Over the 30+ years that ARFhouse has been rescuing dogs, we have accepted many dogs who were seniors when they arrived. There have been numerous who have spent their lives here; starting out as young puppies, and never quite having the personality or behavior to fit into a home environment. There were others who came as young adults with “issues, i.e., bite history, climbers, diggers, dog aggression, timid or any number of behavioral traits that resulted in never being adopted.
They have a comfortable life here. Many live in the big pack, swimming in the pond, bedding down in the large barn on dog beds at night, and running with the humans on golf carts during the day. Those who are aggressive or timid have their own yard and receive the same attention from employees as any other dogs.
We built a large kennel building where 18 of the oldsters reside with roomy indoor/outdoor areas and comfortable temperatures inside. They are given Kuranda beds that keep them cool and comfortable in the summer and warm, fuzzy beds in the winter.
The older dogs are like humans in that as they age, their medical problems increase. This means more trips to the veterinarian. ARFhouse does not euthanize when a senior dog’s health fails unless he is in pain that cannot be managed, and death is inevitable.
Be a Pal to a Senior
If you would like to sponsor a senior dog through our Be a Pal program, you can virtually “adopt” the senior of your choice through a monetary donation of $20 per month, which is deducted automatically through PayPal. You will receive quarterly photos and a personalized letter from your Senior Pal updating you on what’s been going on with your Pal for that quarter.
To learn more about each of these seniors, just click on the picture to get redirected to his or her own page. If you would like to sponsor one of our precious seniors, you can do so directly on his or her page.