This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on the Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, in Powell, OH.
From the Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio website
The Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio, Inc., (AHDRO), was formed in December of 2003.
AHDRO’s mission is to provide homeless Collies and other family-friendly dogs a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition, and love until an approved home is found; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in our re-homing program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets, and to promote the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment.
All AHDRO dogs are placed in the homes of approved volunteers until they are adopted into homes that have been carefully screened for placement. Upon intake into our program, each dog is examined by a veterinarian, and necessary treatment is administered, or a treatment plan is put into place.
Since its inception, AHDRO has rescued more than 845 dogs – both locally and from as far away as Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. AHDRO dogs are rescued from situations ranging from lack of care to neglect to starvation and abuse. AHDRO works hand in hand with animal shelters to save dogs slated for euthanasia, and those dogs are our top priority. Some of our dogs come from owners who, because of illness or other circumstances, are no longer able to care for their pet.
Since our inception, AHDRO has rescued, cared for, and adopted out Collies in need of special attention. We believe that every dog we bring to our rescue deserves our best efforts to provide a happy, healthy life, and we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that this happens.
AHDRO has rescued many heartworm-positive dogs, a 10-month-old with hip dysplasia that required hip replacement surgery, another 10-month-old with congenital heart problems that has had successful heart surgery, and a four-year-old Collie with PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) that also had successful heart surgery. We have treated two Collies suffering from eye anomalies. We rescued a dog with a broken leg that required surgery to attach a plate to her femur and have developed the Molly Fund in her name to help with future large medical expenditures. Additionally, among our rescues are three blind and deaf Collies now living joy filled lives.
Sanctuary: Our Future
We will continue this mission and build upon it as we work toward expanding our education programs. We are deeply proud of our accomplishments. Our lives are bettered by continuing to love the dogs we bring to rescue and by doing the work necessary to achieve our goals.
AHDRO takes those that we are able to rescue and gives them the chance they’ve never had. As a result, in addition to our healthy dogs, we are oftentimes caring for a dog that requires long-term attention.
We provide a safe and caring environment for all the dogs we rescue, and do whatever is necessary to enable them to become healthy, carefree dogs that, in turn, become beloved pets, living out their lives in peace and contentment. We want to save those that would be left behind, those that have medical issues, and those that are seniors, all of whom need a place to be safe until an adoptive home is available.
While our continued persistence and determination to rescue these dogs in need saves more than a hundred lives a year, we know we can not save every dog. The statistics are astounding:
- Six to eight MILLION dogs and cats are relinquished to shelters each year.
- Of these, three to four MILLION of those dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. each year.
- This averages to one euthanasia every 8-9 seconds.
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 the Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio.
Note: Paige is on medical hold at this time.
Paige is 7-years old, and is heartworm positive and will undergo treatment before she is available for adoption.
Paige is a lovely, elegant dog who loves to cuddle and be near her people. She would not be called energetic – she is more mellow in nature, which is a good thing because she has some challenges ahead of her. This sweet girl tested positive for heartworm and has started the treatment to prepare her for the most difficult part of the treatment which will happen in July.
Paige is a little nervous at first around children and strangers but is also very curious so will back away but then comes back to see who these interesting people are. Once she is sure they are OK, she even enjoys having children pet her. She does OK with other dogs as long as they do not try to boss her around, that may elicit a warning growl and she seems to prefer male dogs over female dogs. Herding her favorite dog sibling in her foster home demonstrates her true collie heart.
Paige is a quick learner and now uses the doggie door and knows come, stay and wait. She is food motivated but also loves to be told she is a “good girl” which never fails to get her tail a wagging.
At home she can most often be found at her foster mom’s feet, although she reports that she is becoming secure enough in her home to be able to watch what is going on from a short distance away. She is a good imitator, that’s how she learned to use the doggie door and does bark when another dogs barks. She can be crated but does not need to be does well on a leash and has great house manners. Right now Paige is restricted in her activities because she of the heartworm diagnosis. We will keep you informed of her progress as she proceeds with her treatments.
To learn more about Paige, click the link to her Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Adoption page
George is 10-years old, and has had a rough time of it, but things are finally looking up! His coat was matted, he was covered with fleas and anemic from the infestation, had a urinary tract infection, and he needed to put on some weight. At first he seemed to be stressed just by being in a house, panting and pacing, but in a couple of days he became more relaxed. A trim of his coat, antibiotics and access to regular meals have started him on his journey
George has gained weight and is starting to fill out. Although at first he seemed unimpressed by dog food (probably because his scavenged food was people food) he has decided that it really is pretty good after all. He is enjoying treats and his fosters are using them to help him learn some basic obedience commands.
George LOVES to be petted and as long as you are willing to indulge him, he will bask in the joy of you rubbing his ears, scratching his chin and massaging his head. He responds to his name especially well if you call him with a high pitch so he is often called Georgie because it lends itself well to a happy sing song voice. When he hears that he comes with a wag of his tail. He enjoys being next to you if you are petting him, but when you are done he is happy to lay on a nice bed and enjoy a cozy rest.
George shows some typical signs of aging. His back legs are a little stiff and weak. We are hoping some good nutrition and some medical help will help to make him more comfortable and a little stronger. Curiosity is a one of the adjectives that describes him well. He puts his nose in cupboards, wastebaskets, the cat door, the refrigerator, and anything else that interests him!
George enjoys his doggy sibling at his foster and is only mildly curious about the cats in the household. He is crated at night, and yips to let you know he is ready to come out in the morning and is housebroken. We are looking forward to see who he will become when he realizes that life will be good from now on he can count on medical care, ample food, and lots of attention and love.home.
We are looking forward to see who he will become when he realizes that life will be good from now on he can count on medical care, ample food, and lots of attention and love.
To learn more about George, click the link to his Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Adoption page
Roxy is an 8-year old Sheltie Mix. Roxy’s foster mom describes her as a “gem.” She says the first thing you notice about Roxy is that she’s “very sweet and eager for human attention.” Roxy doesn’t care for toys, perhaps because they neither cuddle nor pet her! While humans are Roxy’s first love, dogs are a close second, as she loves sharing the couch with the resident collie for naps and is always excited to see dogs on her walks. She settled into her new canine pack with zero issues.
Upon reading the above paragraph and list, you have to wonder why Roxy’s people no longer wanted her. Here are more terms her foster mom uses to describe her: alert, attentive, elegant, gentle, good-natured, intelligent, and trusting. Perhaps she was just too boisterous, clingy, or vocal for them.
Roxy has a beautiful gray and white coat, shading to near-black in some areas with a hint of tan at the base of her tail. Her nails were over an inch long which makes her feet sensitive to touching, as are her ears, no doubt due to a dual ear infection that had been neglected. Poor Roxy was also allowed to get ten pounds overweight. Her new diet is low-cal kibble supplemented with green beans and pumpkin helped get that weight off. Her foster mom is working to curtail her counter-surfing habit.
Roxy walks great on a leash except when she hears the words “car ride” which catapult her to a higher quantum level. (That sounds better than her foster mom saying “she goes out of her skull with excitement,” doesn’t it?) Roxy ignores squirrels, rabbits, and birds. She knows “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “leave it”. Outside, she engages in curious sniffing instead of racing about, and stays close to her foster mom. However, Roxy is in love with the man of the house. He picked her up after a 2-day stay at the vet and she sees him as the person that saved her. When they go for pack walks, she prefers to walk with her foster dad. When she gets tired after a 3-mile route, she sits down by the stroller and she is popped in there with her Sheltie foster sister.
Roxy would do best in a home with a fenced-in yard. She is a spry little lady who loves to interact with her people. Playing ball releases a good chunk of her pent-up energy and just makes her happy! She just needs that forever family to play with and to love.
To learn more about Roxy, click the link to her Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Adoption page
Note: At the moment, Syler is on medical hold.
We want to welcome Syler, an 87-year old Rough Collie to the Almost Home family. He’s been in our care for several weeks now and was surrendered due to his owner’s poor health.
Syler is on medical hold but once he is cleared by the vet that’s caring for him he will make some lucky person very happy! In his foster mom’s opinion he is about as close to being perfect as a dog can be. He has a gentle disposition, knows commands, does not need to be crated, gets along great with the fosters three dogs, walks well on leash, is not a big barker but a big ole love bug! This boy just loves being near you and the entire family.
So far, his favorite past times include hanging out with his three dog roommates, laying around the house, spending cool evenings out on the back porch with his foster, exploring all the new smells in his fenced yard, eating good dog food, and chewing on his deer antler. Syler’s foster family is delighted to have him for a few months while he recovers. Stay tuned, we will let you know as soon as Syler is ready to be adopted into his forever home.
To learn more about Syler, click the link to his Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Adoption page
Carly was a beloved member of her family since she was a puppy. Sometimes people’s circumstances change and a dog needs to be re-homed. Carly’s owner decided that Almost Home could be counted on to find a new home for “her girl.”
Carly is an 11-year old Sheltie who is well behaved and mature. She knows many commands: sit, stay, jump, roll over, shake, and gentle (the cue to take a treat). At 11-years she has a slight hearing loss and would probably appreciate a night light where she sleeps. She can be trusted when alone at home and since she is a little shy, may bark at a stranger. Carly walks well next to her owner and stays nearby when out in the yard, although would need to be watched closely in a new home to make sure she understands her new territory. She is not crazy about being brushed but is willing to be bathed when needed. Carly is now sporting her “puppy cut” for the summer.
Carly is happy around children and sleeps next to her owner’s bed, a people dog, to be sure. She has had a wonderful life so far and Almost Home wants to make sure the rest of her days are spent with a loving family who truly believes: “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”
To learn more about Carly, click the link to her Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Adoption page
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that the Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio has available for adoption, click the following links:
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Website
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Facebook
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Twitter
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – Instagram
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – YouTube
* Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio – All Available Dogs for Adoption
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