Every single day, I wake up to voicemails and emails and facebook posts about senior dogs and cats that need help. And every day, the reality is that we have to say no more than we can say yes. This is one of the many reasons we work so hard towards a shelter just for seniors. There are just not enough places that will take in an older dog or cat. Sometimes, despite not having an open foster home, we say yes anyway. Molly & Chelsea were one of those cases.
Meet Molly, a 12-year-old yellow lab and Chelsea, a 9-year-old Australian Shepherd mix. Not long ago, this beautiful bonded pair of seniors was surrendered to a local shelter. At 9- and 12-years-old, they had spent 9 years together, never apart. But at the shelter, they were lead to separate cages, and for the first time in almost a decade, they were without each others’ company. Waiting in cold concrete cages, they were scared and utterly lost.
They sat far longer than a shelter that has to eutahnize for space normally allows – they were given 30 days to find a new home. But no one adopted them, and their time was up. Young at Heart was contacted to help them. We had no space, no open foster homes, and were already boarding too many at a cost that eats into our medical fund. But then the shelter told us something heartbreaking – another rescue was willing to take the younger one, Chelsea, but refused to take the older one – they would leave Molly there to die. Furious at the mentality of it, we were not willing to let that happen, nor were we willing to separate them ever again. And so Molly and Chelsea joined Young at Heart! And, their story was so heartbreaking that one of our long-time volunteers stepped up to foster for the very first time. If you’ve ever even considered two dogs, know this – bonded pairs are so easy! These two girls adjusted to their foster home instantly, simply overjoyed with being together and in a home again. They fit into the pack seamlessly, and their foster family loved them to pieces.
We are incredibly delighted to let you all know that Chelsea and Molly are home for good! Their foster family made it official and joined the ranks of our beloved “foster failures”! These beautiful girls went from death row to heaven on earth! Thanks to the support of people like you who know that senior pets deserve a happy ending, Molly & Chelsea, and hundreds of other senior pets with similar stories have found theirs.
Thanks to Eve and family for giving these two a soft place to land when they needed it most, and the love of your family for the twilight of their lives! Congrats to all of you!
Dawn Kemper, Executive Director, Young at Heart