6:30 PM February 17, 2022
Two pairs of inseparable senior dogs with a combined dog age of 264 are looking for loving homes to retire to.
Jack Russell terriers Gemma, 16, and Zeb, 12, were rescued in November 2021, while Staffie, 12, crossbreed Molly and her best friend Toffee, 10, were taken in by the RSPCA Southridge Animal Center in August last year.
Parkhorse Lane accommodation center near Potters Bar has not received any inquiries for either couple and believes people are put off by their age.
Cathie Ward from Southridge said: ‘These sweet old people are real golden oldies and we are desperate to get them into homes as soon as possible.
“We just can’t understand why no one has inquired about them and we fear people will be put off by their age.
“Although we do our best to make the kennels as comfortable as possible and show all our dogs all the love we can give, a rescue center is no place for old puppies like Gemma, Zeb, Molly and Toffee.
“These beautiful pooches deserve to spend their twilight years in warm, comfortable, loving homes where they will be adored.”
It can be difficult to find new homes for older dogs, as adopters favor young ones.
In fact, RSPCA data shows that it takes three times longer to rehome an older dog than a puppy.
RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “Sadly many of our older and older dogs are being neglected.
“Puppies and dogs under a year old seem to be placed much faster and this is probably because people think they are more adaptable and will fit into their lives more easily.
“There is often a common assumption that older dogs and those approaching old age will need more specialist care and have health issues. But that is not always the case.
“Just like people, every dog is an individual and some of our older dogs may be more active and playful than other younger dogs, while some are looking for a quiet, calm home where they can doze on the couch and go for walks. in a garden. .
“The message here is that we hope potential adopters don’t overlook the wonderful senior dogs we have in our care. They can also make great companions and may be the perfect match you’ve been looking for.
Zeb and Gemma
Jack Russell terrier Zeb, 12 (64 in dog age), and his best friend Gemma, 16 (80 in dog age) were rescued by the RSPCA in November 2021.
They have been patiently waiting for a new home for three months. Unfortunately, their owner fell ill and could no longer take care of them.
Cathie Ward said: “It was a confusing time for Zeb and Gemma as they lost the only home they had ever known and suddenly found themselves in kennels.
“They can be wary of new people and it takes them a while to trust you, but once they do they are so affectionate and loving. They really struggle with other dogs and Zeb is especially protective of Gemma, so their new owners may need to keep them on a leash when out in public.
“Despite their age, they still have so much life in them and love to play, especially in the water and sand. They would love to go on day trips to the seaside and both travel well by car and walk well on a leash.
“Gemma is happy to be handled, but Zeb can be nervous, but both love to jump up and cuddle in your lap.
“They are such a sweet, loving and loyal duo who need someone who is willing to give them a chance to live out their days in comfort.”
The animal center is looking for an adult-only home with no young visitors.
Molly & Caramel
Staffie cross Molly, 12 (or 64 in dog years), and her Jack Russell terrier friend, Toffee, 10 (or 56 in dog years), were welcomed by the RSPCA in August 2021 and have been waiting six long months to find their new family.
Cathie said: “Molly is a lovely girl and loves Toffee. She can be uncertain with new people and needs slow introductions.
“Toffee, on the other hand, absolutely loves people and enjoys being with you all the time. He is meant for the companion dog life and is happiest sleeping on your lap!
“Because he loves people so much he can find it difficult to stay home alone, so we would like to find him a home where his owners will spend most of the day.
“Despite their age, Molly and Toffee can be lively and Molly in particular loves to play with her ball.
“They are both absolute sweethearts, especially once they know they can trust you, but they struggle with other dogs, so they will need owners who understand this reactive behavior and can help them. in their socialization.
Find out more about Zeb and Gemma or Molly and Toffee on Find A Pet or contact the Southridge team for more information on [email protected]