July 18, 2017 Photos by: Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
What a great event! An Arizona shelter held a “Senior Dog Prom” to bring awareness to the awesome elderly pups waiting to find their forever homes.
Saturday, all the senior dogs of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control attended a ‘senior dog prom,’ and the feather boas and tutus were out in all their canine glory!
About 20 dogs who were seven-years or older partied the night away at the gold and pink “Happily Ever After” themed prom, joined by their shelter ‘volunteer’ dates.
Melissa Gable, a spokesperson for the Animal Care and Control center said that they weren’t necessarily looking for the prom to be an adoption event, but more to share with people that there are really amazing dogs who are often overlooked because of their age.
The dogs were decked in their finest bow ties and tiaras and hit the dance floor four legs at a time, and they even selected senior superlatives Minnie Moo and Gotti as the Prom Queen and King. Queen Minnie Moo was adopted after the affair was over.
All dogs were adoptable, and eight others were adopted in addition to Queen Minnie Moo. All the adoption fees for the ‘prom-pups’ will be waived, and even though seniors are known to be more calm and gentle, judging from the prom party pics, they also know how to break it down!
Gable says that often people shy away from older dogs, thinking they don’t have much time left to live. But that’s an erroneous assumption, and many dogs live to be 15 or 16-years-old. Gable hopes that this awareness party shows people that there’s still a lot of life in these ‘old dogs,’ and you absolutely can teach them new tricks!
New dance moves too!
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!