Saturday, May 27, 2006

Old Dog Haven: Helping Senior Dogs Bloom in New Homes

OldDog Haven is a very small group of people with a network of others trying to provide a loving safe home for senior dogs abandoned at this stage of their lives. When they have room, and the means, they take these dogs into their homes; if possible they adopt out those with a reasonable life-expectancy. They care for the rest as long as they have good quality of life. In addition, they try to assist owners in finding new homes for their senior dogs through their website and referrals.

All too many dogs of advanced years are rejected by their owners, or left behind when an elderly owner must give up their beloved pet and no family members want the dog. Instead of living cherished last years in a loving family they are dumped at shelters where their chance of adoption is almost zero, or passed around to others and ignored or left in the yard. Many of these dogs are in poor physical condition as well, making them even less appealing to others. Helping them is sometimes challenging, is often expensive, but is very very rewarding. Old Dog Havens goal is that their last years are happy and that they die safe and at peace, knowing they are loved. Wouldn't we all wish this for our own pets, and for ourselves?

Old Dog Haven is presently caring for 30 to 40 dogs a month, all in permanent or temporary foster homes. Old Dog Haven relys on their wonderful group of foster parents, professionals who donate their time or expertise, and very generous donors to keep these dogs happy and comfortable. They also use their website, other internet services, and an e-mail network to help owners place their senior dogs - many they never meet. Old Dog Haven is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization and relies on donations and fund-raising activities for its income. They do not receive any state or federal funds. All donations to ODH are tax deductible.

If you would like to see how you could help a senior dog bloom in it's last years please visit

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