Friday, September 7, 2012

RSPCA Senior Pets Need Love Too

Twelve-year-old Jack Russell Terrier crossbreed Abby was adopted on Thursday 30/8/12. She has settled in wonderfully and her owners are happy they chose an older dog from the RSPCA.

Too often, older animals end up in the RSPCA’s care that are unwanted, surrendered by their owners or sometimes even abondoned or injured. Older pets at the shelter are usually more difficult to rehome, but they make loving companions. Providing an older animal with a happy and comfortable home for their final years can be a rewarding experience.

RSPCA NSW staff think adopting an older animals is great as they have established their behviours, require less training and — despite their age — can still be very playful and energetic.

“Older pets make great companions — they are usually calm, gentle and love spending time with the family,” said RSPCA NSW Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia.“They are more settled in their behaviours and you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks!”

“It is more difficult to rehome older pets as a lot of people are concerned about getting attached to the animal and them passing soon after,” said Mr Farrugia. “It takes a special someone to acknowledge that the animal deserves to spend their last years being a happy and loved family member — rather than waiting in a shelter environment.”

Twelve-year-old Jack Russell Terrior crossbreed Abby is an example of a “Golden Oldie” who was recently in need of a good home. She came to the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford as a stray and was tranferred to the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona to increase her chances of being rehomed. Her original owners surrendered her, but she was lucky enough to get another chance with a new owner.

“I just can’t get over how energetic Abby is at twelve years old!” her new owner said. “We wanted to adopt an older dog to keep our four-year-old Jack Russell company whilst we are at work. She fits in so well and we all love her to pieces.”

“Older dogs are great for older people who don’t want to worry about the puppy stage — where they pull everything off the clothes line, aren’t toilet trained and take up all of your spare time.”

Smaller breed dogs can live up to 18 years old so have many years to give to their new owners. Animals over eight years old are Golden Oldies and they are $100 to adopt.

There are currently 13 senior pets available for adoption in NSW. To know more, please visit

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