Adopting puppies are all the rave, but unfortunately- older dogs tend to me left in the dust. Fortunately, the ASPCA and have stepped up to mark November as Adopt a Senior Month!

In a culture obsessed with youth, even the dogs aren’t spared. It’s heartbreaking to consider the thousands of wonderful older dogs who are passed up at shelters for the spunk and charm of puppies. Maybe his Frisbee days are over or she’s done with the morning run, but older dogs can make excellent companions. So to help pups of a certain age find permanent, loving homes, the ASPCA and mark November as Adopt-a-Senior Pet month.

In honor of this special month, Woof Report highlights the benefits of adopting an older dog. Aside from actually having more energy than your dog (no need for that fourth puppy walk today), older dogs make all-around excellent pets. They often end up in shelters because their people get too old to care for them or have passed away. The joy of sharing life with an older dog is easily overlooked with cute puppies drawing the crowds. But, mellow, wise old friends make easy companions without the trouble of housebreaking, training or chewed pillows and furniture.

During November, when we give thanks for everything that adds joy to our lives, Woof Report honors senior pups. Join us by checking out the ASPCA’s Top Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog and visiting your local shelter.

The Scoop:

See all Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog.

In Praise of Older Dogs:  See the personal stories honoring older dogs who truly exemplify that special senior spirit.

See Woof Report’s links to adoption resources.

See our past tip about caring for your senior dog.

Penny, featured in the photo above, is a 10-year old Golden Retriever – Chesapeake Bay Retriever Mix and available for adoption from Muttville in San Francisco. The Woof Reporters personally met her at Pet Pride Day in Golden Gate Park last month and she a real sweetheart!

Learn more about Penny at

Originally published January 2011, reviewed and updated July 2017