Our time with our dogs - especially our adopted senior dogs - is far too short, but the difference we can make for them is immeasurable. Facing the impending loss of a beloved senior foster dog, Grey Muzzle board member Maria Stoerrle considers the gifts she was able to offer him in the time they had together.
In Appalachia and the rural Southeast, homeless dogs face understaffed and poorly funded shelters. Raising Aid for Dogs at Risk (RADAR) was founded to support these “below the radar” country-road shelters in caring for the most vulnerable and at-risk dogs, such as seniors and those with medical issues.
In an interview, veterinarian and Grey Muzzle Advisory Board member Dr. Marty Becker discusses the mobility challenges faced by his adopted dog Gracie, offers advice for older dogs with similar issues, and tells us how the love of older or special needs pets "can be stronger than you would ever imagine."
Senior dogs are better able to tolerate the stress of a shelter environment and have more of a chance of getting adopted when they sleep well. Therefore, in addition to its grants program, Grey Muzzle helps senior dogs in shelters through donations of beds that get old dogs off cold, hard shelter floors.
As part of our focus on hospice care for homeless senior dogs, we share a new video by filmmaker Kacey Klonsky, in which Laura Oliver, founder of Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue , reflects on the joy of caring for dogs at the end of their lives. The video is part of Klonsky's "Unconditional Stories" series.
Shelters can be frightening and dangerous for any senior dog, but especially for those that are blind. Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (BDRA) is one of the few rescues in the U.S. that specializes in rescuing visually impaired dogs. In this post, Debbie Marks writes about being a foster for BDRA's old and special needs dogs.
After many years fostering dogs for a rescue, Diane Pierce and her husband knew that older dogs make great pets, especially for older people, but that those in shelters have a difficult time finding homes. That's when they founded Senior Dogs 4 Seniors to provide a win-win opportunity for older dogs and people.
Award-winning blog Grouchy Puppy is host to San Francisco writer Sharon Castellanos's funny, poignant observations about the human-animal bond and our remarkable relationship with dogs. In recent years, it has also been an important source for insights into the joys and sorrows of loving a senior dog.