It takes a very special human to adopt a senior animal. In dog world, a senior is typically around the age of 6 and up. Thankfully, a lot of people out there are willing and happy to adopt a 6 year old dog. But imagine if their 10, 11, or even 12. What chance do they have in the shelters when adorable, little puppies are in the cages next to them? Slim to none is the answer. In fact, the American Humane Society even says that, "Senior animals represent the highest risk population in shelters, even though they tend to be the calmest, easiest pets."
What's more heartbreaking is that a lot of these dogs are usually dropped off by their owners because they can't afford their healthcare, or there has been some major life change like divorce, bankruptcy, or because they simply cannot care for them anymore. It is easy to judge these people but we can never really know what goes on in other peoples lives. Credit should at least be given for doing the right thing by taking these souls to a shelter instead of just dumping them on the street (read Mika's blog below) or, worse, putting them down.
And then there are dogs like Faith. The lost and stray souls.
Faith was found scrounging for food at the local Von's grocery store by some of our Labs And Friends volunteers. It was obvious to them that Faith had been on the streets for a long time. It was also clear that she had been socialized at some point as she was and is a very sweet, friendly girl.
At 10-12 years old, she is a bit arthritic, hard of hearing and doesn't have the best eyesight but she does deserve a home, a comfy bed, and a human with which to snuggle. She needs to give unconditional love and deserves someone to show her the same. Her so-called "golden years" should be peaceful and happy. Just as I hope mine and yours will be.
We would love to get Faith out of the boarding facility. If you can foster, know someone who would like to be a foster, we would love to hear from you. And, of course, if you have seen this precious face and want to adopt, well, by all means, pick up the phone, email, do what you can to get this girl ASAP!
If you want to find out more about senior dogs, I highly recommend Silver Hearts. My friend, Lori Fusaro from Fusaro Photography, started this project and has been an amazing advocate for senior dogs. And she walks the walk. Lori adopted her girl, Sunny, back in 2012 at the age of 16 years old and she is still going strong today.
In case you need to have a cute puppy-like picture of Faith, here ya go...
Take your leap of Faith.