Last week, Old Dog Haven—an incredible nonprofit organization in western Washington that rescues senior dogs who are losing their homes or are already in shelters—posted this “Urgent Need” message to its Facebook page:
“Jasmine is a 14-year-old, 45-pound Shepherd mix. She has lived outside for the past several years, and is now alone most of the time. Her family has moved 40 miles away and only comes back to the property occasionally. A neighbor gives her food and water. Deaf, and a little arthritic, Jasmine is friendly, was housebroken when she lived inside and used to enjoy the dog park. She has a feral cat friend so is probably okay with cats. She has no vet records but seems healthy enough for her age. A Final Refuge (inside) home is sought.”
Yes. You read that right. I think I read it three times, just to be sure, before I started cursing.
ODH cares for the senior dogs it rescues while working to find them their forever family, but what’s even more special is that the organization has built a network of “Final Refuge” foster families who take in the dogs who aren’t suitable for adoption because of advancing health issues. ODH pays for the dogs’ medical care while the volunteers provide them with a loving family and home for the rest of their lives. Currently, 185 dogs are in Final Refuge homes.
After three days of networking, ODH posted this photo last Saturday afternoon along with this message: “Jasmine has gone to her final refuge home today! Thank you to everyone! We didn’t know that he would take her today, but when her new dad saw her living conditions and her sweet nature he took her right home!”
Thanks, Jasmine’s new Dad. And thanks, ODH. You can find out more about ODH at its site here and see photos of sweet adoptable seniors and final refuge dogs. ODH posts “Urgent need” notices on its site’s home page as well as on Facebook here.
p.s. Jasmine’s new family includes an older sister—a 16-year-old Lab! You go, Golden Girls!!!
Editor’s note: Inspired by Jasmine’s happy ending, which began on a Saturday, DDY will now set aside this day of the week to share animal causes in “Cause It’s Saturday” features.