Dogs Trust Bridgend is urging the public to consider adopting older dogs after they have seen an influx in golden oldies arriving at their rehoming centre.
Nearly 25% of dogs currently in their care are aged eight or over, with 12 older dogs from the centre looking for new homes.
The Dogs Trust rehoming centre now hopes to challenge the elderly dog stereotype that can often put potential owners off rehoming an older dog and is encouraging dog lovers to consider the benefits of bringing an ageing four-legged friend into their home.
Two of the elderly doggies looking for a new home include Belle and Holly, a pair of ten-year old Terrier crosses who arrived after their owner became ill and was no long able to care for them.
Angela Wetherall, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Bridgend explains, “We care for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds, but lately we have noticed a spike in the average age of our dogs. Older dogs can sometimes be passed over in favour of their younger counterparts, but there are so many benefits to owning an older dog.
“Older dogs often need less exercise, they are usually already house trained and can make wonderful family pets. Often, we find that our golden oldies still have bags of energy so they can be just as fun as a younger dog, but they may need an extra forty winks on a cosy sofa after a busy playtime.”
If you think you could give an older rescue dog a happy home, please get in touch with Dogs Trust Bridgend on 0300 303 0292.