St. Martin's offers a lower cost adoption fee to senior citizens on fixed incomes for pets that are 8 years old an older. In addition to the reduced adoption fee, St. Martin's will work with the adopter to create a plan for the pet in the event that the owner is no longer able to care for the pet during that animal's lifetime. This planning may occur with the input of family members and caregivers. St. Martin's strives for permanent homes for all of the pets that come through the rescue; however, St. Martin's will ALWAYS provide a fail safe for the pets that were once under its care.
Regardless of the adopter's age, all senior pets over the age of 8 years will receive lifetime no cost exams.
Senior pets oftentimes find themselves homeless for various reasons. Sometimes they have medical needs that the former owner was not preparted to deal with. Most often, senior pets have bad teeth and oral/dental surgery is very expensive. St. Martin's has been blessed with the access of donated veterinary services through Dr. Brooks at Homestead Veterinary Clinic and The Last Chance Club. It is through her support and veterinary care that St. Martin's is able to help these senior pets become healthy, pain free and able to continue their lives in comfort.
Senior pets are calmer and have a "been there, done that" attitude. They are usually just content to have a soft place to lay their heads and enjoy a quiet environment. Oftentimes they are already housetrained and do not require much other training. St. Martin's highly recommends adopting a senior pet as they will enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. We humans can really learn a lot from them and their ability to enjoy peace and the quiet love from their special person.
Buddy Boo crossed over the rainbow bridge yesterday; July 19, 2013. Buddy Boo was 17 years old and has lived a very full, long life. Buddy Boo’s original parents got him as a puppy. They spoiled him and fed him his favorite feast: liverwurst. He got to sleep on their bed and he was in every way, their baby. When he was about 15 years old, he lost his mommy. A few months later, he lost his daddy too. Buddy Boo was taken in by his mom and dad’s niece and this was a good thing for him because he knew her well, but she became very ill.
His new mommy got sick with cancer and she was homeless. She reached out to St. Martin’s because she wanted Buddy Boo to be comfortable and to get the care that he needed at his ripe old age of 16. She signed over her ownership rights to St. Martin’s and this made her very sad as she loved Buddy Boo so much and she loved her aunt and uncle and wanted to take care of their baby. Her actions were the most selfless of all and despite how difficult it was for her to say bye to Buddy Boo, she did it knowing it was best. A wonderful foster mom, Kathleen Gunn, agreed to hospice foster Buddy Boo. Hospice fostering means that Buddy Boo would not be made available for adoption, but rather he would stay with his foster mom until he was ready to pass on.
Kathleen knew her time with Buddy Boo would be short, but she did not withhold her heart and love. She gave him all of the love and happiness that she could. However, after a few months, Kathleen knew that Buddy Boo’s quality of life was not so good. He would fall down as he walked, he soiled himself and could not control his bowels, he would sit and bark out of confusion…he had fewer and fewer good days. Kathleen knew that the most humane thing to do for Buddy Boo was to let him go and so we made plans for him to pass over the rainbow bridge.
We tried to locate his former mom so that she could be there for his passing. What we found out was heartbreaking. His former mom was in the hospital and fighting her battle with cancer. She cannot have visitors as her immune system has become so compromised due to her chemotherapy. Her children agreed to let her know that Buddy Boo was ready to cross over and we have arranged for her to receive a vial of his ashes and a collage print of several photos of Buddy Boo that Kathleen had taken.
At St. Martin’s we are honored that Buddy Boo’s former mom chose us to care for her beloved baby during his final months. Providing this kind of care for displaced pets is really the foremost mission for St. Martin’s and we cannot do this without loving and selfless hospice foster parents like Kathleen. It is always hard to lose one of our babies here, but we will honor Buddy Boo’s life and his memory. His life mattered and he was truly a very special little spirit. Rest in peace and God’s loving arms, Buddy Boo!
Prince...aka Slothy, is an 18 year old lhasa apso that was found roaming the streets of Portland. Slothy doesn't talk much and he won't tell his caregivers why he was out an about at his age, but he is happy where he is now. Prince Slothy was going to be euthanized because of his age, but several people fought for his life because he was healthy, free of pain and although a little wobbly, he was able to walk around and enjoy life still. Euthanasia for him at that time would have been highly premature.
Prince Slothy is a sassy senior. He likes his food a certain way and he likes his meal topped off with a crushed vienna sausage. He has meticulous potty habits and will become quite agitated if his caregiver does not get to the door fast enough. It is difficult for him to go in and out the doggie door but if his caregiver is too slow to come to his aid, then he will get through it anyway. Prince Slothy is demanding, but he believes that at his age, he deserves the royal treatment. His caregiver could not agree more. He has her wrapped around her finger. His caregiver knows that her time with him is limited and is therefore, quite precious.
RIP Prince Slothy, he passed peacefully on October 5, 2013. He lived almost two years in his hospice foster home and provided much love and happiness. We miss him terribly.
Pictured here is Prince Slothy sunning himself. It is his favorite way to spend the day.