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Senior & Special Needs Dogs

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
- Sydney Jeanne Seward

Adopting an older pet or one with medical needs takes a special person - a person who possesses an open heart and mind, and a willingness to give unconditionally. So many people shy away from these special angels. But these special angels are just as deserving of a good home and love.

For those of you special people that are considering adopting an older dog or a dog with special needs, we have pulled together the following resources to help you make an informed decision. Please check out our Education section for information on heartworm, diabetes, blindness and deafness in dogs.

Heartworm in dogs is a curable condition. Almost all dogs do well with heartworm treatment and go on to live healthy lives. Some other conditions just require a pill or two a day. IF you have questions, be sure to ask a Little Angels representative. You may also want to discuss the matter with your vet.

Life Spans By Breed

The following list of predicted life spans shows how long various breeds rescued by Little Angels Rescue may live.

  • 12-15 years. Beagle, bichon frise, collie, Doberman, papillon, Pomeranian.
  • 14-16 years. Boston terrier, cairn terrier, cocker spaniel, Welsh corgi, Irish setter, Jack Russell terrier, Maltese terrier, poodle (standard), schnauzer, shih tzu, West Highland White terrier, Yorkshire terrier.
  • 15-18 years. Dachshund, poodle (miniature and toy), Chihuahua.
It's up to you to maintain your dog's health and sense of security and to make sure that she's able to enjoy her natural athletic ability as long as possible. You must be perceptive, noticing changes in your dog's moods and habits. It takes love and commitment to help your dog navigate old age, but it will be returned in kind.

* Excerpt from "How Long Will My Dog Live?" by: Joan Paylo at PetPlace

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog*
  1. Older dogs are housetrained.
  2. Older dogs are NOT teething puppies who chew your shoes and furniture.
  3. Older dogs can focus as are more mellowed.
  4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means.
  5. Older dogs settle in with greater ease because they understand the concept of a pack.
  6. Older dogs are often extremely loving as they are grateful for the second chance.
  7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality.
  8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready car trips, and other things you like to do.
  9. Older dogs affored you time for yourself because they don't make the demands the young dogs do.
  10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.
**Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue's "Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue"
Reprinted with permission by The Senior Dogs Project


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All Little Angel rescues are spayed and neutered prior to placement. Our dogs are also tested for heartworm. If you have questions, please contact a Little Angels representative.