Can You Save a Life?--I was brought to tears recently after volunteering at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. I commented to one of the desk workers about the prevalence of older stray dogs in the shelter. She informed me that unfortunately sometimes when dogs get older, people just let them go because they don't want to take care of them anymore. As a dog lover and owner, I simply cannot comprehend just dropping my "furry daughter" off somewhere and letting her wander when she should be at home living comfortably and being loved dearly. That people do this deeply bothers me yet today and probably will every time I see an older stray dog in the shelter.
Anytime a dog or cat is adopted from a shelter, you are saving a life. The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is a no kill shelter and I applaud them for that. There are many shelters out there, however, that are not and it makes me sad that these older dogs will be the first to go.
Yes, puppies are adorable--who doesn't love a puppy? However, puppies are hard work! They have boundless energy, they chew up your shoes and they take hours of training! But these older dogs are generally calm, patient, loving animals who just want to be loved in return. In no way should they be left by the side of the road or to sit in a shelter waiting for someone to find value in their life.
This is Bailey. She is just one of the older dogs waiting to be taken home. Bailey is the sweetest Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten/Mix. She's laid back, walks wonderfully, she loves to be loved, and she is REALLY interested in cars! She is an allover nice dog with a great personality!
I understand that some people may hesitate in adopting an older dog because of potential health concerns and costs. Older dogs have histories that may not be so pleasant. With enough love, patience and care, older shelter dogs can still be wonderful additions to a family. I encourage you to find it within you to save the life of a shelter dog. When you are walking by the kennels, please consider those older dogs as they deserve a loving home just as much as the puppies do!
Some other older dogs cruuently available for adoption: