Two years ago, Brandon adopted a dog named Susie. Ever since, Susie refuses to leave his side and he can’t imagine his life without her. The story of Brandon and Susie inspired his girlfriend to launch the Susie’s Senior Dogs Facebook page, which features older dogs looking for an owner. This is a very sweet story about a loving couple and their mission to endorse adopting senior pets, but it may have gone unnoticed if Brandon weren’t blogger Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York fame.
With over 2.7 million followers, the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page is an Internet success story. Stanton started the altruistic blog in 2010, which later spawned the aforementioned Facebook page, a Tumblr account and most recently a Humans of New York book. People often comment on the HONY Facebook page that they follow it to be reminded of the good in people, so when Brandon endorsed Susie’s Senior Dogs via the HONY Facebook page, it seemed only natural that those same people would also want to follow a page focused on another worthy cause.
Brandon has given Susie’s Senior Dogs his full backing. “It's a great idea, because senior dogs have a tough time getting adopted even though they are extremely laid back roommates,” he says. “They enjoy a good walk as much as the next dog, but they are also down with chillaxing all day and watching Breaking Bad.”
Sounds simple enough to me.
Each post lists the location of the dog accompanied by a brief description of their situation and personality, as well as a picture of the pooch. Susie’s Senior Dogs actually has even more people “talking about this” on Facebook than it does “likes,” and both are rapidly approaching the 100,000 mark. You can also find them on Instagram at @susiesseniordogs.
While it’s hard to read these stories knowing that you can’t adopt them all, it is amazing to see how others are willing to help—even when they cannot adopt the animal themselves. Personally, I like that, in addition to helping senior dogs find forever homes, the page also attempts to educate people (i.e. clarifying the different types of shelters, offering “The Truth about Pitbulls,” etc.) without sounding preachy—a tough balance to strike. Thankfully, Susie and her owners aren’t the only ones willing to teach old dogs new tricks.