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What's That in Dog Years?

Hard as it is to imagine, people surrender older dogs (and cats) every day for a variety of reasons, most of which strain credibility. Often, these golden oldies are the last to be looked at, much less adopted. Getting innovative, shelters are now matchmaking between senior dogs and senior citizens, offering incentives and discounts to encourage older folks to add a little life to their years...and save a life as well. If you or someone you know falls into this category, check with your local shelter to see what they might have to offer. The Animal Welfare League (Warsaw, Ind.) program is one good example, as is Lee County's (Fla.) recent announcement. And a reader recently alerted us to another program, Young at Heart Pet Rescue in the Chicago area.
-Susan Tasaki, Bark

July 14, 2008 in Humane | Permalink

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I knew a couple that lived in their motor home when their apartment complex went condo and ruled out pets - they loved their dog.

I also knew a 70 year old woman adopting a puppy and had to give it back to the shelter because it was too much to for her to handle.

Pairing up older people with older animals is GENIUS !

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Posted by: Jasmine Beaupre | Aug 1, 2008 8:39:14 AM

It's really sad that older dogs are pushed aside, but it reflect our society where older people are often treated the same way. Putting senior animals with senior people is a great idea. Scuba is the leader of our pack and she is 13 years old and is the greatest dog in the world. No way would we let her go for any reason.

Woof, woof,
Scuba, Keiko, Norman and Toby from Life Inside The Fence

Posted by: Desert Pups | Jul 20, 2008 8:42:23 AM

In the Chicago area, we have Young at Heart (yahpetrescue.com), a pet rescue dedicated to senior pets.

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 14, 2008 7:54:42 PM

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