(near) PITTSBURGH, PA: 10 year old Dubae had several people inquire about him after his first post on SSD. But then nobody responded when the shelter replied back to each inquiry. So frustrating! 😩 Dubae was surrendered to the shelter with a smaller, younger dog over one year ago. For a long time, the shelter tried to adopt them out together but nobody was interested in adopting two dogs together. So they were forced to put the dogs up for adoption solo, and the younger, smaller dog quickly found a home. But Dubae still waits. Dubae loves to take long naps and really enjoys cuddling with people. It's unfortunate he's been overlooked for so long, but we're hoping he finds a home in 2018! PLEASE SHARE! 🙏🏽🎄 The Animal Friends of Westmoreland shelter wrote, "Dubae is a 10 year old, 85 pound #Rottweiler mix. Dubae came into the shelter with a friend, a male pug. Although we tried for several months to keep them together and adopt them out into the same home, unfortunately we were unable to find a family wiling to give both boys a loving home. So we made the difficult decision to adopt them out separately.
Dubae would be content to cuddle on the couch next to his new best friend for an afternoon nap, and take leisurely strolls through his new neighborhood. His hobbies at the shelter include napping and howling along with the town fire whistle. Dubae enjoys going for rides in the car, but old age has begun to catch up with him and he finds it more difficult to jump up into vehicles than he used to.
Dubae would be best in a home without young children and cats. He does well with some other dogs, but not all. In general, calmer dogs would be best for him. Definitely no one that's reactive or jumpy around other dogs. That seems to turn him off.
We do approve out of state adoptions, but we do require the adoptive family to come to our shelter to meet the animal to ensure that it will be the right fit for both the family and the dog." To adopt Dubae, please email [email protected] to apply!
The Animal Friends of Westmoreland shelter is located at 216 Depot Street, #Youngwood, #PA. ❤️ #seniordog#pennsylvania#adoptdontshop
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(near) HOUSTON, TX: If you can't commit to forever but have room for "right now," we urge you to inquire about FOSTERING! We are putting out a specific plea for the senior dogs at Montgomery County Animal Shelter (@mcaspets) in Conroe, Texas - just 40 minutes outside of #Houston.
@mcaspets typically has hundreds and hundreds of dogs. We're talking numbers upwards of 800 or 900 homeless animals at any given time. (The photo currently shows 632 animals in the shelter, 47 received yesterday.) Albert's Dog Lounge (ADL) is a Wisconsin based rescue focusing on special needs and senior dogs. Wisconsin does not have the same extreme number of shelter dogs that you see in Texas and other states, so ADL has created a transport system for special needs and senior dogs from MCAS to make their way north. The catch is that these dogs require vet care or a place to relax before transport can happen - and that's where the need for FOSTER HOMES come in!
Albert's Dog Lounge asks: "The length of stay in #fostercare varies and is dependent on many things: heartworm status/need for treatment (a HW positive dog can expect to be in Houston 3 months before traveling north), the foster's involvement in the promotion of their #fosterdog (making it to picture appointments, getting the foster dog to vet appointments - while in foster care, vetting costs are covered by the rescue - and being proactive and working on any behavioral issues, etc.). We try to do one transport a month and we typically transport 12-15 dogs each time. We currently have 30+ dogs in foster homes here in #Houston. We really need many more fosters in both the Houston, TX and Whitewater, WI areas because the need is so great." Do you live in the Houston, TX or Whitewater, WI area? Please inquire!
Email [email protected] with any further questions or to request a foster application! ❤️ #seniordogs#fostering#foster#texas#wisconsin
🤶🏼 Super excited and thrilled to share we met our $40,000 end-of-year fundraising goal! AMAZING!! Thank you so very, very much to the SSD community. 🙏🏽🙏🏽 We are still welcoming donations as people give to close out 2018 - the more YOU give the more WE can give! 2018 has been SSD's biggest donation year yet and we are incredibly grateful to you. Your donations enable SSD to sponsor the medical needs of senior dogs all around the country. We are able to directly impact homeless senior dogs and relieve the financial burden from their shelter or rescue who is caring for them. Thank you for supporting SSD and senior dogs! It’s such an incredible gift to be able to pass along funds to those who need it most. THANK YOU!! > online donations: bitly.com/SSDdonate (LINK IN BIO) > checks: PO BOX 20334, New York, NY, 10011 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #thankyou#nonprofit#donations#giving#generosity#adoptdontshop#seniordogs
WICHITA, KS: Gunner lived his entire life outdoors. Only recently he has been shown better treatment after being pulled into rescue. This 8 year old, playful fella is eager to live out his senior years in a loving home but has had no adoption interest so far. This is Gunner's second feature on SSD; nothing resulted from his first post. Gunner is a really fun companion and loves meeting new people. If you have a social household, Gunner will fit right in! He'd love to be a part of your holidays plans...and beyond! PLEASE SHARE! 🏈⚽️🏀🎾⚾️ Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline wrote, "Gunner is an 8 year old #AustralianShepherd. Gunner has lived as an outside dog for the last seven years of his life and is now learning what indoor life is all about.
Gunner loves water and playing with his people. And he is a very talkative dog. Gunner enjoys being in your space and chasing a toy or playing tug. He is a bouncy, animated dog. Gunner is also very social with strangers, he doesn't seem to know what a stranger is. He is doing great with house training and crate training.
As far as other dogs go, Gunner is fine with everyone but can be pushy and reckless with throwing his body around. This might be pretty intense for a small dog or timid dog. However, we don't want to limit him on other dogs too much but know that with his bouncy personality he can be overwhelming for some dogs.
Adopters need to apply and be approved before meeting the dog. ARPH doesn't transport but allows out of state adoptions to regions with a rep. Adopters are required to come to the dogs foster home to meet him." To adopt Gunner, please email [email protected] with any questions or to apply! ❤️ #seniordog#kansas#adopt#adoptdontshop#adoptdontbreed
"We’re the people who adopted Darla from your page a few months ago (via @underdogsrescueco). We just wanted to let you know she passed away last Tuesday. The vet thinks her cancer may have returned with a vengeance. She got very sick, very fast.
Darla was our first senior adoption, but we have a senior in the house already. Our other dog’s name is Pearl, she’s 10. Pearl tolerated Darla, which was honestly more than we expected. She doesn’t have a good history with dogs that are bigger than her. Darla did well in our home. She didn’t seem to be fond of males, especially big scary ones. We’re a house of all women and one school-aged boy, so she was super comfortable here. After a few weeks, she even started following us upstairs which was something we didn’t think she could do!
Darla was always excited for walks, and loved being outside. Even though her hips clearly bothered her, she would try to run when she could. There were days that I just had to give up on trying to get her to come back inside and accept that I was going to be late to class. She taught me it’s ok to sit on the porch and enjoy the sun sometimes.
Everyone that met Darla instantly loved her. She had such a great energy, and was a loving, gentle soul. We didn’t have her for nearly as long as we had hoped, but she will definitely always be remembered as part of our family. The few months we had with her were amazing. She was the sweetest, gentlest dog we have ever met. -The Boynton Family" ❤️ #seniordog#rainbowbridge#foreverloved#adoption#adoptdontshop
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"I wanted to share a little about my senior dog adoption journey with you as Susie's Senior Dogs was the page that first planted the idea of senior rescue in my mind when I was a teenager, and my husband and I celebrated the two year anniversary (December 2nd) of adopting our first ever dog- a 15 year old Chihuahua named Maxwell.
At the end of the fall semester in my senior year of college, I saw Maxwell posted by my local humane society (@michianahumanesociety). We had already adopted our first senior, a 17 year old cat (who is still ruling the house now almost 3 years later!), from them a year prior but we were definitely not planning on adding a dog to our little family quite yet. However, I couldn't get Maxwell out of my head.
On my 23rd birthday I convinced my husband to come meet Maxwell with me. I knew I loved Maxwell from the moment I met him, but he was admittedly pretty standoffish and nervous and withdrawn at first. Thankfully, my wonderful husband agreed to go along with my whim and we officially adopted him. It turned out to be the best decision we ever could have made! Maxwell has brought so much joy and love and light to our lives. Not only that, but he inspired us to become involved in senior rescue and he has helped us welcome 5 other senior dogs into our home over the last 2 years. We foster failed an 11 year old shih tzu named Shadow and then became forever/hospice Fosters for 14 year old Frenchie, 18 year old Sylvie (now at the bridge), 11 year old Simba, and 14 year old Rosie through the amazing rescue @seniorpetsunited. We never would have had the honor of helping to save the lives of these dogs if Maxwell hadn't made us realize how wonderful senior dog adoption/fostering is.
Almost 5 months ago Maxwell received a heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer, but he is still living his life to the fullest and we are so grateful for every day with him. A couple of years ago I never would have imagined that I would be 24 years old and sharing my life with 5 special needs senior dogs (and 3 cats), but I truly wouldn't change a thing. -Rebecca (@theseniorsquad)" ❤️ #seniordog#somuchlove
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(near) NEW HAVEN, CT: Darling Peaches. She is ever so patiently waiting each day in the office at the shelter for her forever home. And while she currently has a decent set up, it's an actual home that Peaches really wants. Peaches is very social with humans and would much rather be sleeping near you at night, not alone in the office. She was very briefly adopted by an elderly couple, but returned because they felt they could not keep up with her energy - even at 12 years old! Can we help Peaches find her happily-ever-after story in time for the holidays? PLEASE SHARE! 🎄💚 @dancosgroveanimalshelter wrote, "Peaches was found in a park in Hartford, CT, where she was abandoned. Peaches was adopted out one time from us to an elderly couple, but she kept pulling them down because she is still so strong. She only had them interested in her the whole time she’s been with us.
Peaches still has quite a bit of energy for a 12 year old girl. She weighs 50 pounds. She loves belly rubs, to go for walks and to go for rides in the car. She also loves children and the elderly. She she has gone into schools to visit kids and teach them about being kind to animals and she goes weekly to visit seniors living in senior housing to bring them therapy and joy. She will smile when she sees you first thing in the morning or if you leave and come back…it is so cute!! We think Peaches should be an only pet, so no other dogs or cats at home. She would like a fenced in yard, or a strong handler to take her on walks. She will pull on a leash if she sees a dog or a deer. Peaches is spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped. And she is quite healthy for her age.
We do adopt out of state but we typically do not transport. An adopter would have to be willing to fill out our application and be approved and meet Peaches to ensure it is the right fit." To adopt Peaches, please email Laura at [email protected] to apply!
@dancosgroveanimalshelter is located at 749 East Main Street, #Branford, #CT. ❤️ #seniordog#homefortheholidays#adoptme#adoptdontshop
204 66153 days ago
"Five years ago, a Yorkie named Lexi caught my attention when I was working at a Doggy Day Care in North Carolina. I was working full-time at this place and she was almost always there. She was dropped off early in the morning and picked up late - sometimes her owner wouldn't show up and we'd have to board her overnight. This tiny Yorkie was always asking to be held, gave endless kisses, and always tried to be the pack leader with all sizes of dog. She was one of the most well behaved, sweet natured dogs there and quickly became one of my favorites. To me, she didn't seem a day over 4, but apparently she was 8!
Over time I came to find out that Lexi's owner lived alone and, with the kids grown up and gone, there was no one home during the day. It wasn't long before Lexi's owner was asking the daycare staff if anyone wanted to take her off her hands. A few of my coworkers were interested because they wanted to sell her for money - it made me feel so sick to my stomach! Something kicked into gear for me that night and I knew it was my job to help Lexi find a forever loving home. My own family came to mind and I called my parents in Michigan and told them all about her and her situation. Our family dog had passed away a couple years prior and I knew there was room in their hearts for another. Though they were nervous about adopting an older dog, they agreed to take the next steps. With luck on our side, a month later Lexi traveled 900 miles to her forever home with my parents!
Lexi is 13 now and we couldn't imagine our lives without her. She's spoiled rotten with love and enjoys naps in her tent, barking at squirrels, and taking walks around Seattle. She's had 85% of her teeth pulled, so her smile is lopsided sometimes - to us, it's just the cutest thing. We love her - she's a part of our family and we're so happy we decided to bring a senior dog into our lives! -Casey" ❤️ #seniordog#adoption#adopted#adoptdontshop#adoptdontbreed
109 67334 days ago
The road to finding her forever was long, but she finally made it home! 9 year old Timber got ADOPTED! 🚦🗺🚗 Timber was originally surrendered to the shelter when her owners could no longer care for her. She is extremely loving and was pulled into care by @arcticrescuesouthwest in New Mexico. Surprisingly, despite having an awesome temperament and easygoing personality, Timber's rescue was having a hard time getting anyone interested in adopting her. She even needed multiple postings on SSD! But good things (sometimes) come to those who wait. Timber found some pretty incredible who knew that a 24 hour roundtrip drive to pick her up would be worth it!! Michelle wrote, "When I first saw your post, I immediately sent Timber's story and picture to my husband and noted that New Mexico wasn't THAT far away from our home in Houston (it turns out she was about 12 hours away). Because we already have two dogs and two cats, I was expecting my husband to say no but instead he suggested that we submit an application for her. A few weeks later, we were on our way to New Mexico to pick up Timber.
She is our first senior rescue and we could not love her more. She quickly adjusted to our routine and to her four fur siblings. She loves to snuggle up on a bed or head out for a walk, but her two favorite things are chicken and my husband. She will come running for either one. We truly feel so lucky that we were given the opportunity to adopt this sweet girl and to give her the life she deserves. Thank you so much for posting about her so we could find her and thank you to @arcticrescuesouthwest for rescuing our girl." ❤️ #seniordog#roadtohome#adopted#adoption#adoptdontshop
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HARRISONBURG, VA: Gorgeous Jill cannot understand why nobody is interested in getting to know her. She's had NO adoption inquiries! Jill is 9 years old and has only known life as a 'hunting dog.' She's been searching for a forever home and to live out her years as a loved family member, one who lives indoors with everyone. Jill recently had a dental cleaning and she is ready to go home! Her bags are packed...now where are her people? PLEASE SHARE! ⛄️ Highland County Humane Society wrote, "Jill is 9 years young, ready to retire from hunting to your couch! She was surrendered so she could have a better life.
Jill is very lively and doesn't act old. She is curious and full of personality. She is a delightful girl who loves the kiddos and dogs. She sniffs the cats but hasn't shown any aggression. She goes through the night without accidents in the crate. We're working on housebreaking and behavior on a leash, she pulls and can be very strong but she is improving. She's quick to learn commands ('sit' for example) for a treat and eats well like any hound!
Jill is spayed and up-to-date on all her vaccinations. She weighs 65 pounds and that's a good weight for her. She'll try to convince you she is starving, but that's just because she loves treats.
Jill's adoption fee is $150. We are foster-based and rural. We are happy to transport Jill a reasonable distance (a couple of hours drive time) for a meet and greet and/or adoption." Jill will be having a dental prior to adoption!
To adopt Jill, please email [email protected] with any questions or to apply! ❤️ #seniordog#virginia#retirement#adoptme#adoptdontshop
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(near) HELENA, MT: Need a New Year's resolution buddy? 9 year old Chestnut will happily be the one to partner up with you and to hold each other accountable. Chestnut has been searching for her forever home since May. She was adopted and returned twice because the homes she went to weren't willing or able to work with Chestnut on her house manners. She is a good girl she simply needs some direction! We know the right person will keep reading Chestnut's profile and not be deterred, but we need to find that special someone. PLEASE SHARE! 🧡🧡🧡 Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center wrote, "Chestnut is a 9 year old #Shepherd mix and has been at the center off-and-on since May 23, 2018. She was surrendered because her family was moving and couldn’t take her with. She has had two failed adoptions between us getting her and today.
Chestnut has not been taught house manners so she will need an owner who is willing to teach her how to be an inside dog. She is a kind, gentle soul. Chestnut loves to play catch and go for leisurely walks. The best home for Chestnut would be one that is calm with adults and older children (it is not recommended for her to go into a home with small children). She does well around well-mannered dogs, but does not like cats at all.
She is current on all routine vaccinations, spayed, micro-chipped, and house trained. She does have some sore joints now and again. Currently we accept transfers from all over; we have active transfers with Dillon, MT and Rexburg, ID." To adopt Chestnut, please email Karin at [email protected] to apply!
Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center is located at 900 25th Avenue NE, #GreatFalls, #MT. ❤️ #seniordog#montana#adoptme#newyearsresolution#adoptdontshop
31 45816 days ago
🌈12 year old Fawn was surrendered to an open-intake shelter in Texas. The former owners stated she was "too much trouble" to care for. Her physical appearance proved she hadn't received much comfort or care in long time. Fawn was also completely blind. At the shelter, volunteers noted that Fawn was sad & lost.
Fawn's story was shared on SSD. It collided with her new mom, Eileen, who lived in Wisconsin. Eileen did everything she could to get Fawn home as quickly as possible. Eileen was Fawn's angel! We're heartbroken to share that Fawn was only allotted two short months with her amazing mom before her time on this earth came to end. But, we are also incredibly grateful to Eileen; because of her, Fawn was able to know the absolute best life possible, for her days that mattered most.
Eileen wrote, "I was ecstatic when Fawn made it home. I gave her all the love, compassion, and comfort she had missed out on in her 12 years of life.
I had set up my house for a blind dog, covering all corners of furniture and putting pillows all over so she wouldn't bang her head anymore. She had a scab on her head from doing that for a long time and that, too, got healed up.
Fawn was fine for quite some time with walking, and even her head tilt started straightening out, but Fawn eventually lost the use of her legs to stand and walk.
Last Tuesday, Fawn was laying there and all of a sudden she had a bad seizure, then three more at midnight. I ran her to the emergency vet and she had four more seizures there. It was looking grim so the vet brought her out on the table and asked what I wanted to do & that I should consider her being humanely euthanized.
The next few days she stopped eating and drinking and I knew then it was time. I guess she just wanted a few more days to be at home, safe and loved. I made the appointment with my vet for her to cross over the #RainbowBridge for Saturday morning. I laid with her on her orthopedic bed on the floor holding her through Friday night, & at 4:50am my baby girl crossed over. 😭 She wanted to leave in her Mom's arms on her own terms. I may have only had her for a little over 2 months but it was the best 2 months of her life & mine." ❤
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