November marks “Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month” and there are a variety of ways you can help the senior pets in our community. These animals are as deserving of love, security, and TLC as much as any other animal, even more so. For these loving creatures to find themselves surrendered and abandoned in their twilight years is completely offensive and heartbreaking.
How can one help these elderly four-leggeds? First, take the pledge to “Stand Up for Senior Pets” and then get the word out in your community about two wonderful, local senior pet rescues and sanctuaries here in the Valley, Mingus Manor Animal Sanctuary and Milagro Senior Pet Refuge. Encourage friends, colleagues and family to bring comfort to a senior animal by adopting from one of these great rescues, or seeking an older pet from any of the shelters and rescues that we have here in Arizona.
Mingus Manor Animal Sanctuary is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by Karen Scherer of Loving Hands Pet Care in Phoenix, Arizona. Their facility houses pets 10 years and older, and other special needs animals, that are looking for new families to love and care for them, but also serves as a sanctuary if they are not adopted. According to the rescue, their mission “is to provide the care needed to those pets, who are deemed unadoptable by other rescues and animal agencies…no animal is ever unadoptable! There is someone for everyone, as the saying goes, and if we can find those wonderful human beings that share our love for these two groups and are willing to give them loving homes, we are all for that.” They always need the support of the public and their annual fundraising event takes place January 14, 2012 at the Millenium Resort, with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. To adopt a senior pet from the sanctuary, or to help them continue in their mission, visit them at: http://www.mingusmanor.org or on their Facebook page. You can also call Mingus Manor at 602.296.5568. See our slideshow for some of their adoptable senior pets!
Milagro Senior Pet Refuge Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, “dedicated to the rescue of abandoned senior pets in fragile health. Through no fault of their own, these older pets find themselves tragically discarded and facing an uncertain future.” Milagro fosters their seniors in homes, where they can either live out their twilight years or be sheltered until they are adopted by a loving family. Jeannie Fisher founded Milagro to rescue abandoned senior pets and give them their second chance – like all organizations that are foster-home based, they always need fosters, and they are currently unable to take in any more pets because of a lack of homes. Please consider opening your home as a foster or adopter to a older pet! They need long-term fosters, temporary fosters, drivers – if you have a mind to volunteer, they have something for you to do. To connect with Milagro Senior Pets, go to: http://www.milagropets.org/, call 888.827.4103, or visit them on Facebook. Some of their adoptable seniors are also featured in our slideshow.
In addition, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is adopting out its senior animals for $17, from November 12 -27, 2011. MCACC writes on its website:
“A senior pet could very well be the sweetest animal you’ve even known. Give them a well-deserved second chance and you’ll be rewarded with devotion, love and gratitude. Next time you visit a shelter, stop and spend a minute with that Labrador Retriever with the frosted muzzle and see if he doesn’t offer you the world.”
As always, if you can’t adopt, volunteer or foster. If you can’t volunteer or foster, please donate! These wonderful organizations cannot continue to save precious lives without community support.
“Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.” – Albert Schweitzer