Almost Home has always had a soft spot for senior dogs. When other rescue organizations have passed by seniors at the shelters, we have brought them in.
Our Senior to Senior Program was created to match senior citizens with senior dogs through a permanent senior foster program. Many of our older adults cannot afford the care of a dog. Almost Home would take care of all these needs, i.e., medical expenses, medicines, and food. In exchange, the senior caregiver would safely house our dog, exercise him, perform basic brushing, and transport the dog to the vet. We believe each will benefit through this project. The companionship, love and care-giving will bring joy into both lives.
Pet ownership or fostering can open up a whole new world for older adults. By adopting or fostering older pets, seniors get companionship without housebreaking or training.
The program has received rave reviews from local papers and organizations, and we have since partnered with Senior Citizens Inc. of Delaware County to help expand the program.
(Published in This Week) “A central Ohio organization that finds homes for dogs that might otherwise be euthanized will launch an adoption program next week with local senior citizens. Since being established by three central Ohio women nearly five years ago, Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio Inc. has removed more than 400 dogs from animal shelters and puppy mills, and placed them in homes. Now, the group hopes to tap into a new source for saving dogs by partnering with Senior Citizens Inc. of Delaware County.”
Read the full article here.
“I cannot put into words the blessing it is to be given the opportunity to love an old dog and see the difference that it makes. It makes me a better person. It reminds me daily of how important love is. It reminds me to be gentle. To be patient. To take the extra time. To slow down, to eat and walk without rushing. To be thankful that I can eat and walk, and find simple joy in both things. To love an old dog is to reflect on a life well lived and to reflect on the role that love plays in our lives. In the end that is what carries these old guys through and, in the end, it is what matters to them above all else. That is what they teach me.” – Lori Symmonds
Our Senior to Senior Dogs:
If you’d like to learn more about our Senior-to-Senior Program, please contact the Program Coordinator.
To make a contribution to help fund this program, please click the donate button to do so through PayPal (please enter The Senior to Senior Program under “purpose” or leave blank for a general donation to Almost Home).
“Since we are seniors, very senior seniors – Jim hit 90 this year and I am not too far behind, I can not emphasize enough what it has meant for us to adopt an older pet that fit our quiet life style. Fortunately, we enjoy good health so caring for a pet is not a problem. All Three of us go for walks: good for man and beast.” –Jim and Betty Morris
We are also grateful for mailed donations. If you prefer to mail a donation, please send your check or money order to:
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
c/o Bev Schwieterman, Treasurer
7123 Durness Place
Columbus, OH 43235
If requested, we will send you a letter acknowledging your gift for tax purposes. Thank you for all past and potential donations. Your generosity is saving lives.
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.
But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge.
There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.
One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, “Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.”
The dog asked the cat, “So what will happen to those animals?” Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, “Watch, and you will see.”
In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug. One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.
The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?”
The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn’t place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”
The dog thought for a moment, then said, “I like rescuers.” The cat smiled and replied, “So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven.”