A senior resc-you

Adopt

Adoption is probably the most straightforward way to support a senior dog. It is immensely gratifying when you see their personalities come out and when they become a part of your family.

Senior dogs are among the most overlooked groups of dogs at a shelter. Photo by Sasha Sashina on Unsplash

Foster

If you’re not ready to adopt yet but can open up your home temporarily to dogs, please consider fostering dogs, especially seniors. Senior dogs are susceptible to contracting infections at a shelter, which, at their age, can be very difficult to recover from. Many rescuers try to place them in foster homes before admitting them to the shelter, so they can receive individual attention in a comparatively safer environment.

Many rescuers try to place senior rescues in fosters before the shelter so that they can receive individual attention in a comparatively safer environment. Photo by Jessie McCall on Unsplash

Rainbow bridge homes

Many senior dogs are abandoned and rescued in a state from which they recover and go on to live fulfilling lives. However, some seniors (and younger dogs too, especially irresponsibly bred ones) do not get the luxury of time. In such cases, where the vet doesn’t advise euthanasia but puts a definite number on how long the rescued dog has, the shelter may post an appeal for a Rainbow bridge home.

Rainbow bridge homes allow dogs with a limited time on earth to live and pass on with dignity, knowing they were loved, and surrounded by people who care. Photo by Sandra Seitamaa on Unsplash

Passive adoption/ Sponsor/ Donate

For some reason, if you cannot bring a dog home, temporarily or permanently, you can consider passively adopting a senior at a shelter. Passive adoptions dedicate the care of the adopted dog to you while the dog remains at the shelter. You get regular updates on the dog you have passively adopted, and you get to go and meet them from time to time. The shelter sends you a certificate of passive adoption too. If you don’t have a local shelter, you can passively adopt a dog at any shelter!

Passive adoptions, sponsorship and donations help the shelter greatly in taking care of their wards. Photo by Sasha Sashina on Unsplash

Volunteer

If you cannot bring a dog home and don’t have funds for donation, see if you can volunteer at your local shelter. Most shelters will be happy to have an extra person on board. It’s a fantastic way for students to get involved in rescue work.

Volunteering with a shelter will give you an opportunity to see the world of animal welfare from the inside. Photo by joesef key on Unsplash

Social Media

You can also support senior dogs indirectly by sharing their adoption/ fundraising appeals over social media. This is a great way to get involved when you cannot bring a dog home and do not have funds for donations or time to volunteer. Please do not underestimate the impact of a single share. Social media is a widespread means of communication for both young and old people. A single shared post reaches many, who then share it in their circles, and so on. You never know when a dog may get adopted/ sponsored because you cared enough to share their appeal.

June’s picture from her adoption post that led us to applying to adopt her. All the dogs on this post were senior rescued dogs and all of them found homes.

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