Today I’m happy to participate in Blog the Change. I’ve rounded up a few rescues that are dedicated to one of my favorite kind of dogs: older dogs. I admit I’m totally smitten by puppy love on a regular basis. But after adopting Theo, I can safely say that I may never get another puppy.
There are many reasons to adopt a senior dog, but as far as I’m concerned the best reason is the love. When you look into a senior dog’s eyes, you can’t help but fall in love. There is so much affection, devotion and sweetness in an old dog’s eyes, that its pretty much impossible not to love them right back.
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Muttsville Senior Dog Rescue is based in San Francisco. Muttsville helps “senior and special needs rescue dogs, find suitable homes for those dogs that are adoptable; and offer end of life care for those that are not. These are not just shelter dogs; every day, dogs are moved from loving homes to concrete cages because their guardians have died or moved or simply can’t care for them anymore.”
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is located in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to helping senior dogs find forever homes, the Sanctuary also has a long term foster and hospice program for senior dogs who are too ill to be adopted. Additionally Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has a companions program and has several therapy dogs who go into the community.
Senior Dog Haven & Hospice is based in Wilimington, Delaware and is a network of fosters and volunteers who have a special place in their hearts for senior dogs. “We strive to improve the lives of senior dogs who find themselves without a family to care for them anymore. We do not have a facility – our dogs live in our homes as members of our families until they find their forever home or in the event of a hospice situation, until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. We provide care, comfort, companionship and, most of all, unconditional love.”
Grey Muzzle Organization is not a shelter or rescue, but rather an organization that helps provide funding to provide “hospice care, senior dog adoption, medical screening, and other special programs to help old dogs at animal welfare organizations across the country.”
All of these rescues are 501(c)3 not for profit organizations, which means if you choose to make a donation is 100% deductible.
If you know of another great rescue that focuses on helping senior dogs, please let me know in the comments!
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