August 25 2014
Older dogs bring special kind of joy to rescuers
It began with a geriatric black-Lab mix who’d been picked up as a stray and locked in a cage at the South Los Angeles animal shelter. Hillary Rosen was trolling the shelter for dogs to save last summer when she spotted the woebegone mutt.
“She was horrible-looking and she barked at me from her kennel,” Rosen recalled. “But there was something about that damn dog…. She was like ‘Get me out of here right now and figure it out later.’”
So Rosen bailed her out and planned to hand her off to a friend in San Diego, who knew the dog was at risk of being euthanized and thought she could line up a new owner.
But it’s not easy to find a home for a crotchety, horrible-looking, abandoned 12-year-old dog. …
A great article describing the huge need and special joy of rescuing senior dogs, and — of course! — mentioning “Muttville in San Francisco.”