Don’t Put Us Out to Pasture Yet: By Jody McIntier

Oct 18, 2011

WOLFE CITY - Working in animal rescue you get to see the good and bad of all breeds and ages of dogs and cats. 

The one thing the volunteers at the shelter agree about is that the older pets are the easiest to care for and take care of.  Older pets are often over looked in the municipal shelters, because people assume there is something wrong with the pet or it wouldn’t be in a shelter.  Most of the older pets end up in shelters because their people are no longer able to care for them.  It’s not the pets fault; people age and move into facilities that don’t allow pets.

Here are a few tips is if you have an older pet living with you.  Put water bowls in many rooms in your home.  Older animals tend to drink less and become dehydrated, so keeping water in front of them helps remind them to drink.  Arthritic dogs should be taking glucosamine or fish oil to help keep their joints loose.  If your old dog has continence problems, try paper-training.  Try using vitamins for treats.  Keep your dog fit by exercising him regularly.  Keep you pet’s bed warm and cozy by using a rice bag that can be heated in the microwave.  Install ramps to aid your dog in getting up stairs, into the car or onto the bed.  Love your dog as much as he loves you!

Jody McIntier, President                                                                                                                                                     Commerce Humane Association


Volunteers will be at Cause for Paws Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2200 Moulton Street from 10-4 with senior pets for adoption.  The adoption fees will be waived for this event, but donations will be accepted.  These pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for disease, micro-chipped, and come with 30-days free insurance. 

Also on Saturday, they'll be at Greenville High School adopting younger dogs from 10-2.

McIntier reminds you to spay or neuter your pets to reduce the number of unwanted pets in local shelters.  You can learn more about the organization by contacting Becky at 903/496-2412.  The shelter is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1-7.