This senior dog prom is raising awareness for elderly dogs everywhere.
Senior dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters. People tend to want puppies that they can raise from the beginning and build a relationship with for many years.
The prom is meant to draw positive attention to senior dogs. Held online via photo submissions, it started with dozens of entries and has been narrowed down to four finalists for prom king and queen, as well as four finalists for cutest couple.
As Grey Muzzle's executive director Lisa Lunghofer told TODAY in an email:
"The Senior Dog Prom is a chance for older dogs to shine. It's an opportunity to showcase senior dogs in a way that highlights their unique personalities and the joy they bring to our lives."
Some of the dogs in the running are available for adoption, while others already have loving homes.
Fourteen-year-old Archer is half of a pair up for the cutest couple award. While his date, Ruby, has a forever home, Archer is still looking for his. He is available for adoption through Dachshund Rescue Of North America.
Then there is Brownie, a 14-year-old Chihuahua in the running to be prom queen. Brownie is wearing an elaborate pink dress in her prom photo, which was handmade by her adoptive mother-- a domestic violence survivor who heard about the prom contest from The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas nonprofit that helps women, children, and their pets.
"Her devoted mom is very excited that Brownie is in the running for Senior Dog Prom queen," Lunghofer said. "We know dressing dogs up in prom outfits may strike some people as silly. But if it helps people take a second look and think about opening their hearts and homes to older dogs, then it's worth it."
Voting for the Senior Dog Prom ends on May 31, and winners will be announced in early June. You can see the submissions and vote here.
Winners from each category will receive a copy of the book "My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts," and a Grey Muzzle "Together Forever" T-shirt. But everyone really wins thanks to the attention the event has garnered for senior dogs.
"One of the things that most impressed me about the prom is how much people absolutely adore their old dogs," Lunghofer said.
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