Like many rescues, we simply love animals. And we have a special soft spot in our hearts for older dogs and cats 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.
Older dogs and cats make loving, wonderful, loyal companions. We’ve been rescuing and adopting out these animals for more than five years, and the success stories are so powerful. Dogs who were abandoned, or cats tossed out as strays, are incredibly resilient and simply want a place to call home and people to love. These pets are often seen as “completing” a family with their playfulness, quirks, or calming nature.
Rescuing a senior animal also comes with many perks:
Pet owners may surrender their loving companion for some of the following reasons:
With so many aging pets ending up homeless, we focus on providing help for dogs who are 7+ years old and cats who are 10+ years old.