Everybody Loves Puppies!!
However, senior dogs are usually the first to be euthanized at shelters.
The average age of bulldogs in rescue is 5 yrs old!
Why not consider adopting a senior?
Take a walk through your local shelter and you will see a sad sight. Row after row of senior pets actually dumped there by their owners. Chances of them getting adopted are very slim. In fact, we have actually witnessed people surrendering their senior pets and then walking out of the same shelter with a newly adopted puppy.
Imagine the sadness and confusion that senior pet goes through. We hope through our rescue program that some of these forgotten souls will find loving homes.
Maybe you are reluctant to adopt a senior dog because you fear that your time with your new best friend will be short, bringing that painful time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog makes every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this old dog a second chance at life. The love that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual separation.
Your decision to adopt a senior pet will be rewarded
with unconditional love and devotion..
Loved as a puppy, forgotten and dumped as a senior. This story is much too common to the people in the world of rescue.
Meet Oliver. At one time this sweet bully was someone's beloved puppy. As time went on, this puppy grew old and his family decided he was no longer worth it and let his health deteriorate and then finally left him at a shelter for someone else to deal with. His eye sight is almost gone along with his hearing. His ear canals almost swollen shut and patches of his skin necrotic from past infections. His muscles are weak from most likely being confined. FEBR saw him in the shelter and could not leave him there to die. Now he sits in rescue. His chances of finding a new home are slim as there are not too many people wanting to adopt senior pets. The day we picked him up he did not want to move. The shelter staff asked if we wanted a wheelbarrow to get him out with. We declined and helped him walk out. He was despondent, he had given up. We took him right to our vet and did a full work up. His heart was strong, his lungs were clear, and his blood work was all normal. He was very depressed though. Sitting on the exam table, he would just doze off. We took him home and he found a spot to lay down and that was it. He did not care about anything. We petted and rubbed him, and no response. He acted like we were not even there. FEBR did not give up on him though. We started him on eye drops, ear ointment, antibiotics and medicated baths and encouraged him to walk. After a week, Oliver made a u-turn. He started waiting for us to come and see him. He started taking walks by himself and has found a path to walk using his smell. Now he eagerly awaits his daily rubs and will bump us with his head to ask for more. It was not his time to die. We can only guess he is over 8 years old, we do not know how much vision he has left, we assume it's only shadows he can see. His hearing may improve with his medicine, but he has regained the will to live. He can sense that someone loves and cares about him and FEBR will continue to love and care for him for the rest of his life.
Update: 4/15/08: Oliver has been adopted!!!!
Thank you for all the support! Oliver has found his forever home
Just 4 months after what we thought was Olivers forever home, his new owners did the unthinkable. Oliver was dumped back at the very same shelter he was saved from. We were in shock and disbelief when we got numerous calls from supporters of Oliver and the shelter stating that his new family left him there. Can you imagine what Oliver was going through? How cruel can people be? There was no way FEBR was going to leave him there. So with help from a cute little assistant, once again, Oliver walked out of Animal Services, this time for good. It is very sad that we live in such a disposable society. No animal should be left alone to die at a shelter without knowing how it feels to be loved and cared for. That is what FEBR will do for the remainder of Oliver's life. Oliver is doing quite well and we will pamper him as best we can.
RIP Oliver 1-09-2009