Animal Shelter Offers Special Senior Citizen Pet Adoption Program

Rayburn Township-based Orphans of the Storm animal shelter announced a new program designed to help find homes for its more “mature” pets.

The “Golden Buddies program matches senior pets (age 6 and older) with senior citizens
(65 years of age and older).

Generous donors sponsor a portion of the adoption fees on these special orphans to qualified homes.

Golden Buddies come:

  • spayed or neutered
  • updated on vaccinations
  • with microchips for identification in case they are lost.


Shelter Manager Bethann Galbraith announced the Golden Buddies program at the celebration dinner to honor volunteers last week.

“We are always looking for creative ways to find homes for our orphans. Sometimes our more mature animals are passed by for puppies and kittens.The Golden Buddies Program offers special adoption fees for senior pets being adopted by senior citizens.”

Galbraith said senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Senior pets appreciate having a companion who is also “getting up there” in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.

She said senior dogs and cats have manners, and all the basics down, and are less destructive.
And, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts).

For more information about the Golden Buddies program, call Orphans of the Storm at 724-548-4520.