Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
We do adopt to all age groups, depending on the needs of the dog.
WHERE THE DOGS COME FROM:
The dogs come from shelters, other rescue groups and people who surrender their dogs in the St Louis area.
WHY ARE THE DOGS HOMELESS:
Top Reasons for Pet Relinquishment to Shelters:
2. Landlord issues
3. Cost of pet maintenance
4. No time for pet
5. Inadequate facilities
6. Too many pets in home
7. Pet illness
8. Personal problems
HOW WE EVALUATE THE DOGS:
We do our own temperament testing and then take the dogs into our foster homes and observe their behavior. We teach them some basic obedience and give them some needed love and attention.
HOW DO WE EVALUATE THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE:
We will try to help you decide on a dog that matches your needs and life style. We are very truthful about the good and bad behavior of the dogs in our foster homes and pay attention to their energy level. Some dogs only need a warm lap to sit on and some dogs need an active family where they will get lots of exercise.
WHAT IT MEANS TO THE DOGS:
It is difficult to find homes for senior dogs and they are often put to sleep because no one has time for them. Older pets make great companions, especially for seniors. The majority of older pets are already housebroken, have been trained to walk on a leash, and are calmer and more settled in life.
WHAT IT MEANS TO THE PEOPLE:
1. Pets Lower Blood Pressure.
A study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets have lower blood pressure than people who do not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreased blood pressure.
2. Fewer Trips to the Doctor.
Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less often than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had 21 percent fewer physican contacts than non-dog owner/guaradians.
3. Less Depression.
Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.
4. Easier to Make Friends.
Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.
5. Seniors become More Active.
Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.
6. Pets are Friends.
Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.
7. Pets Ease Loss.
Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.
8. Pets Fight Loneliness.
You are less likely to be lonely with a canine friend around.
9. Take Better Care of Themselves.
Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.
10. Sense of Security. Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.
It is our mission to place older dogs in the loving homes of older people in the St Louis area and to continue to assist whenever needed. However, we do adopt to all ages, depending on the needs and age of the dog.
1. All of our dogs are listed on
Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet websites. You can view
them at seniors.petfinder.com or on
our website under Available Dogs.
2. We bring our dogs to the Kirkwood
Petco the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10 am to 2 pm.
You may come and meet the dogs and
talk to their foster parents about their
behavior. This store is located on Lindbergh
just north of I-44. Turn left at the first major stoplight.
3. You may complete an application for adoption at Petco or on our website or download an application here. In most cases we require a fence. Also, we do not adopt to a family with small children.
4. The foster parents may set up a home visit. We ask for a $250 adoption donation for adult dogs and $350 for puppies.
5. You may have a two week trial to make sure that the dog fits into your family. You may return the dog and we will refund your entire adoption donation.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.