I've been trying to adopt an older dog (10 years+), and I finally found the perfect one- a 10 year old chihuahua that they were literally adopting out for free because they wanted a home for him so badly (I was considering a 15 year old doxie, but the fee was $200...all I have right now is $200 so that means I couldn't have bought it toys or anything). I filled out the application, answered additional questions, and BAM! they hit me with the "you're irresponsible because you didn't fix your dogs, so no chihuahua for you." I was crushed. I was really looking forward to heading out to get the dog tomorrow It was a 45 minute drive but we were ready.
So, I told them I would fix my dogs and tell them once I did. I made Chelsea, my 4 year old poodle, an appointment at our local humane society. They charge only $20 for fixing, plus a free microchip. However, they charge normal fees for dogs over 6...which, in this case, is my 10 year old dog, Buddy.
I really want to adopt an older dog so it can spend it's golden years in a loving home, but I'm so scared to neuter Buddy. He's so old, and I'm not sure he can react to the anesthesia very well. I never fixed my dogs because they've NEVER been interested in each other, Buddy has never run off for a female, and Chelsea is never around any other male dogs.
Some people say the pros outweigh the cons of fixing an older dog, but if something happens to Buddy during surgery, I'm not sure if I could go on. He's my every thing. Have any of you had experiences with fixing an older dog, and if so, how was it on the dog? Stressful or just like any other 5 year old dog who just got fixed would act? Is it worth the risks? And if I still don't feel comfortable with fixing him for his old age, would other shelters be okay with this or no?