

Offering lower adoption fees on senior animals is a great way to bring extra attention to these pets.

When shelters advertise adoption specials, people are more likely to reach out and donate. They see the good work the shelter is doing, and they want to help. It’s also a way to attract new donors, volunteers and potential adopters.

I’m glad some shelters are looking for creative ways to get more senior animals into homes. The public is always willing to step forward and help. It’s up to the shelter to provide them with ways to do so.

What are some creative events you’ve seen to get more senior pets adopted?

Lindsay Stordahl

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Thanks, Flea!


Friday 9th of November 2012

Oh wow. This is just amazing. I'm going to put it in my calendar now to call and ask local shelters about senior pet discounts. Pop over and check out what you won. :)