This article was updated in October 2020.
At animal shelters and rescue facilities across the country, senior pets are often the last to be adopted. Even though older dogs and cats are usually housetrained, well socialized and don’t require the same amount of supervision as puppies and kittens, they are sadly overlooked in the adoption process. To help bring awareness that older pets deserve to live out their golden years in peace and harmony, November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. If you’re thinking about welcoming a four-legged member into your family, the following 10 sanctuaries and rescue groups specialize in finding loving homes for elderly pets.