Dusty, a 13-year-old female Labrador, needs a true friend right now. Not only was she ignored and neglected in her former home for 13 years, but her best friend, with whom she lived her whole life, just passed away a week after they entered the shelter.
While the volunteers are showering her with love and attention, she seems to be pretty sad and in need the loving comfort of a new friend who will keep her safe, close and take special care of her.
Here are some things you should know:
- She is housebroken
- She gets along with other dogs
- She gets along with kids
The beauty of an older dog is that they tend to settle into a new home easily. They have also learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of the “pack,” having mellowed so they can focus on life and anything you may want to teach them.
They are less demanding of your attention because they don’t need the same amount of exercise that a puppy needs, and they’d rather cuddle up with you on the couch and take a nap. An older dog is a known commodity because you can easily assess their behavior and temperament, and you never have to guess how big they'll grow.
And don't worry about the cost of adopting an older dog. Vet attention and medication are needed at all ages and may or may not be more costly for an older dog. She had her senior wellness check-up and, other than a little bit of arthritis and mild dermatitis, she is in good health. She just needs the same things younger dogs do–good nutrition, love, attention, exercise and regular check-ups.
To choose Dusty, request ID A4425477. Occasionally, pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit the