A dog rescue group called Secondhand Hounds is doing something truly amazing for older dogs. Many older dogs, that have health issues, are the first to be put to sleep in a shelter environment. So Secondhand Hounds has come up with a solution to this problem. The group set up a hospice service for these older dogs, letting them live out their final days in peace and comfort. This is really great news for dogs and is a humane way to treat older animals.
The program began with just one 17 year old dog and now has grown much larger. 10 dogs have now been taken in by the group and is expected to grow much larger in the future. There is a high demand for this type of service and there are hundreds of older dogs looking to join. But the group doesn’t house the dogs at their facility. Instead, the group pairs foster parents with these canines. Because of their needs, a foster parent is needed in order to give each animal the special treatment needed to live comfortably. This specialized treatment is something that they would never get in a shelter. Most shelters are ran on very little funding and find it cheaper to simply put these dogs to sleep. But thankfully Secondhand Hounds has done something to help.
As you will see in the video, there are quite a few people willing to help out and foster these dogs. The pooches seem to love being away from the shelter environment and will probably live much longer lives because of it. Secondhand Hounds sets up play dates for these dogs and the foster parents bring their animals, so that the dogs can mix and mingle with one another. This also helps with their quality of life and gives them comfort. These older dogs love playing with one another and have a really good time in a park like setting. To find out more information on the program, follow this link http://secondhandhounds.org. There you can read stories about the dogs and you can find out more on how to become a foster parent.