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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ollie and Others Like Her

September 23rd, 2011 10:56 am by Kelly


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Did you know that this week is Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week? From September 17th through the 25th (and beyond!), Petfinder is encouraging prospective animal guardians to consider adopting dogs, cats and rats who are deemed “less adoptable” due to their age, disability, physical or behavioral issues, breed, or other special needs, such as being one half of a bonded pair. In the United States alone, between three and four million dogs and cats are sentenced to death each and every year, for no reason other than lack of a home. This number represents roughly half of all canines and felines who are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups. Given these already abysmal odds, so many “less adoptable” animals who find themselves homeless are doomed from the start.

Many of my own best friends would be considered “less adoptable”: Ralphie, who is turning fourteen next month and lost one eye last year due to a melanoma; Peedee, who at nine still in many ways resembles the same anxious, barky pup we welcomed into our home all those years ago; Kaylee and Jayne, a pair of friends who still bear the emotional scars of their previous neglectful existence; and recent additions Mags and Finnick, the (supposedly) elderly rat terriers who were (allegedly) so aggressive that they nearly weren’t released for adoption. Some of these lovely creatures came into our lives as youngsters and slowly grew “less adoptable” over time – time spent with us, time I wouldn’t trade for the world – while others were already devalued when they made their way into our homes and hearts. Point being, we all age; we all change; we all grow. All of us, young and old, nonhuman or human, develop our own “special needs” and quirks over a lifetime. A puppy doesn’t stay shiny and new forever – and he shouldn’t be punished for this lack of stasis. “Less adoptable” animals need love too.

 

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Ollie the beagle!
Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


 

“Less adoptable” animals like dear Ollie here. A senior beagle, at fourteen years of age Ollie suddenly found herself in a high kill shelter in southern Missouri. Luckily, the good folks at Beagles and More Rescue stepped in and saved her from near-certain death. Now she needs a home to retire to, a family to show her love and care in her golden years. A forever home…or at least a fairy foster parent. Doesn’t she deserve that much, at least?

 

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Ollie
Beagle: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Senior • Female

***NEEDS A FOSTER HOME***

Urgent! Ollie needs a new place now. Ollie is a senior beagle mix girl that is approx. 14 yrs old. She somehow ended up in a high kill shelter in Southern MO. We couldn’t let her end her long life that way. She is considered a special needs dog because has some incontinence issues and yet does pretty good with a doggie door once she figures it out. She is pretty much deaf and gets a little disoriented during the evening sometimes but still has her sight. The doctors think she still has 2-3 years left and just needs a quiet place to live them out. Once she gets used to other dogs and becomes part of the pack then she does good with them and claims them as hers.

If you would like to help old Ollie live out her life in style please email us at Beaglesandmore@yahoo.com or call Gary at 816-529-2174.

If you can help out by fostering or would like to adopt, please go to www.beaglesandmore.net for an application.

More about Ollie
Pet ID: (Needs Foster Home) • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

Trust me when I say that intentionally seeking out and adopting a “less adoptable” animal can be an incredible rewarding experience – for both the rescuer as well as the rescued. If you think you’re ready to care for a “special needs” animal, please consider adopting Ollie or someone like her.

Her life depends on it.

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