Bringing senior dogs and people together.
What we do:
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue whose mission is to place
older dogs in the loving homes
of older people in the St Louis area.
Some of the dogs that we take in are younger and we do adopt dogs
to younger people.
Where the dogs come from:
The dogs come from breeding facilities, shelters, other rescue groups and people who surrender their dogs in the St Louis area.
If you have a dog that you would like to surrender to our rescue, please complete our Surrender Form with information about the dog. We will review the information and let you know if we can take the dog into our rescue.
To access the Surrender Form: Click Here
Why are the dogs homeless:
Top Reasons for Pet Relinquishment to Shelters:
2. Landlord issues
3. Cost of pet maintenance
4. No time for pet
5. Inadequate facilities
6. Too many pets in home
7. Pet illness
8. Personal problems
How we evaluate the dogs:
We do our own temperment testing and then take the dogs into our foster homes and observe their behavior. We teach them some basic obedience and give them some needed love and attention.
How we evaluate the needs of the people:
We will try to help you decide on a dog that matches your needs and life style. We are very truthful about the good and bad behavior of the dogs in our foster homes and pay attention to their energy level. Some dogs only need a warm lap to sit on and some dogs need an active family where they will get lots of exercise.
What it means to the dogs:
It is difficult to find homes for senior dogs and they are often put to sleep because no one has time for them. Older pets make great companions, especially for seniors. The majority of older pets are already housebroken, have been trained to walk on a leash, and are calmer and more settled in life.
What it means to the people:
1. Pets Lower Blood Pressure. A study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets have lower blood pressure than people who do not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreased blood pressure.
2. Fewer Trips to the Doctor. Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less often than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had 21 percent fewer physician contacts than non-dog owner/guardians.
3. Less Depression. Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.
4. Easier to Make Friends. Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.
5. Seniors become More Active. Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.
6. Pets are Friends. Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.
7. Pets Ease Loss. Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.
8. Pets Fight Loneliness. You are less likely to be lonely with a canine friend around.
9. Take Better Care of Themselves. Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.
10. Sense of Security. Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.