National Senior Pet Adoption Month: Nine-year-old California retriever needs a forever family

A senior retriever mix hopes to have a place he can call home — finally.

Rex, nine, is available for adoption at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills, Calif.

Rex was pulled from a North Carolina shelter before landing in Los Angeles.

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The dog was previously adopted by a family in 2015 – but was then returned to a shelter in November 2021 when his family was evicted.

Senior dog Rex is up for adoption – and really hopes to finally find a forever family.
(Best Friends Animal Society)

Best Friends told Fox News Digital that despite the rejection, Rex was still “much loved” in that house.

Since then, Rex has been cared for by two foster families. He’s been “wonderful” at their home, Best Friends said.

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Due to his age and the presentation of his kennel, Best Friends said Rex was not always the first option for adoption.

“But it’s absolute love,” the shelter said.

Rex, an elderly dog ​​from Los Angeles, takes a walk.

Rex, an elderly dog ​​from Los Angeles, takes a walk.
(Best Friends Animal Society)

“He can play ball all day and doesn’t act like a senior.”

Although Rex doesn’t usually get along with other dogs, he is “super nice” to people he knows.

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“Rex is calm and mostly likes toys and treats,” the band said.

As November marks National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, Best Friends Animal Society CEO Julie Castle shared in a press release some of the reasons why bringing home a senior pet is a great idea. option for people.

Rex is available for adoption from the Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles.

Rex is available for adoption from the Best Friends Animal Society of Los Angeles.
(Best Friends Animal Society)

“Whether you’re looking for an active senior to take a walk with or a couch potato to keep you company, there are plenty of older dogs and cats out there who would love to be your new best friend,” she said.

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“They tend to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings as if they’ve been with you forever.”

Senior pets are most at risk in shelters, despite being “tried companions” who need a second chance, Castle said.

Rex is playing with a ball outside.

Rex is playing with a ball outside.
(Best Friends Animal Society)

The shelter explained that while puppies and kittens are cute, an older pet skips the unpredictable “kill phase” and may instead be an animal that just wants to hang out.

Most older pets were once in a home, Castle noted, so they usually have “good manners” too.

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Interested in adopting Rex?

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