Homer J's Senior Dog Sanctuary
Homer J's is dedicated to improving the rate at which displaced senior dogs are adopted out of traditional shelters.
It breaks our heart to imagine the fear and confusion experienced by a senior who finds themselves in a shelter after many years at home. Lost, alone, and confused...no animal deserves to be euthanized under those circumstances.
We seek to address the disproportionate rate at which these otherwise healthy, loving, and capable animals are euthanized in traditional shelters.
To do this we focus on three areas: increasing the capacity of the Sanctuary itself, raising awareness through community outreach, and building Senior Dog Sanctuary Network.
Our Mission is two-fold:
1. Extol the virtues of Senior Dog Adoption, any chance we get.
2. Prove once and for all, that you can teach old dogs new tricks!
Match Making & Satellite Sanctuary
Although we would love to bring in every senior dog in need, we could never address the problem on our own. There are wonderful senior dog companions waiting for homes across this country.
Would you like to turn your home into a Satellite Sanctuary and help us advocate for Senior Dog Adoption? We will even play match-maker to help you find the perfect senior to bring into your home.
Senior Dog Trait # 242Intentional Use of a Pillow
How do you know if a dog is a senior? Does he display "Seniority"? Traits like: short walks in the morning, long naps in the afternoon, loves to snuggle, has a grey muzzle, and generally prefers people to puppies.
For us, senior status is more than just a number. Dogs as young as 6 years old are less likely to be adopted from traditional shelters, than younger animals and deserve as much protection as those 9 and older.
When a spot opens at the sanctuary, or we are helping match a senior, we look for dogs that shelter staff recognize as difficult to adopt because of a combination of factors regarding aging, injury, or other ailments. Homer J. himself spent 6 months at the Humane Society before his rescue. It amazes me to imagine how many people passed on that amazing creature.
Benefits of Adopting Seniors
Rufus on hour 3...
of afternoon nap 2
We do not adopt seniors out of pity. We adopt seniors because they make great companions, and always demonstrate their appreciation for the care you provide them.
The emotional and physical benefits of dog ownership are well documented. When you adopt a senior, you get these benefits plus the added bonus of knowing that you are giving them a second chance.
A Senior dog may not be the right choice for everyone, but for many they are the perfect companion. Are you a Senior Dog Person? Find out more!