American Brittany Rescue is pleased to
present our Senior Companions Program in which an active adopter aged 65 or
older who chooses to adopt a Brittany aged 8 or older may have the adoption fee
waived. We believe this program can benefit
not only our older rescued dogs, but also older owners who want to provide
companionship and a home for one of these special dogs.
Brittanys identified by the Senior
Companion logo are eligible for this program.
If you are not over 65 years of age, but wish to adopt one of these dogs
you are welcome to apply for adoption.
In 1999, the Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society published a study, which demonstrated that seniors that have
pets tend to have better physical health and mental well being than those that
don’t. They’re more active, cope better
with stress, and have better overall health.
A 1997 study showed that elderly pet owners had a significantly lower
blood pressure overall than their contemporaries without pets. We believe that matching older adopters with
older dogs can only benefit them both.
Nellie Belle was 10 when her 90 year
old owner passed away. Mom’s children
had no room for her and no desire for a dog.
Nellie Belle was left alone in her home to grieve the loss of her
companion. A neighbor suggested to the
children that they contact Brittany Rescue and Nellie Belle came into foster
Nine year old Ben found himself
needing to adjust to a new home when his elderly owner moved into assisted
living where his dog couldn’t accompany him.
Before taking Ben to the local shelter, his owner’s son decided to try
calling rescue and we took Ben in.
Calls like these are the ones we
dread. Worse are the calls from owners
who have had their 10 year old dog since she was 8 weeks old, but now that they
have had their second child they "don't have time for her". Foster space is always at a premium. Senior
dogs (8 years and older) may stay in foster care for a long time. Sometimes they spend the remainder of their
days in foster care, which may mean losing a space that could be available to
several other dogs. When many dogs are
waiting for a foster space to open up, the seniors may lose and none of us want
that to happen.
These dogs make incredible companions
– not only for older adopters, but for families with children as well. The truth is that Old Dogs Make Good Friends.
Too many people are concerned about
taking a dog that won’t be around long.
But there’s really no guarantee that any dog will be with us for
long. Many of us have lost young dogs
to accidents or illness. These “senior”
dogs can offer years of companionship and happy memories. In fact, most of them seem to realize what a
gift they’ve been given and are truly grateful for it. They are often the perfect addition to a
family with young children looking for a dog to interact with right away. They’re calmer, but often just as active as
their younger counterparts.
Almost every person who adopts a
senior dog will tell us what a wonderful experience it has been and we believe
the Senior Companion Program may be a way to help both these wonderful dogs and
some more mature adopters.
We believe that older dogs, like their
human counterparts, live a longer, healthier life if they’re able to spend it
with people who are able to appreciate and care for them. Senior dogs (8 and older) have a health
check up before going to a new home.
Like all dogs in ABR’s care, they are spay/neutered, shots are brought
up to date and any immediate health issues are dealt with. Their adoption fee will be waived for mature
adopters (65 and older) whose lifestyles can accommodate an older dog and who
qualify through our adoption process.
Brittanys live to be 13, 15 or older, so these dogs may have years of
love and faithfulness to share.