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FurEver Young: A New Lease On Life For Senior Animals
Dec 15 , 2014
Category: NFLD

“How compassionate!" and "How brave!” were among the thoughts whirling around in my head when I found out that a local woman,Kelsey Aboud, has taken on the challenging yet rewarding task of forming FurEver Young Senior Animal Rescue.  I hope that many loving families will have room in their hearts and homes for senior rescues.


But if most animal lovers are like me, I believe it’s going to be a lot easier to open up their homes than their hearts. People who continuously adopt or foster such animals must accept the fact that death will be knocking on their doors sooner than later thus exposing their hearts to vulnerability. Of course, you could prevent heartbreak by building a brick wall around your heart so that when the time comes you won’t be emotionally invested in your new pet... But denying an animal unbridled love to protect your heart, hardly seems like a fair solution.


The late poet C.S. Lewis would agree:


“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”


I would surmise that if C.S. Lewis were alive today, he would call me selfish. Although, there is another way to look at it. Perhaps I know my emotional threshold…and if I were to cross it, my family members would have to cross over too to pick up the pieces…is that fair?


Are you brave enough to allow a senior animal into your heart & home? If so, how do you emotionally deal with its looming mortality?

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Comments (total comments:4)
Moon :

older animals are especially hard to adopt not only because of medical problems but their lives are so distorted because of changes in lifestyle. most of my dogs have been adopted and the last dog a minature poodle died at the age of 19 yrs. it took a lot of care by my wife mostly to care for him but he got around(no stairs) ate well and seemed to enjoy all the petting you could give him. it''s been 3 months now since we had to put him to sleep and as i look at his doggie coat which says "world''s best buddy", i can still sense him laying in his bed next to mine. he used to sleep with me but after he started to go blind he fell off the bed and i bought a nice doggie bed and placed it righ next to me no the floor. his companionship will ever be with me and for that i''ll always be grateful to sonny. i loved him.

Posted: 12/17/2014 1:23:31 PM
Daphne :

we''ve had cats since my very first kitten (birthday gift) in 1974. to date, that includes a total of five - the first being 11, the second pair being just short of 20 and 21, and our current two being 8 and 6 and as healthy as one could wish for. a very big drawback to adopting an older animal is, as al mentioned, the possibility of very high vet bills. it isn''t easy having to put down a pet, especially one you''ve had for two decades, but, for us, the solution was going back to the animal shelter and bringing home two more beauties to love. we''re not equipped to have a dog - and i wouldn''t get one older than perhaps around 5 or 6 years, if we could have one. it is indeed a real problem. there are so many beautiful animals out there who so much deserve a kind loving home. i sometimes feel very helpless when i hear of them. god bless their hearts!!

Posted: 12/16/2014 10:25:13 AM
Al :

it''s always hard to lose a pet.however when it comes to taking a senior animal into your heart and may end up with a broken bank account to go along with that broken heart.veterinarian bills are highly expensive and can really put pet owners especially those with older animals in a position where they have to make some very difficult and heart wrenching decisions.we all love our pets and i wouldn''t want to burst anyones bubble if they want to give a good home to an older animal.however i feel that it''s important to point out the realities of pet ownership for those who may not be aware of the financial costs that may be involved.

Posted: 12/15/2014 10:43:00 PM
Bernard :

we have been fostering rescues for years many were older animals. most were with us only a short time when failing health resulted in euthanasia. it became unbearable to have to carry out this procedure almost annually and sometimes twice in the same year even though you are only fostering. so, we had to cease taking older rescues. we have a much younger dog now who has the run of the house. hopefully she will be with us for a few years unless a suitable home can be found. we talked many times about older rescues and how nobody wants them but the attachment becomes intolerable even when one knows you are doing the proper thing by putting the animal out of its misery. i hope homes open up for the older animal.

Posted: 12/15/2014 3:18:59 PM

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