Happy National Senior Pet Month!
Pets, like fine wine, get better with age! They are well versed in the art of friendship, the power of love, and the value of loyalty. All of which provide comfort during hard times. Today, we bring you a story that details how one sweet senior avoided surrender thanks to your support.
Senior Archie’s Story
Dogs are known as man’s best friend. They provide companionship, comfort, and enhance our lives in countless ways.
We recently met a gentleman named Leo and his dog Archie, his faithful friend and family member. One morning, Leo answered a shocking phone call that sent his world crashing down.
Leo learned that his elderly father was dying of an aggressive cancer and was given 30 days to live. As his son, the responsibility of caring for his father in his final days fell to him.
There was one glaring problem. His father lived in New York.
Leo couldn’t afford the veterinary certification and ticket costs needed to fly Archie there with him. Aside from expenses, Archie is a senior pup and flying in the summer would put his health at risk.
He contacted his veterinarian to inquire about boarding Archie while he was away, but there was no room in the inn. He contacted two more facilities near the airport, but both were full as it was peak travel season. Leo was running out of time and needed to be by his father’s side.
How do you choose between two beloved family members? Facing such a decision is unimaginable.
Turning to the Shelter
Leo thought his only option was to surrender Archie to the shelter in hopes he could find another owner who loved him half as much as he did. Thankfully, because of your generous support, The Arizona Pet Project was able to cover the cost of boarding Archie while Leo was away.
Leo’s eyes welled with tears upon hearing he could keep his old pal Archie after all! The news lifted an immense weight from his shoulders as he prepared for the imminent loss of his father.
A month later, the pair shared a joyful reunion! Leo called our shelter intervention counselor after he picked up Archie to express his gratitude, “It was really rough having to come back after seeing my dad pass. If I had not had Archie to come home to, I don’t know if I would have survived the grief.”
Pets quietly share in our times of sorrow while simultaneously providing love and hope. The human-animal bond is an extraordinary relationship, and because of you, this family was kept together when they needed each other most.
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