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 - 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.