UPDATE: As of Monday February 11, 2013
Birdie the beagle mix and Sassafras the chow mix are both in foster homes. Grandma Moses has been accepted into Snow Capped German Shepherd Rescue. Cinnamon has been adopted and Brinks was put to sleep.
The Kansas City Pet Project’s current urgent list contains several senior dogs. There are many advantages to adopting a senior pet and we’ll go over a few of those in this article. These dogs need a safe, comfortable spot to live out the rest of their lives. If you can’t adopt or foster one of these old souls then please consider sponsoring one of them.
There are 5 senior dogs on the urgent list through the Kansas City Pet Project. They need a foster home or rescue by noon on Monday, February 4th, 2013.
Grandma Moses is a female German Shepherd. She looks so sad in her shelter photo and so very tired. The shelter assessment of her is: “This sweet senior girl has been through a lot in life, and is in need of a quiet place to live out her life. She has chronic ear infections that will require constant treatment for the remainder of her years. She was found wandering in a cemetery with toe nails nearly 2” long. She was also treated for an infected uterine stump. She is a low key girl and mostly needs a comfy bed.”
Sassafras is a red female chow mix. She looks like she has had a tough life and has now wound up in a shelter. She is already spayed and is heartworm positive. This is the shelter’s assessment of her: “Sassafras is a very sweet older girl that was found as a stray, she appears to be deaf, but does not seem to be bothered by other dogs. Sassafras would do best in a quiet home where she can live out her remaining years.”
Brinks and Cinnamon are a mother and son bonded pair. It would be great if they could be placed together since they have never been apart. The shelter’s bio of them: “Owner reports that Brinks loves people! He’s 9 yrs old but acts like a puppy. His owner says he does not do well with other animals but does great with his mother, Cinnamon (18811514), and has never been away from her in his whole life. He is affections and very obedient, does well with kids but nervous around strangers initially. Brink seems to love men. On assessment Brinks greeted the trainer at the front of the kennel in a quiet manner. He was easily leashed and taken out. He walks nicely on leash without pulling, knows "sit", "shake" and "down" on cue, and takes treats gently (but did not eat them). He tolerated all touching and handling. He ignored a startle test. He showed no interest in play, treats, kibble or a high-value chew at this time. Cinnamon is obedient and loves to be with you and she has never been away from her son, Brinks (18811505). Upon evaluation Cinnamon was friendly and approachable in her kennel. She walks nicely on leash without pulling. She knows "sit", "shake" and "down" on cue, and took treats gently. She enjoyed all touching and handling, and solicited attention from this handler” NO OTHER ANIMALS!
Birdie is an adorable little beagle mix. The shelter’s bio of her is: “Birdie is a sweet older girl that needs a quite home to live out the remainder of her years. She does have 2 small tumors on her bottom, and removal of the tumors is more of a risk then leaving it as is.”
What are the benefits in adopting a senior dog? The unconditional love is a big one…but more than that many times these seniors have experienced all types of life. From the comfortable home, to the stray on the streets they will all appreciate being given a second chance and given a nice, soft spot to sleep on. Another benefit is that most of the time these senior dogs are beyond the chewing phase of life and are more laid back. They do not need as much exercise or training as younger more active dogs. Truly these seniors just need some love and they are happy.
These dogs are in urgent need of help. If you can’t adopt them or foster them then please consider making a pledge for sponsorship. Many of the older dogs will have health issues that can be costly and if a rescue group is interested in helping them a sponsorship will help cover those costs. The contact information for the shelter is:
KC Pet Project