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Superb Senior Pups Need a Home for Their Golden Years

Pets of the Week for May 25, 2024

Last week, in recognition of Older Americans Month, we devoted the Pet of the Week column to the senior cats of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. This week, the column goes to the dogs… some of FAAS’s older canine residents. There are some beautiful, sweet, VERY good dogs who are longing to spend their last years in a loving home.

Alameda Post - a collage of senior dogs available for adoption at FAAS
Top, L to R: Ducky, Grizzly, and Stan Lee. Bottom, L to R: Gabby, Bordeaux, and Sasha. Photos FAAS.

Just for fun, we’ll start with the largest doggo and work our way to the smallest pup, and we’ll note whether they’re in residence at the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way and you can drop in from 12-4 p.m. on any day but Monday, or if the dog is in foster, in which case you should call 510-337-8565 to arrange to meet.

And don’t forget, for the rest of the month, all senior FAAS animals are only $20 to adopt! Even better, some of the seniors here are sponsored, so there’s no fee to adopt them. And, if you’re 62 or older, they’re free year-round as part of FAAS’s Seniors for Seniors adoption program!

Meet the pups

Grizzly, 8, is a 105-pound teddy bear with a heart of gold. The Rottweiler mix is mellow, quiet, loving, great with other dogs, patient—and built like a steer. It’s hard to capture his steer-like quality in photos but when you go meet him, you’ll see what we mean. He has beefy shoulders and gigantic paws, and would give anything to be your loving lap dog. He’s waiting to meet you at the Fortmann shelter.

Bordeaux, 8, has been at FAAS too long. So long, in fact, that he was profiled previously back in February. Everyone at FAAS loves this laid-back and affectionate guy who likes to carry his food bowl around in his mouth. He’s well-mannered and easy to walk and doesn’t pull on the leash—unless he sees a small dog or other wee critter. (He thinks small fast-moving objects are for chasing.) He’s also ready to greet you at the Fortmann shelter.

Gabby, another 8-year-old, is a beautiful girl—a mellow mama—who is currently in foster and adding so much to her loving home. She’s adored there, but needs a permanent place to live the rest of her golden years. She’s easy-peasy and gets on well with other dogs.

Ducky, 11, is thriving in foster life but his home has a lot of stairs and his arthritis isn’t a good match for them. He loves family time, napping, gnawing on bones, and couch potatoing. He’s the perfect rainy-day friend. Ducky is looking for a low-key home, with adults who are around most of the time, and where he can be the only fur child. He’s good on leash except for some pulling when he sees another dog.

Sasha, 7, is a red Siberian husky with a queenly demeanor. Like many huskies, she’s not impressed by strangers, preferring to play it cool until she can thoroughly vet you. Once you pass her sniff test—and you will—she’ll show her playful and affectionate side, but even then, prepare to experience some diva-tude! If you have big-dog experience and prefer your pets on the independent side, this gorgeous girl might be the perfect dog for you. She is taking visitors at the Fortmann shelter.

Last and littlest but not least, Stan Lee, 13, is a cute old man who shadows his foster, loves time on her lap, and adores the other little dogs in the household. His biggest dislikes are the eyedrops he needs and being overhanded. He’s got pretty much no eyesight, so the best place for him would be a quiet forever home without dogs who are too in his face, so he can live out the rest of his life in the relaxed mode he loves.

Check out all of these worthy older dogs—and other canine companions—on FAAS’s dog adoption page.

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