Miss Divinity – Rest in Peace

Divinity was a sweet, quite, gentle little lady; a retired Therapy Dog.

Divinity - RIPDecember 1, 1999 to September 10, 2014


Note: The first post on Divinity’s blog is a Sticky” and is a tribute to my beloved Miss Divinity. Divinity’s passing notice will always remain at the top of her Home Page

To read new posts, please scroll down the page.

Sincerely,

Divinity’s Dad

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Senior Sunday – Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors in Knoxville, TN. Knox Paws matches Senior Pets with Senior Citizens!

Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors

 


Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include cats!


 

From the Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors website

Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) program matches qualifying seniors with homeless, adoptable animals.

Knox PAWS matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program works with area animal shelters to match senior pets with senior citizens.

Office on Aging’s Project LIVE staff match income-eligible seniors with adoptable older pets identified by animal center staff. Program participants must be 60-years of age or older, residents of Knox County, income-eligible, and live independently in a pet-friendly environment.

If participants cannot afford pet food, it is provided through the Feed A Pet Project (a partnership of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and RSVP). Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are given an initial medical exam, vaccinated, given a microchip, are spayed or neutered, and are provided with six months of heartworm and flea prevention medication.

 


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


Here are some photo’s of wonderful Senior to Senior matches.

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Knox-Paws Perfect Match

 

Two Knox Paws pets taking their own selfie!

Two Knox Paws pets taking their own selfie!

 

 


 

Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors program, click the following links:

Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors Website

Knox Paws – Seniors for Seniors Facebook

 


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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Senior Sunday – Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary in Acton, CA.

Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary

 


 

 From the Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary website

Grand-Paws mission is to rescue primarily large breed senior dogs who’ve been abandoned. We rescue from local high-kill shelters and let them live out their lives in our sanctuary or in one of our wonderful foster homes: happy, safe, and loved.

When appropriate, we attempt to find permanent, loving homes for them. However, we choose the large breed seniors because they are the least likely to be adopted from the shelters.

People don’t realize the joy you receive from rescuing a senior dog. Seeing an old dog renew some of their spunk when they’re given proper nutrition, exercise, and love is extraordinary. They may be a little slow, hard of hearing, have deteriorating eyesight, and a graying muzzle, but there’s still charm and dignity in these old dogs yet. Despite their condition they never feel sorry for themselves. Young or old, they all have so much to offer and so much love to give.

Grand-Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rescuing large breed senior dogs.


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


 

Here are some, but not all of the senior dogs currently available for adoption from Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary.

 

Angel

Angel

Angel is the cutest pit in the world! She is very affectionate, and very ball obsessed. She will try to kiss you with a ball in her mouth. Angel is a happy, goofy little girl.

To learn more about Angel, click the link to her Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Bobby

Bobby

COURTESY POST: If interested please fill out an application at angelsinfurdogrescue.com
Bobby is a five year old 15-pound Cairn Terrier mix. He was rescued from the shelter where he was surrendered from an abusive home. He is currently thriving in a loving foster home with four other dogs and a cat. Bobby is quiet and well-behaved, gentle and easy. He is crate and potty trained.

Bobby loves attention and affection but is not needy. He loves to go for walks and car rides to the park. Bobby is very appreciative of his second chance in life but is looking forward to finding his FUR-ever home!

To learn more about Bobby, click the link to his Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Alice

Alice

Alice is a perfect angel. She loves everyone, she’s very well behaved, and quiet. She really does nothing wrong. Alice is in a foster home and they say she is perfect!

To learn more about Alice, click the link to her Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Blue

Blue

To meet Blue is to love Blue He’s 8-years old, as sweet as can be. He deserves to finally have a real home.

To learn more about Blue, click the link to his Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Ebony

Ebony

Ebony is a sweet 7 year old Doxie mix who has a partner named Sampson that she must stay with. If you’re looking for two dogs and like Staffordshire Terriers, please check him out too. They are wonderful dogs, and a loving pair. Very well behaved!

To learn more about Ebony, click the link to her Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Sampson

Sampson

Sampson is a wonderful natured, well behaved tank. Sampson is one of a bonded pair and must be adopted with his partner Ebony, a small Doxie mix. They were found on the streets of LA together and love each other so much. Sampson gets very worried when Ebony goes anywhere without him. They are both wonderful dogs! Check out Ebony and maybe these two are a fit for you.

To learn more about Sampson, click the link to his Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Veronica

Veronica

Veronica is a beautiful 8 yr old American Bulldog who would really love a home. She is very healthy, active, playful, and just adorable. Veronica loves people, and especially loves kids, but she’s best as an only pet. Everyone loves this funny little girl, come meet her, you will too!

To learn more about Veronica, click the link to her Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Chico

Chico

Chico is the sweetest dog, who came from a sad situation. He was living on the streets of Tijuana, and he was going blind from malnutrition. Something we had never seen, a dog can lose his sight from a lack of certain vitamins and minerals. Chico‘s sight is completely back in his left eye and almost fully recovered in his right eye. He’s guessed to be about 8-years old.

Chico has lots of energy, love everyone he meets, his tail never stops. He gets along great with other dogs, but no cats. Chico sits for his treats before you even ask him to, still working on the leash training, he’s just so excited it takes him a lap to settle down and walk with you. Chico is a good boy and deserves to finally have a real home.

To learn more about Chico, click the link to his Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page

 

Midnight

Midnight

Midnight is a super happy, energetic 13-year old. You would never guess that’s she’s 13, not even close. Midnight still has several good years ahead of her. She is a love, very well behaved, house broken, gets along great with other dogs. Always sits for her treats. Midnight is an all around great dog who really wants to be back in a home again.

To learn more about Midnight, click the link to her Grand Paws Senior SanctuaryAdoption page


 

Here is sweet Sampson is trying to figure out the doggie paddle. He hasn’t quite figured it out, but we know he will. Sampson is a smart and very adorable boy.

 


 

Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary has available for adoption, click the following links:

Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary Website

Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary Facebook

Grand Paws Senior Sanctuary All Available Dogs

 

 


Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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Senior Sunday – Miss Divinity’s Third Year at the Bridge

This weeks Senior Sunday post is different as today falls on the third anniversary of my beloved Miss Divinity going to the bridge.

In May, 2009, I adopted Divinity from the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network. I was told that three other people had submitted adoption application for my 9-1/2 year old little lady, but all of the applicants decided Divinity was too old to adopt. However, adopting Divinity was to be a life-changing event for me, and so it will remain.

Here are a few photo’s of Divinity to celebrate her life.

Miss Divinity - December 1, 1999 to September 10, 2014

Miss Divinity – December 1, 1999 to September 10, 2014

 

 

Divinity & her Dad

Divinity & her Dad

 

Divinity in the Morning Mist

Divinity in the Morning Mist

 

My landlord taking Divinity for a horseback ride on Odie

My landlord taking Divinity for a horseback ride on Odie

 

Divinity didn't like cold weather, but learned to keep warm

Divinity didn’t like cold weather, but learned to keep warm

 

Soon after adoption, Divinity enjoys a walk on a very long leash

Soon after adoption, Divinity enjoys a walk on a very long leash

 


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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Senior Sunday – Big Sky Ranch’s ‘Seniors For Seniors’

This weeks Senior Sunday post is a bit different, today we focus on the Big Sky Ranch’sSeniors For Seniors program in Folsom, LA which places cats with senior citizens. Cats are a wonderful alternative pet for the dog-loving elderly who have mobility issues

Big Sky Ranch & Retreat - Catnip Foundation

 

From their website

CATNIP Foundation, a 501c3 organization with a simple, yet ambitious Vision of a NO KILL community with NO MORE SHELTERS. Shelters and sanctuary sites are a necessity today, but they are a reactive solution to a problem of over-population, and CATNIP was founded to become a leader in our community and beyond in finding proactive solutions.

“Build, Learn, Teach” In everything we do, we strive to create a replicable model that can be used by other animal welfare groups in other communities. While we enjoy our role in caring for animals directly, we know that multiplying our efforts is paramount to having a real impact.

“Do more together” A collection of isolated, stove-piped animal welfare groups can never do more than each can contribute individually. But together, the whole becomes greater than the parts. So we focus on bringing in, connection, and supporting other organizations with similar animal welfare missions.

“Stop the problem before it occurs.” although we work with all animal welfare needs, we are particularly focused on cat over-population. Euthanasia and shelters are a reactive response to this problem. We are focused on finding proactive solutions that are affordable, sustainable, accepted by the community, and benefit the welfare.of the animals.

“Lead others to No Kill Communities.” When we formed our vision, ” NO More Shelters”, this represented a commitment to ending the need for both euthanasia and shelters by primarily controlling cat populations. But we do not hold this vision solely for our community, solely for the feline population, nor solely for our immediate geography. We see our long-term role as being a national resource to consult, teach, model and support communities in all geographic areas.


Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include senior cats!


From Biz New Orleans

Peggy Eagan, 89, has quite a pedigree. Ms. Eagan said her Uptown New Orleans home once housed a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats and a canary. Now, a resident at the Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, Louisiana, Eagan said her independent living apartment is almost purrrfect.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

“I’d love the chance to get a cat because it helps the loneliness when life has changed as much as mine has,” said Eagan. “If I had a cat, something would be waiting for me at my door when I come home.”

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Eagan may soon become the caregiver to a senior Calico, Tabby or Tortie, thanks to the Big Sky Ranch CATNIP Foundation’s “Seniors For Seniors” cat adoption program.

The Northshore nonprofit just put its paws on a PetSmart Charities $10,750 grant that sweetened the kitty for the fledgling program designed to bring senior cats and senior citizens together forever.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Big Sky Ranch’s “Seniors For Seniors” pet companion and adoption program is a rare breed. It actively helps cats nearing the end of their nine lives land on their feet by pairing healthy, senior cats, six years and older with appropriate temperaments, with seniors at independent, assisted living and memory care centers. The PetSmart Charities grant will help facilitate the special adoptions with reduced adoption fees and an adoption starter kit, complete with basic supplies designed for senior cat owners with easy-to-use tools to feed and care for new pets.

All senior cats available for this program are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption, Dr. Wilbert said. Some are adopted by senior facilities to be shared among the populace as a working therapy cat.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

The grant will also fund Big Sky Ranch’s new senior living center for its older cats, allowing the sanctuary to provide a home for these adoptable cats until they find a loving home of their own.

“The ultimate impact of this ‘Seniors For Seniors’ program will not only save the lives of senior animals, but will make a dramatic difference in the lives, health and overall happiness of seniors,” Dr. Wilbert said of her 501c3 pet project. “Our goal is to place at least 15 senior cats the first year and to document, through feedback of caregivers, the many health benefits that studies have shown to be correlated with cat ownership.”

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Great-grandmother Eagan said she’s not too finicky about what she plans to name a new cat. She wants to get to know its personality first.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors


 

Big Sky Ranch: ‘Seniors For Seniors’ contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that the Big Sky Ranch: Catnip Foundation has available for adoption, click the following links:

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Website

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Facebook

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Catnip Rescue

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For SeniorsAll Available Pets


Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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See what Bob’s House for Dogs does for dogs

Here is something to make you smile today! :) Here’s a new video produced by the team at Hookd Promotions in Eau Claire, WI for Bob’s House for Dogs. This video provides a quick, but close look at the great work they do everyday!

 

Bob’s House for Dogs has previously been featured on Divinity’s blog. The following list is but a few of the posts on this wonderful rescue.


  • Bob’s House for Dogs – Website
  • Bob’s House for Dogs – Twitter

Senior Sunday – Hope for Paws

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Hope for Paws in Beverly Hills, CA.

While not strictly a senior rescue, Hope for Paws does amazing work, and they have certainly  earned their place in this series!

Hope for Paws


 

From the Hope for Paws website

Hope for Paws rescues animals who are suffering, facing death or extreme danger that nobody else are able to save. We then pay for all medical costs .

We are made aware of these animals in dire need by concerned citizens or by other rescues who ask us to save the animal and in return, they foster and find the permanent loving home for the pet once it is healed.

Hope for Paws is a non-profit Los Angeles 501-c3 ALL Animal Rescue Organization Founded by Eldad and Audrey Hagar : We rescue those in dire need. Stop abuse through education.

Spay/neuter and adopt! Our pets are our family.

Company Overview

We save stray animals from the streets to the deserts and all neighborhoods in between who are facing a life of misery and imminent death. These animals have eluded other rescuers and their suffering increases daily as they must forage for food, face predators, exposure, being hit by cars, pain from wounds, broken bones from car accidents, infections, parasites, infestations, and sadly unsavory people.

General Information

Many people still believe that shelter animals have done something wrong to end up “behind bars” People look at strays as “diseased” or “filthy”. Our videos and book are meant to show that these animals are not bad, they are actually beautiful and amazing pets. They were wronged by their owners.

We demonstrate how a bath, food, and love transforms a dog within no time. People did not realize that pet overpopulation was so terrible, that so many have been abandoned, that spaying and neutering is so important.

People have written to us from all over the world telling us that because of our videos, that they have changed the way they look at strays. They have told us “Because of your video, I adopted a dog”

 


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


 

Previously, I’ve published two posts on this wonderful organization:

 


After rescuing these pets from the street, Hope for Paws turns these abandoned pets over to local rescues such as the following:


Hope for Paws contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Hope for Paws has available for adoption, click the following links:

Hope for Paws Website

Hope for Paws Facebook

Hope for Paws Twitter

Hope for Paws Instagram

 

 

Abandoned senior German Shepherd hid under a car until Hope For Paws arrived.

 

This Hope For Paws rescue video will have a DOG, a FOX and a PIG!!! WATCH until the end :-)

 


 

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

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