When an elderly person ᴅɪᴇs, it is often down to friends and family to sort out the deceased person’s ᴘᴏssᴇssɪᴏɴs. If the elderly person was a pet owner, then friends and family must also arrange for someone to care for the animal. However, it is a little trickier when the person who has ᴅɪᴇᴅ owned 14 dogs that all need care. The situation is even more difficult if the relatives are unable to care for the animals, and that is when ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups and animal shelters are needed to step in and help.
That is what happened when two ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups were called out after an elderly woman ᴅɪᴇᴅ, says The Ron Project. All the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups knew was that the woman had ᴅɪᴇᴅ unexpectedly, leaving behind 14 dogs. They did not know what to expect when they arrived at the house. It was the relatives of the elderly woman who had made the call to the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ shelters, and they explained that they did not have the means to care for the 14 dogs themselves. Therefore, they needed the assistance of the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups. That is when Five Acres Animal Shelter and the Stray Ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ of St. Louis were needed to take action.
Nothing could have prepared the two ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups for what they saw when they arrived at the house. None of the 14 dogs had ever received any medical care. As a result, they were all suffering from Demodex mange and dental ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ. Many of the dogs also had visible lumps and masses. Despite their poor physical condition, the dogs were cooperative and friendly. It was almost as though they knew that the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups were there to help them. Therefore, the groups had no problems transporting the dogs to the shelters.
On their arrival at the respective shelters, all fourteen dogs received baths and loads of affection. The ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ groups admit that each dog will require an extensive amount of medical care but promise they will all get it. Whether they go on to a medical foster next or possibly, if any are well enough, can be adopted out, we are so pleased to see that all fourteen dogs are being well taken care of.
Fortunately, many foster families came forward to help the dogs. The volunteers offered to welcome the dogs into their homes and to care for them until permanent homes were found. It meant that the dogs could live comfortably in a loving, family environment, rather than spending their days in the shelter.
Thank you to the rescuers who gave the dogs a second chance at life. Hope the dogs all live in the loving home they deserve.