Could you give these Golden Oldies their forever home?
After all age is just a number.
It can take longer to rehome an older animal in RSPCA care but the animal welfare charity is highlighting the benefits of adopting one of our Golden Oldies.
Figures show it takes about two weeks to rehome young dogs and cats (under six months old), but it takes more than THREE times longer to rehome dogs and more than TWICE as long to rehome cats aged over three.
The outlook for equines is slightly different as horses live much longer. Between the age of three and 10 it can take more than 400 days to rehome an equine but this reduces once they are 10 years or older.*
The RSPCA has launched its Golden Oldies scheme to raise money to care for these senior citizens, who might need a bit more care and attention than younger animals in our centres.
Dr Jane Tyson, scientific officer at the RSPCA said: “It takes over three times longer to rehome an older dog and more than twice as long to rehome an older cat. These seniors often need a little more care, medicine and sometimes a special diet but they can make such rewarding companions.
“It is heartbreaking to see an older animal spend their twilight years in a cattery, kennel, or centre stables. Plenty of pets are young at heart and every animal is an individual so one of these oldies could be the perfect addition to your home.”
Just like these Golden Oldies who still have so much love to give….
Kane and Kaya are two older Staffordshire Bull Terriers who are looking for a new home together. These Golden Oldies have been in the care of the RSPCA Wirral and Chester branch for almost a year now. They are both in good health despite being 10 and 13-years-old and still very sprightly. They would need a home with no other pets where someone is around for most of the day. They love long walks and their favourite thing to do is to play with their ball.
For more information or to give Kane and Kaya a loving home, contact the branch on 01516 386318.
This lovely girl Roxy is looking for a caring family who can give her some much-needed love and fuss. The 12-year-old crossbreed was brought into RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre as she was very underweight. After some yummy meals and lots of fuss, this older lady has begun to shine. She knows lots of commands such as sit, shake a paw, wait and down and would continue to learn with a new family who can keep up this training and put her cleverness to good use. Although she has lived with other dogs before, she can be a little wary so would prefer to be the only dog in the home. She would also like a cat-free environment but could live with children who are secondary school age or older. She would like her new owners to be around for the majority of the day at first and then slowly build up to being left on her own for a few hours or more.
If you would like to give this Golden Oldie her perfect retirement home, please contact RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre on 0300 123
Age of dog Average time to rehome (in days)
Under six months 13.79
Six months to one year 19.38
One year to three years 31.81
Three years to seven years 46.78
Seven years and over 53.59