It’s Adopt-A-Senior Month and Senior Dogs Like Pumpkin Pie Need Homes

November is celebrated across the country as “Adopt-A-Senior” month as shelters and rescues hope to get their senior homeless animals an extra bit of attention. Much to the chagrin of rescuers, potential adopters look for young puppies or kittens when searching for an additional family member.

What that means is that dogs like Pumpkin Pie, who, according to rescuers, “was named after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner because we think he is so sweet!”

Pumpkin Pie (#A158074) broke the volunteers’ hearts when they first saw him. He lay with his head in the corner of his kennel, depressed and uninterested in his surroundings. But when a few treats were tossed into his cage, Pumpkin (for short) came around. The volunteers at CACC Transfer Team wrote on his Facebook post:

“Super sweet gentleman. Moves really well for being ‘older’. He is on the thin side and was very hungry (he grabs the treats but I think it’s because he is so hungry). Eliminated right away when we got outside. Let me stroke him all over and leaned into me. He loved being free in the big run but came over to me when I called him.”

Pumpkin, an older shepherd mix, needs a foster home or adopter. He cannot be adopted from Chicago Animal Care and Control, where he is living. But there are “homeward bound” rescues who will pull Pumpkin if there is an interested foster home or adopter.

If you can help Pumpkin or dogs like him in Chicago, please visit the Facebook page “Approved Rescue Groups” to find a rescue that can pull a senior dog for you. Another Facebook page is devoted to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The CACC Transfer Team has a fundraiser for the holidays. Their goal is to help fund as many dogs as possible to get them out of the shelter and safely into rescues. Their YouCaring page says:

Our goal this holiday season is to raise funds for local homeward bound rescue partners who pull CACC dogs through New Year’s Day. The transfer team will be sponsoring dogs (based on the amount of money raised) to encourage local rescues to pull. We will put most of our focus on the long-term, forgotten dogs. The money will help rescue groups with vetting or any other needs the dogs may have. Just to give an idea of how much it can cost a rescue group: $300 is a median cost of vetting for a healthy dog. 100% of the donations will go to the local rescues that pull select CACC dogs.

Please foster a dog or cat to help save a life. This holiday season, spread the word about adopting, not shopping for family additions. And please donate if you can. The homeless animals need your help.

Pamela Kramer

​Animal lover and rescuer. Lives with 4 cats, 4 dogs, 1 bird, 2 frogs and usually one foster animal (and very understanding husband). Reviews books (especially about animals) and educates children about compassion toward animals. Former household animals include rabbits, rats, and other assorted creatures. Also writes at