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 - JUN 2009 | Female | Staffy X   

Hiya there, I go by the name Becca, and I'm a lovely senior gal. I've been on this earth for 8-years, and I'm a Staffy X.
I've been doing quite a bit of research on Wikipedia about Staffy's, so I can learn all about my breed! It says that we're bold, affectionate, loyal, intelligent, reliable and courageous, and this fits me perfectly.
I'm told that I light up a room with my big Staffy smile, I'm always wearing my smile because it makes other people smile too.
I'm a calm, friendly lady and would make the best companion ever. I'm easy-going and love nice, relaxing walks each day. I haven't had much guidance on lead previously, so I do kinda pull a little bit, but I'm a smart lady and with a bit of training, I'll be walking by your side in no time.
I have basic obedience, but I'm always looking to learn more things and I love reward-based training, so if you have treats, I'll be the best student ever.
I would be okay with full-time workers once I've had time to settle into my new home and get to know my humans properly, although, if I'm pawfectly honest with you, I'd absolutely ADORE part-time workers or people who are home more often.
I'm a pawfect lady when I meet other calm and friendly dogs - I'm not a fan of the real boisterous, crazy pups or dogs and probably won't tolerate them. It's important that any meet and greets are done slowly, so I don't get overwhelmed too quickly.
I'm pretty good around children, but when I'm excited, I can't control my back legs and I start to get a little jumpy!
If you're looking for a well-behaved pooch who has plenty of life experience and is ready to settle down...please call my friends at the Refuge on 9381 8166 and ask about me, or come and visit me at 30 Lemnos St, Shenton Park. We're open from 11am - 3pm for adoption interviews!
Love to you all...
Becca xo

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Becca will require approximately 30-45 mins of exercise daily. She may suit full time workers once settled into her new home but it would not be good for her to be left long periods in the beginning.
Becca knows some basic obedience but can be strong on lead.
She has had a lump removed from her side and needs lots of quiet time and relaxing short walks during her recovery.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Becca may suit children in the home pending meet. She is very friendly but can jump / scratch at times and will need her own space respected by children.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Becca should be ok with other friendly/calm dogs

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 - NOV 2010 | Male | Bull Mastiff X

David is a big handsome and friendly boy who is not coping too well with his current situation.
He is in need of a calm household where he can be a loving, companion dog.
David needs person/s who can spend lots of time with him, form a bond, take him on quiet walks and give him lots of tlc.
He has a big personality and playful side which he shows you in time but his picture tells with a big smile on his face.
David is sure to form a very strong bond with his new family and will make a loyal friend.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: David may suit older children in the home who can interact with him appropriately and who are not overwhelmed by his size.
He can get excitable and a bit jumpy but calms and is affectionate.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: He is good with FEMALE dogs, very calm, happy and eager to sniff hello. He becomes reactive when meeting MALE 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 - MAY 2008 | Male | Staffy X

Mick is a very handsome gentleman with good basic manners and a friendly personality. He is energetic and loves to play a game of Tug with the rope toy!
Mick can be a bit excitable around other dogs but once he has calmed down and introduced properly will make friends. He is super clever and new owners will be able to train him with the right motivation (such as treats). Mick made need time to settle into his new home as he has made the journey from Geraldton to be here. A large property is necessary for Mick as he does not do well in busy suburban areas. He is sure to make a super companion once through his transitional period.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Mick will require approximately 1 hour of exercise daily plus mental enrichment such as being fed from kongs, toys to chew on / play with as well as games with his new family. He will need part time / stay at home workers at least whilst he settled into his new home and can be monitored if copes alone. Mick is very friendly, not jumpy, loves a game of tug but can get over excited and a bit reactive around other dogs. Mick can be a bit destructive if he's left on his own for too long without any mental enrichment.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Mick may be suitable for older children in the home who are well mannered and calm with him.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Mick is dog reactive and needs distance from other dogs when out walking. Quiet walks in a park area / bush would be best for him.