Non-profits Help Rehome Senior Pets Of Ailing Owners

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Non-profits Help Rehome Senior Pets Of Ailing Owners
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Multiple rescue, adoption and advocacy groups are working to find new homes for as many displaced senior pets as possible. One of them is 2nd Chance 4 Pets, a California-based group that focuses on educating veterinarians and shelters on how they can assist with the rehoming effort.

Other organizations, such as Tyson’s Place Animal Rescue in Holland, Michigan, work directly to connect ailing pet parents with potential foster homes.

These organizations also frequently shoulder treatment expenses for any medical or dental issues that senior pets might have to better prepare them for adoption.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of pets turned over to shelters following caretaker illness or death has risen from 7.3 percent in 2009 to 10.2 percent, as reported by the Concho Valley Home Page.

The majority of these animals are senior dogs or cats that are deemed difficult, if not impossible, to adopt. Many places are even forced to turn away or euthanize new arrivals due to lack of space.

The Challenges and Rewards of Rehoming Senior Pets

Many nurses and other health professionals report that pet-owning patients have an intense emotional need to be sure that their animal companions will always be taken care of. In fact, a good number of patients actively fight to stay alive until their pets find new homes.

More and more people are also seeing the value of making plans for rehoming their pets in advance should their health take a turn for the worse.

In response, pet rescue and adoption organizations are doing their best to expand their networks and to establish lines of communication with hospices and social workers. The leaders of these organizations understand that even the oldest pets can enjoy a full and happy life in a new home when given the chance.

For elderly or ill pet owners, it’s recommended to begin exploring rehoming options before your situation becomes urgent. Essential steps include thoroughly screening potential adopters, drawing up a financial plan, and writing out detailed instructions on your pet’s daily routine.

It’s also important to ensure that foster and permanent caretakers have access to your pet’s essential personal items like custom dog beds, Martingale collars, plush toys, and the like. Having these familiar items close at hand will help your pet cope with the change of environment and give them a sense of stability and comfort.

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