With Grandparents Day on Sunday, October 1st, Dogs Trust West London is putting the spotlight on its beloved senior dogs, affectionately referred to as “Old Age Pooches” (OAPs). The renowned animal shelter is reaching out to Harrow residents, hoping they will open their hearts and homes to these charming golden oldies.
Recent data from Dogs Trust reveals a growing preference among potential dog adopters for younger pups, with nearly 40% of people seeking dogs under six months old. In contrast, only 10% are looking to adopt dogs aged 8 and older. The West London branch is determined to change this trend and emphasize that every dog, regardless of age, deserves a loving home.
Richard Moore, Centre Manager at Dogs Trust West London, said: “Sometimes older dogs can be overlooked in favour of younger pups, but they deserve just as much attention and care from new owners as their younger counterparts.
“There are lots of benefits of rehoming an Old Age Pooch. Often older dogs don’t need quite as much exercise and although they can be a little less energetic, senior canines can be just as fun and playful.
“Older dogs are more likely to be fully house-trained and, as they are older and wiser, they usually know other training basics too, but you can certainly still teach an older dog new tricks.
“They can also make the perfect napping partner and enjoy a good snooze and a snuggle.”
One pooch in need of a forever home is Dexter, a charming 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. Dexter is described as a sweet and clever lad who enjoys attention and performing tricks for treats. He excels at agility and solving puzzles.
While he needs some training in the home, he is eager to learn and bond with his new family. Dexter is seeking patient owners who are willing to continue his training and give him the love and attention he deserves. He would thrive as the only pet in the house.
If you think you could offer Dexter a loving forever home in Harrow, please visit Dexter’s profile.
Other Old Age Pooches at Dogs Trust West London awaiting their forever homes include Mike, a 12-year-old Labrador Retriever Crossbreed. To explore more options for adopting a senior dog in Harrow, please visit Dogs Trust West London’s website.
In celebrating Grandparents Day this year in Harrow, consider opening your heart and home to a senior canine companion like Dexter or Mike and make their twilight years truly special.