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Why We Help Senior Pets

For the love of animals

Like many rescues, we simply love animals. And we have a special soft spot in our hearts for older dogs who have been overlooked, forgotten, or abandoned. For various reasons, including moving, senior pets become disposable and end up at local shelters.

Once there, finding them a new home has been very difficult historically, because most people want younger dogs, puppies, or purebred dogs from breeders. According to the American Pet Products Association, 34% of American families still obtain their dogs and cats through breeders; that’s a higher percentage than any other method, such as rescue (23%) or getting a pet from a friend or relative (20%).

Our goal at Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary is to educate the public on why this is an unfortunate trend, and show people why senior animals deserve a second chance.

Aging pets have so much to give

Older dogs make loving, wonderful, loyal companions. We’ve been rescuing and adopting out these animals since 2012, and the success stories are so powerful. Dogs who were abandoned tossed out as strays are incredibly resilient and simply want a place to call home and people to love. Dogs often “complete” a family with their playfulness, quirks, or calming nature.

Rescuing a senior pup also comes with many perks:

  • Older dogs tend to be calm, which can reduce the stress often associated with puppies.
  • Senior dogs are almost always housetrained.
  • Aging dogs generally require less oversight.

Why do people give up their pets?

Pet owners may surrender their loving companion for some of the following reasons:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pet is too old
  • Behavior issues
  • Got a new puppy/kitten
  • Owner moving
  • New baby
  • Divorce
  • Owner moving to a care facility
  • Owner passed away

Senior dogs need help in Phoenix and Scottsdale

With so many aging pets ending up homeless, we focus on providing help for dogs who are 7+ years old.

  • Maricopa County — home to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert, Arizona — has one of the highest animal euthanasia rates in the U.S.
  • FLPS is 1 of just 2 senior-only animal rescues in Phoenix and the surrounding area.

Help Us Help Them

Your thoughtful, tax-deductible donation will help us continue to provide a safe haven for overlooked senior dogs in our community. Thank you!

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