Dogs Trust Bridgend is urging the public to consider adopting a senior dog after a number of old dogs were handed over to them.
Staff are currently trying to find suitable homes for 12 OAPs (Old Age Pets).
Almost a quarter of dogs in their care are aged eight or over. This includes Belle and Holly (main photo), a pair of ten-year-old Terrier crosses who arrived after their owner sadly became ill and could no longer care for them.
The rehoming centre wants to challenge the stereotype of an elderly dog and is encouraging dog lovers to consider the benefits of bringing an old dog into their home.
Angela Wetherall, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Bridgend explains, “We care for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds but lately, we have noticed a spike in the average age of our dogs. Older dogs can sometimes be passed over in favour of their younger counterparts but there are so many benefits to owning an older dog.
“Older dogs often need less exercise, they are usually already housetrained and can make wonderful family pets. Often, we find that our golden oldies still have bags of energy so they can be just as fun as a younger dog, but they may need an extra forty winks on a cosy sofa after a busy playtime! There really are countless reasons an older dog can make a wonderful companion, so if you think you can give an elderly dog a happy home, please get in touch.”
You can contact Dogs Trust Bridgend on 0300 303 0292 for more information.