First I want to let you know that the vet said the growth on Charlie’s neck looked okay, like a subaceous cyst. He told me to keep an eye on any growths.
So that was a huge relief.
Last week a woman emailed me and said she would love to have a pet, but is on a fixed income and could not afford food or pet care.
I have found programs around the country that help seniors with the costs of pet care, and the links are at the bottom of this post.
I had a Meals On Wheels route in Texas. Of the elderly residents that had pets, I always left wondering how much of the meal the resident would eat, and how much they were sharing with the pet.
Which, don’t get me wrong, I would be doing the same thing if I was in their shoes.
A few years before that I volunteered at an animal shelter in Oklahoma. I quickly found that eople wanted young pets, not senior pets.
There was one little black dog that was about 7 years old that was terribly frightened by all the noise of the dogs barking.
Well, you know me and noise. I felt so sorry for him.
I was a receptionist at the facility, and I would bring the dog to the front with me to get him farther away from the noise.
The dog’s name was Pepper. I took Pepper to visit people in the hospital (a captive audience) trying to find someone who might adopt him. I asked all over if someone might give this sweet shy dog a home.
That didn’t happen. And I already had two cats and two dogs. But I adopted him.
I had Pepper another 6 years and he was the sweetest little dog you could imagine. I have his ashes and at the end of my life, I want my pets’ ashes mixed with mine.
It was about four months after I lost Pepper that I got Abi and Charlie. I was still grieving losing Pepper, but I was ready to open my heart to new pets. This was 2006.
There are so many older cats and dogs waiting to be rescued. Puppies and kittens I’m sure go faster. But those older pets need a home too. They deserve a home.
Seniors always benefit from having a pet. It’s good for their health. Petting an animal lowers blood pressure. Often these seniors are depressed and lonely.
I know on my Meals On Wheels route it was evident that many of the seniors I delivered meals to were acutely lonely and just wanted conversation with someone.
I had to get those meals out while they were warm/cold. But I tried to take a few minutes to talk with them.
If you’re reading today, reader who emailed me last week and whose name I can’t recall, (sorry) please don’t give up on having a pet. I haven’t been able to get you out of my mind. You obviously have the love to give a pet and you should have a pet companion.
Please contact some of these organizations and maybe your dream of having a pet will come true.
Petfinder – Matching pets with senior citizens
Dogington Post – For pet owners in need
The Pet Fund – Links for various organizations for various pet care assistance
Dog with cancer learns he’s been adopted article and video