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Adopting older pets a wonderful gesture

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 23:12

Over Thanksgiving break, I went up to Boone, N.C., to be with my aunt and uncle.

My aunt and uncle as well as a few other coworkers help run an animal rescue, particularly for senior pets or pets with disabilities.

Since I had helped them at the animal rescue before, I felt that two days out of my break helping with these animals would be good.

Besides, I really like these animals.

I helped feed dogs and cats that had no teeth.

I was instructed on how to feed these animals, for the little dogs that had no teeth need to have their dry food watered down and mushy.

Meat from the dog food cans needed to be mashed up.

For one chihuahua, I added milk to wet dog food instead of dry dog food, for that particular dog had a difficult time eating even mashed food — it needed to be almost liquid.

For the cat with no teeth, I needed to do the same thing.

It wasn’t a difficult task, but it did tug on the heart strings.

The little chihuahua would always have her little tongue sticking out because there are no teeth keeping it in.

The cat had no teeth because there is a fatty tumor in her gums that unfortunately pushed them all out.

We all also had to watch a younger dog named Cookie, who not only had bad skin allergies, but severe attachment problems. Cookie is very happy and lovable and is always following everyone around.

Cookie needed to be by another dog, Lilah, as well as a dog we like to call Momma.

If Cookie is by herself, she will hurt herself.

She was once adopted, but had to be returned. When Cookie’s owner left her by herself, she jumped through a glass-paned window and sliced herself up really badly.

It helps to put the TV on before the last person leaves, because the sound of human voices from all the television programs calms Cookie down.

We need to watch if Cookie starts to show red spots through her thin fur, since that means her skin is breaking out.  
There are 21 dogs and two cats at my aunt and uncle’s rescue, and even though it can be difficult work at times, I enjoy doing it because older dogs and cats are calm and lovable.

It is sad, though, because no one likes older animals, so we all know most of these animals will die at the rescue.

My aunt told me that the most difficult animals to adopt out are the senior cats.

Everyone loves kittens and puppies and even older dogs, but it is unfortunately very rare to have an old cat adopted out.

“Most cats rescued by the Humane Society will be euthanized, and it’s such a shame,” she told me.

When I have a home of my own, I think if I adopted a pet, it would be an older animal.

They aren’t as cute and they might be a little work to take care of, but they are calm, potty-trained and you know their personality is pretty much what you’ll get.

I encourage adoption of older pets.

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