Love to Give Senior Program
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KSDA would like to send a huge thank you to our corporate sponsor, Staffworks. Without their continued support this program could not continue help so many senior dogs.
All too often senior dogs end up in shelters or abandoned when their owners can no longer care for them, and other family members are unable or uninterested in taking on their care. These dogs are often sick and in pain with medical issues that have never been addressed. Once those conditions have been properly treated, these dogs always have so much love and appreciation left to give to the humans who do care for them.
The biggest concern most people have when adopting a senior dog is the expense providing the medications and special diets they need to flourish. In order to assist these dogs, Kindred Spirits has created the Love to Give Senior Program where we match senior dogs with these very special caretakers. These people have the ability to care for them and love them while the rescue picks up the tab for their medical care.
This is an extremely rewarding program but can also be extremely expensive to maintain. All of our seniors get the best care that we can possibly give them. No expense is spared. Please consider supporting our senior program by sponsoring one of the dogs shown below. Indicate which dog you would like to sponsor as a note with your donation (click the link or visit our Donate page directly).
Double click any image to enlarge or view as a slide show. To see more dogs, be sure to click on the "see more" link at the bottom of the gallery. Special thanks to Hannah KB Photography for these fabulous senior dog portraits.
Gary is TWENTY years old! Gary's owner could no longer provide him the care he needed and now he is a part of Kindred Spirits "Love to Give" seniors program. We diagnosed Gary with Cushing's disease and put him on the appropriate meds for it and some pain relief for his arthritis and now Gary spends his days napping away in comfort.
Frank came to us from the city shelter in Syracuse with a near baseball sized mass hanging from his neck. Further testing also revealed that Frank has a heart murmur and early kidney disease. Frank's lump has been removed and his heart and kidney issues are being treated and he is much loved in his permanent foster home.
Alice/Missy came to us from a Syracuse area shelter after her owner passed away. This poor little 13 year old girl was so scared that it took us a long time just to coax her out of her carrier. Despite having very little vetting at her previous home she turned out to be a fairly healthy girl and is doing very well in her permanent foster home.
Fritz was picked up as a stray and turned into a local municipal shelter and came to us as a senior in need of a home. Despite our best efforts to help this incredibly sweet little dog his health continued to deteriorate and not long after we took him in we had to let him go.
Anita's Steven Swans website asked us to take Zeke/Shadow as a hospice case after he was picked up as a stray. He suffered from mobility and neurological issues but his foster family kept him as healthy as possible and this sweet old man enjoyed several months of swimming, lounging in the sun and unconditional love before his condition deteriorated and we had to let him go.
Etta Mae was dumped at a NY City shelter when her owner passed away and no one in the family wanted her. She was probably in her teens at the time we got her and was totally blind but very very sweet. She adjusted well to her foster home and blossomed under her foster mom's care. Although all of our testing revealed a fairly healthy senior dog Etta Mae suffered a massive stroke roughly 5 months after coming to us and we had to let her go.
Shelby is a 13ish YO Chihuahua x who was going to be euthanized by her owners because "She barked too much". She wasn't very social and didn't act like a dog she had received much love. Her foster mom adored her from the start and quickly Shelby morphed into a loving social part of the family pack. Sadly she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of mammary cancer shortly after coming to us and more recently has developed a serious heart murmur. She was treated and doing well.
Murphy is a 12ish year old Cocker Spaniel who suffers from Cushing's Disease and arthritis. He is on monthly medications and at this time is doing very well. Murphy is just the sweetest old man who gets along with everyone and still has so much love to give the people around him.
Shelly's owners wanted to euthanize her because she barked too much. She is 13 and, except for some urinary issues and a lot of arthritis in her back end, seems to be fairly healthy for her age......and ridiculously cute!! Her tail appears to have been broken in the past so we worry that she's suffered some abuse. Her days are definitely looking up! She is on antibiotics and pain meds and doing well.