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Do You Need to Rehome an Older Dog for a Relative?

Sadly, FLFO frequently receives requests to take older dogs who belong to older adults who either pass away or can no longer care for them. We cannot take them all but we can give some advice on rehoming. Here are some suggestions:

1. First, write up a thorough, honest, yet appealing description of the dog, including cute photos.

2. Talk to as many people as possible to let them know that the dog needs a new home. Think about the people you may commonly interact with, e.g., church groups, co-workers, neighbors, etc.

3. Contact the dog’s veterinarian and talk to the staff. Often, they know of people who may be looking for a new pet.

4. If the dog is a pure breed, research breed rescue groups in your area.

5. Post on Nextdoor.com and Facebook. Do NOT post on Craigslist, however.

6. Adoptapet.com has a free portal to post adoptable pets.

7. Once you find a potential adopter, screen them with some questions such as:

  • Is this pet for them or someone else?

  • Are they allowed to have pets in their home or apartment?

  • Are they aware of the expenses that may be required to care for the dog?

8. You may want to contact their veterinarian, if they had a pet previously, to ensure that they took proper care of the pet. You may also want to do a home visit to ensure that the dog is going to a safe home, especially if the dog needs a fenced yard.


The very last resort should always be an animal shelter. Old pets do not fare well in shelters and are often overlooked by potential adopter



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