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Considering a pet? Older dogs make great companions

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Senior dogs are often overlooked by prospective pet owners. (KTEN) Senior dogs are often overlooked by prospective pet owners. (KTEN)
The Animal Refuge Foundation in Sherman cares for hundreds of dogs. (KTEN) The Animal Refuge Foundation in Sherman cares for hundreds of dogs. (KTEN)
Older dogs at Animal Refuge Foundation can make great pets. (KTEN) Older dogs at Animal Refuge Foundation can make great pets. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- If you decide on a shelter dog for adoption, it's a big deal for the whole family.  

It can be hard to decide what pooch you'll be taking home.

Unfortunately, older dogs often find it hard to compete against cute little puppies.

"We have a soft spot for seniors," said Animal Refuge Foundation adoption coordinator Jenna Glover. "They appreciate the life you give them more than, say, a dog that has only been here a few months."

Older dogs tend to be overlooked when someone is adopting; that's why they can either end up being euthanized, or remain in no-kill shelters like ARF for long periods of time.

"They need love probably more than the younger dogs," Glover said. "Some of them have been out here for 10 or 12 years They need to live out their golden years in a home, in a family."

An important detail when considering adoption is how well the dog will adjust to their new home. Senior dogs are likely to make that part easier.

"I find it's easier to adopt a senior dog," Glover said. "They're already set in their personality. They're much easier to acclimate into a home environment because they are so laid back, they're much calmer. It's my preference to adopt the older dogs rather than the younger dogs."

It's no secret that the health an older dog declines more quickly than a new puppy. But Glover says senior canines will only add to the home you give them.

You'll find a wide variety of dogs and cats for adoption during KTEN's annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, August 17.

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