Pet Spotlight: Save a Life, Adopt a Delightful Senior Dog

by Helen Hartel

Rico is a 13-year-old Chow Chow who was turned into the animal shelter by his owners when they had to move. He was kept outdoors with very little socialization and appeared to be neglected based on the condition of his coat, which was so badly matted, it had to be shaved.


To adopt Rico, request A4733932.

Though it was reported that he hadn’t been around kids or other dogs, when he was taken to an outside adoption event, he behaved as if he had been around people and animals all his life. He had a tail wag for everyone, and he appeared to be happy and engaged throughout his time away from the shelter.

Though Rico is a senior dog, he doesn’t act like one. The only indication he is up there in years is his teeth, which are okay but a bit worn down. He was taken to a private vet for a senior check up and his blood work came back fine.

Here are some things you should know about Rico:

  • He is easy to handle.
  • He is good when taken for walks.
  • He likes to ride in the car.
  • He never had any training but is responsive to the volunteers that are teaching him new tricks.

Be a hero and save an older dog. Make the later years of Rico’s life the best. At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted. Saving an animal’s life offers an unmatched emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards each and every day you spend together. Come see him at the Agoura Animal Shelter today.

To adopt Rico, request A4733932.The Agoura Shelter is at 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Occasionally pets have already been adopted. To check availability, call 818-991-0071 or visit

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