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7 adorable dogs that'll convince you to adopt a senior pet.

These precious pooches prove age is just a number.

Puppies are incredibly, irresistibly cute. No one can argue with that.

But ... they aren't the only dogs out there that need homes.


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According to Petfinder, senior dogs wait four times longer to get adopted than puppies.

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Don't older dogs deserve "tails" with happy endings too?

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That's the driving message behind Susie's Senior Dogs, a Facebook page with almost 580,000 followers.

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The precious pooch you see above is Susie, the source of inspiration for Erin O'Sullivan, who founded Susie's Senior Dogs. Erin's fiancé Brandon Stanton (the guy behind Humans of New York) made Susie famous on Instagram sharing amusing pictures of the beloved pup with her 47,000+ followers.

They told me to strike a pose. 🍁 #foliage
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Though Susie went to doggie heaven in April 2016, Susie's Senior Dogs is continuing on its mission to raise awareness for the plight of other overlooked, senior dogs in need of a home.

If you're looking to adopt a senior dog yourself, here are just a few that need loving fur-ever homes:

1. This cutie pie named Rebel is a 9-year-old Cocker Spaniel who reportedly does not live up to his name. He's available for adoption from Old Dog Haven in Washington.

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2. This looker with a big smile on his face is 8 years old and his name is Bear. Old Dog Haven recently re-shared his photo on their Facebook page, as he's still waiting to be adopted at the Vashon Island Pet Protectors in Washington.

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3. Monica Muggles, this 13-year-old dog who's had it a bit rough, still has a lot to give. And who can resist that adorable side-tongue? She's available for adoption through the Multnomah County Animal Services Shelter in Oregon.

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There's also these adorable faces that deserve to make someone happy every day.

4. Meet Addie Tude. She's just over 10 years old and spent the better part of 8 years giving birth to 11 litters of puppies. Now she just wants to find a loving home and relax. She can be adopted through Bulldog Haven Northwest in Washington.

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5. Then there's Barno. He's a 12-year-old black Lab and he's blind, but he's very eager to please his humans. He's patiently waiting for a loving home in Freeland, Washington.

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6. Kaya is an 8-year-old beagle who can be "talkative." Her favorite hobbies include sleeping and relaxing. Kaya is in Silverdale, Washington.

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7. Miranda is 8 years old and a fighter, having survived near-starvation on the Appalachian Trail. You can find her at Warwick Valley Humane Society in New York.

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Older dogs deserve the chance to shower someone with the love they've got for the rest of their lives.

Tina Nabseth, who works at Old Dog Haven, tells Upworthy that senior dogs struggle to find homes because some have health issues and people don't have the time or money to care for them. There's also the attachment factor: People want to adopt pets that will be part of their lives for a long time, and older pets are obviously at a disadvantage there.

"Giving a senior dog a home is so rewarding and these dogs are grateful, you can feel and see it," Tina says.

Older dogs are a great option for people who are looking for mellow companions. According to the Senior Dog Project, the saying about not being able to teach old dogs new tricks is totally bogus too — because older dogs aren't as easily excitable as puppies, they're able to focus and are pretty quick learners.

They're also a good fit for anyone who is concerned about the damage a new puppy might do to their home. Senior dogs are no longer teething, so you don't have to worry about your new pair of shoes or brand new furniture being chewed up.

The love and loyalty of a dog is not something that wanes with age.

Sure an older dog might require different work than a puppy, but the love you get in return makes it all worth it. If you can't that these pooches into your home but still want to help, you can always support shelters that specialize in finding elder dogs a home.

There are many of them out there, including The Grey Muzzle Organization, Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Vintage Paws Sanctuary, and Tails of Gray.

If you've got the time and the energy, these old dogs have the unconditional love to give.

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Teens of today live in a totally different world than the one their parents grew up in. Not only do young people have access to technologies that previous generations barely dreamed of, but they're also constantly bombarded with information from the news and media.

Today’s youth are also living through a pandemic that has created an extra layer of difficulty to an already challenging age—and it has taken a toll on their mental health.

According to Mental Health America, nearly 14% of youths ages 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. In a September 2020 survey of high schoolers by Active Minds, nearly 75% of respondents reported an increase in stress, anxiety, sadness and isolation during the first six months of the pandemic. And in a Pearson and Connections Academy survey of US parents, 66% said their child felt anxious or depressed during the pandemic.

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Mental Health America reports that most people who take the organization’s online mental health screening test are under 18. According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 50% of cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and the tendency to develop depression and bipolar disorder nearly doubles from age 13 to age 18.

Such statistics demand attention and action, which is why experts say destigmatizing mental health and talking about it is so important.

“Today we see more people talking about mental health openly—in a way that is more akin to physical health,” says Champion. She adds that mental health support for young people is being more widely promoted, and kids and teens have greater access to resources, from their school counselors to support organizations.

Parents are encouraging this support too. More than two-thirds of American parents believe children should be introduced to wellness and mental health awareness in primary or middle school, according to a new Global Learner Survey from Pearson. Since early intervention is key to helping young people manage their mental health, these changes are positive developments.

In addition, more and more people in the public eye are sharing their personal mental health experiences as well, which can help inspire young people to open up and seek out the help they need.

“Many celebrities and influencers have come forward with their mental health stories, which can normalize the conversation, and is helpful for younger generations to understand that they are not alone,” says Champion.

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Family support plays a huge role as well. While the pandemic has been challenging in and of itself, it has actually helped families identify mental health struggles as they’ve spent more time together.

“Parents gained greater insight into their child’s behavior and moods, how they interact with peers and teachers,” says Champion. “For many parents this was eye-opening and revealed the need to focus on mental health.”

It’s not always easy to tell if a teen is dealing with normal emotional ups and downs or if they need extra help, but there are some warning signs caregivers can watch for.

“Being attuned to your child’s mood, affect, school performance, and relationships with friends or significant others can help you gauge whether you are dealing with teenage normalcy or something bigger,” Champion says. Depending on a child’s age, parents should be looking for the following signs, which may be co-occurring:

  • Perpetual depressed mood
  • Rocky friend relationships
  • Spending a lot of time alone and refusing to participate in daily activities
  • Too much or not enough sleep
  • Not eating a regular diet
  • Intense fear or anxiety
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Suicidal ideation (talking about being a burden or giving away possessions) or plans

“You know your child best. If you are unsure if your child is having a rough time or if there is something more serious going on, it is best to reach out to a counselor or doctor to be sure,” says Champion. “Always err on the side of caution.”

If it appears a student does need help, what next? Talking to a school counselor can be a good first step, since they are easily accessible and free to visit.

“Just getting students to talk about their struggles with a trusted adult is huge,” says Champion. “When I meet with students and/or their families, I work with them to help identify the issues they are facing. I listen and recommend next steps, such as referring families to mental health resources in their local areas.”

Just as parents would take their child to a doctor for a sprained ankle, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if a child is struggling mentally or emotionally. Parents also need to realize that they may not be able to help them on their own, no matter how much love and support they have to offer.

“That is a hard concept to accept when parents can feel solely responsible for their child’s welfare and well-being,” says Champion. “The adage still stands—it takes a village to raise a child. Be sure you are surrounding yourself and your child with a great support system to help tackle life’s many challenges.”

That village can include everyone from close family to local community members to public figures. Helping young people learn to manage their mental health is a gift we can all contribute to, one that will serve them for a lifetime.

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