Old Dogs Deserve Better – Amazing Ideas for #GivingTuesday

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Idea: Give Compassion to Homeless Senior Dogs

The Grey Muzzle Foundation is working hard to create more happy tails for homeless senior dogs this #GivingTuesday. Here are a few ways you can help.

Dogs of Every Age Deserve Loving Care

I’m supporting their “Hospice Care for Homeless Senior Dogs” fund to help dogs that are too sick or fragile to be adopted get out of shelters to live their final days with dignity and love.

Sadly, senior dogs are often abandoned in shelters at this stage of their life, left to die alone and afraid.

Soft Beds for Sweet Faces

Senior bones can be achy and resting on the hard, concrete shelter floor helps seniors sleep better — and can give them a better chance at finding a forever family by helping their mobility.

You can provide a bed here.

Safe, Warm, Home

Senior dogs are less likely to be adopted, yet they deserve the chance to live out their golden years, months or weeks in a place of love, security and peace. Grey Muzzle provides funding and resources to nonprofit shelters, rescues and sanctuaries nationwide to make sure no no old dog dies alone and afraid.

Donations made today through this donation page are eligible for matching funds from Network for Good.

Be a Senior Dog Superhero Today

You can help even more by spreading the word. Get shareable graphics, “copy and paste” tweets, Facebook updates and more with the Grey Muzzle #GivingTuesday Toolkit.

We believe old dogs contribute positively to our quality of life and have much to teach us about patience, respect, responsibility, loyalty and unconditional love.”
— Grey Muzzle

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Image via Grey Muzzle

Japan’s Most Radioactive Man Refuses to Leave Animals Behind

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Story: Farmer Returned to Dead Zone to Care for Abandoned Pets, Livestock

Before the Fukushima disaster, Naoto Matsumura was one of nearly 16,000 residents of his town, Tomioka. Now, he — and the animals he cares for — are all who’s left.

Our dogs didn’t get fed for the first few days. When I did eventually feed them, the neighbors’ dogs started going crazy. I went over to check on them and found that they were all still tied up. Everyone in town left thinking they would be back home in a week or so, I guess. From then on, I fed all the cats and dogs every day. They couldn’t stand the wait, so they’d all gather around barking up a storm as soon as they heard my truck. Everywhere I went there was always barking. Like, ‘we’re thirsty’ or, ‘we don’t have any food.’ So I just kept making the rounds.

Why would someone endure living in a place with 17 times normal radiation levels?

Watch and find out.

Donate to his nonprofit and follow his journey here (Japanese site, but there is information in English, or use Google Translate).

Image by AP

Homeless Cancer Dog Finds Home, Can’t Stop Smiling

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Platty with his new mom.

Story: Abandoned Dog with Cancer Finds True Love

A homeless 10-year-old golden with fibrosarcoma has found love — and proper medical care — at last.

Platty, so named for his “permanent smile” caused by an inoperable mouth tumor, was brought to a Tulsa city shelter by someone who found him last month and despite his special needs, shelter volunteer Alli Elmore adopted him.

In a recent interview, she said, “I just thought how sad Tuffy [her golden retriever mix] would be if he were there, spending his last days in a shelter. And I decided that whether he has two days, two weeks or two years, Platty deserves the dignity of being with someone who loves him.”

That love extends to throwing him a birthday party and indulging him in Kraft Cheez Whiz. The party was attended by about 200 people. “We thought it might be too much for him, but he just sat there soaking it up, wagging his tail,” said Karel Bagwell, Alli’s mom.

“He’s just the happiest, sweetest guy. He loves life. He enjoys meeting people. That’s all we want — for him to be happy.”

In just 10 days, he has garnered over 14,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Normally, dogs with his aggressive cancer, which spread to his lungs and possibly his spleen, would be euthanized, but because he is not in pain and there was a foster option, shelter staff felt placing him in a home was the right thing to do.

And there is hope: chemotherapy and radiation are still options.

A fund has been established to help with his medical expenses. So far, $8,500 has been raised.

Get updates on Platty’s smile on Facebook.

Donate and learn more here.

via Haley the Wonderdog, my blog that helps dogs with cancer live better and longer
Image by Tulsa World