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By Sherri Franklin and Liz Brooking of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco. Excerpted from "Your Dog's Golden Years."
The need for senior dog adoption is great. What makes each of the circumstances creating this need even more saddening is the fact that, despite the wonderful attributes of older dogs and all the best efforts of most shelters, these dogs are frequently overlooked in favor of puppies and younger animals.
The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it'’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family.