Today is Blog the Change Day, a quarterly effort for pet bloggers to write about a cause dear to them. In past Blog the Change events, we’ve written about the joy of adopting mixed breed dogs, adopting a feral cat, and the impact that telling just one person about pet adoption can have.
But today we wanted to look at a topic that just breaks our hearts when we hear about it: pets being discarded because of age. For no other fault other than growing old, as many as four out of every 10 pets are discarded, sent to shelters where most will never see a way out.
Recently we learned about a shelter in Maryland that serves as a sanctuary for senior dogs and cats. House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary was nominated for a recent Pedigree donation in a reader poll here on DogTipper. They didn’t win that poll but, when it came time for us to select a nonprofit we’d like to receive a $1,000 donation if we win a Pettie for Best Social Integration Blog, we drew out their name from the list of nominees. And we couldn’t be happier with the choice.
This very special rescue gives seniors the chance to live out their golden years in a home setting. Although many suffer from broken hearts for being discarded, the love these animals see from the volunteers here gives them the chance to do what they do best…be the pets they’ve been their entire lives.
We hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about House with a Heart Senior Pet Rescue. And, most especially, make a pledge to keep your pets as they age. Make a commitment to live with these family members “in sickness and in health, ’til death do you part.”