A 92-year-old woman was forced to put her senior dog into a shelter after her care facility wouldn’t allow dogs.
With advances in health care, we are living longer lives today. However, that often means that elderly people must eventually move into assisted care or nursing home facilities so that their needs can be met.
It’s hard enough for older people to accept that they can no longer live alone, but something that happens more often than not is even more devastating. Their beloved animals must be left behind.
The woman had to undergo surgery before entering the facility and had to say goodbye to her best friend of so many years.
The 12-year-old Chihuahua mix, named Sir Blacky, was put into the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, California.
But there is good news to this story…Sir Blacky’s story took a positive turn!
Volunteers at the animal shelter posted about Sir Blacky’s story and it went completely viral being shared over 20,000 times.
After only staying in the shelter for one night, senior dog had tons of people wanting to adopt him.
Donna Ortiz formally “adopted” Sir Blacky. Although she prefers to saying she is fostering the senior dog and plans on reuniting Sir Blacky with his owner for visits: “It sounds like she’s just going to the nursing home to rehabilitate,” Ortiz says.
“My thing would be, if it’s possible, to reunite her with him.”
Should seniors be allowed to keep their pets when they can no longer live alone? Studies have shown that pets are good for their physical and emotional well-being.
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