Nearly 40 rescued dogs and puppies arrived at the Kentucky Humane Society last week after being removed from neglectful and abusive situations by Animal Rescue Corps. Eleven of the dogs were saved from a puppy mill in Ecru, MS, where they were kept in cages and used as breeders. The remainder were rescued from a variety of recent ARC cases, including a shuttered animal organization in Tennessee.
In shelters, senior pets are often overlooked. While everyone flocks around the puppies and kittens, older cats and dogs often wait months before finding their forever homes. But senior pets have many great qualities that make them excellent companions – and often adopting an older pet is a wiser choice than taking home younger, more exuberant pets. Thinking of adopting? Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should consider giving a home to a grateful senior pet:
Meet Charlie, a sweet and loving senior dog in need of help. Charlie was transferred to the Kentucky Humane Society from another shelter. He was in in desperate need of medical treatment. Charlie arrived so matted that it was at first unclear whether or not he had eyes. Once shaved, we found that he did have eyes, but they were terribly infected. He has painful, open sores on his face and will require medical care for some time to help heal these wounds.
Twelve dogs rescued from extreme neglect are now recuperating at the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) in Louisville after a three-hour drive from an emergency shelter in Lebanon, Tenn. The dogs, which range in age from 12 weeks to 10 years, are a variety of small breeds, including Yorkies, Shih tzus, Poodles, Maltese, Terriers and Hounds.
Barron, a one-year-old Beagle, was found in January curled up next to the frozen body of another dog in Eastern Kentucky. A rescuer took Barron in, but he was devastated by the loss of his best friend. He mourned for his friend, and refused to leave his shelter at the rescue. He was heartbroken and sad. Until he met a dog named Faith. Learn more about their incredible story and how Barron and Faith became lifelong friends.