Beagle Welfare's Golden Oldie scheme
Beagle Welfare will open its doors and hearts to beagles of any age: no beagle is considered too old to find its forever home. It is a sad fact, though, that the older they are the longer they wait for that perfect person to come along and take them home. For the golden oldies, days are precious and those days spent in rescue they are only getting older, and sadder.
Imagine the confusion and shock for an older dog who finds himself at a rescue after a life in a family environment. These poor hounds often pine for days, bewildered by their new surroundings and routine.
At Beagle Welfare a golden oldie is classed as a dog eight years and over. For some other breeds eight is indeed old, but anyone who has owned a beagle will know that this is really not old at all. But at eight years and above these dogs are frequently overlooked, with the majority of applications for adoption requesting dogs aged five or younger.
One of the reasons for this is anxiety about possible vet bills and ill health. For this reason, Beagle Welfare introduced the golden oldie scheme, which is designed to encourage the adoption of middle-aged and older beagles.
Owners of Welfare beagles are, of course, expected to take responsibility for their hounds. However, we would not wish to deprive a beagle of a good home, or an owner of the companionship and enjoyment of looking after an older beagle, just because financial circumstances are restricted.
Therefore, anyone adopting a hound aged eight years and over from Beagle Welfare may, if appropriate, apply to the trustees for assistance with veterinary bills which are over and above routine maintenance.
Adopting a dog of any age comes with huge rewards, but none more so than that of an oldie. Oldies prove to be the easiest of hounds and their gratitude, loyalty and love will know no bounds.
If you would like more information on our golden oldies scheme please contact us.
Please note you will need to contact the rehoming centre for information any specific beagle.