Spotlight on 3 Dashing Adoptable Seniors


Story: Adopt a Senior Sweetie

Second Chance Cocker Rescue is pawing it forward by finding homes for cocker spaniels in California. They sent in this story to share.

There are three senior fellas looking for their forever families. Maybe it’s you?

This week, we rescued not one, but three senior boys. All three of these sweet seniors need foster homes while they wait for us to find them permanent homes. They are also eligible for our Sanctuary Program where we pay for their medical bills for the rest of their lives.

alvinAdorable Alvin

First was Alvin, a sweet 10-year-old boy living with a family in Modesto. He needed medical care but they couldn’t afford his vet bills so they called us. We were delighted to be able to say we could help. After a few tests, it turned out that Alvin probably has Cushing’s disease and he will be tested for that. With the proper meds, he will live a normal, happy life.


vayleValiant Vayle

Then we heard about Vayle, a 13-year-old boy in the Animal Friends of the Valley shelter. He had been turned in several weeks before by his family. The shelter contacted us to rescue him, but before we could respond, a family had adopted him. We were delighted — that is until they changed their minds and brought him back. This time, we made sure we got him. He is adorable.


corwinCutie-pie Corwin

Last, but certainly not least, Carolyn found 10-year-old Corwin at the the California City shelter. She fell in love with that cute face. Who wouldn’t?




All of Second Chance Cocker Rescue dogs are behavior-tested and receive an exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter and heartworm testing. Interested in adopting? Fill out their application here.

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Images by Second Chance Cocker Rescue

The Soul of a Senior Dog: How One Rescue is Changing Lives


Spotlight on a Caring and Compassionate Large Breed Senior Dog Sanctuary

It’s Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!

There are a lot of reasons to adopt a senior; most adopters will like that they’re usually housebroken and trained and, for the most part, what you see is what you get.

If you’re looking for a large breed senior dog, Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in northern California may have your perfect pup!

Though Lily, rescued at age 12, was only with her loving adopters for the last four months of her life, she inspired the start of this unique nonprofit.

[Lily’s] mission in coming into our lives: To have this sanctuary established. A place where many of the senior dogs who are lost, abandoned, or otherwise find themselves homeless, will have a safe haven in which to live out their days, or stay until a loving adoptive home is found, and where they will receive the love and care they so richly deserve.”
— Alice Mayn, founder and executive director of Lily’s Legacy

8 ways to be helpful to this organization:

Lily’s Legacy also has a permanent sanctuary in Petaluma, California.  The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Image by Lily’s Legacy

Pups on a Plane: Saving Desperate Dogs


Idea: Help Pups Make the Long Road Home Shorter

FlyPups, a nonprofit based in New Jersey, is a dog rescue air transport service. They relocate dogs in desperate situations (like hoarding) or from kill shelters to organizations that will get them ready for adoption. Because some dogs are in a fragile state of health (emotionally and physically), transporting them via the friendly skies is a more efficient, humane option.

Their volunteer pilots use their personal aircraft for the missions to save pups that would have been euthanized.

These flights are nothing short of amazing and filled with wonderment. We’d be hard pressed to say these dogs aren’t completely aware of the fate they’re narrowly escaping and the new life that’s just a short flight away. Without fail, the dogs bestow copious amounts of affection upon the pilot and helper as they board the plane, as if to say thanks for the lift and the hope we’ve provided.
— FlyPups

View their completed missions here.

The average cost of fuel is $800 and is supported by donations. If you give $500 or more, you will receive an original painting inspired by one of the rescued dogs.

Learn more and donate here.

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Image by FlyPups

Blind Dogs See With Their Hearts


Idea: Give Blind Dogs Some Much-Needed Love

This post’s title is the motto of Blind Dog Alliance, a group that helps blind and visually impaired dogs through rescue, owner assistance and education.

The organization is working to counter the stigma about blind dogs. Debbie, blind dog companion and foster, hopes to clear things up in an interview with natural pet magazine, Animal Wellness.

Unfortunately, people often believe that blind dogs can’t do anything (I’ve even had someone ask me if my dog could walk because he was blind) and don’t understand what a wonderful quality of life blind dogs can and do have.

Here are some things Debbie’s dogs do:

  • Leo, my blind and deaf forever foster, will be 18 in January… . He is unstoppable! He loves boxes and books and leaves and twigs and weeds and tearing my bills and pulling magnets off the fridge and knocking over the garbage… . And I have to watch him like a hawk! He can find the only crumb on the floor, and if I put a box down for 30 seconds, he’ll find it. I’ve even had to empty the bottom shelves in the bookcases! He even has his own Facebook page and with almost 500 fans!
  • Watson loves squeaky toys and is almost never without one. His favorite thing to do is flip them all over the place and pounce on them, and while he may take a few seconds to find them, he always does!
  • Sae enjoys coming to school with me and is gentle and kind with all of the students he meets.
  • We also have a volunteer whose blind dog goes to the library to listen to students read.
  • Another volunteer [has a] blind dog [that] is a certified therapy dog.

My mom rescued a blind Old English sheepdog (Kirby, shown above) from Taiwan and I can firmly attest that his joie de vivre is completely unhindered. He bounds around the yard, chases toys, plays with the cat and is truly unlimited in his everyday activities; he even knows how to open the doggie gate.

Being a blind dog’s human sure sounds like a lot of fun. Check out the available dogs here to find a furry friend to join your family or sponsor a special pup that captures your heart.

Subscribe to Animal Wellness using promo code AWA149 and they’ll donate 40% of subscription sales to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.

Snuggle with a Sweet Sugarface


Idea: Save a Senior Dog from Life in a Shelter

November is National Adopt a Senior Dog Month.

Despite the notion that senior dogs (characterized as young as 6) simply lounge about, they can , in fact, be very active. My dog, Haley, ran with me almost every day at age 12, became a certified therapy dog at age 14 and visited “fellow seniors” at an assisted living facility almost every week at age 15.

Sherri Franklin and Liz Brooking of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue make a beautiful point in “Why Adopt a Senior Dog:”

The need for senior dog adoption is great. The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family.

To wit: this story about Tucker. He spent his entire life up to age 13 in a shelter, looking for a family. He was finally adopted and his human reports that “Tucker never had a single bad day in his life after we took him home.”

So, who’s ready to adopt a senior sweetie?

Image by Andy Sheng, Otis & Lucy Photography