Susie's Senior Dogs@susiesseniordogs

A 501c3 United States organization bringing adoption awareness to overlooked, homeless senior dogs. 💖 🐶 PLEASE DONATE!

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"This Christmas Eve will mark one year since I adopted @Lil.Hobbs. I don't know much about his former life, but I do know that he was found on streets of the Bronx with scar tissue from torn ligaments that never healed, cataracts, severe arthritis, and a mouth full of loose and fractured teeth.
Aside from his physical problems, he wasn't socialized well and reacts to most people with fear and aggression. Anyone who ever comes to my home knows that it takes a very long before Hobbs will let them even TRY to touch him. When he finally does warm up though, he's a tiny ball of love and snuggles.
Regardless of his issues, Hobbs has brought so much joy to my life over the past 12 months. Everyone I know thinks I'm obsessed with my dog (true!), but he has been a real blessing to me. I'm a fairly anxious person by nature, but having Hobbs brings me a sense of well-being and peace. He's my little shadow that follows me everywhere I go and stares at me with the love and gratitude that only an old, weathered dog can have. I can't sit down anywhere for even one minute without Hobbs begging me to pick him and put him on my lap. No matter how tired I feel in the morning, my mood is instantly lifted when I see his little face burrowed near mine.

Health-wise, his eyes and fur are brighter and shinier than ever. While he does hobble when he walks, his pace is twice as fast as it used to be and sometimes he even runs. He's still working on improving his attitude toward meeting new people, but every day he gets a little more trusting and a little less aggressive. I know he must have had some traumatic experiences before, so I try to be patient with his moodiness. It'll take time and hard work for him to learn to fully trust humans again, but he's worth the effort.
@Lil.Hobbs will be celebrating his 8th birthday December 24th, so I'll be throwing him a big party, just like he deserves!

Kathryn" ❤️ #seniordog #blessing #adoption #rescue #adoptdontshop #adoptdontbreed


LOUISVILLE, KY: 10 year old Red is one of those seniors who will melt your heart a million times over by simply being in his presence. His physical body may be aging, but Red's love is so strong and sweet that it couldn't be matched to that of a 1000 puppies! Red is currently in foster care and he would love more than anything to find his very own #foreverhome, a place he can settle in for all the rest of his years. We hope you won't pass on Red, he's been through that enough already. PLEASE SHARE! ❄️🎄❄️ @goldensrescue wrote, "Could you be Red’s angel? Red was found as a stray and we believe he is at least 10 years old. There’s just no telling what this sweet boy has endured over the years. He is one deserving pup, and we are hopeful there is a family willing to open their home and their hearts to make Red’s dreams come true. He is desperate for a soft bed, a warm home, and a loving family to dote on him during his #GoldenYears.
Don’t let his age fool you; he’s still spunky but enjoys relaxing on his bed. Red is trustworthy indoors and is house trained. He gets along with other dogs, but cats are unknown. If the hound dog bark is music to your ears, then Red is your dog because if you talk to him, he’ll talk back! Red’s personality and temperament is indescribable. He’s been a great dog and is such a sweetie! Let Red be the senior who can finally live life like a dog should get to live. Can you make Red’s dream come true?

Red is available for adoption in the following areas: greater #Louisville, KY (including adjacent southern Indiana); greater #Lexington, KY; Ohio Counties - Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, Adams, and Brown; and northern KY Counties - Boone, Kenton, and Campbell; and eastern Dearborn in #Indiana." To adopt Red, please email Jane at with any additional questions and to submit your adoption application. ❤️ #seniordog #golden #adoptme #kentucky #adoptdontshop


"I just wanted to write in, to hopefully inspire other people to consider adopting a senior dog! My fiancee and I were planning on adopting, and continued to visit a nearby shelter. Although we considered a puppy, I couldn't imagine the time and energy that we did not have- and your page convinced me there's something so special about taking in a senior. We must have visited the shelter 6 or 7 times, and each time I would stop by Kino, age 8. While all the other dogs were bouncing off the walls, Kino would push his body against the cage to try to get as close to you as possible, and was so calm, and I just felt like he was the one. We fostered him and two weeks later made it official. 🙌🏽 Kino is, hands down, the light of our lives. At first, he tiptoed around the house quietly- not sure what to make of us, but quickly warmed up to be the cuddliest, biggest baby. He's as happy going on hikes or runs on the beach as he is watching netflix and napping all day. We love his crooked teeth, goofball character, and emotional intelligence. The love we feel from him is so palpable, and coming home to his excited 'Woooos' is my favorite part of every day. We don't know much about his last life, but we intend to make the second part a spoiled dream of chew toys, kisses, and adventures. -Jess + Jack" ❤️ #seniordog #angel #adopted #thegoodlife #adoptdontshop #adoptdontbreed


(near) CLEVELAND, OH: You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen....but if you haven't yet met Gru-dolph then you're missing out! 😍 This 8 year old cutie-patootie is the longest resident at his shelter and he'd absolutely love to find a home before the holidays arrive. Gru adores other dogs, is very food motivated (think: highly teachable!), and still has a fair amount of fun energy. We can't wait around for Santa to bring Gru what he needs -- we need you! PLEASE SHARE! 🦌🦌🦌 Friendship Animal Protective League wrote, "Please give Gru a home! Gru is an 8 year old Boxer mix and he's one of the nicest dogs you'll ever meet.
Gru is a very polite, gentle and well-behaved boy. He knows his basic commands, is very food motivated and adores other dogs. On top of all that, he doesn't act like a senior. Gru has lots of positive/playful energy.
It's not known why he is homeless, but if you're looking for an all around nice dog and need a companion, Gru is your boy. Go get Gru!

If you have kids and/or another dog in your family and are interested in adopting a Friendship dog please bring them with you for a meet and greet. No appointment is necessary. Stop by anytime during regular business hours." To adopt Gru, please email with any questions.

Friends Animal Protective League is located at 8303 Murray Ridge Road, #Elyria, #OH.

Adoption hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 4:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday from 11AM to 6:30PM, and Sunday from 11AM to 3PM. Closed Monday. ❤️ #seniordog #ohio


Because of SSD's generous donators, senior dog Nina will now receive full sponsorship for her last three rounds of chemo that she's been waiting for! This angel lived a long life of neglect prior to coming under the care of @littletailsrescue, and then finding herself a forever foster home. Under veterinarian recommendation, Nina is a good candidate for chemo. Her rescue was able to raise funds for the first two rounds - which greatly improved her quality life. But they've had no luck raising more money for the last three rounds. Nina finally found true love and they just want to give her the life she's always deserved for as long as she is happy and pain free. Thanks to you, Nina can now receive her last three rounds of chemo!! @littletailsrescue wrote, "Nina was advertised for free on craigslist. I saw the picture and really could not believe the condition she was in. When I went to pick her up, I saw a matted, dirty dog staring at the sliding glass door looking in the house.
Nina's teeth were a mess (she had a dental) and she was not spayed. So we had that was done as well. Nina really did not know how to live inside a house and would stay outside and be scared to come back in. And that changed with time.

We found a permanent foster home for Nina and she has been living there for the past 1.5 years. She was generally fine until October of this year when a mass was found. We had the mass removed and biopsied and sadly it was malignant. We were advised that her cancer was very aggressive. We then scheduled a consult with an oncologist who recommended her for chemotherapy. Nina's blood test results were good, she was eating well and is lively, so he felt she was a good candidate for chemo. We are hopeful that with chemo it will be a considerable while before the cancer rears its ugly head again.

Nina was neglected most of her life so we are trying to extend her life. We are applying for sponsorship for the last 3 chemo sessions. We raised money to pay for her first two sessions but have not had much luck raising the rest." **SSD is still accepting sponsorship requests for homeless senior dogs. Must be with a 501c3 nonprofit rescue/shelter. Link in bio.**


From totally unwanted to totally adored, 11 year old Jackson got ADOPTED!!! 💛💜💛💜 Jackson's original owners brought him to the vet requesting euthanasia. Because Jackson wasn't even close to a 'deathly state,' the vet couldn't agree and was able to convince to the owners to relinquish Jackson so he could have a second chance at life for his golden years. He was taken in by @pethavenmn animal rescue, and then adopted last month by Jennifer and her family after seeing his post on SSD! Jackson is now living a retirement life that most humans would envy. He lives on 11 acres of land, has canine siblings to romp around with, and best of all, humans who are absolutely smitten with him!
Jennifer writes, "I have a handful of dogs already and really wasn't looking to have another, but one look at Jackson and I filled out the paperwork. He just spoke to me. Something in his eyes made me think he'd be perfect for us, and the fact that we could give him everything he needs made it seem like a no brainer. All the boxes checked like it was meant to be! :) Jackson is settling in VERY well I think. He's met all our other dogs (ranging from 1.5-11 years) and they've all pretty much accepted each other. My dogs are used to having new dogs around them. And Jackson seems comfortable and loves to run around our acreage (we have 9 acres and 2 are fenced in for the dogs). His insulin shots have been not big deal too. I knew I'd be comfortable giving them (been there, done that), but my husband had never done that before. Even he was amazed at how much if a non-issue it is. So easy and fast! And Jackson doesn't bat an eye when we give him the shots. It literally takes 30 seconds and done!
Jackson is a sweetheart of a dog too, so friendly and loving. He wants nothing but to please and snuggle. How anyone gave him up or passed him over due to what really is a tiny detail (age) is beyond me. I'd encourage anyone not to let that deter them from adopting a companion!" ❤️ #seniordog #thegoodlife #secondchance #goldenyears #retirement #adoptdontshop


"Dear Susie’s Senior Dogs,

Earlier this year I found myself struggling severely with my mental health. At the recommendation of a a friend I applied to foster a dog with @bulliesinneed, knowing that even on my worst day I would never neglect a dog. Stormy came to stay with me while her main foster family was on vacation. A pit bull mix and 10yrs+, she had been with the rescue several months. Having her around improved my health more than any medication and therapy could at the time, something realized when her foster family came home. I applied to adopt her and was surprised how quickly we became attached.

Unfortunately after just 2.5 months she fell ill quickly and I was faced with the heartbreaking decision of having to let her go. I was crushed, but we had each other when we needed it most, and even if for a short time, she had a home.

Fast forward six weeks and I found myself at the local SPCA shelter, looking at an almost 9 year old golden retriever mix. Starvation and malnutrition had caused his kidneys to start shutting down. I didn’t know if I was ready for another senior dog, especially one with health issues that could shorten our time together. I lingered for hours, asking questions, walking him, weighting pros and cons, but after hearing someone else ask about him, the 'no, that’s my dog' feeling in my gut told me what to do.

My senior 'puppy' Renard has been with me for the same amount of time that Stormy was, it’s hard to believe. We manage his health day by day, but without blood work to show it you’d never know he’s sick. He comes with me just about everywhere, we run together in the morning, ride the subway to the city and cuddle on the couch at night. He helps keep me in check and insists that I have to get out of bed on days I need an extra push. I am forever grateful to the rescues and fosters who helped bring these dogs into my life. Every dog deserves a warm bed and a loving home, I’m so happy I could be that for my dogs. Senior dogs have so much to offer, & it’s a shame they are often overlooked. Storm and Ren have helped me more than I can ever thank them for, I owe my life to them. -Meika" ❤️ #seniordog #lovestory


NEW YORK, NY: *Temporary foster home needed for the holidays!* 7 year old Hamilton is currently in need of a foster home starting THIS SUNDAY, December 17th for three weeks. He would love to be your holiday buddy! Hamilton is still reviewing adoption applications and in need of a forever home, but in order not to rush the process he needs a temporary place to crash while his current foster heads out of town. PLEASE SHARE!! 🎁🎅🏽🎄 Hamilton is looking for an adult-only temp #fosterhome. He is friendly with other dogs, but it would be ideal if there were no other pets at home - since it's such a limited time commitment we are hoping to make this transition as easy and seamless as possible.
Hamilton's current foster writes, "Ham is a slobbery boy who likes chilling on the couch next to you and playing a few rounds of fetch. Hamilton is the most potty trained boy I've ever met, not one accident in our time together. Even when I work long days I can only take him out before work 6:30am and when I get home 7pm!!! He's up for a longer walk once in a while and explorations in nature and regular trips to the park he would LOVE!
He's confined to the living roam when he's home alone, he whines a little when I'm leaving but settles down quickly. And he loves to put his head on my lap when we're on the couch...he's a snuggle muffin!" Hamilton weighs close to 70lbs and his best match is someone who is comfortable around big dogs and has some experience with big dog handling. Hamilton doesn't understand his own size and responds well to positive reinforcement with gentle rules and boundaries.
To foster Hamilton, please email @ShelterChic at ASAP. ❤️ #seniordog #boxermix #foster #fostering #fosterme #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity

New York, New York

"I already had a dog who was two years old named Theodore. I had worked from home for a long time but was going back to working in an office. Theo was home longer hours alone, and very bored and lonely. My fiancé and I had decided getting a second dog would provide companionship and be a good idea.
So we went to our local shelter and were looking at young dogs, thinking that since Theo was still pretty young this would be a great idea. We tried meeting with a few dogs, and they kept telling us 'this dog was adopted today' or 'this dog is on a hold.' Theo is also a diva, so it was very important for us to find a dog he got along with. They brought one dog in, and Theodore was not having it. We knew that even though he fit our criteria, it wasn’t going to work.
We were going to leave, when an older woman who happened to be the shelter vet stopped me and said, 'did you adopt someone?!' I told her we hadn’t found anyone we wanted that was available or fit our other dogs personality. She said 'well, let me go back there with you.' We walked back there and at the very end, she says, 'did you see Chico?' I look in the kennel, and there’s this little old, frail, white tiny dog, with scars all over his face, who hadn’t at all caught my attention since he was older and very quiet. She told me he had been found beaten up pretty bad near the Mexican border (we lived in San Diego) & had been at the shelter for months.
They brought Chico into the room & it was like love at first sight between Chico & Theodore! They licked each other, sniffed each other, and were wagging their tails like there was no tomorrow. Chico came over to me, jumped into my lap and gave me this puppy dog look, & I just fell in love. And we took him home.

His name didn’t suit him very well. So after a few days of observing, I had the perfect name. Grandpa! He loves to sleep, eat, watch TV, & snore. He brings so much happiness and joy to everyone that meets him. Seeing the photos of when we first got him kills me, as it is clear he was abused very badly. But he is the happiest, most spoiled dog now. He is the king of our household & I wouldn’t have it any other way. -Kimberly" ❤️ #seniordog


LONG ISLAND, NY: In early 2016, 8 year old Atty was brought to the city shelter by his original owner who "no longer wanted to care him." (Verbatim. 😭) Atty was adopted soon after, but now, a year and half later, his adoptive family has decided they don't have time for him. Before making any assumptions, please note that NONE of this has anything to do with Atty. As much as rescues try to screen humans, at the end of the day it is us humans who are unpredictable and unreliable. Atty is a lover of all people, described as a "lap dog" and simply enjoys being with his people. His needs are average when it comes to companionship - he simply asks that you put in quality time in your relationship. What ALL dogs desire. PLEASE SHARE! 🐶🏡 🎅🏽 Atty is currently located on #LongIsland in #NewYork; to the right fit home he can be adopted in the #NewEngland, #TriState and #Pennsylvania areas!
All Breed Rescue wrote, "You would think at the age of 8 Atty wouldn't still be in need of a forever home...but he is. So we are hoping you'll listen to his story and share Atty with your pals!
For the past year and a half we thought Atty had finally found his 'forever.' And we thought he could finally unpack his bags and kick up his paws for good. But sadly, his current family no longer has the time to care for Atty once again, he is looking for a new home.
Atty LOVES all people...big and small! And he loves to be with his humans. He is considered a "lap dog!" He loves to snuggle and cuddle, but he also loves to run around the backyard to play with his humans and let some energy out. He knows basic commands like 'sit,' 'down,' and 'stay.' Atty loves car rides and is a very good boy at the vet -- always happy and cooperative!
Atty prefers not to live with other dogs or cats and is looking to be the solo pet at home for his retirement years. He is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all his vaccinations. If you think you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about Atty, please contact us!" To adopt Atty, please email All Breed Rescue volunteer with questions. ❤️ #seniordog #adoptme


GOOD NEWS! Because of SSD's generous donators, we are currently accepting medical sponsorship requests from approved 501c3 rescues and shelters for homeless senior dogs in need! (Please note, this sponsorship is only open to homeless senior dogs who are currently waiting for their forever homes. Senior dogs ages 7 years old and up will be considered.) 💜****Link in bio to sponsorship application form.****💜 SSD is working with limited funds and applications will be approved on a case-by-case situation. If your rescue or shelter is unable to pay for a surgery or procedure needed for a senior dog in your care, but you'd move mountains in order to get them the vet care they need, then please apply! Or, TAG a rescue or shelter who needs help! (Followers: If you wish to support SSD and our mission to help homeless senior dogs, donations are always welcome! You can give via PayPal using email OR checks can be sent to: Susie's Senior Dogs, PO BOX 20334, New York, NY 10011) 💜💜💜 #adopt #foster #donate #animalrescue #dogrescue


Sara had three more new mammary masses surgically removed today. 😞 These are on top of the many that were removed several months ago when she was found as a stray riddled with mammary masses. Unspayed female dogs are much more prone to mammary tumors. And dogs like Sara not only had to endure multiple litters throughout her life (prior to us adopting her and spaying her) and now she has had to endure many surgeries to remove these tumors because she was never spayed. Our late dog Susie (namesake of SSD!) also had many mammary masses develop later in her life because her previous owner never spayed her.
Getting your dog spayed or neutered is the most responsible and healthy thing you can do, especially today. It is such a low cost, routine surgery and it can prevent many health concerns that's it's pretty much a no-brainer! Not to mention we really don't need any more puppies considering all the homeless dogs that already exist. 😣 #adoptdontshop #adoptdontbreed #spay #neuter #responsiblepetownership #thinkaboutthemommadogs