Senior Sunday: Why you should consider adopting a senior

If you haven’t considered adopting an older dog, you might be missing the opportunity to have an incredibly rewarding experience. Ask anyone who has brought a senior dog into their lives – they’re wonderful, grateful companions! Theresa Strader gives her perspective in this short video.

H/T: National Mill Dog Rescue

Note: Please share this post on your social media so that others can learn about these wonderful senior dogs. It’s the only way to spread the word about these seniors who need homes.

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map

An amusing hazard of working with geriatric dogs

This dastardly deed occurred at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary

Note: House with a Heart is not a foster home or rescue group. Once a dog becomes a resident, it has a loving home for life.

House with a Heart has previously been featured on Divinity’s blog:
* A Retirement Home For Unwanted Senior Pets

* Senior sanctuary dog finds a girlfriend

House with a Heart – contact links
  • House with a Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryWebsite
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryFacebook
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryTwitter

Pilots N Paws, giving man’s best friend a lift

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots, transport rescue animals by air.

From the “Pilots N Paws” website

The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.

We have flown thousands of rescue animals, military working dogs, service dogs, and dogs soldiers have adopted from war zones to safe havens provided by rescues and families. We encourage everyone to please alter your pets and become responsible pet owners.


Pilots N Paws pilots volunteer to fly animals from kill shelters to rescue groups nationally. By the end of 2014, Pilots N Paws 4,200 volunteer pilots from all over the United States had helped fly about 60,000 animals to new homes in just six years.

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff


The best view for a PnP's rescued dog

The best view for a PnP’s rescued dog


A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight

A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight


This Doodle is the co-pilot

This Doodle is the co-pilot


Everyone is smiling on this flight

Everyone is smiling on this flight



This video from early 2016 documents a flight from Spokane, WA to Medford, OR to transport a rescue dog for Pilots N Paws.


This is a clip from a mission on December 15, 2015. Just in time for the holidays, Toby, a beautiful and sweet Golden Retriever traveled from Finding Great Homes in Greensboro, NC to his new forever home near Richmond, VA.

Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue for Miss Divinity

A Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue was made for what would have been Miss Divinity’s 17th birthday. Until now, I’ve only made memorial donations to senior dog rescues, but there was a rescue of a stranded little lady in Tennessee that caught my attention.

I’ve been following the Appalachian Bear Rescue since the summer of 2015 when I read the story of Noli Bear’s rescue by a raft guide on the Nolichucky River. The rescue of Noli Bear was published in newspapers and featured on TV broadcasts worldwide. Shortly after Noli was rescued, the Appalachian Bear Rescue began receiving emails from people living in Finland to New Zealand who had read, or heard about Noli Bear.

To read about Noli’s rescue, and watch a wonderful video about Noli, click the following link: A different kind of Rescue

Noli Bear during rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue

  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Website
  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Twitter

Children read books to Shelter Dogs

A Happy post to end the year…

Therapy Dogs have a R.E.A.D. Program. Well now the Humane Society of Missouri has started a Shelter Buddies Reading Program where children visit the shelter and read to the shelter dogs.

Reading to Shelter Dogs

A Shelter Dog enjoying someone reading to him.


A handful of members of Club HOPE, the Humane Society of Missouri‘s after-school club for elementary school students, helped make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs on Dec. 12 by spending an afternoon reading them books — an activity which helps socialize the dogs and prepare them for adoption. Shelter Buddies is an initiative which gets children to read books to dogs.

The Humane Society explains: ‘through this program, we aim to make dogs happier and get them adopted faster. They will also get lots of walks, treats and love today!’

“Our shy dogs learn to relax around new people and our high energy dogs learn that calm behavior is desirable,” says Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “In addition, the program allows the kids to improve their reading skills by offering an easy and attentive, not to mention adorable, listening audience.”

H/T: Metro UK and PeoplePets

A different kind of Rescue

In early July, I read the heart-warming story of Noli Bear who had been rescued by raft guide Danny Allen from the Nolichucky River, in Tennessee.

Noli Bear during rescue

Noli Bear during rescue


After her rescue, Noli was taken to the Appalachian Bear Rescue where she will recover, and then be returned to the wild.

The UK Daily Mail has a nice article on Noli Bear.

The five-month-old, 14lb, American black bear was seen struggling on the bank of Nolichucky River near Erwin, Tennessee, for four days. It appeared she had been abandoned by her mom and had become malnourished. After becoming more comfortable with human contact, she jumped into the raft of river guide Danny Allen of High Mountain Expeditions.

Noli Bear and her rescuer, Danny Allen

Noli Bear and her rescuer, Danny Allen


Since Noli‘s rescue, I’ve been following her progress, and people from Finland to New Zealand have left comments on Appalachian Bear Rescues sites as they check in to get the latest update on the internationally famous “Cub on a Raft.”

Noli Bear taking a nap after her rescue

Noli Bear taking a nap after her rescue




Noli Bear was released back into the wild on November 9, 2015.

Noli weighed 14.5 pounds at the time of her rescue on July 9, 2015. Noli was weighed again the day of her release and she weighed 78 pounds!

Live a long and happy life, Noli!

Noli Bear on November 8, 2015, one day before her release back into the wild

Noli Bear on November 8, 2015, one day before her release back into the wild