Healthy Living: Saving Super Seniors & Special Needs Dogs
Almost three and a half million dogs are dropped off in shelters each year. Many of those dogs will be the older, injured, and sick ones. One woman is on a mission to save them, one old dog at a
time, and let them live their golden years with the love they deserve. Whitney Amann has more in this Healthy Living.
Blind, sick, injured, old, really old, and paralyzed! Dogs, like little Maverick, who was found paralyzed alongside the road, have been dropped off, left to die, and disposed of. Heidi Hardman’s life passion is helping these underdogs of the dog world. “The older they are, the less chance they’re going to have at getting out,” said Heidi Hardman, founder of Polka Dogz. “Do you really want that dog to suffer and leave it to live its last days in a shelter with nobody around, no family to love it?”.
For many the answer is simple. “They deserve that second chance of getting that. They could have a lot of life left in them,” Hardman expressed.
The plus side to owning a senior or special needs dog… their personality is already developed, most are calmer, and they will likely know basic commands. But, a quieter home without kids is usually best, and there can be extra costs like medications, therapies, surgeries, etc.
Polka Dogz has adopted out more than 1100 senior and special needs dogs so far. If you’re interested in helping a senior or special needs dog, you can always foster or volunteer at a shelter near you. Here’s a list of animal shelters listed by county. You can also check our Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday page.