Golden oldies


We're celebrating the wonderful bond between people and dogs this Older People’s Day by urging elderly people to consider taking on an older rescue dog. 

We're trying to match up some of our own Golden Oldies with older adopters as it can take more than three times longer to rehome a dog over the age of three than it does to rehome a puppy. 

Age is just a number

Our dog welfare expert, Dr Samantha Gaines, said:

Sadly, many of our older and elderly dogs are overlooked.

There's often a common assumption that older dogs and those approaching, or in, their senior years will need more specialist care and will have health problems. But that isn’t always the case.

Just like people, every dog is an individual. Some of our senior pooches can be more active and playful than other younger dogs while others are looking for a quiet, calm home where they can snooze on the sofa and potter around in a garden.

Having a dog can be of great benefit to people too. They can make excellent companions and encourage people to get out for a walk which can have an impact not only on our physical health but also, as recent research has shown, helps towards our feelings of happiness.

It takes longer to rehome dogs over three years old

We rescued 8,009 dogs last year - that’s nearly one every hour. And while it takes just over two weeks to rehome young dogs (under six months old), it takes more than three times longer to rehome dogs over three.

Age of dog
Average time to rehome (in days)
Under six months 15.57
Six months to one year 29.43
One year to three years 41.27
Three years to seven years 48.74
Seven years and over 48.68

Older dogs looking for homes

Some centres run a special scheme to help get older pets out of kennels and into homes. Here's just a few of those in our care right now:

Misty and Rags 

Senior dogs Misty and Rags © RSPCA

This adorable, elderly pair of Jack Russell terriers are looking for a new home together. While they may have a combined age of 28, these sweet terriers still have lots of love to give.

Rags, nine, and Misty, an incredible 17, may be older pooches but are both healthy and active. Staff at our Derby and District branch are currently looking after this canine couple but are desperate to find them a loving new home to enjoy their twilight years.

For more information visit Misty and Rags online profiles or call 01332 344620. 


Mastiff-cross dog Hollie running in a field with her tongue out © RSPCA

Ten-year-old mastiff-cross Hollie looked much older when she first arrived at our Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in April, as she’d been kept in poor conditions. Thankfully, she’s come a long way since then and her health has improved continuously with the right care and lots of TLC.

She’s a lovely, friendly girl who loves fuss and would like a new home where she'll be the centre of attention. Although she’d make a wonderful family pet or loving companion, she continues to be overlooked as people pass her by.

If you think she could be the one for you, please check out her profile online or call 0300 123 0753.

Above dogs already reserved?

Don't worry! We still have many more dogs up for adoption, find your perfect pet today.

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