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susiesseniordogs's Media: PHOENIX, AZ: Milk & Cookies? Wine & Cheese? Peanut Butter & Jelly? Add Melody & Rainy to that list

PHOENIX, AZ: Milk & Cookies? Wine & Cheese? Peanut Butter & Jelly? Add Melody & Rainy to that list of duos that go together! Melody and Rainy are a bonded pair living at the public shelter. Thankfully they get to share a kennel, but they sure are missing their former owner who, sadly, moved into assisted living and had to surrender the girls. Melody and Rainy are all things sweet. They are behaved and quiet, but mostly, they just want to stay together for their forever. PLEASE SHARE! 🍪🍪 A shelter volunteer wrote, "Some dogs are just so dang cute, they render you inarticulate. Melody is 11 years and Rainy is 7 years. And they are THE most adorable bonded senior duo. I hope so much that we can help these two find a happy ending together. It's obvious these girls are used to being loved. They are friendly and so, so sweet right off the bat. All they want is to be near you. During our daytime foster outing, they sat quietly on our laps, and I barely heard a peep out of them. They alternately snoozed, and then woke up for some treats, or to check in on each other, then snooze again. Both girls walk great on the leash and love their walks. They have the cutest little trots when they get going, and are such happy girls- those tails are always wagging! They are definitely a bonded duo; Rainy checks in on her sister often, and Melody loves to use Rainy as a pillow. I don't know how they are with cats, but they are basically the size of one, so they are evenly matched in any case (lol). Kids, I don't know, but I think they could potentially be great- neither are nippy or fearful. And with other dogs- they've always been kenneled together, so we just recommend people bring their dogs in for an intro. Their $40 total adoption fee includes spays, rabies certificates and County licenses. Neither seems to have obvious health problems, AND Melody just got a dental at the shelter!" To adopt Melody and Rainy, please email volunteer Heather at hhalt13@cox.net with any questions or to set up a meet and greet. Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is located at 2500 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. ❤️ #seniordog #bonded4life #sisters #arizona #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: 🐶 There are too many deserving doggies lingering in shelters all around the United States right th

🐶 There are too many deserving doggies lingering in shelters all around the United States right this very moment. We are an "animal loving country," and yet so many dogs go unnoticed and overlooked - too many for their entire lifetime!! 😞 Here on Susie's Senior Dogs, we attempt to feature a variety of adoptable senior dogs looking for his or her forever home. But this call-to-action is specifically for the shelter volunteers and staff members who have great dogs in their care who have been waiting for months or years to be adopted. Many times this is simply because these dogs haven't had the exposure - or foot traffic - they need in order to find the adopter they have always been looking for. Submissions welcome from EVERY state!! Tag a shelter/rescue! 🇺🇸 A few requirements for submissions include: 1) Submissions MUST be made by volunteers or staff members of the shelter. 2) Dog's age 7+ years old. Please include a very detailed bio of the senior (aside from the basics, this includes their history, personality, any special needs, etc.) 2) The shelter's adoption & transport policies. 3) An email contact of the person who handles adoptions (must be responsive and answer emails within a reasonable time frame). 4) PHOTOS!! Quality photos are a must. Professional photos are *not necessary* but candid pictures need to be in-focus and show the dog's face. 5) Email to: susie.doggie@gmail.com 📩 (*Please note: submissions including all of the above will be prioritized first. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!) 📬 #seniordogs #animalshelter #adoption #petadoption #adopt #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: CINCINNATI, OH: This past summer, Dina was found in poor shape. She was fully vetted, made a wonder

CINCINNATI, OH: This past summer, Dina was found in poor shape. She was fully vetted, made a wonderful recovery, and she even went into a trial-adoption with a loving woman who lived in a nursing home - it seemed like a great match! However, Dina didn't like being left alone when her person went off to dinner and Dina would bark for her. She is now back with the rescue and looking for love again. Dina would love a home with another dog(s) and just needs a little reassurance. PLEASE SHARE! 👵🏽 @LuvFurMuttsrescue wrote, "Dina is a female #Schnauzer/Wire Haired Terrier who is 13 years old and weighs 15 pounds. She was in rough shape when she came to LFM. She was treated for flea allergies, had a couple of mammary tumors removed, and sadly, had to have all of her teeth extracted. In addition, she's hard of hearing, if not completely deaf. Despite this, she is a delightful little dog. Dina needs to be near her people, but will keep to herself. She has separation anxiety and just doesn't like to be alone. She enjoys the comfort of having other dogs around to know she’s not all alone. Ideally, her new home would have a doggy sibling to just be present with her so that she's not alone. She hasn’t been around cats, but we imagine she would do okay since she is very calm. Dina also really likes to nap. She gets bursts of energy and bounces around for a little while, then snuggles up for another nap. She occasionally attempts to play with other dogs as well. She is potty trained and currently goes outside in a fenced yard, but would probably be fine with being taken out for breaks on a leash as well. Dina is a great little companion and doesn't need to be crated. She may be old, but she has a lot of love to give and deserves to be loved as well. Because of her age, she needs a home without young children. And we must ask that Dina's forever family be within a one hour radius of Cincinnati, 45231. Thank you for understanding!" To adopt Dina, please email Kaylee at kayleewiesner@gmail.com with any questions and to submit an application. ❤️ #seniordog #ohio #midwest #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: We got our two miles in!! ✅ Many people say their dogs make them better humans, and that can be des

We got our two miles in!! ✅ Many people say their dogs make them better humans, and that can be described many different ways. Did I want to walk after a long day? BIG NOPE. Did Sara's needs "make" me? YEP. Do we both feel awesome after a brisk two miles? HECK YEA! 💃🏼💃🏾 Sara may be a "senior" but she sure needs her daily exercise for both her physical and mental needs. And, ultimately, getting out there to exercise - especially when I don't want to - sure makes me feel like a better person for it. {P.S. Simon took this photo from his cozy nest inside Mom's jacket. 😉) **We'd love to hear, how does your dog make you a better person? 🤔😁 #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: AUSTIN, TX: Nia gives "Mother Hen" a run for her money. She is the best-doggy-friend your kids have

AUSTIN, TX: Nia gives "Mother Hen" a run for her money. She is the best-doggy-friend your kids have always wanted! But despite her loveliness, Nia is a long term shelter dog and we suspect it is due to her 8 years of age. 🙁 Nia would be a great addition to a family who needs a calm dog. Nia is very chill, laid-back, and her only needs are love and food! Ready, set, let's get Nia home...PLEASE SHARE! ⭐️ @austinpetsalive wrote, "The face that launched a thousand squeals... it's hard to look at Nia and keep your composure. There is just something about her wrinkled, spotted face that makes everyone want to stop, meet her, and then swoon. We hope to get Nia out of the shelter and into a home with a family since she does so well with kiddos! Nia has a calm, casual demeanor, but she really comes alive when you take her for a stroll. She gets a spring in her step and a wag in her tail when heading to the trail or around the neighborhood. It wasn't always this way, as Nia came to Austin Pets Alive in pretty bad shape - emaciated and mostly hairless. After surgery and lots (and lots!) of food, this warrior not only survived, but has thrived in our care. Nia needs to be the only pet in the home, but she is friendly with all people and great with kids! She has lived in a foster home and has proven to be gentle and loving with children. She is crate-trained, laid-back and an overall chill girl whose only demands are lots of walks and lots of love! Come meet this volunteer favorite and be prepared to fall for sweet, easy, squishy Nia!" To adopt Nia, please email adopt@austinpetsalive.org with questions or to submit an application. Nia is located at @austinpetsalive animal shelter, Town Lake location, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez Street, #Austin, #TX. ❤️ #seniordog #texas #adoptme #nannydog #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: 😍 WHERE DO YOUR SSD DONATIONS GO? To the needs of specific senior dogs! Because of SSD's generous

😍 WHERE DO YOUR SSD DONATIONS GO? To the needs of specific senior dogs! Because of SSD's generous donators, Sandy is now fully vetted with clean bill of health. Even better? Sandy has been ADOPTED!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 @red_leash_rescue wrote, "We wanted to update you on how important SSD sponsorship was in Sandy’s story. Sandy came to us as an owner surrender, she had been living with her family in their car and had not received any medical care for the last few years because of the costs. When we took her in and to our vet we found that she was in desperate need of dental care and she also had a high grade heart murmur which would need cardiac clearance before her undergoing dental surgery. Sandy required a lot of pre-op testing and this essentially doubled the cost of her surgery. With your donation that covered her dental surgery we were able to cover her cardiac clearance testing. She did amazing, and within one week of her surgery she was adopted into an incredible home- with a clean bill of health! Her dental infections and her painful mouth a thing of the past. We are severely limited in what we can accomplish without the generosity of people and organizations such as yours. Thank you so much for being a part of Sandy’s happily ever after that she so deserved." ❤️ #seniordog #vetcare #thankyou #grants #charity #donations #501c3 #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "Dear SSD,

December 14th was our two year adoptiversary with Phoebe, formerly known as Miss Grizzy

"Dear SSD, December 14th was our two year adoptiversary with Phoebe, formerly known as Miss Grizzy. She was featured on SSD on December 3, 2015. It has been hard to find words to describe her, for she is a perfect friend in every essence. She is infallibly loyal and has just the right amount of terrier sense of humor to keep us laughing. She thrives on her routine and is always quietly ready for what is next. She snorts loudly around the kitchen looking for dropsies, snores on her large bed with pillow and blankie, helps in the garden, is always up for a cheese handout, and makes an endearing excitement noise that we think can only be akin to a Spanish lady rolling her 'R’s.' I know she is thankful to have us and I hope she knows how thankful we are to have her in our lives. We remind her every day that she is beautiful, kind, special, and important. Thank you SSD and the senior dog-loving community for all you do for these babies. We are privileged to spend this beautiful time with these dogs, whether it be days or years. -Katie" ❤️ #seniordog #adopted #soloved #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: 12 year old Manny was one of 500 adoptable, homeless dogs at his shelter. He was totally lost. Not

12 year old Manny was one of 500 adoptable, homeless dogs at his shelter. He was totally lost. Not anymore...'cuz Manny got ADOPTED!!! 😍🎶😍🎶 Manny arrived at DeKalb County Animal Services in Atlanta on November 16th and had no adoption interest for months. We met him during Christmas week and, coincidentally, a former SSD adopter decided to foster Manny. What a relief! Not long after, Manny's luck got even better when his special human named Neal decided to adopt him forever. Manny now lives on "Neal's Farm" with acres and acres of freedom and love - however, he prefers to stick right by Neal's side! When you find true love, who wants to run far from that?! 😄😄 Manny's dad Neal wrote, "Manny is doing great at his forever home on Neal's Farm! He came to live with me on Sunday, Jan 7, and he's very sweet! He seems pretty agile, and has no problems jumping onto my bed. He needs some rehab for the skin and ear problems, but he's just the right dog for my family. I was searching for a calm dog who wouldn't run away when off leash, and Manny has a peculiar desire to stay within 3 feet of his master at all times. I'm confident that he'll be playing off leash in the pasture by spring. When I got Manny, he was still a traveling flea circus, despite repeated dosing with Frontline. Dr. Wood at Forsyth Animal Hospital gave him Bravecto to kill the fleas once and for all. Keflex and Presnisone for his skin problems and ear infections, and cleaned and packed his ears. 48 hours later, Manny stopped his scratching and licking. He seemed serene. He was pretty calm before, but he seemed positively blissful when the itching stopped. Thanks very much to all the organizations that helped me connect with Manny, and especially Manny's foster parent, Cole -- Foster parents make it possible to find the dog that fits us perfectly." ❤️ #seniordog #happilyeverafter #adopted #thegoodlife #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: KANSAS CITY, MO: Doodles needs a forever home! She is a long-term foster who has spent time in two

KANSAS CITY, MO: Doodles needs a forever home! She is a long-term foster who has spent time in two different foster homes. She has done very well in both of them. And we are certain that once she finally finds her forever family, she'll truly thrive! Doodles is about 8 years old is is the longest standing dog with Kansas City Pet Project. She is super well behaved when home alone and LOVES to snuggle with people above all else. SO sweet! PLEASE SHARE to help Doodles for her forever home! 😴💃🏾😴 Doodles' foster wrote, "Doodles is one of @kcpetproject's long-term senior dogs and I can't do enough to promote her. She's a 8-ish year old mixed breed and a really low-maintenance dog. I work long hours and Doodles is home alone a lot. She's never chewed anything or gone to the bathroom on the carpet. She's been quite content with 10 minute morning and evening walks, with short pee breaks in-between. Doodles can entertain herself with toys but loves to play tug-of-war with anyone. She also likes lying over your lap and staring adoringly at you while you rub her belly. And her special skill is peeling bedsheets back to lie on bed pillows and shedding on them, but magically never being seen lying on pillows! 😉 She did well with her other foster family, too. The other family didn't have live in children, but they had a nine year old visit for the holiday who got along well with Doodles. As always, Doodles is a complete sweetheart. More than anything else, Doodles loves to snuggle. She knew 'sit' and 'down' when she came home with me and I'm teaching her 'stay.' Her favorite treat is popcorn, which she has learned to catch out of the air. Doodles is a very enthusiastic and sometimes is a rough playmate with other dogs. She is leash reactive and will bark and pull, though this behavior has been much improved over the last few months. She can’t live with cats because she gets excited & likes to chase small fuzzy things. She just needs some love & understanding!" To adopt Doodles, please email @kcpetproject foster at anastasiaduncan@gmail.com with questions or to submit an application. ❤️ #seniordog #kansascity #missouri #adoption

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "Hey SSD,

I wanted to share my experience with my little senior citizen. I had just moved to anoth

"Hey SSD, I wanted to share my experience with my little senior citizen. I had just moved to another state to go back to school and my dog Tank was very lonely (we used to live with my friend who had a dog who was Tank's BFF). I wasn't really looking to get another dog because it seemed like a lot! But my friend had found a 14 year old year old shiba inu on petfinder and I thought that maybe I would just go and take a look... Long story short, she came home with us. I named her Barbara. She has 3 teeth and some minor health problems, but has turned out to be the most hilarious and wonderful edition to our home. I jokingly call Tank her 'hospice nurse' because he carefully watches out for her and snuggles with her while she sleeps, but in truth she acts like a youthful lady. She’s very good at reminding us when it it time to go to bed. She has already celebrated her Quinceanera and her Sweet 16 and she’s still going strong!! We just had our second anniversary with Barb on January 2nd! I don't really know how long she will live, having already reached the life expectancy of her breed, but Barb is the best thing that could ever happen to Tank and I. Barb, Tank and I say 'adopt a senior!!' -Jana ❤️ #seniordog #specialkindoflove #thegoodlife #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: (near) SAN FRANCISCO, CA: 8 year old Christina is a mature gal who knows exactly what she wants the

(near) SAN FRANCISCO, CA: 8 year old Christina is a mature gal who knows exactly what she wants these days. Committed, devoted, monogamous love...and she won't settle for anything less! Christina has been at the shelter since October; she barks in her kennel and it scares most people off, but she just wants to come out is all. She was left tied to the shelter's doors, so we don't know her history. But we do know she needs a fairytale future and someone to make her dreams come true. PLEASE SHARE! 🐾🐾 Antioch Animal Services wrote, "Christina was found tied up to the front doors of the shelter in October 2017 and had gotten herself in so much of a tangle her feet were bound together and she was immobile. Understandably, she was frightened and was barking at anyone who approached her. Once freed, she immediately bonded to her handler/rescuer and rolled over for a belly rub. In her kennel, Cristina is all bark. And some were hesitant to believe this girl would be putty in their hands once they got her out of the kennel. It's a hard sell to anyone. But once she is leashed up she becomes all puppy and loves to play fetch and squeak toys! It has also been discovered that Cristina is a monogamous dog. Her person is hers and only hers! She may share her person with their spouse, if she approves, but she will not be happy to share her person (or people) with other pets. To further stack the odds against this senior, a large mammary tumor, which tested positive for cancer, was found high on Cristina's chest. It has since been removed, and she was spayed, but there is no guarantee she is cancer free. Despite her rough introduction to shelter life and her discomfort around other animals and her potential for cancer, Cristina remains content, playful and sweet at Antioch Animal Services. She needs her one and only, her comfort-in-the-night, her ball-thrower and love-giver!" To adopt Christina, please email shelter staff member Cat at ccottle@ci.antioch.ca.us with any questions or to begin the adoption process. Available at Antioch Animal Services is located at 300 L Street, #Antioch, #CA. ❤️ #seniordog #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: LONG ISLAND, NY: Boo-hoo-hoo! 12 year old Dudley doesn't understand why nobody wants to adopt him.

LONG ISLAND, NY: Boo-hoo-hoo! 12 year old Dudley doesn't understand why nobody wants to adopt him. After Dudley's first post on SSD he had some interest, but everyone then disappeared. And after his second post, he had ZERO interest. What gives?!? 🙁 Dudley is very easygoing, dog and cat friendly, and a lover-boy to the core. Let's get Dudley the attention he deserves! PLEASE SHARE! 💌📮 @PupStarzRescue wrote, "Weighing in at approximately 12 pounds, the only thing this 12-year-old, adorable Chi mix is looking for is a cozy little place to call his home. He is an incredibly easy dog! Super sweet and gets along with cats and dogs. While Dudley doesn't see very well nor hear very well, there is nothing to be done about his left eyeball. The vets believe it is congenital. It doesn't cause him discomfort and he is otherwise a healthy fellow! Dudley enjoys the outdoors and will happily do his business outside, but just requests a bit of guidance. Likewise, he is pad trained when he gets to know his environment. He is a very sweet, quiet, mellow guy, who can coexist peacefully with all animals and humans, but would just appreciate a tender touch rather than being startled. He enjoys a toy here or there, but hold him in your lap, pet him, stroke him, kiss his little head, and he will melt in your arms, just like butter!!!! Dudley is a special little angel who has a lot of love to give, yet will ask for so little in return. Just some soft food (chicken is his fave!), a safe space for him to navigate his world, and a gentle human to love, respect, honor and protect him in his advancing senior years." Potential adopters MUST submit an application and be able to meet/adopt Dudley in person. To adopt Dudley, please email pupstarzrescue@gmail.com with any questions and to submit an application. (Photo by @StylePup.) ❤️ #seniordog #longisland #newyork #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: LOS ANGELES, CA: From perfect leash walking skills, to impeccable house manners -- Libby is a dream

LOS ANGELES, CA: From perfect leash walking skills, to impeccable house manners -- Libby is a dream doggy! And yet she still hasn't found her adoption match. 😪 Libby is very mellow and a super well behaved when left home alone. She doesn't need you to entertain her all hours of the day, but she will most certainly be very happy to greet you with a dance when you walk in the door! Libby is a low-maintance lover who really hopes to find her forever home soon. PLEASE SHARE! 🏵🏵 @MaeDayRescue wrote, "Libby is a senior Dame who we saved from Downey shelter. She is really mellow and lays around most of the day. She will find a bed wherever she can and get into it, it's really cute! She mostly just goes through the motions. Libby is great with other dogs and cats. And she is totally potty trained! She hasn't had one accident. She is also great on the leash, and stops when you stop. She had dental surgery and is now in great shape. She does have heart murmur, to be monitored, but what senior doesn't! Libby loves a dog bed and basically wants one in every room in the house...even the bathroom! She just wants to be cuddled up to you or under the blankets with you (if she's not in a dog bed). This senior is eager to find a home where she can live the retired life." Libby must be adopted in the #losangelesarea. To adopt Libby, please email maedayrescue@gmail.com with any questions or to submit your adoption application. ❤️ #seniordog #littlelover #caligraphy #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "Dear SSD,

We have been blessed with @BenjaminButtonCruz for almost 9 months! Benjamin came into o

"Dear SSD, We have been blessed with @BenjaminButtonCruz for almost 9 months! Benjamin came into our lives at a very emotionally difficult time. We had just lost our precious Chloe Sasha to her second fight with cancer. I have never lost anyone I love so much and I was devastated. My heart was broken but also my Bailey, our other furbaby, was feeling the loss. He immediately became withdrawn and was not interested in eating. Though it was only 2 weeks since our loss, we were afraid if we didn't get him a companion we would lose him too. I been following your IG for a while and had already purchased your book which we all enjoy so much. You had opened my eyes to senior adoption. So when I saw Benjamin's picture I decided he just may be the one. He was named Charlie and before that Chowder. I think the 'CH' in both names were signs from Chloe. I remember our hour long heart felt conversation. We decided to meet that weekend with the whole family including Bailey. That morning I woke up with so much doubt, I felt I wasn't ready and that I was betraying Chloe. I was going to call off the meeting that evening, but my friend reached out to me earlier in the day and told me that we needed this and not to cancel. So we packed up in the car from upstate NY and headed to the city on a Sunday afternoon. As we drove, I cried, I felt like I was abandoning Chloe. When we got there and saw Benjamin with his awful haircut but adorable face I knew there was no turning back. We took him home that day and he immediately adjusted. He settled in like he had been here forever. He is the sweetest and smartest little guy, we learned he knows how to give paw and high five! He reminds us a lot of Chloe, with so many things that he does. He has filled the void of my loss and has become 'the baby' in the house. Bailey has come out of his depression and is now back to playing and socializing and that's because of our little angel, @benjaminbuttoncruz. I look at him all the time and wonder what happened to him before us, why was he abandoned, did he suffer long? And then I say to him he will never experience anything but love. Regards, Jesse" ❤️ @fosterdogs #seniordog #famousfosters

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susiesseniordogs's Media: So impressed with these doggies dealing with another new living situation and so much change in a s

So impressed with these doggies dealing with another new living situation and so much change in a short amount of time. We won't be able to move back to our home for several months, and they are dealing with the news and going-with-the flow better than their mommy! 😱🙈 Thank you Sara and Simon for being so awesome. 💝💝 #seniordogs #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: LOS ANGELES, CA: Handsome Burt is back for a second time with attempts to charm you this go around!

LOS ANGELES, CA: Handsome Burt is back for a second time with attempts to charm you this go around! He is 9 years old and was featured on SSD before Christmas. Although Burt had some interest, everyone has fizzled out. Still, Burt's smile persists! He originally arrived at the shelter as a stray, with the look of "street life" on him. But he's since made a total transformation and now both his inner and outer beauty shines! Burt just needs to find the love of his forever-devoted-family out there, somewhere. PLEASE SHARE! 🌎 @FrostedFaces Foundation wrote, "Burt is a 9 year old #cockerspanieland #maltesemix. He weighs about 25 pounds. He was found as a stray who looked like he had been living in the streets for a long time. He was brought to the shelter with dirty, matted fur and goopy eyes. He was rescued by Frosted Faces Foundation and is currently being fostered in a home in Los Angeles with both small, large dogs and a cat. Burt is docile and quiet. He is affectionate and loves to follow his person around. He enjoys walks and car rides to the park. Burt is crate and potty trained. He has an adorable underbite and huge dinosaur paws! Guaranteed - you will fall in love with Burt. We require that families (and the potential families' dogs) be introduced. If these two things happen, then a family may arrange transport for the Frosted Face approved by an FFF Director." To adopt Burt, please email Frosted Faces foster tonivanston@mac.com with any questions. Adoption application required. ❤️ #seniordog #adoptme #southerncalifornia #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: DES MOINES, IA: Charlie is a 10 year old puppy who acts nothing like a "geriatric" fella! He thrive

DES MOINES, IA: Charlie is a 10 year old puppy who acts nothing like a "geriatric" fella! He thrives with affection and attention and was surrendered over by his former person because his needs weren't getting fulfilled and Charlie was suffering. He is currently in foster care and LOVES to play with his foster puppy sibling. And will also bring a toy in his mouth when greeting you at the door to - you guessed it - play! So if you're looking for a mature dog with good habits and loads of energy, Charlie is the perfect match for you. Or, PLEASE SHARE to help spread the word! 🐭 @foreverhomedogs rescue foster wrote, "Charlie is 10 year old very playful Min Pin/Chihuahua. He was surrendered to us due to messy divorce. His previous owner was desperate to find Charlie a better home as he wasn't getting the attention he deserved. Charlie can take awhile to warm up to other dogs. He's a strong 'alpha' dog and it took him close to a week to accept/acclimate to my canine trio. My 10 month old Chihuahua plays with him nonstop. (He does best with smaller dogs.) He will play fetch and when we get home each day greets us at door with a toy because he wants to play immediately. He’s well mannered - sits and stays on command, and even tells you when he wants to go outside by either pawing you or the door! And he loves his daily walks. Charlie just wants love and attention. He’s pretty laid back pup. The love and energy he has is just amazing. So if you want a dog who just wants love, playing fetch, going for walks, and getting ear scratches and cuddles, please give Charlie a forever home. We typically adopt inside the state of Iowa but are definitely willing to look at neighboring states if potential adopters are okay with traveling for meets/adoption!" Tp adopt Charlie, please email Forever Home Dog Rescue adoption coordinator, Kayla, at goedenk@gmail.com with any questions and to apply. ❤️ #seniordog #adoptme #oldpuppy #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: Hip, hip hooray!! 10 year old full-of-love Red got ADOPTED!!! 😘😘😘 Red is now named Rusty. It too

Hip, hip hooray!! 10 year old full-of-love Red got ADOPTED!!! 😘😘😘 Red is now named Rusty. It took two posts on SSD, and he was in foster for a long time, before finding his amazing forever family. Mike and Susan drove 5 hours round trip - from Cincinnati to Louisville - to adopt the oh-so-deserving Rusty! He joined two resident dogs and is already smitten with everyone. 😍 Rusty was so lucky to have such a devoted foster home (under @goldensrescue of Kentucky) that took care of him for so long during his adoption search. And now that Rusty has found his permanent love nest with Mike and Susan, his former fosters are able to continue fostering and help even more dogs. So much win!!! Mike wrote, "Attached is a pic of Rusty and I taken by my wife Susan. He was a moving target and this is the only one we could get that was workable. As you can see, Rusty has taken a liking to his new Daddy. 😁 He loves his bed and his cushion on the living room floor too. We're beginning to understand each other's 'talking' and Rusty has a lot to say. He has a big greeting for Susan and I when we get home from work. Rusty is getting along great with our other dogs, Toby and Charlie. It's been just a week but we can tell he'll be a happy guy here for a long time." ❤️ #seniordog #adopted #thegoodlife

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susiesseniordogs's Media: DENVER, CO: 8 year old Tommy may have some aches as an elderly dog but that doesn't stop him from f

DENVER, CO: 8 year old Tommy may have some aches as an elderly dog but that doesn't stop him from fully enjoying life! He was originally found wandering the streets of Denver alone, with an out-of-state microchip and no owner to be found. Tommy is now looking for a forever home that can provide him with a balance of leisure activities and rest, as needed. He is very friendly and would enjoy a calm, quiet home with the company of humans and canines who are mild mannered like himself. Tommy has already been featured on SSD and still hasn't found his match. PLEASE SHARE again! 🎾 @maxfund wrote, "Tommy had a microchip from another state that showed he was born in 2009, but efforts to find an owner were unsuccessful. He is very energetic (despite a bad ankle and senior status) and loves to go on walks and to play with balls and toys – especially squeaky toys. Doctors who diagnosed his fractured right hind ankle and the arthritis prescribed anti-inflammatory medication along with daily, moderate exercise. They also suggested joint supplements, which he is getting at his foster home. (It was originally thought that he had hip problems, but he does not). He can walk up and down stairs in moderation. But since he is a large dog with a bad leg that could give out with excessive activity, or if he turns around quickly, it would be best if he goes to a home without small children. Tommy loves to be petted and will roll over if he knows a belly rub is coming. He gets along great with the small rescue dog at his foster home, despite their size difference. He is a nest animal who loves to be indoors, unless he is playing or on a walk. He does not like crates and would not do well in a tight space due to his injured leg. He is house trained and knows basic commands, but is eager to learn more. A family who is familiar with the #germanshepherdbreed would be a plus, given his high intelligence, protective instincts and hyper-vigilence. And a fenced yard is a must." Tommy must be adopted in-person. In-state adoption only. To adopt Tommy, please email his foster at juliamartinez381@comcast.net with questions and to apply. ❤️ #seniordog #denver #colorado #adoptme

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susiesseniordogs's Media: 8 year old Dutch had been sitting at the public shelter for months with no interest. It took just o

8 year old Dutch had been sitting at the public shelter for months with no interest. It took just one post and he found the family of his dreams. He got ADOPTED!!! 🙌🏽🕺🏼😍🙌🏽 Dutch is now named Jake. Over the holidays, SSD took a visit to DeKalb County Animal Services in Atlanta, GA. As usual, we had asked to meet with whoever was having the hardest time getting adopted. Jake had been at the shelter since August and, apparently due to his size and age, nobody was interested....despite his angelic temperament! The public shelters in Atlanta are so overcrowded that most cages at the shelter hold multiple dogs at a time. Jake had to be in his own cage because the other dogs kept picking on him. On top of that, he was scared of the shelter floors. Going in and out of his cage on a daily basis was traumatizing in itself. Poor Jake!! Thankfully, Cheryl and her family immediately stepped into action to adopt Jake when they saw his post on SSD. Just a few short days after Christmas, Jake has finally landed in a home where he has been promised only goodness and love from here on out. Congratulations, sweet Jakey boy!!! 😍😍😍 @chaysroll wrote, "SSD is the reason/way/avenue I found Jake, formerly Dutch, at Dekalb ACC!! He is fitting in with my three dogs like a dream. We love him!! Jake is a sweetheart. He LOVES his meals and had become quite the piglet, he sleeps well and everyone is being very respectful of each other. The dogs are great...no crating need! And they all have the downstairs den when we aren't home. All in all, he has been very easy to acclimate, he has settled into the good life quite well. He tolerates his dog coat, it's COLD! And his ear drops although he does not like them. His biggest issue appears to be allergies, but we are working on it! He has an aggressive mast cell tumor on his left front paw. We will do WHATEVER it takes to get him the best outcome. We started chemo yesterday and he is a trooper, sleeping a little more. Thank God he is not sitting in the shelter with it growing unchecked! The first night he came home and I promised him The Good Life from here on out!" ❤️ #seniordog #adopted #thegoodlife #thankful #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: Still livin' that hotel life...and we won't be moving back into our home for a long time. But serio

Still livin' that hotel life...and we won't be moving back into our home for a long time. But seriously, how much worse off would we all be without dog-buddies during stressful times? We know you know! 💜 #pickmeuppers #lifesavers #dogsforlife #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: (near) OMAHA, NE: Poor Buddy has been hanging out at the shelter for a long, long time. One year an

(near) OMAHA, NE: Poor Buddy has been hanging out at the shelter for a long, long time. One year and counting. And while he is a really good sport about it, it's time he finds a real home. This is Buddy's third post on SSD, and after his last post he received zero adoption inquiries. Buddy is 9 years old and he is quite the cuddle-buddy! He loves playing with toys, snoozing in the sunshine, and snuggling up to anyone who will give him some love. His freedom is way past due! PLEASE SHARE! 🌳 Central Nebraska Humane Society wrote, "This is Buddy! He’s a 9 year old Staffordshire terrier who’s been with us for a year. He was a surrender because his owner couldn’t afford to take care of him anymore. He didn't have the best life before coming to the shelter, but now he's looking forward to his happily-ever-after. If you need some loveable-ness in your life, please, please, please come meet Buddy! Buddy is an adorable guy who is bound and determined to wiggle his way into your heart. When he's not busy playing with toys, you'll find him stretched out in a sunny spot, napping the afternoon away. He has the most adorable frog-butt ever! He is just a sweet lover and a cuddler. Buddy is easy going with humans but would need to be the only fur baby in the house (no other pets). He loves to have his back scratched and go for walks. He’s not much for running or jumping anymore, and he’s not a real active guy for playing. He’s just looking for a nice warm doggie bed next to someone’s couch to be his forever place to live out his years!" To adopt Buddy, please email Chrissy at communications@centralnebraskahumanesociety.com with any questions and to submit an application. Central Nebraska Humane Society is located at 1312 Sky Park Road, Grand Island, NE. ❤️ #seniordog #nebraska #loveme #holdme #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "Dear Susie’s Senior Dogs,

When we were in grad school we finally decided we were ready for a dog.

"Dear Susie’s Senior Dogs, When we were in grad school we finally decided we were ready for a dog. We lived in a small apartment so we knew we needed a small dog. We never considered anything other than adoption. There were so many dogs that needed homes. Why would we spend thousands of dollars having another dog born into this world??? We looked at rescues online and found an adorable, cuddly Chihuahua who sounded sweet. We immediately met him and fell in love. He had been picked up in a ditch in the country, had mange, and was covered in burnt motor oil. The shelter was about to put him down when a Chihuahua rescue took him in. He had a heart murmur, but so many little dogs do. We monitored it and he took meds to help it. Our Mardi went everywhere with us. He visited family, he went on vacations, and he was the light of our life. We had him for 8.5 years and he probably lived to about 13 or 14 years of age. But in the end congestive heart failure set in and the day we said goodbye was the end of the world. It took 1.5 years but soon our broken hearts decided it was time for another dog, and in Mardi’s legacy it had to be a Chihuahua. So one night we went to a Yappy Hour that our favorite rescue was having. Within a few minutes two ladies came and sat down next to us with a Chihuahua. It was Honey. She was shy, but we knew to see past that! We got to talking and knew it was perfect. Honey came home to be with us a few days later. Someone had used her for backyard breeding and she had supposedly lived all of her life in a cage outside. She only has 15 teeth left and her bottom jaw is in two pieces because of decay. The first time she had any dental care was with us. But she loves to eat and the only thing that gives it away is her tongue that hangs out sometimes. (It’s so cute!) Honey is perfect and we will spend the rest of her life making up for what she had to endure. Could have I ever guessed that we’d be Chihuahua parents? Nah. But it is the best thing in the world. Sincerely, Jessica and Michael" ❤️ #seniordog

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susiesseniordogs's Media: When you wake up in a hotel room and remember it's because your apartment flooded and was ruined du

When you wake up in a hotel room and remember it's because your apartment flooded and was ruined due to a major pipe bursting. 😵😣 Oh the adventures begin... 😏 #byebyehomesweethome #winter #troopers #alwayscouldbeworse

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "Dear SSD,

Our first dog adoption, back in 2003, was a stray who we estimated to have been about 8

"Dear SSD, Our first dog adoption, back in 2003, was a stray who we estimated to have been about 8 years old--his name was Blackjack and we were fortunate to have him for about five years until he died from heart failure. Our other dogs have been rescues and strays who we adopted at younger ages, but our latest addition is a real ambassador for the 'adopt, don't shop' movement. Frankie is nine. His family split up last month due to divorce, and he and his canine and feline housemates were all surrendered when the mom and kids of the family became homeless. Friends of the family were worried for the animals, and they all worked tirelessly to help them find homes. My husband saw Frankie on Petfinder with an urgent notice for placement, as he'd soon be relocated to a shelter, and we met him five days later when the foster parent brought him to the park near our house. He sniffed our other two dogs (both female and senior), and then got into my Prius to ride home with us! Frankie is quite possibly the most laid-back dog of all time. He has settled in with us like he was meant to be in our family. He plays fetch with our kids, snuggles with them at bedtime, loves belly rubs, is great on walks, and has never had a single accident. He was clearly loved by his previous family and just wants to be with us and love us. He gets along great with our other dogs--our younger female spars and wrestles with him, and our very elderly female lets him lick her ears. He is even sweet and loving to the vet! Frankie might have been overlooked at a shelter due to his age, and he would have certainly been confused and depressed by being in that environment. But he is such a loving dog and still has so much life and spunk in him! I wish I could somehow thank his former family for the good life they gave him and for the joy we have now with him in our lives. You never really know the story of a dog before he or she comes into your life, but he has been such a wonderful gift to us. Sincerely, Amy and family, Albuquerque, New Mexico" ❤️ #seniordog #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: OAKLAND, CA: Miss Maddy is back for her second feature on SSD. She's had no local takers and is sti

OAKLAND, CA: Miss Maddy is back for her second feature on SSD. She's had no local takers and is still waiting to be adopted! Maddy is mostly blind but she is a smart cookie and can quickly learn the lay of her land. She is very affectionate and loves to give kisses and to cuddle. If you've been looking for 'just the right' senior to cross your path, look no further than Maddy. She is big love in a tiny package! PLEASE SHARE!! 🍄🍄 @GratefulDogsRescue wrote, "Maddy is about 10-12 years old and weighs 6lbs. She was found all alone in a parking lot, emaciated and scared. At the shelter, she had a hard time gaining weight and was just terrified. Today, Maddy has blossomed in her foster home and she has become a confident and affectionate little lady. Maddy climbs into laps to give kisses whenever she can. And one of her favorite activities is burrowing under blankets to take naps. Her foster family, including her canine foster brother, have learned to check any and all blankets for a tiny Chihuahua before sitting down. Maddy is great with her canine foster brother. He wants nothing to do with her and she’s very respectful of that. Every now and then she tries snuggling up next to him and he’ll tolerate it. She would love a dog friend to cuddle with, but she’d be fine as an only dog as well. She’s met a few of the neighborhood dogs and seems to get along with everyone. She's also met a neighborhood cat and was friendly and respectful. Maddy loves short walks- when the leash comes out she runs around excitedly and it’s the only time we’ve heard her bark! After a couple blocks she’s ready for a ride, but she loves checking out the smells while she’s walking. She hasn’t quite figured out stairs; she has some visual impairment and she sometimes runs into things and can get startled. She handles it well, but it does mean that she takes her time. The suggested adoption donation for Maddy is $150. She is already spayed, microchipped and has her rabies vaccination. Adoptions are local to the #sanfrancisco #BayArea." To adopt Maddy, please email info@gratefuldogsrescue.org with any specific questions. (Photo by @oakocalyptic.) ❤️ #seniordog #california #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: (near) ATLANTA, GA: It's always sad, confusing and frustrating when adoptable dogs don't receive th

(near) ATLANTA, GA: It's always sad, confusing and frustrating when adoptable dogs don't receive the attention they deserve - more important, that they so desperately need. This is 10 year old Scruffy's second post on SSD. He has been up for adoption for several months now without interest. One of Scruffy's homeless buddies just found her forever home (which, of course, Scruffy is happy about for her!) but that means he'll be without a friend again. Scruffy is in need of companionship, love, and all the good things that being adopted is about. PLEASE SHARE! 💘 Animal Aid Foundation of Dawsonville, GA wrote, "Scruffy has been in foster care since he was dumped three months ago. He looked like a large hairless Chihuahua and he could barely walk from scratching his flea bites. He had no microchip and there was no response to lost and found sites. Scruffy has hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc deterioration, which have caused the hitch in his giddy-up. But that hitch doesn't stop this dog from chasing a ball until your arm wears out! He's also missing most of his lower teeth but that doesn't slow his eating or treat consumption down one iota. The boy is an eatin' fool. 😄 Our vet puts Scruffy's age at around 10 to 12 years. And he weighs about 30 pounds. If you didn't know that Scruffy was an elder boy you'd peg his age as a young adult. Chasing a thrown object a full speed is his passion, dropping it at your feet for more. He's been wearing doggie diapers (no big deal, especially for male dogs), we don't know whether he has a little pee problems because of his back or whether he needs training, but he prances like he's in an Easter parade with his doggie diaper and sweater on! Scruffy is good with other non-aggressive dogs and people. He has been eyeballing the cat, but hasn't gone after her. His eyes are clear, his smile is wide and he's happy to be alive. We imagine that Scruffy has got many got years left to go!" To adopt Scruffy, please email Winde at winde@sullivanforbes.com with any questions and to being the adoption process. Scruffy is currently in foster care in Dawsonville, GA. Out of state adopters are welcome to apply. ❤️ #seniordog #georgia

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "I just wanna give you a little update on Otis and my cat Noah. In the beginning, I was a little co

"I just wanna give you a little update on Otis and my cat Noah. In the beginning, I was a little concerned about how they would get along. But I got some very good advice from some very good people and followed it to a T. It has not even been a month yet, but Otis is doing so well with Noah. In fact, Noah in the last few days has gotten on the bed and slept while Otis has been on it. I still give Noah ways to escape if he feels it necessary but he has been staying where we are more and more. It amazes me how Otis gives both Noah and Zummie (our other dog) space and does not get all up in their face. Otis amazes me every day. He has been taking so many pills everyday for double ear infections, skin conditions, and an infection on his backside. And now pills for his heartworm to prepare him for his treatment shots. But Otis doesn’t bark at anything - he takes his pills and acts like it’s ice cream. He is so grateful and shows it every day. Otis is the perfect fit for our little family and I’m so glad you showed him on your Instagram page. Warm regards, Judy" ❤️ #seniordog #pitbull #greatdog #lovingdog #shelterdog #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: (near) MEMPHIS, TN: 8 year old Highway was found after being hit by a car. At the vet, it was disco

(near) MEMPHIS, TN: 8 year old Highway was found after being hit by a car. At the vet, it was discovered he was also filled with many metal pellets, clearly someone had been shooting at him. 😡 Highway has been through a lot but remains to be the sweetest of souls. The spirit of a dog can be truly amazing, especially when it comes to human cruelty. Highway is fully healed and has been on the search for his forever family since July. He truly deserves the best of the best! PLEASE SHARE! 🌹 @fayettefcar wrote, "Highway was found by firefighters after he had been hit by a car. In addition, his x-ray showed that he was riddled with buckshot and had a broken hip previously that had not healed properly. He had also been shot in one eye. We took him to an eye specialist who recommended that his eye be removed. And to keep adding on to Highway's story, he is also hard of hearing. But the great news is that none of these problems seem to bother him in the least bit! He is such a sweet and gentle boy, everyone loves him! He knows that life is only going to get better now and he is embracing it. He gets along wonderfully with the other dogs. He has been with many dogs at the shelter, as well as in his foster home, and he is very easy to get along with. However, he is better without a super rambunctious playmate. Highway is perfectly housetrained! He does fine in a bedroom or a laundry room with a furry friend but he is not a fan of being in very small areas by himself as he gets anxious. He has been kept in a laundry room with a furry friend when foster parents leave the house, and has also been loose in the house and has done very well. He is really a ‘velcro’ dog, just absolutely loves to be with you always. He loves to be petted and brushed. Because of his various injuries he would do best in a quiet household. Highway weighs about 55 lbs. He has been neutered, is microchipped, up to date on vaccines, and has been on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. He is on daily Rimadyl. Fenced-in yard required." To adopt Highway, please email Laurie at fayettefcar@hotmail.com with questions. @fayettefcar shelter is located at 555 Clement Drive, #Rossville, #TN. ❤️ #seniordog

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susiesseniordogs's Media: After three months in foster care, two posts on SSD, and one adoption rejection because he was "too

After three months in foster care, two posts on SSD, and one adoption rejection because he was "too old" ....11 year old Rusty finally found his lucky break! Rusty got ADOPTED! 🎂🎂 When Rusty's story was sent to SSD by Mending Spirits Animal Rescue in Minnesota, it was very surprising to hear about this wonderful senior who not only was overlooked, but who was also outright rejected based off age alone. Sadly, this happens many times for many wonderful, adoptable dogs. Thankfully, Rusty has now found a fabulous family who adores him! When his new mom Theresa first saw his photo she knew right away that Rusty was her boy. Thanks to Theresa's decision to love Rusty, age and all, his rescue can now go on to help more homeless dogs who need good homes. The work never ends and we are so thankful to Theresa and her family for choosing to adopt senior dog Rusty! 😍 Theresa wrote, "I love this little guy! I knew the minute I saw his picture that he was my boy. He's doing great here. He settled in very quickly and has taken over my home. He rarely barks (only when someone comes to the door), is house trained and, as I am learning, knows some tricks such as sit, sit up and shake. Although, his shake is more like offering his paw very briefly then putting it down because he doesn't like his feet touched. Rusty loves laying next to me in my chair (like right now...and he's snoring), follows me around the house and sleeping next to me at night under his blanket. He enjoys tormenting the cats but he's getting better about that, is good with my older, larger dog and is great with my kids. I couldn't ask for a better fit! I'm amazed too that he wasn't adopted much sooner. He's very handsome and sweet and doesn't look or act his age. He's still gets around like a younger dog and enjoys his toys but is well past the hyper puppy stage and enjoys curling up and napping. I'm looking forward to a few more years with this sweet boy." ❤️ #seniordog #foundlove #thegoodlife #adoptersalwaysneeded #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: You know it's too cold when nobody gets up when you get home. 😆 #winter #seniordogs #shelterdogs #

You know it's too cold when nobody gets up when you get home. 😆 #winter #seniordogs #shelterdogs #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: "My name is Stu and I ended up in the Riverside County shelter system in Oregon. 
I am a blind and

"My name is Stu and I ended up in the Riverside County shelter system in Oregon. I am a blind and deaf senior gentleman who is super sweet. I get along really well even tho I can't hear or see. I was pulled from the shelter where I had little chance for adoption by a rescue/transport group who networked me. My Way Home Dog Rescue took me in! I was having some problems with my mouth - I needed a fistula fixed and a couple more teeth pulled. Susie helped me out by getting my medical done. My fistula is fixed, my loose teeth out and I was even well enough for a neuter. Now I go to a foster home (maybe adopt) on Sunday. Thank you Susie (SSD donators!) for helping me! I will let you know when I find a home! Love, STU" ❤️ #seniordog #vetcare #happyandhealthy #adoptdontshop

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susiesseniordogs's Media: NEW YORK, NY: Adoptable Betty White is looking for her very own tight-knit group of family and frie

NEW YORK, NY: Adoptable Betty White is looking for her very own tight-knit group of family and friends! She prefers to be around other dogs and wants to find a forever home where she can have a furry friend (or a few!). 🐶🐶 Betty White is quite social with other canines and feels much more confident in their company. She also adores snuggling with humans and is an all around catch! Her lucky family is out there somewhere...she just needs someone to write her script! PLEASE SHARE! 🐾🎬🐾 @muddypawsrescuenyc wrote, "Miss Betty White is looking for a pal and a confidante. Do not try and tell this Golden Girl that she is a senior- she will prove you wrong by pouncing like a puppy chasing toys and keeping up with younger dogs on endless walks through the park. A perfect lady on a leash and good with dogs of all sizes. And she would really do best in a home WITH another dog - seems to help with some general anxiety she has. We don't know much about Betty's 9ish years prior to pulling her from the ACC, but we have learned plenty in the few weeks we have had the pleasure of having her with us! Though on the medium to large size, she insists she is a lap dog. She is a world class snuggler and has even attained snuggling status with her very picky foster sister. Betty is currently living with a cat, and though she is never aggressive towards him she sometimes goes into spells of barking at him. (So, she may prefer a cat free home.) Miss Betty White is located in New York City. There is no radius for adoption, but adopter would need to come to NYC to meet her and provide their own transportation." To adopt Betty White, please email @muddypawsrescuenyc at adoptions@muddypawsrescue.org with any questions and to submit your adoption application. ❤️ #seniordog #newyork #nyc #fosterdog #adoptme #adoptdontshop

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