An organization in Colorado named Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue is finding hospice, permanent or foster homes for senior dogs that are listed for euthanasia to help them find joy in their last few days. The center was founded in 2012 by animal lover Sophiane Nacer when she was just 14 years of age. It provides an adoption plan for the senior dogs and a sanctuary plan for canines that cannot be adopted due to ill-health.
Take the story a stray pooch named Hippo who had cancerous tumors on his face and suffered declining health. The senior dog was on his last legs. Nacer decided to give a happy farewell to Hippo. She drove the dog to a Starbucks store and bought him a couple of Puppuccinos.
Then, they went to Denver’s Washington Park where Hippo enjoyed the treats, consumed water from a lake, and played with other canines. He had a great last day and was euthanized that night. Nacer said Hippo had enjoyed a wonderful day and had died happily.
Nacer’s organization has rescued over 80 dogs since its inception. The foundation is named after Cayleb a senior dog that Nacer had adopted from an animal shelter. The canine died after two months and Nacer said he was a stoic and beautiful pooch.
A few of the animals helped by the organization have medical concerns such as heart problems, dementia, and cancer. But Nacer states people shouldn’t worry about adopting or fostering them. They don’t have to pay anything at all as donations meet the expenses of the senior dogs’ food and medical costs. Thus, pet parents only need to provide love and attention to the canines.
Nacer and her mother Shattuca wish to start a program that assists older people to adopt senior pooches. The dogs can benefit from the loving care of their pet parents. In turn, elderly people can also enjoy the company of furred friends and ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Author: Joseph Rios
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