In some cases depending on the applicant’s age, we may require a family member also co-apply and be approved as a backup caretaker for the dog. For example, if you are in your mid to late 70’s, or 80’s, and want to adopt a senior golden 9 and up we can support that if you are physically able and meet our adoption requirements, however, you need to have a co-applicant such as an adult child or friend that will step in and care for the dog in an emergency or long term situation. For any applicant life can change in an instant, but, as we get older there is even a greater chance that a health incident might change the adopter’s ability to care for the dog.
Reasons for not adopting very young goldens to senior citizens:
Safety: Young goldens are very strong and can easily pull an adult down while on a walk. They are prey driven and can see a cat or squirrel and lunge toward it. Many people can be caught off guard and the dog can pull them down and drag them. Or the dog can break free and run out into traffic or just run off. Both parties can be hurt.
Exercise Level: Young dogs need regular daily exercise where they can run and play. Walks alone are not enough for most goldens. A dog park or a fenced yard must be available every day. A tired dog is a happy dog. An inadequately exercised dog can be bored or destructive. Many goldens that come into rescue are turned in because they have not been adequately exercised every day. They are unruly and have much pent up energy. Running, playing catch and other activities like this help them to burn off that young dog energy.
Life of the Dog: We believe that a dog is for life. Seniors who get very young dogs often turn them in to us because they can’t control the dog or because their life situation changes and they move into restricted communities that won’t take dogs or assisted living. In some instances they get sick or pass away, leaving no one to care for the dog. It is hard on most dogs to be separated from their families who love them. While we cannot foresee every circumstance, we try to minimize the chance that the dog will need to come back into our program due to the inability of its owner to care for it.