“This super-senior gal was taken in by the shelter at 18 years old when her former owner passed away.”

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Suzanne writes: “Looks like she is still there and if someone is interested, they can call the adoptions department at the Oglethorpe location at (202) 726 – 2556” and passes on from Susie’s Senior Dogs:

WASHINGTON, DC: Holy moly! 18 year old Julep (born in 1999!) is the oldest homeless shelter dog posted on SSD to date. Yes, you read that right. This super-senior gal was taken in by the shelter at 18 years old when her former owner passed away. Need we say more? PLEASE SHARE!

Humane Rescue Alliance wrote, “Julep has been here longer than we expected – she came in on February 23rd. She’s 18 years old and had lived in the same home for her whole life. Julep came to HRA when her owner passed away. She’s pretty cheery, and has lots of energy for her age, but I’d really love to get her in a home ASAP. She is obviously not very comfortable here and we’d love to get her to her forever home as soon as possible.

Julep doesn’t need much – just a lot of love and someone who wants a quiet companion. She would have to be the only dog in the home because at her age, she doesn’t have the tolerance for too much dog energy. She would love a great big dog bed to sprawl out on and toys to chew on. You don’t have to give her too much exercise and she is already pretty well-trained!

Senior dogs like Julep are truly special and have a unique type of love to give. And Julep can’t wait to show you!”

To adopt Julep, please email Alix at [email protected].org.

Humane Rescue Alliance is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Adoption hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 7PM.“

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  • I would adopt her in a heartbeat if I didn’t already have another dog who, while senior, is incredibly “high energy” for about two hours a day – long enough to drive Julep nuts. I hope she finds a home fast!

  • Oh Julep, I really wish I could bring you home but I think my Lulu would be too much for you. I pray that someone that is in a position to bring you home comes very soon!

  • I was going to post this last week. I’ve been looking at this cute little pup for about 3 weeks now but I just can’t afford to take her right now. It breaks my heart.
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    If someone from PoPville adopts her, please keep us updated!

  • I adopted my dog, though half that age, under the same circumstances and it has been nothing short of wonderful. I hope she gets adopted soon, she looks lovely.

  • She looks so cute and happy. I pray that she finds a new home soon. We have a large dog and a cat, but would adopt her if she could stand it. Our dog lays around all day long, sometimes the cat joins him.

  • I believe if I remember correctly in the comments on Susie’s Senior Dogs there were also people willing to help with adoption fees and whatnot. Unfortunately we are traveling a number of times in the coming months, so I can’t swoop her up, but she looks like she would be an amazing addition to any family.

  • OMG Someone please adopt this love bug!!! That face!! She is so precious. <3

  • Ally

    I’m also willing to help out financially if someone is able to take in this kiddo. We don’t make a lot but we could help. We have a cat and bunny at home already, so wouldn’t be fair to out pets to take her in. But if anyone has space and it’s just a financial impediment, let me know!

  • Also – everybody remember to take some time and figure out a plan for your pet’s care in case of sudden need. In the last couple of months I’ve helped place 3 cats from very young (40-50’s) owners who died suddenly.

    • A very good reminder. Obviously, setting up friends/family who will take your pet(s) is best. I have a savings account for my dog that goes with him, so that the financial impact of a new pet is lessened (#’s 1 and 2 on my list wouldn’t even notice the financial impact, but because I have the money to set aside, I do it anyway…and in the likely event that I survive into his old age (if he lives to be 20, I’d just be getting over being in my 50’s), I have the money for elder care). If you adopted your dog from a rescue, make sure their information is available, as well, in case the worst happens. The rescue I adopted my dog from will take him, regardless of space, in the event of my death, if all 4 of those I’ve designated to take him (with agreement from them) can’t for some reason.

      • My husband and I are in the process of doing a will…specifically so that we can make sure our pet is cared for (including money for the caregivers.)

        This is a good reminder for everyone.

  • I will adopt her! I’ve been wanting a senior citizen dog anyways! Emailing them now.

  • I just got word from a neighbor that he called about adopting Julep and she is adopted! (This is after I checked this morning and got an e-mail that she was still there.)

    • OH THANK GOODNESS! That makes my heart sing!
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      Congratulations to whoever the adopter is if you are reading this! You are all of our heroes and I wish you the best!

    • HRA just posted on their faceboook page that Julep had left the building with her new owner!