Benny, Grey Muzzle Senior Spokeshound, says love is ageless.
The senior pup found a new home three years ago this month, during Adopt a Senior Pet Month. As spokeshound, Benny urges people to give old dogs a new life. Here’s what he says.
“From the moment the officer put me in my new mom’s arms, I knew she was the one. It was love at first sniff.
“Because I was eight, nobody else wanted me. The day my family rescued me was supposed to be my last, but lucky for me, they saw my photo on an online ‘Code Red’ list, stepped up and saved my life.
“You can do the same. You can save a life and make your own better by giving an older dog a home during ‘Adopt a Senior Pet Month’ this November.
“For the first time in my life, I feel safe. I wake up every morning grateful to be alive and loved and show it by giving my whole heart to my family. Also there’s always something to eat and I sleep inside every night. I never dreamed a dog’s life could be so sweet.
“Whenever my mom and dad come home, it’s like I won the lottery, which I did when they picked me. I could have been put to sleep forever three years ago, like more than 5,000 dogs and cats who die every day in shelters across America. Instead, I’m one of the lucky ones who got the second chance we all deserve.
“Thousands of older dogs are waiting in shelters right now, hoping that someone like you will come take them home. Like me, they’re good dogs who don’t know why the people they loved abandoned them. You can be a hero by giving one the greatest gift: the chance to love and be loved again.
“During ‘Adopt a Senior Pet Month’ many shelters and rescue groups offer special promotions to help find homes for older dogs and cats. To find your new best friend, search online at sites like petfinder.com or adopt-a-pet.com or visit an animal shelter near you where many distinguished old dogs are waiting to meet you.
“You can be the one to give a senior dog like me a second chance to be part of a family. In return, you receive the unconditional love and devotion of a very grateful dog.”
The story above is from The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is located in Raleigh. It sees “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.” Because of The Grey Muzzle Organization, the lives of at-risk senior dogs are improved through funding and resources it gives to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries and other non-profit groups nationwide. Since 2008 it has given $1,000,000 in grants for senior dog programs to 108 non-profit organizations in 32 states.
The group offers different services to help senior dogs:
- Medical Care Program
- Seniors for Seniors Adoption Programs
- Keeping Dogs with Their Owners Program
- Hospice and Long-Term Foster Care Programs
- Senior Therapy Dog Programs
- Animal Food Programs