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 - 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.

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 - JAN 2003 | Male | Staffy X

Loppy is a lovely older gentleman who needs a home where he can be a companion dog.
He is very affection, loves to spend time with his people and is keen to sniff & explore when out at the local park. Loppy is good with other dogs and has been around children where he just showed his calm, affectionate side. He is Deaf and new owners need to take this into account when interacting, training and socialising him. He will make a fantastic loyal companion once he has been given time to adjust to his new home.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Loppy will require a short 30 minute walk daily. He loves to sniff & explore but can wander when off lead. Part time / stay at home workers for him, he stresses a bit when left alone and will need time to settle into his new home before being left alone often. Loppy has shown ‘marking' behaviours in the house, this does stop once he has settled in.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Loppy was around young children when on foster and did not have any issues meeting them. Being an older boy he would be best in a calm household without young children.
Maybe teens who can give him his own space as required.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Loppy has been good around other dogs. He is deaf so should be monitored around new dogs and he needs dogs who are calm / appropriate with him.



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 - MAR 2008 | Female | Mastiff X Staffy

Hey there, my name is Bonnie, and I'm new to Facebook.
I'm a 9-year-old female Mastiff X Staffy and I'm currently in foster care and am hoping to find a home and humans just like my foster carers because they are so amazing, they gave me a second chance. I've had a terrible past, something that haunted me for some time, but my foster carers have moved mountains for me and have helped me to become more confident with who I am and how I handle myself. Because of my past, I can be cautious with new people, but when I'm given an appropriate introduction, I'll usually feel more comfortable, and you'll start to see my sweet, loving side. I'd like to think that some positives have come out of my past, although there's not many at all - one positive is that I've learnt to create a bond like no other with my foster carers because they know and understand how grateful I am to have them in my life...and I know I can create this bond with my new forever humans too. I try to be as polite as possible, and I'm always respectful of my home space. I know things like, 'sit', 'down', 'paw' and 'wait' and I'm super smart and know I'm able to learn even more. I love belly rubs and will sometimes put my paw up to let you know that my belly is ready for a rub. I'm very affectionate once I feel safe around you and would make the perfect companion for someone who is single, or a couple who have time to nurture me and love me unconditionally. I'm not overly confident with other dogs and would need to be the only dog in my new home, although I'm okay out on walks when myself and other dogs are all on lead, I'll tend to choose to ignore them. I just don't like other dogs in my personal space...that's all.
I hope someone out there is perfect for me and I'm perfect for them. I just want to know that I have the security of a forever home; that's my dream.
Love always,
Bonnie xo

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Bonnie needs owners who are willing to initially allow Bonnie her own time and space. Her new owners need to be aware that she doesn't like to be pushed to meet new people and she would rather stay within her family unit. She would make a fabulous companion for a single person or would fit nicely into life with a couple.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Bonnie is not suited to children in the home and children should not visit either. She can be quite fearful of them and needs a nice quiet home.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Bonnie needs to be the only dog in the home.


DOB - MAY 2005 | Female | Kelpie X

Gypsy is a lovely older lady who is very keen to find and settle into her furever home! She a much loved dog by everyone she meets. Gypsy is super friendly with all people and just wants to sit next to you enthusiastically lapping up all the affection she can get. Gypsy is good with other dogs but does prefer calmer, well mannered dogs who do not jump all over her.
She is an absolute sweetheart and will make an amazing companion in the right home.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Gypsy will only require a short gentle walk daily, ensuring not to over-walk her due to her age and her arthritis. Gypsy is well mannered, has good obedience, walks well on lead and is a very happy, affectionate girl.
Is ok with most dogs as long as they are well mannered with her. Gypsy can be needy and likes to know that you are there with her. It is essential that her new home is a very a very quiet environment as she does not handle too many people. She loves one on one company and can settle well, however, if there are even 3 or 4 people around this is too much for her.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Not suited to children

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Gypsy tolerates other quiet, calm dogs, but she will need to be the only dog in the house.


DOB - SEP 2009 | Male | Staffy X

Juddy is an affectionate, well mannered Staffy currently in the foster home but very much on the lookout for his Furever Home!
He loves the company of his people and will need a home with someone around most of the time as he does not cope alone for long periods at the moment.
Other than that he has a very good report from his foster carer who says he is very affectionate, well mannered and a welcome house guest.
Juddy is just one who will need time to adjust in his new home & lifestyle but with the right people will make an awesome buddy Juddy!

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Juddy will require approximately 1 hour of exercise daily as well as mental enrichment such as kongs and other chew toys.
He does not cope being left alone and will need someone home with him most of the time and then once settled after 3-4 weeks can begin working on this. Juddy's foster carers have given Juddy a glowing report!

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Juddy may suit children in the home as long as they are appropriate with him and can respect his space especially during his settling period.
Pending meet...

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Juddy is good around other friendly and calm dogs. He will need time to settle into his new environment before being introduced to new dogs.


DOB - JUN 2009 | Male | Staffy X Labrador

What a beautiful boy Quentin is. This guy is deceiving, there looks to be a lot of life left in this old boy yet. We paired him up with a young Great Dane cross and he was so happy interacting. He barked with excitement. He is such a character and we feel he will make one great loyal companion. He will require a 45 minute walk and sniff a day. I feel he will be best suited to fit retired people or someone who can take him to work like a tradie or truckie.

MY ENERGY LEVEL + REQUIREMENTS: Quentin needs to go to a home where his owners are home for most of the day. Apparently he stresses a little when left but we feel if his physical needs are met daily of a 45 minute walk this should settle him. I feel a fit retired person would suit this guy down to the ground or a quiet household. I could also see him as a truckies' mate or a tradies' mate where he could travel in the car with his owner going to work. I think kids visiting will be ok but at his age it may be nice to retire to a chilled out place. He definitely has to be able to stay in side as he loves being indoors.

MY SUITABILITY TO CHILDREN: Quentin is looking for a nice quiet household to retire in. We feel he would be more comfortable without younger children in the home.

MY SUITABILITY TO CATS & DOGS: Quentin is a social butterfly with other well-mannered dogs. He is NOT fond of cats.