Older dogs (age 5 and over) often face higher rates of euthanasia in overcrowded shelters because people tend to prefer puppies, think there must be something wrong with an old dog without a home, or that it will be too expensive or heartbreaking to adopt an elderly canine. Our innovative senior-to-senior program aims to put an end to these misconceptions. The program is a partnership with Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary, freeing up space in their shelter to rescue more dogs, while allowing those already pulled to receive socialization and love from a fellow senior as they await adoption. Senior inmates take care of all of the needs of the program dogs: walking, feeding, bathing and administrating supplements. Seniors – human and canine – thrive from the companionship, compassion and care they share while working together. The program is ongoing and runs year-round and the average length of stay for dogs in the senior program is 12-15 weeks.
All program dogs will be over 10 years old and will likely need bloodwork, teeth cleaning/extractions, supplements for joints, medications, and ongoing veterinary care. Paws For Life K9 Rescue will cover the initial medical costs of the program dogs pulled from the shelters. To keep the spirit of the senior-to-senior program alive, we outreach to senior living communities when looking for permanent homes for program dogs. Grand Paws proves that no one is ever too old to find love.