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

Old Dogs Deserve Better – Amazing Ideas for #GivingTuesday


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

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.

Follow Lily’s Legacy on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Image by Lily’s Legacy

3 Ways to Save These Sanctuary Dogs in Hawai’i

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Story: Sole Animal Sanctuary on the Big Island Rescues, Rehomes Abandoned Dogs

Tucked away outside of buzzy Hilo, Hawai’i down a sleepy country road lined with grass taller than you and me is Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, home to over 300 unwanted, neglected or abused animals.

Recently, I had the honor of visiting the sanctuary in person.

Hawai’i: No paradise for animals

Mary Rose Krijgsman founded the no-kill sanctuary in 2001 in response to the island’s abandonment and overpopulation issue, much of it stemming from unregulated backyard breeding of hunting dogs and an overextended, economically depressed population who cares for multiple animals without the means.

Though the island’s population is 180,000, in a follow-up email interview after my visit, Mary Rose cited a report that compared the overpopulation problem to a mainland city with 1 million people.

According to her, 1,200 animals are euthanized each month by the local animal control shelter.

An Oasis for Homeless Pets

Sitting on 7.5 acres in a park-like setting, the sanctuary site is refreshing and unlike anything I’ve seen: grassy paths lined with shady trees, some gently bending together to form tunnels leading the way through the property. Outdoor enclosures allow for sunshine, breeze and fresh air. There is even a pond.

Shelter is provided in each secure kennel and generally, two dogs are companionably housed together.

Every dog is walked every day by volunteers and there is a charting system to be sure.

The dogs are enthusiastic, energetic and it was evident that they are content and cared for.

“The animals have a home here…We are not a shelter, we are a sanctuary. We are not a clearinghouse for animals, we are a place where the animals live, learn, eat, communicate, play and get some training,” wrote Mary Rose, who lives on-site. “What we want to communicate with the community is a ‘way of life.’ A life that is pono, full of love, compassion, caring, equality, trust and respect.”

Meet Florence

The sanctuary is inundated with calls for help and offers a home to as many animals as they can, including those who are sick or otherwise unadoptable.

During my visit, I got to know Florence (pictured), a sweet-natured dog suffering the effects of neglect, including low thyroid, skin fungus and a lymph system that is not functioning properly.

Rainbow Friends has funded three operations for her, medication for her condition and weekly medicated baths. “With all this, she is one of the most joyful dogs there are, she loves her toys and will play with them,” she wrote. You can sponsor Florence, or another dog, for $30/month.

Three ways you can help

In addition to monetary donations or giving good and services for the care of their hundreds of animals, including substantial veterinary bills, the sanctuary is seeking support for the following programs. Simply designate your wish under “special purpose” on the donation form.

  1. Support their monthly spay/neuter clinics, where they alter 50 dogs or 100 cats per day for low-income families.
  2. Help create their on-site veterinary clinic. To reduce veterinary costs, Rainbow Friends is reconfiguring their indoor space to function as a clinic by building an enclosed outdoor area for cats.
  3. Give Fido a flight home. They are also seeking use of a plane to transport dogs to the mainland for adoption, as “There are not enough people to adopt out to” on the island.

Donate now.

Rainbow Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Rescue dogs aren’t broken,
they’ve simply experienced more life than other dogs.
If they were human, we would call them wise.
They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write,
the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage.
Don’t pity a rescue dog.
Adopt one, Foster one, Sponsor one.
And be proud to have their greatness by your side.

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Innovative Adoption Concept Saves Lives of Local Dogs


Story: Adopting and Shopping – The Perfect Combination

Adopt & Shop is a one-stop adoption and shopping experience from the Found Animals Foundation. Their flagship space in the Los Angeles area is now open.

You can find 25 adorable adoptable dogs saved from local shelters at the facility (view them before you visit here); the team is available for adoption consultations to find the perfect forever family. Adopt & Shop also offers in-store services, including grooming at Adopt & Shop Untangled, daycare at Adopt & Shop Playtime and positive reinforcement dog training classes at their Adopt & Shop Academy.

Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of Found Animals, has the scoop:

The grand opening of our flagship Adopt & Shop store is a tremendous achievement for Found Animals and an important step towards eliminating shelter euthanasia here in Los Angeles. Adopt & Shop is the largest humane retail adoption center of its kind in California. With almost 10,000 square feet of space, Adopt & Shop will find homes for 2,000 dogs and cats per year, while providing total care for families and pets.

Visit them at:
Adopt & Shop
4235 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, Calif. 90230

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Follow Adopt & Shop on Facebook or Twitter.

Homeless Cancer Pup Looking for Love

Haley the Wonderdog


Tater, the cancer shelter dog near Lake Tahoe, needs a hospice helper. Maybe that’s you? He has the same cancer as Haley, so this one is close to my heart. Let’s jailbreak this little pup potato and get him to a loving home. Please share!

He’s at Douglas County Nevada Animal Care & Service shelter.

Here is the information they provided on Facebook.

Tater is in need of a hospice foster home, he has been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma and the vet only gives him about a year to live. Will you be his hero and give him a loving home for his remaining time. He is truly a love with people and he isn’t even aware that he is sick.

Found 1/30/14 in the Topaz Ranch Estates Area and his owner has not come looking for him so he is now up for adoption.

Name: Tater
Breed: Pit Bull…

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Homeless Cancer Dog Finds Home, Can’t Stop Smiling

Platty with his new pup parent.

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