Senior Sunday – Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue  in Las Vegas, NV.

Connor and Mille

Note: Connor and Millie’s does not accept out of state adoption applications.


 

From Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue website

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue is named after two very special dogs that I was blessed to have in my life. That the universe found me to be worthy of such a gift is forever humbling. This rescue is their legacy. It is based on Connor and Millie’s sheer tenacity and determination to survive; their desire to love, be loved, and the ability to forgive. Please join us in this mission to seek out and provide hope to the Connors and the Millies struggling out there and gift them a destiny.

No rescue can survive without dedicated volunteers. With CMDR, you will be given all of the tools you need to be the best temporary fur parent you can be. We provide support with tutorials on in home care, emergency support, dietary advice and all medical is paid for by CMDR. We will also be here for you if you need time off to take care of personal issues. As we grow we will be providing hand outs and online ways to increase your knowledge and confidence. ​

We are looking for experienced fosters who have the knowledge to care for senior dogs or dogs with medical issues. Our dogs have been traumatized and will need special care and attention. Please only adults with their own homes and transportation apply. If you rent, we require a letter from your landlord approving dogs to be fostered. We welcome Vet Techs and medical personnel.


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 Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue.

Pearl

Pearl

Miss Pearl was rescued by CMDR from the kill shelter where she was on the list because she had bad teeth and arthritis. Pearl had to have all of her teeth pulled, but has recovered from that and is doing very well. Pearl weighs about 7-pounds and has to eat soft food only since she has no teeth. Pearl likes other small female dogs but does not like large dogs. Pearl has learned how to trust people again but takes her time getting to know new people.

Pearl is spayed, up to date on shots, house broken, and loving. Pearl is 9-years young, is arthritic , but gets around well and still has a lot of spunk. If you would like to give Pearl her forever home, contact CMDR on their website to fill out an interest form.

To learn more about Pearl, click the link to her Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Ripley2 aka Petey

Ripley2 aka Petey

Sweety Petey is about 9-years old and weighs about 5-pounds. He is a little lover who was found as a stray on Christmas Eve. The name the shelter gave him just did not fit (Ripley), and when we found out how sweet he is, we just had to give him a new name. CMDR saved him when he was starving, terrified, and with lung and mouth infections at the shelter. Petey is now healthy and has many more years of love to give. Petey is still afraid of men, so a home with women only would be best for everyone. He is a lap dog! We give special rates for senior citizens who adopt a senior dog!

To learn more about Ripley2 aka Petey, click the link to his Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Poppy

Poppy

Poppy is a very special dog who is sweet, loving, and blind from cataracts. Poppy gets around just fine once he learns his way in a new environment. Poppy is 10-12 years old and weighs about 12-pounds. He is quiet and very gentle. Poppy is potty trained as long as he is guided outside. He finds his way right back in and can also follow your voice.

Poppy is a darling senior dog who has many years left to give lots of love. We have special prices for senior and disabled citizens who adopt our senior special needs dogs. We also include lifetime medical for our senior special needs dogs.

To learn more about Poppy, click the link to his Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

Mickey

Mickey

Meet Mr. Happy, our new addition named Mickey. Mickey was dumped on the streets and saved by CMDR. Mickey is sweet, friendly, active, and eager to please. Mickey has a constant smile on his face and wants to be everybody’s best friend. Mickey is about 10-years old, neutered, up to date on shots, and weighs about 35-pounds.

To learn more about Mickey, click the link to his Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Miss T/ Taco 3

Miss T- Taco 3

Miss T or Taco 3 is a quiet little senior girl who likes to spend her time quietly snuggled on warm blankets or on your lap. She is a low maintenance dog, about 6 pounds, spayed, chipped, and up to date on shots. Rescued off the streets and now in a loving foster home, she needs a home to call her own now!

To learn more about Miss T/ Taco 3, click the link to her Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Loch

Loch

My name is Loch like in Lochness, but I prefer Lokie. I am a Husky mix. Lokie weighs 30-pounds and the Vet says I am between 7 and 8 years old. I am sooooo sweet and love, love love to give my humans lots of kisses. I really like my new fur buddies too, but I don’t play with them because I would rather be with my human.

Exploring is fun, but I don’t like to be outside in the heat very long. I am neutered, potty trained, and know how to use the doggie door. I am up to date on shots and microchipped.

To learn more about Loch, click the link to his Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Lady Bug

Lady Bug

Lady Bug is a special little senior girl who was dumped at the shelter because she was old. She had not been taken care of by her previous owner and CMDR has now had all of her dental work done, her breast tumors removed, and she is spayed, microchipped, and up to date on shots.

Lady Bug needs a quiet home where she can feel safe and loved. She is affectionate and quiet, about 10-years old, and still has a lot of life and love left in her.

To learn more about Lady Bug, click the link to her Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 

Bogey

Bogey

Bogey is a very sweet and gentle senior dog. Bogey will celebrate his 16th birthday in October! Bogey loves to cuddle and still likes to go on walks.

Bogey was rescued from his family who wanted to put him down because they were moving and did not want to take him with them. He would make a perfect pet for anyone who wants love and companionship for a few special years.

To learn more about Bogey, click the link to his Connor and Millie’s Dog RescueAdoption page

 


 

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue has available for adoption, click the following links:

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue Website

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue Facebook

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue Twitter

Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue All Available Dogs (Youngsters to Seniors)

 


 

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Senior Sunday – Second Chance Pals

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on Second Chance Pals in Vonore, TN.

Second Chance Pals

 


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


 

From the Second Chance Pals website

Second Chance Pals was created by Monroe County Friends of Animals (MCFA) to call attention to the plight of older shelter pets, who through no fault of their own, often found their lives in jeopardy in our tiny shelter.

Our Mission:
  • Provide a second chance to at-risk adult dogs and cats in Monroe County, TN to find foster or other temporary care until a forever home can be found;
  • Provide educational material for the community about the benefits of adopting an adult pet;
  • Provide assistance to existing pet owners to help find solutions to keeping their family pet in their home.

With space at a premium, sadly the larger and older animals are still the first to be euthanized to make room for the influx of new animals turned in to the shelter. Many of these animals just need that all-important second chance. These are often the ones that have those highly sought-after qualities of maturity, manners and gratitude to fit in on Day One . . . making the best companions.

Second Chance Pals


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


Here are some, but not all of the senior pets currently available for adoption from Second Chance Pals.
Gracie

Gracie

Gracie is a 12-year old very sweet Russian Blue mix cat who was owned and loved for a long time by a dedicated MCFA volunteer. When her Mom died unexpectedly 2-years ago, her Dad tried his best to take care of her but she really missed Mom and her spirit declined. Dad is now in ill health and can no longer provide for Gracie.

Gracie has gained a lot of weight over the last few years and is now in need of a caring home where her diet can be supervised. She is a very loving cat and her purr motor activates when she just feels your hand on her and it goes into high gear when you pet and rub her neck. She really loves attention and comes from a home with another cat, but doesn’t like dogs so much.

Gracie will need a fairly quiet home as she stresses easily during this unsettled time in her life. It will be important for her diet to be closely monitored to get that weight off so that Gracie can be the cat she once was before she lost her Mom.

To learn more about Gracie, click the link to the Second Chance PalsAdoption page

 

Snowball

Snowball

This little guy’s heart was shattered when he was taken to the shelter by his owners because they moved. As his foster mom, I was able to get him to eat, play, and start trusting again, but he has a ways to go. When adopted, he will need much patience until he can adjust. He is definitely a one-on-one boy and would greatly benefit from a stay at home parent with a large area to run and feel free. He cannot be crated or confined. He is totally house-broken, has great manners, and is perfect on a leash. He is fine with other dogs and cats, but does not interact as he is quite submissive. He has learned to play with toys by himself and has a good time.

To learn more about Snowball, click the link to the Second Chance PalsAdoption page

 

Raul

Raul

Raul is an 8-year old Chihuahua, found as a stray, he has already been accepted to a rescue, Fur Friends in Need, but needs to get his dental done first.

To learn more about Raul, click the link to the Second Chance PalsAdoption page

 

Tellico

Tellico

Tellico will use the doggie door to go outside on his own. Tellico would do great indoors as long as he had a doggie door to use.

Unfortunately, Tellico heartworm positive and undergoing treatment so his physical activities are restricted. He is overweight, but I can’t encourage play, walking, or running until it’s safe.

To learn more about Tellico, click the link to the Second Chance PalsAdoption page

 

Molly

Molly

From Molly’s foster Mom: Molly has been quite a challenge and while I am happy to report that she can be walked on a loose lead and has learned to “wait” before charging out of the door – though she has moments when she forgets. Molly needs a home that has no other dogs (maybe someone who has just lost a dog?) where she can just hang out with that person(s). Molly loves nothing more than to just be by someone’s side, needing her own person.

This girl has a lot of potential, has a decent temperament, and is very trainable in experienced hands. If you find someone who could foster her, we would be happy to loan out one of our airline crates. It has made a huge difference.

To learn more about Molly, click the link to the Second Chance PalsAdoption page

 


 

Here are a few of last year’s success stories!

 

Boyd

Boyd

 

Nana

Nana

 

Higgins

Higgins

 

Regina

Regina

 

Here is Buddy working the “switch” at Beginner Agility Class. Buddy is one of the 2016 success stories.

 

 


 

Second Chance Pals contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Second Chance Pals has available for adoption, click the following links:

Second Chance Pals Website

Second Chance Pals Facebook

Second Chance Pals All Available Pets


 

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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

 


 

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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

 

 


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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)


 

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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

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