It's getting colder in Western New York and that means the holiday season is right around the corner. There's no better time than this time of year to help a shelter dog to find a forever home.

I've been a dog owner almost my entire life, and back in June of 2018, my fiancée and I adopted a lovable beaglebull (pitbull/beagle mix) named Odessa. She's been the best decision we have ever made and could not ask for more when it comes to a dog. She's kind, sweet, playful, and is always in a great mood. It's absolutely baffling a dog like her was at the SPCA.

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Stories like Odessa are everywhere, however. Many of these dogs end up in a shelter to no fault of their own. It's even more heartbreaking when dogs who are 7-8-9 years or older are in a shelter.

These are a few dogs currently at the Niagara SPCA who are at least 8 years or older who need a forever home.

  • Lexi, 8 years (Terrier, pitbull/mix)
  • Siera, 10 years and 1 month (Chinese Shar-Pei/Mix)
  • Ace, 10 years and 2 months (Chihuahua, Short Coat/Miniature Pinscher)
  • Axel, 12 years and 2 months (Chihuahua, Short Coat/Miniature Pinscher)
  • Bella, 14 years (Brittany/Spaniel)

There is also a Terrier, American Staffordshire/Mix named Rocky who is just under 7 years old.

These older dogs are passed over many times because of their age, but they deserve a forever home. It has to be terrifying for some of them to be at a shelter and it hurts to see older animals at the SPCA, although the people at the Niagara and Erie County SPCA's are amazing and help save these animals.

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