With six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters every year, organizations across the country are fighting tirelessly to help every single animal they can. To add to the strain of the pet overpopulation crisis, senior dogs are typically overlooked and are the first to fall victim to euthanasia, since most adopters are looking for puppies or young adult dogs. According to Petfinder, 24 percent of shelters say that finding homes for older or senior animals is the most difficult.
One organization, Grey Face Rescue and Retirement in Saint Cloud, Minnesota is doing all they can to help dogs find their forever homes in their twilight years. One of the dogs currently in their care, Karlee, has been with the rescue for 460 days. Most vets say that a dog falls into the “senior” category at around seven years old (though this changes depending on the size of the dog), and with Karlee being ten years old, she keeps being looked over.
Grey Face Rescue and Retirement wrote on their Facebook page, “She’s been waiting more than 460 days for her forever – will you be the one to provide her the love she so deserves? Karlee, 10, has never met a human she doesn’t like – even little kids will be her best buds. She’s a fan of playing dress-up, fetch, meeting new people, going for short walks and cuddling! She has some arthritis in her hips, so a home with few stairs would be preferable.”
Karlee’s adoption fee is just $150, with a discount available for seniors (65+) and veterans. All Grey Face Rescue and Retirement dogs receive an exam, vaccinations, blood work, a microchip and are spayed/neutered before heading home. We know age is just a number and Karlee would provide unconditional love to whoever opens up their heart to her. Please help us find Karlee the home she has been looking for by sharing this post far and wide!
Please always spay and neuter your pets and urge your friends and family to do the same. Fostering an animal is also a great way to help end the pet homelessness crisis. For other ways you can get involved helping animals, click here. Together, we can end pet homelessness!
All image source: Grey Face Rescue and Retirement/Facebook