Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Give an Old Dog or Cat or Rabbit a New Home for Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month

Chad, a Senior Shepherd Dog/Chow Chow Mix at Mutt Scouts, needs a home
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

The next time you head out to one of LA County's thirty-three Animal Shelters or one of the hundreds of pet adoption and rescue organizations in LA, The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control would like you to remember that it's National Adopt-a-Senior Pet month and that old dogs (and cats and rabbits) need love too.
They may not be as cute and spunky, but they're among the most difficult animals to place in homes. Further evidence of LA's obsession with shiny and new? Perhaps, but you could consider it your chance to become a dog owner without the demands of becoming, say, a puppy owner who gets no sleep and has to clean up a few hundred accidents in the house before things get sorted.

Think about it. Most older dogs (or cats or rabbits) have had house training and basic obedience training. Score one if you aren't good at teaching an old dog new tricks. Older dogs also have lower energy levels and require less exercise. Score two if you're lazy. Score three? Older dogs (or cats or rabbits) have lived with humans longer, so they know how to be a good friend. Awww.

Best ways to adopt a senior pet in LA? Check out PetFinder, LA County's own adoptable animal search, or visit one of LA County's shelters.