The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in dogs of all ages and even a few cats. See our adoptable pets at www.olderbetter.petfinder.org. And keep voting to help us win a grant. Here's the link:
Volunteer Joan and I drove to Louisville, Kentucky, a couple days ago to meet three dogs we'd only read about in emails. We'd also seen their sad pictures and had decided to take them into the St. Louis Senior Dog Project. That's Joan, above, giving Mooter a hello kiss.
Mooter, Abby and Sarah are senior dogs who've lived most of their lives at the end of chains in a rural county in North Carolina. For shelter, Mooter and Abby crawled into nearby barrels. Sara could squeeze through a gap into a doorless, windowless shed where she slept behind a pile of firewood. The picture below is what Mooter looked like on his chain.
As we peeked into the back of the van that had brought them from North Carolina, we saw Mooter first. I swear he was smiling. Then we met Abby and Sara. If we were expecting timid and unsocialized, we met instead friendly and happy -- dogs that seemed to know better times were ahead.
Oridinarily we don't take dogs from this far away. We find plenty close to home who need our help.
But then Julie Nowicki of the Grey Muzzle Organization told us about 100 plus dogs that had been living on one small rural property in Polk County, North Carolina. A local group, the Community Partnership for Pets, Inc., of Flat Rock, North Carolina, had been working for 2 1/2 years to help these dogs. They'd placed all but about 20 in new homes. They'd pretty much tapped out all the local help available and were now calling out to rescue organization and individuals in other states.
And the old ones are always hardest to place, so they really needed help with the senior dogs.
Well, those pictures tugged at our hearts, and we said yes to three senior dogs. Mary Cervino, head of Community Partnership for Pets, got all three in for grooming and all their shots before bringing them to meet us in Kentucky. All three will be available for adoption soon to people who can provide references from saints -- at the very least. We want only the softest beds, the best food, snacks and toys, and the very finest world- class loving and spoiling for these three. Nothing less. The picture below shows Mooter in what was probably the first bath he'd had in many years.
Foster momTracey picked up Mooter yesterday and emailed back with the heading "I'm In Love!" So she must really like him, huh?
Sara is at my house. For a grey-faced lady she's pretty nimble. She had no trouble climbing up on my dining room table. Volunteer Linda opined that Sara was jumping for joy and just happened to land on the table. Sara's been calmer today. No more table-top dances.
Abby is with Joan. You'll see pictures of Sara and Abby soon, along with updates on all three.
And we'll be taking applications.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project