Old dogs find forever home at Tennessee sanctuary

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 3:57 PM CST|Updated: Jun. 6, 2018 at 11:43 AM CDT
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(WAFF) - The statistics for older pets surrendered to animal shelters are sobering.

According to the ASPCA, the adoption rate for senior dogs is just 25 percent, while younger dogs have a 60 percent chance of being adopted.

A 2012 survey of rescue groups by Petfinder found that senior pets were significantly more difficult to place than younger pets with medical needs and/or behavioral issues.

Perhaps that's why there has been a more coordinated effort in recent years to promote the positives of senior pet adoption. In fact, the Washington Post recently reported that those efforts have not been in vain.

As awareness of the issue has grown, the number of specialized senior rescues has grown too. Many of these rescues serve both as senior living facilities, where senior dogs can live out their days comfortably, as well as foster organizations for those that are good candidates for placement.

One such organization is the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tenn., which was established as a non-profit profit sanctuary in April 2012.

Their mission:

To provide a loving home, good food, high-quality vet care, compassion and comfort to senior dogs for the remainder of their lives.

To build a Forever Foster Home network to enable us to place more senior dogs in loving, home settings for the duration of their lives.

To provide education on the joys and challenges of caring for aging dogs.

To work with other dog rescue groups to promote the adoption of senior dogs.

The OFSDS currently houses approximately 50 senior dogs on sanctuary grounds, with over 150 more in forever foster homes.

While they welcome and appreciate the support they receive from all over the world, OFSDS asks that potential foster pet parents live within 100 miles of the facility. They note that there are senior dogs at shelters in every community and ask that people consider adopting locally.

Anyone in the area considering adopting from the OFSDS can expect a thorough vetting process. Their goal is to provide forever forever homes, and not every family is equipped to deal with the unique challenges that can occur when caring for an older animal.

"Because our main goal is to place senior and un-adoptable dogs in safe, lifetime placements, we do not charge any fees."

But for those who do clear the vetting hurdles, OFSDS says they will be matched with a wonderful companion animal—one that is mature, calm and loving. With many living out their final years enjoying the happiness and stability every pet deserves.

For more on the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, visit their website or like them on Facebook.

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