Seniors adoption program - Panhandle Animal Shelter


Our Senior-to-Senior adoption program was developed to enhance the lives of both senior people and animals alike, by pairing them together. The adoption fee is waived, compliments of Panhandle Animal Shelter staff, volunteers and our generous donors.

Qualifying ages

Adopter: 65 years or older

Animal: 7 years or older


Benefits of Adopting a Senior Animal

Research tells us that companion animals can help improve our physical and mental health. By adopting and spending time with your pet, you can experience the benefits of lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and less incident of depression.

Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. Many are house trained and it takes less time to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.

Senior pets are less destructive. Most senior pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.

Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when it matters most. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.

You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to that animal. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!