Southern California residents, mark your calendars for November 4 – the date of the first ever senior dog adoption event being held in Los Angeles. The adoption event, which is being held at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, will feature only senior dogs (age 7 and up) from 16 animal shelters in the area.
Homeless senior dogs are often overlooked at animal shelters – especially by potential adopters who become enamored with puppies and young adult dogs. Erin Stanton, founder of the wildly popular Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook page (and the Susie’s Senior Dog non-profit organization) immediately said yes when producer Steven Latham (creator of Shelter Me) approached her with his idea of a co-hosted senior dog adoption event in Los Angeles.
Stanton, who lives in New York, told Shelter Me, “there are no senior exclusive adoption events – this is a new creation to give senior dogs an even playing field.” Stanton is a fan of hosting small dog adoption events in non-traditional venues because it allows people to be educated about senior dog homelessness outside of typical dog adoption areas. She finds “reward and value” in being provided with the opportunity to get in front of people and talk to them about homeless senior dogs and the need for promoting senior dog adoption.
Susie’s Senior Dogs was created out of a desire to get the word out about the joys of senior dog adoption. The Facebook page (and organization) were inspired by the adoption a senior dog named Susie who lost her home at the age of 12. Stanton and her husband, Brandon, adored the new canine addition to their family, but were surprised to learn that most people were shocked at their decision to welcome a senior dog into their lives.
Stanton explained how the plight of homeless senior dogs inspired her to create a marketing platform for senior dogs:
I began to search around the Internet for homeless senior dogs in our area. Sure enough, I noticed there were many older dogs up for adoption at shelters.
I quickly began to think about how I could get other people to adopt an older dog. We loved our Susie and adopting her was such a wonderful experience. I wanted other people to know that joy too! And that’s what sparked the creation of Susie’s Senior Dogs.
Susie’s Senior Dogs has a tremendous following – formed nearly four years ago, the organization (and Facebook marketing platform promoting senior dogs to over 600,000 followers) has been responsible for helping to facilitate over 1200 senior dog adoptions. Stanton is hopeful that the upcoming senior dog adoption event in Los Angeles will be successful, and add to that already impressive number.
Susie’s Senior Dogs website here.
Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook page.
Susie’s Senior Dogs on Instagram.
Susie’s Senior Dogs on Twitter.