Old Souls Program


We see animals of every age relinquished to the Medicine Hat SPCA, for a variety of reasons. Because older animals may have special age-related needs or have experienced recent disruption or stress, they may need some extra care and TLC before they are adopted.

The MHSPCA Old Souls Program takes extra care to place them in an appropriate environment and then when they are ready, find them an adoptive home that best suits the needs and abilities of the senior dog or cat.


  1. They are typically 10 years or older (large breed dogs), or 12 years or older (small breed dogs, and cats);
  2. They have experienced a disruption in their lives due to change in residence, human companion illness or death;
  3. They may face health and/or mobility challenges and some may even require ongoing medical support;
  4. They are not experiencing unmanageable pain or suffering.


Upon being contacted by the animal’s owner we will:

  1. Advise the owner of our procedures, get information about the animal and answer any questions that they mayhave.
  2. Determine the necessity of shelter admission and support.
  3. Admit the animal into the Adopt-A-Pet Facility and provide any necessary medical care until the animal is ready to find a new forever home. (These animals will not be placed in foster homes unless it is deemed necessary.) Sometimes they will be ready for adoption right away and may be adopted quickly.

Any ongoing medical care decisions will be made by the SPCA veterinarian, in consultation with the Shelter Manager. Senior animals may have medical issues that need to be fully evaluated and they may require care for months before becoming available for adoption.


You can help us by adopting one of our senior pets:

  • Older cats/dogs have manners-they are socialized to life with humans.
  • Senior pets are less destructive-Older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.
  • What you see is what you get-A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an older dog or cat.
  • You can teach an old dog new tricks-Older dogs and cats are more attentive than puppies and Kittens, and more eager to please their humans.
  • Senior pets are great company for senior citizens-Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a quiet companion.
  • .Older pets are relaxing to hang out with-Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren't full of wild energy to burn,
  • Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness- Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
  • You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a senior animal.