While Flower, a frightened Chihuahua at the San Bernardino City Shelter in California, may be a senior at nine years old, she is spry for her age. As posted on the Facebook page of Save SBC dogs, little Flower climbed to the top of her eight-foot high kennel and lay there, surveying her surroundings.
Perhaps Flower was looking for her family, hoping that they were coming to get her. She was returned safely to her kennel and is still at the shelter, waiting for adoption. The San Bernardino Shelter is an open admissions shelter. It is not a no-kill shelter.
So while Flower is adorable, she is also in danger of not getting adopted. Most adopters will pass up a senior dog, thinking that a younger dog is best. The truth is that senior dogs have a lot to offer most families. With a senior dog, you know what you are getting. They are usually housebroken (although every dog needs a chance to get accustomed to the household schedule before perfection is expected).
Senior dogs are usually calmer, but as Flower demonstrated, that doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty of energy for walks and playing. Another strike for Flower is that she is a Chihuahua. Next to pit bulls, Chihuahuas are the breed most abandoned at shelters and the most killed at county and other open admissions shelters.
Flower will be available for adoption on August 30, 2016. Volunteers would love to see interested adopters contact the shelter about the sweet little dog. Flower’s ID# is A497040.
She is located at the San Bernardino City shelter, 333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can call them about Flower at (909) 384-1304.