Five reasons to give a retirement home to an OAP (Old Age Pooch)

The nation celebrates National Puppy Day this month, however Dogs Trust Shoreham is reminding those considering adding a four-legged friend to their family, that giving an older dog a home is just as rewarding as having a young pup, with older and wiser dogs having lots to offer.  

  1. Older dogs don’t need as much exercise as puppies do, but still enjoy frequent shorter walks – perfect for those who like to get some fresh air but going on an hour-long hike isn’t for them. 
  2. OAPs tend to be fully house trained and experts at basic commands, saving time and energy needed when training a puppy.  
  3. Golden oldies tend to enjoy snoozing, making them the perfect afternoon napping partner or to have them snuggle by your feet while you’re working from home.  
  4. Dogs are great companions at all ages but with an older dog, what you see is what you get – there shouldn’t be any surprises.  
  5. It's a win-win for the dog and their owner - “Not only can adopters of older dogs enjoy all the wonderful moments their canine companion brings, knowing that they have given a senior dog a peaceful and loving home for their later years is a heart-warming feeling which can’t be matched”, says Dogs Trust Shoreham Manager, Adel Burnett.  

The centre currently has six great golden oldies who are looking for retirement homes where they can put their paws up: 

The two most senior dogs are Shih Tzu Billy, aged 15, and Lowchen Princey, aged 14. Billy is looking for a supportive family to help guide him through his later years as he’s visually and hearing-impaired. He’ll be a comforting companion and could potentially live with another senior dog who is calm and tolerant. Billy needs to join a family with at least two adults and needs his own garden to potter around in at his leisure. Princey is also seeking a relaxing retirement home. He has started to lose some vision, so he needs a family who can give him a consistent routine and help him settle into his new home. He would benefit from living with another dog of a similar calm nature in an adult-only household. 

Arnie, a 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier is a playful and affectionate character, who loves a game of tug or fetch and a cuddle when he gets to know you. He’s looking to join a family where members and visitors to the home are aged over 16, and he can be the only pet with his own garden and enjoy quiet walks where he can enjoy a sniff in peace. Another very sweet Jack Russell Terrier is Ella, who loves to make new human friends and has lots of love to give. Despite being nine years old she is still very spritely and has a zest for life. She’s not very keen on being handled as she has skin allergies, and she needs a family who can read her body language to know when to give her space. Ella needs to be the only pet and have a garden of her own. 

Sweet Sully is a ten-year-old Lurcher, who is a loyal companion once he’s built a relationship and trusts people. He has a calm and sensitive nature but is still playful and up for a walk to sniff out what nature has to offer. He’s looking for a quiet and adult-only homelife where there will always be someone there to keep him company, and where he is the only dog. 

The youngest of the golden oldies is nine-year-old Labrador Benji. He’s a people-pooch and enjoys spending time with humans either on a walk or for a cuddle. He’s not used to sharing so he needs to be the only dog in an adult-only home with a garden to call his own. He likes to sleep next to his humans at night-time and even takes his own blanket to bed with him.  

To find out more about caring for an older dog, click here. 

If you think you could offer any of these adorable golden oldies a home where they can spend their twilight years, please go to