Who qualifies as an Old Souls resident?
Old Souls K9 Rescue & Retirement Home
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: (928) 362-2364
501(c)3 Non-Profit Tax ID#27-2806988
Do you want Old Souls to take in a special needs, geriatric or hospice animal? Answer the following questions to find out if he/she qualifies to become an Old Souls resident.
1. Is the animal legally yours or legally in your possession?
2. Is the dog over the age of 12 for large dogs (80+ pounds) or over the age of 15 for small dogs (less than 10 pounds)?
3. Does the dog have at least one life threatening medical condition or special need, or is he/she in need of hospice care?
4. Is the dog spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated?
5. Are you prepared to make a $500 minimum donation to support the care of the dog for the first few months that he/she lives at Old Souls?
6. Are you giving up the animal because you are moving?
7. Are you giving up the animal because you are getting married or divorced?
8. Are you giving up the animal because you are having a baby or some other major life event?
9. Are you giving up the animal because he/she has behavioral problems and/or doesn't get along with your other animals or children?
If you answered YES to questions 1-5, and NO to questions 6-9, then it is possible that we might take in your animal. Read on to learn more about what kinds of animals we take in, and why we have to say no to others. If your animal qualifies, then please contact us.
Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of the animals in our care. Hospice animals who come to Old Souls will peacefully live out their days with us, surrounded by love and receiving the best care possible. That is a huge responsibility and one that we don't take lightly. As a result of limited resources, we cannot take in every dog that people want to surrender to us. We are a completely volunteer-run organization, and the rescue is located in our home. Paula works a full time job to keep a roof over Old Souls and to put human food on the table, while Isaac works 24 hours/day as the Director of Operations for no paycheck, with no holidays, no vacations, and often without even a thank you. Every day we take care of up to 50 animals, with volunteers helping us for only 3-4 hours per day Monday through Friday. Without them, we couldn't do this. We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers, our donors, and all those who support us.
While we feel sympathy for owners who think they need to give up their animals, we will not take on more animals than we are realistically able to care for. Nor will we adopt out or foster out animals without conducting extensive home visits and background checks just to make room for new animals. We receive phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages many times each day from owners, shelters, and people who monitor shelter websites regarding dogs that they would like us to take in. It weighs heavily on us that we can't say yes to everyone, especially when there is a dog that we know should be with us. But it's simply not realistic for us to say yes without having enough foster homes, volunteers, and a constant income of donations.
Bringing an animal into your home is a lifetime commitment. If you genuinely need to find a new home for your dog, consider what you are asking of us or of any rescue that you contact. Think of the time, effort, people, and funding we will need to to keep your dog (and every dog in our care) truly comfortable in their final days. It hurts us deeply to say no to an animal who needs us, but we must remain realistic. If you have an emergency or an urgent need that falls within our mission statement please contact us and we will do our very best to help you.
Isaac & Paula Rivadeneira,
Old Souls K9 Rescue and Retirement Home
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE LOCATED IN YUMA, AZ. Old Souls K9 Rescue & Retirement Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue founded to give geriatric, special needs and hospice animals a dignified end of life surrounded by love. We save animals all over the southwest desert, including from high kill shelters in Los Angeles