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


DOB - SEP 2008 | Female | Staffy X

Hallo! I'm Amber. This is all very new to me and I feel a bit uncomfortable with this Bookface thing, the camera thing and the refuge thing! It's all a bit much for a lady approaching her mid-life!
At 7 years I didn't really expect to be homeless, but so many things changed in my household. Over the last few years it's been a bit stressful, well for me at least. I've been house bound and barely had any exercise. Well, when I say house bound I mean the backyard, actually. I've been away from my hoomans. I think it's because I was so boisterous around the new baby, who is now toddling, but I was just so excited to see everyone.
So it's time for second chances and I want to make mine count! Please come and adopt me only if you have time for me, will take me for a nice walk most days, will let me be inside with you and will spoil me, just a little bit would be lovely.
I've had some experience with other dogs, big and small. I'm okay when they're okay. I'm not sure sometimes whether to back off, bark or play, but it's been awhile since I went to the park so you'll have to cut me some slack until we work it all out.
I really, truly love people. I'll be fine with kiddos, maybe a bit bigger than toddlers until I can contain my excitement. I've never seen a cat that anyone can remember, just sayin' cos I've got no idea what I'll do!
If I do say so myself, I am a real sweetie. I can't wait to find out who will come and want me, I hope they are nice like me and will give me lots of love and affection (which I plan to give them too)!
Oh dear, please don't let the weather put you off. We're open and there's so many dogs like me hoping to get out of our kennels and into our new homes.
Kisses and slobbers
Amber xoxoxo

Charlie Brown

DOB - SEP 2008 | Male | Staffy X

Charlie Brown is an absolute sweetheart! He loves people and will happy sidle up for a snuggle and a smooch. He is in need of active who will take him out everyday so he can get his summer body back. With a bit of love and attention, Charlie will make a great addition to any family and you will wonder what you ever did before you had him.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Charlie may suit part time workers as he is used to having human companionship in his previous home so it is highly likely that he will stress in his new home if he is just left alone. Charlie will require approx 2 x 30 minute walks daily to help shed some kilos. He will need someone who can do training with him as he does have basic manners but can definitely learn more.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Charlie Brown is best suited to older dog-savvy kids

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Charlie appears to be choosy with his doggie friends. He is best suited to a home where he will be only dog and should not be forced to interact with other dogs.


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.


DOB - JUL 2007 | Male | American Staffy X

Lachie is a sweet older boy who is looking for a new home where he can chill out. He seems keen to have your attention and his new owners can have fun investigating the types of toys he likes to play with so he can learn to occupy himself. He has some training and his new owners can continue with this which will help him settle into his new home. He is not keen on other dogs so would be best suited as the only pet in the home. He would also benefit from having someone around most of the day so he can learn to hang out with his new people.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: We would recommend that Lachie is only taken on neighborhood walks and not taken to any new places or meets any new people for at least the first 4 weeks whilst he is settling in, this is essential bonding time for him and his new owners. After this time, he can start to have on-lead walks in quite areas only but NO dog parks/dog beaches and NO off-lead time due to his level of dog reactivity. Family members should be introduced slowly and in a calm manner so he learns to remain appropriate and polite.
Once settled in he would benefit from two 20 minute walks a day as well as enrichment and playtime so he can be mentally & physically stimulated.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: As we have no history of Lachie being around children we would recommend older children or an adult-only home.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Lachie does not seem to be dog social so should not be pushed to interact with other dog until he & his new owners have had some intensive 1-on-1 training with a qualified training professional, so he is able to cope more appropriately around other dogs.


DOB - JUL 2006 | Male | Rottweiler X

Maverick is a gorgeous boy that just wants to be rubbed, if you stop he will clearly tell you not to by nudging your hand. Don`t be fooled by his age though he does still hop around like a puppy when you get him all excited. Maverick is desperately looking for a home that will be his forever!

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Maverick is looking for a calm home where he does not have to worry about young kids bothering him and he can just relax. Although he is older he will still require approx 2 x 30 minute walks daily this will decrease as he grows so it is best to keep on eye on him. Full time workers are fine but must be inside with his mum and dad when they are home as it is what he is used to.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Maverick is not suitable for children of any ages and he will not tolerate them visiting either.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Maverick is an older gent that prefers his own space. He hasn't been around other dogs much and he does not appear to want to meet any new dogs.


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.


DOB - SEP 2009 | Male | Jack Russell Terrier X

Timmy is a cool little chap whom has been surrendered through no fault of his own. There is a new edition to the household that Timmy is fearful of so unfortunately a new home must be found. He bonds quite quickly, and is a very smart boy so this little guy given the right home will be a great companion.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Timmy needs a home were there are very few children, if not none visiting as he doesn't feel comfortable around them.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Timmy is quite dog-reactive and would not be suitable for dog parks, beaches or other public dog places.


DOB - MAY 2007 | Female | Staffy X

Hello, I`m Bella. I have been lucky enough to be on foster since I came to the refuge I have overheard my foster carers tell people that I am amazing, which I already knew! So I will tell you a bit about me, I love walks and socialising with new humans as you guys give great cuddles. I like to chase my ball and I will give it back when you ask because I have trained you to throw it for me again. I would be fine with people that have to go to work during the day once I am given a nice yard so I can enjoy the sun and I also have to be inside with you guys when you are home. Other than that like they said i`m great!

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Bella will require approx a 30 minute walk daily plus mental stimulation. She is going to manage fine with full time workers as long as she gets to spend lots of time indoors as this is where she is most comfortable.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Bella may be okay with gentle children. Pending a meet

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Bella can be a little choosy with other dogs in the same house but has met fine when on walks.