Love to Give Senior Program
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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.
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.
Milton is a 16 year old Maltese or Bichon mix whose owner wanted to euthanize him because "he is old and has bad teeth". He was right about both. After an extensive emergency dental and some pain medications Milton is doing very well and enjoying life again. He is fostering with one of our long time senior dog fosters who reports that he is "just a really nice little dog". He is much loved.
Meggie Rose was found wandering along side a busy road and turned into a local humane society. Her owner had passed away and a family member had just let the senior mostly blind girl out to wander away. When contacted he promised to get her but luckily never did. Her mobility issues were so bad she was dragging her rear along the ground causing painful rashes. Her UTIs are an ongoing battle. She suffers from pug myelopathy which affects mobility. Pain meds have helped dramatically.
Walter is a 12 year old pug from a hoarding situation who suffers from chronic urinary issues and pug myelopathy. He requires a special diet, frequent testing and arthritis pain meds but overall looks pretty good for his age. He is a mellow easy going guy unless you are cleaning his ears. He is much loved by his foster family.
Mitzy is an approx 12 year old ShihTzu. She is a beautiful girl who has had a rough life and therefore has trust issues with humans. She has a bite history and cannot be adopted out. She will spend her days in permanent foster care where she has only just begun to trust her loving foster mom. She has to be sedated for grooming and routine exams and bloodwork, and will remain in our care.
Betty White is an 11 year old Pomeranian/mix from a local hoarding situation. She had severe dental disease, so bad that it resulted in erosion of part of her lower jaw bone. After extensive dental surgery she was placed in a foster home. Her condition is now monitored closely so she can get any additional medical care as needed. She lives with another dog from the same hoarding situation and has thrived under her fosters' care.
Edward is an approx 12 year old pug whose owner wanted to euthanize him once he became ill without doing any kind of a workup. Edward was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and diabetes and requires a special diet, frequent blood work and twice daily insulin shots. He is mostly blind and deaf, but once his diabetes was regulated he has done well and is very very much loved by his foster family.
Polly is a 12ish year old Lab pulled from a local city shelter who has SEVERE allergies affecting both her skin and ears. She has required several trips to dermatology specialists at Cornell, is now on allergy expensive shots and VERY expensive hypoallergenic food as well as arthritis medications. She is just as sweet as can be and much loved by her foster mom who has changed her name to Birdee.
Jerry is a handsome 12 year old pit mix found as a stray, and pulled from a local shelter by KSDA. He is a bit of a spitfire! He requires annual bloodwork, arthritis pain medications and supplements but is well cared for and much loved by his foster family.