The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages. See our adoptable dogs here. And come see us this Saturday 11 to 3 at the Kirkwood Petco, I-44 and Lindbergh. You might find your new best friend.
Sometimes I can't say no.
I'm talking about dogs here. And I couldn't say no when Elanna emailed me with pictures of Richelle, which means Brave Little Girl.
Elanna is an animal control officer in Chester, IL, who goes beyond the requirements of her job. A few months ago she took Richelle away from the "owner" who was starving her to death for no better reason than that the dog was too old to spend money on. Not only was Richelle emaciated (see picture below) but she also had rotten teeth and a huge hernia. Elanna took Richelle home with her and began her rehabilitation.
Richelle (the name Elanna gave her) soon gained weight. Elanna then arranged for hernia repair, dental work and other veterinary care. In her official capacity, Elanna also took the former owner to court with the result of the owner being required to pay for Richelle's veterinary care.
Finally, Richelle was healthy, happy, and acting more like a 4-year-old than a 10-year-old. But Elanna already had seven dogs of her own and she doubted that her local animal control could find a home for a dog Richelle's age.
So she emailed me with a series of heartbreaking and heartwarming pictures -- beginning with the horrible emaciated pictures and ending with the one below.
I emailed back that we were awfully full but that I'd send her email and the pictures around to some of our volunteers. Two of them volunteered to take Richelle as a foster. They couldn't say no either.
Today Joan picked up Richelle and brought her home with her. Now we just need to find her a forever home and a happy ending for a brave dog who has survived so much.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project