You may have heard of the Red Hat Society. It’s an organization of mature women who see age as something to celebrate by enjoying life and having fun. At Animal Friends, dogs ages 5 and over, cats age 6 and over, and bunnies older than 5 years are Red Collar pets. These older animals are ready to put the past behind them and enjoy life.
About the Red Collar Society
Age, as we know, is just a state of mind. And Animal Friends is hoping to plant a seed in your mind, and in your heart, that will encourage you to consider adopting a pet who’s been around the block a few times - and is ready to go again!
Within the heart of every senior animal lies the singular desire to be loved.
Often, older animals make the most delightful pets. They have sown their wild oats, climbed the furniture, scratched the curtains and had their housetraining accidents. They have lived and learned. They’re ready to settle down in a loving home and experience the happiness and security they so richly deserve. And unlike youngsters whose still-developing personalities can be a mystery, it’s easier to identify their characteristics and select a pet that will fit perfectly into the family. They’ll tell you whether they like children and other animals, and there are fewer unpleasant surprises.
At Animal Friends, dogs ages five and over, cats age six and over, and bunnies older than 5 years are Red Collar pets. Like their human counterparts, these older animals are ready to put the past behind them and enjoy life. Many have been with one human or family all their lives, until death, illness or an unavoidable circumstance leads to an untimely separation. Others have stories we’ll never know, discovered as strays or victims of unfortunate situations. All have endured some hard knocks, and often come out of it grateful just to be alive, and wanting to feel secure and loved.
While some older pets, like some older humans, are content to snooze in a sunny spot, others are raring to go, playful and full of fun. Age, as we know, is just a state of mind. And Animal Friends is hoping to plant a seed in your mind, and in your heart, that will encourage you to consider adopting a pet who’s been around the block a few times - and is ready to go again!
Adopters of Animal Friends’ Red Collar animals receive special benefits. A letter, proclamation, and a coupon for discounts in our on-site retail shop will accompany your new pet to celebrate a new start. Adopters will also be mentioned in Animal Friends’ publications as the heroes they are, for providing a forever home to an animal who truly needs a second chance.
"After years of struggling with making a commitment I finally placed my contact information on Animal Friends' website to be called if a small dog became available for adoption. On the morning of October 15, 2008 I received an email from Animal Friends that they had a possible match for me.
They attached a bio and picture of Cody, which intrigued me. The dog resembled an Eewok from the Star Wars movie! I made arrangements to visit that evening after work and the little guy came home with me that night.
Cody has a pretty vague history but what we do know is that he is a 10 year old Lhasa Apso with a few health issues. He has spent a lot of his time in shelters. Animal Friends took him in on September 15, 2008. He has been such a great friend and companion, learned all of his commands and has socialized nicely with most of the neighborhood dogs. I am so grateful for the time and attention Animal Friends adoption specialist provided to me and Cody. He is the joy of my life and I am hopeful to have him in my life for at least several more years."
Here are Ann Cadman's three Red Collar Society dogs! From left to right:
Tillie- age 15
"Adopting an older animal is everything it's cracked up to be and more!" Ann said.
Meet the Red Collar Pets