Dog Rescue: 4 Compelling Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

SeniorRescueDogDaisyMariaKangasDog Rescue: That’s a phrase that brings a smile to your face. To rescue a dog means you’re saving a life and you’re also adding happiness to your own life. To rescue a puppy is extremely important, however let’s not forget about older dogs who need the same love. Senior dogs may not be puppies, and still, they have those adorable puppy eyes you instantly fall in love with.  Older dogs deserve your care and love, and they will return the same love back to you and more. Older dogs even give you more kisses! You, along with your senior dog, will cherish your companionship and love.

This news brief gives you facts about the benefits of rescuing and welcoming an older dog into your home.

Dog Rescue: 4 Huge Benefits about Adopting Older Dogs

  1. The More Information—The Better!   Janet Burt, a Hamilton, MA resident, has rescued older dogs. Currently, she owns four older rescue dogs. She enthused, “I rescue older dogs because I simply know more about them. I know about their medical history, their personality, if they can fit into my lifestyle, and how they act towards people.”

          SeniorRescueDogMariaKangasTuckerJanet has even made a photo of one of her rescue dogs her cell phone background! Older dogs show their true personalities the moment you meet them, which will help you know if you and the dog are compatible.

2. Instant Dog Rescue Companions – An older dog just wants a companion and someone to love. You most likely want the same thing. Older dogs will probably be ready to take on any activity with you, such as hiking, car rides, or just hanging out on the couch watching television. They want to be your number one buddy as much as you want to be theirs!

3. Minimal Training – Never say there will be no training, because you just can’t count on it. However, an older rescue dog is very likely to be house trained and well behaved outdoors. Unlike a puppy from a dog rescue, you won’t have to worry constantly about your older dog destroying your couch or peeing in your home. Your older rescue dog probably knows a lot of the basic rules already. That being said, don’t forget that some training might be required. Don’t let your dog off that easy!

4. Save a Dog’s Life –  The reality for older rescue dogs is not a happy ending if they are not adopted.  Most of these dogs that remain for too long in a shelter may be euthanized before they have reached their full life expectancy.  If this reason alone doesn’t help you make a decision to choose an older dog from a dog rescue, nothing else will.

This news brief gives you 4 compelling reasons to adopt an older rescue dog so you can save a dog’s life and feel good about being a dog owner.

Maria Kangas is a senior at Endicott College currently majoring in Marketing Communications and a guest blogger on Dog Health News. She thoroughly enjoys creative writing, and in her free time, she loves to run outside and be with her family. 

The photos shared by Maria on this page are of special friends and their beloved senior rescue dogs, Daisy and Tucker, which was why Maria is passionate about older rescue dogs.

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Dog Rescue: Health and Care Issues You Should Know

Dog RescueToday I heard a story about a heartwarming dog rescue in Cuenca, Ecuador from a woman named Scotty, who literally saved this street dog’s life.  Street dogs don’t have much of a chance in Ecuador, where they wander through roads filled with dust and broken glass and search for food and shelter to simply stay alive.  When Scotty saw this street dog running in the street, he was as thin as a rail, had a seriously high fever, had a twisted body from limping with a lame back leg and he could barely wag his tail.  

This news brief gives you a real life story of how one woman went out of her way to save a dog that was on death’s door and it also gives you simple steps to take if you find a rescue dog that you would like to save and adopt.

A Dog Rescue in the Streets of Cuenca, Ecuador

In April, Scotty, a woman who lives in Cuenca, saw a small dirty white and mostly “orangey” colored dog with a twisted body who limped due to an injured back leg.  At first, this skinny street dog shied away, but one day Scotty lured the dog into her yard with some food and water that he wolfed down like he hadn’t had a meal in weeks.  Scotty gave this street dog a home and she named him Jack because he looked a little like a Jack Russell Terrier.

After a few weeks of good food and antibiotics from a local vet in Ecuador who is paid by donations only, Jack was on a road to good health and a dog rescue real home.  Scotty only went once to the clinic that works with street dogs.  It was so dirty, smelly and noisy that she felt like she walked into a horrible environment.  The next step for Scotty was to look for someone to adopt Jack because she was coming back to the U.S.

Eventually, Scotty came to the realization that nobody in Ecuador was going to adopt Jack, so Scotty was faced with a difficult decision. Then, she decided to adopt Jack and take him home with her to the U.S. because Scotty couldn’t bear being separated from Jack after all they had been through together.

The cost to bring Jack to the U.S. was reasonable. It cost Scotty around $400 for shots and neutering.  The flight charge for Jack was $175.  Scotty added, “I got the airline crate second hand for $75 on Gringo Post–normally they are much more expensive there–3 or 4 times more than I paid.  I heard that they are cheaper in Guayaquil.”

5 Health Requirements to Bring Your Dog to the U.S.

1. Certificate of Health issued by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by a Veterinarian Services (VS) veterinarian.  The certificate includes the name and address of the owner and the breed and sex of your dog.

2. Clinical examination by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel to the U.S. that certifies that your dog is healthy with no signs of infectious diseases or parasites including the age, sex and color of your dog.

3. Treatment against internal and external parasites within 21 days of travel to the U.S. including the dates of the treatment and the active ingredients used on your dog.

4. Rabies vaccination at least 60 days before travel to the U.S.  Other vaccinations for Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo and Parainfluenza may also be required at least 21 days before travel to the U.S.  Date of immunizations and types of products are required.

5. Special box or cage to transport your dog must be cleaned and disinfected before being used.

Update on Jack’s New Home in the U.S.

Dog RescueYou may be happy to know that Jack’s health improved by leaps and bounds after he was neutered and given antibiotics to reduce his fever.  He received all the vaccinations required and he is now a frisky, happy and healthy puppy that is about a year and a half old.  Scotty says that Jack is still a little afraid of cars but he’s getting used to his new surroundings.

Scotty said that the flight from Ecuador went well.  She said that she took Jack on a brief walk at the Miami airport. Now, Jack enjoys chasing birds, running in the grass and staying close to his loving dog parent, Scotty.  Scotty says she and Jack are inseparable.

This news brief gives you the 5 health requirements to bring your dog to the U.S. including the approximate cost and timeframe.

Share this news brief with your friends and family who want to bring a rescue dog to the U.S. so they know the health requirements and the amount of time to plan for the process of dog rescue.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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5 Ways You Can Inspire Dog Rescue and Animal Welfare

Dog RescueDog rescue can take place in lots of ways like pet adoption through a shelter, a simple act of kindness when you take in a dog because their owner passed away or when you make a donation to help another pet parent who can’t afford to pay for emergency surgery to save their dog’s life, however there are much more heroic animal rescues that happen every day in ways that may surprise you like the people who do cancer research, jump into icy ponds to save a drowning horse or stop traffic to carry a dog to safety that has been hit by a car.

The human desire to help animals and perform a dog rescue may not be recognized every day but there are millions of generous animal lovers globally who give their blood, sweat and tears plus their money to save the lives of all kinds of animals like dogs, cats, birds, penguins, birds, monkeys, snakes and the noble rhinoceros.

As you read this news bulletin, Dog Health News wants you to think of your family, friends, colleagues and others and organizations that you know who have gone way beyond the call of duty for animal welfare or dog rescue and then consider what action you could take to recognize their work or you could share a personal story of your own to inspire others to do the same.

How to Recognize Pet Rescues and Places You Can Volunteer Your Time And Expertise

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PetPartners created the Animaltarian of the Year Award and defined an animaltarian as a person who seeks to support animal welfare or an animal who assists to advance human welfare.

Here are 7 questions you can ask yourself to see if you know someone to recognize for being exceptional representatives of animal welfare and pet rescue.  Maybe that someone is YOU!…

1. Who do you know that has gone the extra mile for an animal or dog rescue?

2. What animal do you know that has helped another animal or a human?

3. What animal hospital do you know that has saved a pet with no concern for the cost?

4. Do you know an animal or a person who risked their life to save a human or an animal?

5. Are there service dog training companies that you know that deserve recognition for all the work they do to train service dogs to help people in need?

6. Who are the best vets in your community?

7. Do you know a dog that exhibits extraordinary compassionate behavior that helps people or other animals?

3 Examples of Pet and Dog Rescue and Support

 Baby Owl – my friend found a baby owl that had fallen out of it’s nest and made sure the owl was protected until it’s parents were able to take over.  Often, the parents of owls will not take the baby owl back into the nest if it falls out.

• Stray Dog – my hair stylist took in a stray dog in Maine and gave this little dog a shampoo and haircut before finding him a forever home in spite of the fact that he got little to no assistance from the community.

• Aquatic Therapy – Good Dog Aquatic Fitness helps dogs like 14 year old Conor with therapy to improve mobility when your dog has an injury or suffers from arthritis.

Types of Animal Welfare

• Dog Rescue and shelters for cats 

• Rescue dogs with behavior problems that were transformed with patience, training and love

• Shelters that raise funds to find homes for the animals that come through their doors

• Hospitals that perform miracles for dogs and cats on death’s door to save them from euthanasia

• Situations where euthanasia is the best solution

• Service dogs that help reduce stress and bring joy to people in hospitals

• Specially trained dogs that sniff out drugs, cancer and autism

• Seeing Eye Dogs 

• Police Dogs

• Dog Sitters who have saved a dog’s life

• Dog Trainers who have changed dog’s behavior

• Dog Walkers who go the extra mile in all types of weather

• Dog Groomers who discover illnesses and infections that saved an animal’s life

• Veterinarians who donate their services when needed or work tirelessly to help their clients

• Zoo Caretakers

• Pet Store Employees

• Pet Nutritionists

• Animal Communicators

5 Ways You Can Increase the Spirit of Animal Welfare

1. Encourage others to become an animaltarian.

2. Reward and recognize people and animals who are demonstrating support for animal welfare.

3. If you live in New York City, call 311 to report animal cruelty.

4. If you live in New Jersey, call the NJSPCA at 800-582-5979 to report animal cruelty.

5. In other areas contact your local humane organization, animal control agency, animal shelter or your police department.

This news bulletin gives you ways to recognize, reward and inspire people in your community to do more for animal welfare and dog rescue.  What action will you take to make a difference in one animal’s life?

Share this news brief with your family and friends so they can take action and increase the spirit of animal welfare.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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