Dr. Paula Rivadeneira
University of Arizona
Think Like a Tortoise, Inc.
It is hard to imagine, but many animals are abandoned in their old age because they require more care and are no longer playful and youthful. At Old Souls K9 Rescue and Retirement Home, we seek out these forgotten geriatric and special needs animals, particularly those who are within weeks or months of going to the Rainbow Bridge. We feel that after all they have been through, after all the loyalty they have shown their owners despite how they may have been treated, they deserve a dignified end of life in which they feel loved, comforted, and special.
When animals come to Old Souls, they spend their time resting on orthopedic beds, eating delicious healthy food (sometimes homemade!), taking just enough medicine to keep them comfortable, and sharing their lives with other old dogs, cats, tortoises, pigs, horses, donkeys, and even chickens. They truly become part of a loving family, many times for the first time in their lives. Thanks to our specially made doggy door that leads to a grassy backyard, dogs, cats, pigs, and tortoises of all sizes can let themselves in and out whenever they choose without navigating steps or having to push on a door. They also have a toy box full of stuffed animals, balls, and chew toys (for those who still have teeth!). We spend quality time with every animal every day so for at least a little while each day, each animal feels like they are our only animal.
Foster homes are critical for our rescue, especially forever foster homes - the more fosters we have, the more animals we can rescue. Sometimes when animals come to us, they live for only a few days, but other times, they surprise us and live well beyond their expected years. There are no cages at our rescue - everyone has the run of the house (although there's not much running!). They lounge on the couch, sleep in our bed, and sun themselves in the yard whenever they like. While rescuing these animals can sometimes be a sad endeavor, we believe that no old animal should have to die alone and scared in a shelter or homeless on the streets, so we give them the dignified end of life they deserve ... and in return they give us endless happiness and incredible memories of their loyal loving spirits.
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Old Souls K9 Rescue & Retirement Home
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: (928) 362-2364
501(c)3 Non-Profit Tax ID#27-2806988
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