This story has a happy ending.
Elmo, a 14-year-old male Cocker Spaniel whose owner died, was not welcomed by even the closest of family relatives and instead, dropped off at the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s animal shelter.
“Elmo, who lived his entire life with the family, was given away like an old sweater,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. “We were left with a sad, confused, lonely animal, and no family funds to help us with his care.”
Shelter staff members were told that Elmo was in good health, but as soon as he came through the door, it was obvious that wasn’t true. He had severe ear infections, was dirty and matted and in need of a grooming, and had a dry eye condition requiring twice a day eye-drops. He also had a mass on his side, a fatty non-malignant tumor that was too large at his age to remove.
But in late March of this year, Elmo was adopted by a couple from Port Jervis who had also adopted a one-eyed dog from the shelter four years ago.
“If we could make people aware of the need to provide for their pets in their wills or somewhere on paper where it will be found,” said Barron, “many of these pets would not find themselves suddenly homeless.”
She explained that often families will not take responsibility for the pet or pets are left behind when a family member has died.
“I would love to get it out there that pet owners shouldn’t leave their pet’s life in the balance should something happen to them,” said Barron.
The Warwick Valley Humane Society has a “Senior for Senior” program and waives the adoption fee on designated senior pets for an approved senior applicant, over age 60.
Adopting a senior dog or cat has many advantages. And their health and personalities are well established. You can easily spot one that suites your idea of a good pet by its temperament.
For additional information about adopting a senior pet, thankful for a good home, call the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s animal shelter at 986-2473.
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