Dog in Shelters for Seven Years is Adopted


I am proud to be on the Advisory Board of the Grey Muzzle Organization which supports adoptions of senor dogs, which are there are many of in animal shelters.

After spending years in the shelter system, bouncing from place to place around Ohio, Flip, who about 7-years old, finally has a forever home. Flip is a healthy pit bull-looking dog, who has spent at least 2,555 days in the state’s shelter system, that translates to 7-years!

To ensure that Flip and Jennifer Schorr would be a good fit, Lake Humane Society asked Schorr to visit the canine, so she made the 3-hour drive to the shelter to meet Flip face to face. And the result was love at first sight, for both human and dog.

“They told me he might not warm up to me at first, but it was just the opposite,” said Schorr. “He came and sat next to me, and he even gave me kisses,” Schorr said of her introduction to Flip. When it was time to go home Pataskala, OH Schorr was warned it may take some time for the dog to “fit in” if he does so at all. Well, it did take some time, all of two minutes.

According to Grey Muzzle, when senior dogs enter shelters, their future is uncertain. The adoption rate for senior dogs (7 years or older) is lower than that of all other ages combined. Only just over 50 percent find new homes.

The Grey Muzzle Organization dedicated specifically to advancing life saving efforts on behalf of senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters and rescues groups nationwide.  And the problem has worsened in the flagging economy as older dogs may require medical care, which not everyone can afford. For some, the only answer is to give up their beloved dog, feeling that is the best thing.

Meanwhile, Flip and Schorr are living their best lives happily ever after.