Senior Dogs Rock! How a $10 Calendar can make a world of difference.
For the third year Loyal.D has sponsored and created the Calendar to help the dogs at Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS). This years 2020 Calendar theme is all about "Senior Dogs Rock", showcasing some of the senior beauties in their best Album Cover pose. Like happy 10 year old Gypsy, on the Calendar Cover, inspired by Queen - Can Anybody Find Me Somebody to Love?
How does your money help? Each calendar costs $10 with all proceeds being donated to help take care of the dogs at OSCAS, until homes can be found. To date we have raised over $10,000 through calendar sales and we use these funds to help largely with medical care, especially tick prevention meds, which cost approximately $450 per month to treat most of the 100 dogs at the shelter. We also use funds to help pay for sterilisation, dental care and other medical care as required.
OSCAS has provided shelter for rescued dogs from the streets of Singapore and some abandoned cases since 2006. They are now at a critical point where they have the challenge to find more senior treasures a home and provide medical care for those still in their care.
We hope these senior rock stars in the 2020 Calendar inspire you to help them, be it by adopting, fostering, donating, sponsoring, volunteering or helping us spread awareness.
Most veterinarians classify a dog as a senior when it has reached the age of around 7 years old, we like to say young as we know they still have a playful pup inside them. But this also depends on the breed and size of the dog as smaller dogs mature slower so enter their senior years later on in their life.
TOP FIVE REASONS TO ADOPT A SENIOR DOG
1. Older dogs are generally calmer and less energetic than younger dogs
Having gone through the puppy stage, older dogs have well established teeth so unlikely to chew on things like puppies do and so will stay out of trouble. Being older they enjoy quiet down time, but also enjoy getting out and about with their trusty human companion - who they will adore you even more for! Having lived in a shelter most dogs do not get the daily exercise they need. But once in a home they can remain fit and healthier via daily walks and keep you the same way too and you'll both love each other for it!
2. You know what you are getting
Being senior dogs they are fully grown so what you see is what you get. Health issues can occur at any age of a dog's life depending on how well they are taken care of, but for a senior dog you will know already if there are any major issues to deal with or not, so you can be sure of what will be needed to give your senior the best care they deserve.
3. Old dogs can learn new tricks and you can make their personalities shine!
Dogs can be taught new things at any age and older dogs tend to have a greater attention span than younger ones so can be easier to train or teach new things to. Some senior dogs have lived in a shelter for a large part of their lives, so when they move to a new home environment there are many new things they will need to learn and will be curious about too, for seniors this is like seeing a puppy come out to play. They will make you aware of things you never noticed and you will help their personalities to shine! Everybody needs a cheerleader.
4. They are a helpful stress relief and bundle of love
Whether you are a working couple and don't have time to train a puppy, or have elderly parents at home who need a companion while you are out working, a senior dog will center your family with unconditional love, loyalty and companionship once it has been given the time to settle and integrate into your family. Research has shown that the stress relief one gets when greeted by a happy dog on returning home is unmatched - in one study, patients who spent a short amount of time with a dog before an upcoming operation experienced reduction in their anxiety levels, perhaps because the animal's presence helped distract them from their concerns.
5. You are giving life and saving a life!
Being a Senior Dog, you could be saving their life as they will get the undivided attention they deserve in a home and so remain in a better and more comfortable state of health. Giving a Senior Dog the opportunity to live a happy, healthy and less stressful life on a daily basis not only lets them actually enjoy life as a dog should but you will get to experience the joy in this too! ”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill . Most importantly to save one life is to save many. It means one less dog in the shelter, which means those that remain can get a little more of the attention they need. Never underestimate the importance of TLC and companionship, this in itself will save a dogs life!