Seniors for Seniors

Dogs can offer older people companionship, provide a reason to get out of the house, and offer many health benefits associated with daily walking. However, it is understandable that older people don't want to take on the hassle or responsibility of puppies and younger dogs!

We often take in older dogs from owners who can no longer care for them. That's where our Seniors for Seniors programme comes in. This programme aims to support the re-homing of refuge dogs over 7 years old with older people/ retirees who may not want a younger dog.

Older dogs may also suit younger people and families, who for a number of reasons may not want to take on a puppy or young dog, but who may be looking for a suitable mature dog. 

If you are interested in teaching an old dog new tricks, contact the Refuge to register for the program.

Through the Seniors for Seniors program, we hope to match people with exactly the right dog and, in doing so, enable our older dogs to find a good home where they will be well cared for.

You can also help the Refuge to continue caring for and rehoming lost and abandoned dogs in Perth by leaving a gift in your will. For further information, visit our Bequests page.

Older Dogs Currently At The Refuge

Martha - ADOPTED!

DOB - OCT 2006 | Female | Staffy X

Martha is a lovely older girl who is awaiting a nice quiet home where she can relax and form a strong bond with her new owners. She has good manners, basic obedience and would make a great companion inside the home whilst enjoying her daily strolls. Martha may need a bit of time to settle in and relax with her new family but if you are patient with her she comes around quickly. She will make an ideal companion for a loving home where she can soak up the sun and receive lots of love.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Martha will require approximately 30-45 mins of exercise daily. She walks well on lead but new owners will need to be mindful of her age and how much exercise she can handle especially in the summer.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Martha may suit a home with older dog savvy teens only. She is cautious of new people initially and will need older children who can give her space as required.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Likes her own space and was not keen on interactions.

Buddy - In Foster

DOB - MAR 2008 | Male | Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Buddy is an older man who is not feeling the years yet. He is quite playful, a real chatterbox who loves to chase a ball! He can keep himself entertained by throwing it into the air and catching it, he really is happiest with a tennis ball in his mouth and you will see him hop around the yard. Buddy is looking for someone that is home more often than not, he loves the company of humans so much that he simply does not want to be without them. He is a really beautiful boy that sadly even at his age needs to find a forever home.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: I will require approx. 1 x 30 minute walk daily.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Possible pending meet. Buddy is choosy about his dog friends.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: I could live with children 10+.

Qwark - In Foster

DOB - JULY 2006 | Male | Kelpie x Staffy

Good day people, my name is Qwark. They say I am an older gentleman but I am not feeling the years at all, honestly I can keep up with any of those young dogs! I must admit I have an addiction to tennis balls, I cannot get enough and I will hound you to throw one for me if it is around. I am also a tennis ball detector and if there is one in a yard then I will find it! My dream home would be one where I am inside with you but also have my very own yard full of tennis balls to play in during the day. Could you provide me with that?

Part time workers or someone who is retired is best suited for him as he will need company in his new home at the beginning or he may stress.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Qwark will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily which will need to be adjusted as he gets older.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not recommended - ideal home is adults 16+ as due to age may not tolerate young children.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Choosy with dog friends. Recommended as only dog due to age.

Hazel - In Foster

DOB - Est 8-10 years | Female | Heeler X

Hazel was left in a poor way in her local pound. Unfortunately she has been diagnosed with health issues that may limit her longevity but are not causing her pain. We will discuss and make these clear to her future owner. She has a very sweet and loving nature, will need to be the only dog in the home and ideally requires a home with a retired person, part time worker or stay at home parent - not for separation anxiety but just for regular company.

Her lovely foster carers Michael and Joan report she is a friendly, obedient dog who loves short walks, human company and playing with the ball.

If you are in a position to make a compassionate adoption and show this girl some love and support we know she will reward you with love and loyalty for as long as she can.

Please call the office or come in to discuss Hazel. She is in foster so not onsite but a meeting will be arranged following the adoption process. We are seeking an adoption but would also consider a long term foster.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Short daily walk - does like chasing her ball still!

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not recommended due to expected shortened lifespan but she is friendly so could be considered.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Hazel is choosy with doggy friends and is best suited as an only dog home.


Rayner - In Foster

DOB - SEPT 2006 | Female | American Bulldog x Staffy

Rayner is a lovely older lady looking for a home where she can be given lots of company and enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. She came to us in poor condition but this has not deterred her wanting to interact & be friends with you. Rayner will suit a home with someone around most of the time where she can soak up the sun during the day and keep you warm at night inside the home. Rayner would make an ideal companion dog for those who can provide her a relaxing home environment.

Note: Rayner has some medical conditions to be discussed with new owner before adoption.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Rayner will require approximately 45 minutes exercise daily. She is an older girl and caution not to over exercise as she appears to get sore in her joints / legs.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older children only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Appeared to be dog social however, with age and medical issues would suited to only dog or with another older dog if compatible.


Macca - In Foster

DOB - NOV 2001 | Male | American Staffy X

Macca is our sweet older boy, who is looking for a lovely family who will adopt him and spoil him in his older years. Macca can be left inside where he will just chill out if you can't be home with him all the time. He enjoys the company of other dogs but is not a fan of cats or chickens! This beautiful boy loves being included in your activities, like going to the café. Come and meet Macca, he's patiently waiting for his new loving family to arrive.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Macca will only require minimal exercise like going for short walks.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Macca may be okay with older dog-savvy kids, pending an introduction.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Other dogs should be fine



DOB - DEC 2007 | Male | Labrador X

Meet our lovely older gentleman, Jed. He's a 9-year-old Labrador X.
This gorgeous boy came to us because his previous family has to work full-time and he does not cope without company, so Jed will suit retiree's or people who work part-time or work from home.
He's a beautiful, gentle boy, who is a bit stressed out because he's gone through so much change recently. We want to find him a loving, comfortable home, so he can settle in and form a strong bond with his new family.
We think Jed may be a water-baby because he seems to love if you like the beach, I'm sure he'd be your best beach buddy.
Jed will make a wonderfully loyal companion...he has loads of love to give!

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Gentle walk daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Children should be okay.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Other dogs should be fine as long as they are given a slow introduction. Cats have not been tested.

Disco - In Foster

DOB - NOV 2008 | Male | Jack Russell Terrier X

Disco is a sweet little guy seeking a new home where he can relax and receive lots of tlc.
He will make an excellent companion dog for a retired couple or person who can take his specific needs into account.
Disco will need time and care for him to relax in his new home and improve.
He will make an excellent companion dog in a loving, quiet household.

This little gentleman has impaired kidney function, so he will need to be on a strict diet, without any treats.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Disco will only require a short gentle walk each day.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Dog-savvy older kids only. Because of Disco's age, he will need to have his own space and be handled very gently.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Disco seems to be okay with other calm dogs like him.



DOB - DEC 2006 | Female | Bull Mastiff X

Carmen is an older girl but super friendly, happy and affectionate towards everybody she meets.
She would best suit a home where she can be given lots of companionship daily while enjoying calm walks with her people.
Carmen is very relaxed, will enjoy soaking up the sun in a nice yard as well as relaxing inside the home with her new family.
She has a lot of love to give and deserves a loving, relaxing home to retire in.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 30-40 minute walk daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: May be okay with children over 5




DOB - JAN 2006 | Female | Staffordshire Bull Terrier X

Hey I'm Mocha and I'm in search of a retirement home wherever I can enjoy the remainder of my days. As you can see I am in my golden years so I do not require much exercise, I have had surgery on my leg so I would just like a gentle walk every day. I would love someone who is older like myself and has space in their home for me to just relax and enjoy a few cuddles from you humans. If you can offer this old girl a place in your home then please enquire about me today.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Gentle walks


MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Mocha may be suitable with other calm dogs, but she can be choosy!




DOB - JUL 2008 | Female | Jack Russell Terrier X

Hey my name is Bandy. I am an older lady who is in need of a new best friend who I can spend my days with. Unlike my breed I am pretty easy going, I am happiest in the company of humans and on someone's lap. I'm super affectionate and will become anyone's best friend for a piece of chicken, I am not too picky. I would love a home where I can just relax during the day and enjoy some nice gentle walks with my new owner.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 30 minute walk daily + mental enrichment

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog-savvy teens

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Bandy appears to be dog social, however she does prefer her own space.


Sonja - In Foster

DOB - DEC 2008 | Female | Rottweiler X

Hey I am Sonja. Previously I have not been very well taken care of as I came in quite skinny, I had bad skin and I have had multiple litters of puppies so I feel that I am now getting better and I deserve to have a dream home. I am very strong so I need to have an owner who is equally as strong and able to take me out on walks. I have very basic manners but I will sit for a treat and I love food so I am super keen to learn. It may take some time for me to settle into my new home as I am an older lady as this is a big change for me so please be patient with me, as a thank you, I will reward you with love for as long as I can.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2x 30 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog savvy kids only. She came in very skinny and some dogs as a result can be quite protective of their food so should be monitored a precaution.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Other dogs should be fine as long as they are given a slow introduction. Cats have not been tested.

Zeus - In Foster

DOB - AUG 2005 | Male | Rhodesian Ridgeback X Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Zeus is super affectionate and in good shape for his years! He loves nothing more than a cuddle and a walk. He's quite interested in cats and seems to be very polite around them. He's also good with other dogs, providing there's a slow introduction and the other dog isn't too boisterous for him. Zeus is the perfect companion who is very adaptable and easy-going.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 2x 20 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Ok with children of most ages

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Fine with most cats and dogs.

Fred - In Foster

DOB - SEPT 2006 | Male | Staffy Mix

Hey I am Fred. I am an older gentleman who is looking for a best friend and someone who will love me. I am very affectionate and I am happiest when I am in your company or just hanging out beside you on my own bed. I do not like other dogs as I prefer all the human attention on myself so my new owner must accept me for who I am and be willing to manage this. I would love if my new human was retired like me so we could hang out together throughout the day. Does it sound like I would suit you?

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Fred will require approx. 2 x 30 minute walks daily plus mental stimulation. He is best suited to part time workers as he is likely to stress in his new home at the beginning and will need someone with him to settle him into a new lifestyle.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog savvy kids.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Anti-social and does not like other dogs. Will need to be kept from contact with other dogs including during walks.


Sox & Bonnie (Bonded Pair)

Sox DOB - DEC 2006 | Female | Rhodesian Ridgeback X

Bonnie DOB - JUN 2015 | Female | Rhodesian Ridgeback X Mastiff

Hey I am Sox and this is my gorgeous daughter Bonnie. We are looking for a family that would be willing to adopt the 2 of us as Bonnie stresses when I am not around, she is like my shadow. We have some medical requirements, however we are generally easygoing dogs and will be a treat to have in your home. I am quite a confident lady and I will approach anyone new to say hello, sadly I cannot say the same for my daughter as she is very nervous and will avoid people where she can. She will come around once we have people who will commit to us and care for us but we just need to be given that chance. If you feel you can offer us a home then please enquire today!

MY ENERGY LEVEL: Bonnie will need 2x 30 minute walks daily and Sox will need 1x 30 minute walks daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog-savvy kids




DOB - APR 2007 | Male | Miniature Poodle X

Hey I am Pedro. I am a sweet older gentleman looking for a home where I can spend my golden years. I am not too keen being left alone so I would like someone who can keep me company during the day or is retired like me. I have a lot of hair so I will need regular grooming and brushing. I would love someone who would allow me on the sofa with them so we can watch a movie and just relax. If you think you can fulfill my dream then please enquire about me.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: 1x 30 minute walk daily

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not suitable for children

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Pedro seems to be okay with calmer dogs but he does prefer his own space


DOB - JAN 2006 | Male | Border Collie X

John is a sweet, older border collie who is after a relaxing home where he can retire and bond with his new owners.
He is happy to potter around a yard while exploring with his nose. John still likes to chase a tennis ball but doesn't run at full speed these days. He will enjoy a daily stroll around the neighborhood and is sure to keep his new owner/s lots of company.
If you are after an older, loyal companion then John maybe the dog for you.

MY ENERGY LEVEL: John will require approximately 30-45 minutes of exercise daily. Caution in hot weather due to his weight and age.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Older dog-savvy teens as long as they can give him space and not force interaction. Being an older boy he enjoys pottering around minding his own business.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: John prefers his own space but may be okay with other calm older dogs.


DOB - DEC 2007 | Female | Staffy X Rhodesian Ridgeback

Hey my name is Tamah. I am a gentle older lady that has been surrendered through no fault of my own. I have been a primarily outside dog however I would love to live a life of luxury where I will be permitted inside and treated as a member of the family. I can be nervous of new people so I will generally just avoid strangers but once i feel comfortable with you I am super affectionate. I am not high demanding and simply searching for a loving home and family to spend my time with.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Tamah will require approx a 30 minute walk daily plus mental stimulation. She may cope with full time workers however ideally she will have someone with her while she is settling in and she can be gradually left for longer


MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Ok with other calm dogs



Matilda (Tilly) - ADOPTED

DOB - JAN 2009 | Female | Kelpie X

Tilly (Matilda) is a polite, older girl who finds herself searching for a new home where she can relax with lots of companionship. She is very well mannered, walks well on lead and knows basic obedience. Tilly will suit a home where she can enjoy her daily walks and have someone around more often than not for companionship. She is certain to make a loving addition once settled into her new home.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Tilly will require approximately 1 hour of exercise daily. She can go to full time workers but may need time to adjust in her new home first- a part time or stay at home routine would be best for her so she has lots of companionship being an older dog. Tilly is good on lead, has basic obedience skills and appears good with other dogs however may prefer her own space.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: No suitable for children. Adult household only.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Tilly is friendly with other calm/friendly dogs.


DOB - OCT 2008 | Male | Staffy X Bull Mastiff

Hey my name is Kuda. I am an older gentleman and once you meet me you cannot help but fall in love. I am an easy going guy and I am simply looking for a relaxed home where I can retire, I just need someone who will love me, care for me and can take me out every day for a nice stroll. I am happiest just hanging out with humans getting some scratches and I will be the perfect house buddy, once you do not mind a little bit of slobber. If you feel you have a place in your home of a gentle giant then please enquire about me

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Kuda will require approx. a 30 minute walk daily and because he is older he should be walked at the cooler times to ensure he does not overheat in warm weather.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Dog-savvy older kids.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: May be okay with other friendly dogs.