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This Photo Series Of Adorable Older Pups Makes Us Want To Hug A Senior Dog

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Jordan is a writer from New York and a current student at the University of Virginia.

Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding decisions a person can make. After all, every dog deserves a loving family and a place to call home.

Unfortunately, it can be harder for some dogs to get adopted than others. Sweet senior pups often go unnoticed by prospective adopters because of their age. Los Angeles based photographer Casey Elise was heartbroken over the countless senior dogs who spend months in shelters without being adopted, and because of that she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Casey photographed a series of senior dogs for the website of her local animal shelter with one amazing twist. She gave the dogs peanut butter before each photo! Of the project, Casey wrote on her website, “I find that people see those pictures online and come into the shelter seeking that specific animal because he or she looks silly and fun.”

Thanks to Casey’s brilliant idea, all but two of the pups have been adopted, and it is easy to understand why. The results are equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, but don’t take my word for it. Check out her senior dog photo series below, and click here to see more of her work.

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This is Frosty, a 12-year-old Brittany who is young at heart.

This is Frosty, a 12-year-old Brittany who is young at heart.

11-year-old Hunter has been at the shelter for a year now and she's still in need of a caring home. According to Casey, she would be the perfect family dog.

11-year-old Hunter has been at the shelter for a year now and she's still in need of a caring home. According to Casey, she would be the perfect family dog.

This handsome pup is fittingly named King, and he is a 7-year-old American Staffordshire terrier.

This handsome pup is fittingly named King, and he is a 7-year-old American Staffordshire terrier.

Peanut the 8-year-old Yorkie is blind, deaf, and completely adorable.

Peanut the 8-year-old Yorkie is blind, deaf, and completely adorable.

This is Sakura, an energetic Jack Russell Terrier who is the farthest thing from a senior, in spite of being 9-years-old.

This is Sakura, an energetic Jack Russell Terrier who is the farthest thing from a senior, in spite of being 9-years-old.

Scrappy, an affectionate six-year-old bull terrier, has been at the shelter since last July and is still in need of a home. Bonus: He's crate trained.

Scrappy, an affectionate six-year-old bull terrier, has been at the shelter since last July and is still in need of a home. Bonus: He's crate trained.

Sheba the 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix is just your typical lapdog who loves to be cuddled!

Sheba the 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix is just your typical lapdog who loves to be cuddled!

And last but not least, meet Willow, a 7-year-old Chihuahua with big ears and an even bigger heart.

And last but not least, meet Willow, a 7-year-old Chihuahua with big ears and an even bigger heart.

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