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...even puppies. We'll have dogs for adoption from 11 to 3 Saturday,December 29 and noon to 3 Sunday, December 30, in the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh We'll also have dogs at the St. Charles Petco at Zumbehl and I-70 from 11 to 2 Saturday. To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
"Where do you get your dogs?" I hear this question all the time, usually from people visiting one of our adoption events. I generally respond by pointing to one dog and then another and another, telling what history I know.
Last week a volunteer at the St. Louis County Shelter emailed about Foxie, a 7 year old dog that needed a home and was at risk for euthaniasia. We lined up foster care and Terri went to pick her up. While at the shelter, Terri saw several other dogs. She took pictures and we found a little more space. One in particular touched Terri -- a scrawny black lab mix that was too unhealthy for adoption. That one came to her house. This senior minpin, Diamond, went to Kim, who decided the dog was worth her getting back into fostering.
The same thing happened when we picked up Olive from a shelter in Illinois. We also took Carly Bear, who has already found a home. We took several dogs recently from breeders who were either shutting down or reducing their numbers. And we took Cindy the 9 year old schnauzer from one of our vets. Cindy's owner had abandoned her at the clinic.
Later this week we'll take back a dog we adopted out as a puppy. His owner died recently and Koda ended up in St. Charles County Animal Control along with three of his owner's other dogs which we will also be taking.
We get calls and emails every day from shelters and individuals wanting us to take dogs. Many more than we can take. We don't have any trouble finding dogs. We definitely don't need to troll the backroads of Jefferson County stealing other people's dogs. Yet that is what one person accused us of last week. Her dog had been running loose and someone had picked him up. No collar. No microchip. The person who'd found the dog had no luck locating an owner so asked if we could take him. He was a plain beagle mix but a nice dog. We see plenty just like him in the shelters every day.
But once his picture was on petfinder.com, this dog's owner spotted it and called to claim him. Later she accused me of sending people out to pick up other people's dogs so I could "sell" them and make lots of money. Pause to laugh here.
There's no money in rescuing dogs. Trust me on this. Our adoption fees cover about 60 per cent of our expenses, and those expenses don't include any salaries or facilities. We're an all volunteer, foster based organization. We work hard to make sure our dogs receive the care they need prior to adoption. And sometimes we give additional care to dogs in need, such as those with broken bones, bad knees, tumors, or bladder stones. Right now I'm thinking of raising money for a little yorkie named Bing Crosby, who has cataracts in both eyes. Here's Bing.
Among our recent adoptions were Red Rover the English Coonhound, Carly Bear the Pomeranian, Brie and Jean Luc the poodle puppies, Gilbert and Sullivan the chihuahuas, Ambrose the boston/beagle, Mikey the havanese, Cujo and Frodo (both puppies) and a few others.
We'll be at the Kirkwood Petco this weekend trying to find homes for more.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project