The classic Labrador Retriever has a "forever young" attitude to life, but senior Labs in shelters can have a difficult time finding adopters. Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, a Grey Muzzle grantee, provides these older Labs with care, and shows potential adopters how much companionship old Labs have to give.
Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is a collection of 36 stories of senior dogs who went from neglected and abandoned to valued family member through Old Dog Haven’s network of foster homes and adopters. Author Ardeth De Vries discusses her book and tells us more about Old Dog Haven's work.
Hospice is best summarized as the philosophy of preserving quality-of-life over extending length of life and hinges on the belief that patients in the last phases of life deserve this care to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Animal Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, whether or not resulting from disease, and sees the end of life as an opportunity for added deepening of the existing human-animal bond.
At the Virginia Beach SPCA, a Grey Muzzle grantee, they are dedicated to offering senior dogs The Three Cs: Care, Comfort, and Compassion. This means making sure old dogs get the veterinary treatment they need, and providing special comforts and compassion, in order to make a difficult time a little easier.