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Old 10-20-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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A great organization that matches older dogs with seniors for companionship rather than a young dog that requires a lot of exercise.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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There are several programs in Knox County for seniors and pets. One is PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors). You have to be 60+ to be eligible and the pet an adult from the County animal shelter. It gets all the medical care it needs and there are other programs to help with food and any additional medical care. The County provides has a couple of mobil vet units and also provides transportation for owner and pet if they need to see a Vet and can't drive.
There's also HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee), run by the University of Tennessee Vet College. It provides volunteers who take animals to nursing homes, assisted living, etc.
And the County shelter provides reduced fees for senior dogs, thanks to a huge donation by a woman who feels senior pets need homes, too.
It's been studied and proven pets have a positive influence on health and well-being. That's why the University of Tennessee offers a degree in Veterinarian Social Work.
The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Some places consider dogs over six to be "senior!"
In New Hampshire, there's "Libby's Haven for Senior Canines." Lots of beagles, for some reason. Maybe because the only beagle that one could live with would have to be slowed down by age.
I only adopt senior dogs. I see no increase in vet bills, in fact, the highest bills I had were the two dogs I got as puppies, one when his liver failed at eleven (rare form of failure) and one who was badly hurt by another dog at age 12.
I adopted a cattle dog who was reportedly 14 and he lived very well for two years and two months, had two bad days, and that was it. I did wonder if he really was 14.
I love seniors. They're great company, don't knock you over, and need less than younger dogs. That's why I can have so many dogs, since they're older. Yes, you lose them sooner than a young dog, but they are such dear company, and they are so much less likely to get a home.
My current gang of four is about 8-12 years old.
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