Senior Companions

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 care.

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.