The Cayman Islands joins the Country List

Flag of the Cayman IslandsDivinity & I want to welcome a visitor from Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands has become the 103rd country that has had one of its a citizens visit Divinity’s blog.

 

Click the following link to see the Divinity’s blog readership – Country List

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Senior Sunday – Retired Retrievers

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Retired Retrievers in Savannah, GA who believes that you are never too old to love or be loved.

Retired Retrievers

 

From the Retired Retrievers website

Our mission is to reduce the number of senior dogs who die alone in shelters. Our vision is a loving home for every senior dog.

Unfortunately, senior dogs who end up at kill shelters have an upward battle to fight. They are often the last to get adopted – because of their age – and they are often the first to be euthanized – because of their age.

We exist to give these dogs a chance.

We moved from Seattle, WA to Savannah, GA in early 2013. While in Seattle, we volunteered for an incredible organization called Old Dog Haven, founded in 2004 by Judith and Lee Piper. Old Dog Haven usually has about 200 senior dogs in their care at any given time, most in permanent foster or “Final Refuge” homes. They also rescue and re-home another 150-200 senior dogs annually. Old Dog Haven has been and will continue to be the answer to the prayers of so many older dogs who find themselves scared and alone at shelters in the Pacific Northwest.

They are our inspiration.

While we’re not at a place in our lives right now to house a large number of dogs and manage a network of fosters, what we can do is help one senior dog at a time. We haven’t come across any groups in Georgia focusing specifically on senior dogs, so we aim to fill that gap and advocate for these dogs as best we can. We have a special place in our hearts for Retriever breeds but we will help any senior dog who needs us, provided we have the resources. With the help of a few local rescue groups we’ve already started doing that work.

Each year, millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters across the United States. It’s overwhelming and depressing to think about the enormity of the issue, but we will help as many dogs as we can by collaborating with other rescue groups and animal lovers. We’ve seen first hand how drastically a dog’s life can change simply by having someone speak up on his behalf. We know that we are making a difference, one dog at a time.

We are a 501c3 public charity and all donations are tax-deductible.

We are completely supported by your donations (and our own personal bank accounts). Every dollar you donate is used to help at-risk senior dogs. We’re a small enough rescue at this point that we’ll probably even be able to tell you exactly which dog your money helped and how. We can’t guarantee that will always be the case but right now we are very much a one-dog-at-a-time rescue and the dog that tugs at your heart strings and inspires you to donate is most likely the very same dog your dollars will help.

Every dog we meet is at a different point in their journey and will require varying levels of support as they prepare for their new life. On average it’s been costing us about $300 to save the life of a relatively healthy senior dog.

We have no paid staff and all donations directly benefit at-risk senior dogs. The more money we raise the more dogs we can help. Please donate today.

 


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 Retired Retrievers has helped.

Annabelle

Annabelle

 

Buck

Buck

 

Katie

Katie

 

Jacob

Jacob

 

Molly

Molly

 

Nalu, who is 15-years old!

Nalu, who is 15-years old!

 

Jake and Joy

Jake and Joy

 

Clockwise from the black lab at the top - Noah, Holly, Snappah, Penny, and Anna

Clockwise from the black lab at the top – Noah, Holly, Snappah, Penny, and Anna

 

George

George

 


Retired Retrievers Videos

Retired Retrievers Interviews on WTOC Mid-Morning Live

 

 

Other Retired Retrievers videos

 

 


Retired Retrievers contact links

To learn about Retired Retrievers, click the following links:

Retired Retrievers Website

Retired Retrievers Facebook

Retired Retrievers Instagram

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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