At Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they sometimes take in elderly pooches who, for one reason or another, have a short life expectancy. Maybe an ultimately terminal medical condition, or maybe just reaching the twilight stage after many years. Often, though, these canine elders are having a perfectly fine time right now, and are looking for a bit more fun, adventure, and/or snuggles before they leave us.
Muttville founder and recent Top 10 CNN Hero Sherri Franklin thought those dogs deserved a safe and happy landing too, and launched Muttville's Fospice (Foster/Hospice) Program, driven by the belief that their days may be few but they might as well be great. Muttville covers palliative vet care and other expenses; fosters bring the love.
Franklin says, "When we started the Fospice program, we didn't expect too much interest from people who'd take a terminal dog home, but we get about two to three new fospice applications a week now! What I hear from these big-hearted people is how rewarding it is to give an older animal a happy last chapter.
- available for fospice or adoption.
Photo courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
If you're a Cocker Spaniel lover, you might want to meet Bob Marley, a 14-year-old who's winning lots of friends in the Muttville office. They want him to spend his remaining days in an awesome home, so if that's you, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.