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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Art Helping Senior Animals


I'm kind of excited.

Many of you have helped me in my spay/neuter efforts with the cats, along with vet help when needed for those cats. Many big hearts out there! And now, my art will help senior animals needing a final refuge home, where they will be treated with dignity in their final months.

I've always been attracted to the elderly. I don't know why. The bitter sweet qualities of old age seem to resonate in my heart, and art. Older creatures are like weeds I guess, never displayed prominently in the flower shop window, but they are out their in the back alley still hanging on.

Now there is a section on my main art site called Helping Old Animals . When you purchase one of these prints [I'll be adding more as I do them], $25 will be used to support either Old Dog Haven or a senior dog still residing at Oregon Humane Society [they list dogs on their site and allow donations to specific dogs]. A designer is donating services for a brochure that will go to vet clinics [thank you Kristine!]. I'll post updates here, including animal pictures and bios.

Let me tell you more about Old Dog Haven . After creating the One Eyed Pug print for a vet, she put me in touch with them. She does a lot of vet care for them. Old Dog Haven has a network of foster homes that take in dogs who otherwise might have been left to linger in a shelter, or abandoned on the street. Many of these animals have lost their elderly human companions, some are abandoned because of their medical needs. Some people move and 'don't have room anymore." The goal is find these dogs "final refuge homes" where they can live out their remaining days with dignity, love, comfort and proper medical care if needed.

And, I will be a Final Refuge Home. I will take in one senior at a time. When that creature passes on, I'll bring in another one. Martyn has given me his blessing, on the condition I completely fund the dog through sponsorships or collected money. Old Dog Haven provides vet support but there will be food and certain maintenance medications. I will post a donation button soon for that, once I'm paired with the right animal. If you are interested in being a sponsor for my final refuge dog, let me know.

My husband doesn't read my blog. But I'd like to thank him, for being so open hearted about letting me follow my passion of helping animals. I thought I'd really have to work on him, but when I told him what I wanted to do, he said, "I will build whatever you need for it." I'm very graced to have found him. He still hasn't opened up to bringing home a needy pig to hang out with Frankie. I'll work on that. A little pie, some kissin'...I have my ways, all of which are legal.

13 comments:

Mare said...

My husband and i have talked about the time that will come when the last of our elderly dogs passes...Maybe we would "foster" a sweet elderly dog from our local shelter. I think it is a wonderful thing to do...

Cathy said...

My dear, I would be honored to donate to help you care for a senior animal. You have such a generous heart! And such a wonderful man.

If it will help make the pig's case, I'll send brownies...

Apifera Farm said...

Hi Mare-Well I hope you have many days left with your current senior dog. They are so special. Louie was 90% blind, pretty toothless, arthritic, heart condition, incontinent, but he still had good days. In the end, he couldn't get through the day or night with anxiety and clung to me, I knew it was time.

Apifera Farm said...

Oh, Cathy...you should see some of the older cats in this one shelter. I'm hunting out ones to support. It's gut wrenching. One has to stay somewhat guarded when looking. I'm so glad you'll help. And the brownie idea...perfect. We'll have to plan this. Great coniving minds think a like. I'll keep you posted on the old dog when I find him!

blackfeatherfarm said...

Congrats on being a blog of note, I must agree. Cyber hug for taking in the old sweethearts. I must tell you about "Sophie" sometime, as she came to me when she was already old. My home is full with six rescue dogs, but I will take in another to place in a good home when I find the next "left by the side of the road", and I always do unfortunately. Bless your good works.

Apifera Farm said...

Sophie was one of the lucky ones. It's hard to see so many neglected. There are many good hearts out there helping animals [and people] and it's rewarding, but gut wrenching too. You sound like you are doing more than your share so , good! And if people would SPAY AND NEUTER. And not bringhome holiday puppies and kittens as a whim. We live in a throw away society - maybe we can all change that over time. Thanks for your animal work!

Maggie Sumner said...

I applaud your efforts. We fostered and then recently adopted a special needs dog from a shelter. He's not even five yet but he's just gotten over heartworm, was hit by a car, has been some idiot's b-b gun target and has hip dysplasia.

He was so sick when he came to us but now that he's had a better diet, medication and a warm and caring home, he's a limpy but very happy and much healthier dog. He requires more daily care than our other pets, but I'm glad he's here versus having been put to sleep at the shelter.

Apifera Farm said...

Maggie, that's really cool. A fortunate home to end up in. It's so amazing, that's not the right word, what some 'people' do to animals. I'm so glad he found your home, and was able to show someone he still had things to offer. Not everyone is right for getting a special needs pet though, so it's good you comitted to it. Not enough doing it, so if you can , it's so great. Cheers-

Anna said...

This is excellent~ and I just stumbled across a local news page and found that our mayor declared this to be Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. I have critters on the brain, I tell you! People are asking me to take their foster bunnies and kitties, and I also want my dog back now that I have room. So now I just have to make up my mind about the whole thing. Easier said than done!

Robert said...

It is great to have such support in your work.

Carmelo Cannarella said...

I have just discovered your blog. I think you are doing a very interesting activity! I live in a small rural village in central Italy and I have found in your thoughts many stimulating suggestions and experiences to reflect on.
I have created a link in my personal blog (www.arvalia.blogspot.com) to remain continuosly informed about your work.
Vale in Pace Deorum

Minnie-Moo said...

Hi, my mum found this site. She helps a charity in the UK called Oldies Club http://www.oldies.org.uk which rescues and rehomes older dogs. She thinks what you and others are doing to help older dogs in the US is great. There are so many dogs needing good homes.

Best wishes from England,

Minnie-Moo and "mum"

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