Before picture of Mia
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 21, and noon to 3 Sunday, December 22, in the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh. To see which dogs will be there as well as other adoptable dogs, go Here.
This is the season not only of joy and celebration but also, for me anyway, of frustration and anxiety.
We hunger to place as many dogs as possible into new homes. At the same time, we try to rescue others from shelters, the streets, and sometimes their own owners. The picture above is of Mia, a dog who was kept tied to a tree until one of our volunteers talked the owner into giving us the dog. This is what we found under all that matted fur:
This week I also picked up two dogs from one of the vets who sees many of the Senior Dog Project dogs. The one below is Curley Kovacs, a dachshund mix whose owner moved overseas and left Curley behind. Curley is about 18 months old and one cute fellow. See him here.
We also took a 4 year old dog whose owner had brought him in for euthanasia because they were moving.
Even while I was out of town for the weekend, we kept bringing in dogs. Two came from Jefferson County Animal Control -- a rottweiler mix and a shepherd mix, the latter turning out to be heartworm positive. We accepted a rat terrier from an owner who could no longer keep her. Another of our foster parents took in a border collie mix pup. We took in some lab mix puppies last week and a six year old Malamute mix who'd been abandoned at the humane society by her owner. And we promised to accept a schnauzer mix that had been taken from a hoarder. Finally, we are trying to find foster space for a senior boxer and a former outdoor dog now at risk in a shelter that still euthanizes dogs in a gas chamber.
Don't get me started on outdoor dogs. It's hard to understand why someone would want a dog that would only live outdoors at the end of a chain. Such a dog is not a companion, nor does it protect children or valuables (unless the children and valuables are all kept outdoors near the chained dog).
And those are only a few of our new dogs. We'll be at it again this weekend at the Kirkwood Petco trying to find homes for the dogs we now have in foster care while hoping to make space for more. Weather caused us problems last Saturday as we were forced to cancel our planned adoption event at Love Unleashed doggy daycare. We plan to schedule future events there, though, and expect that winter will not always be with us.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project