Senior Citizen Welcomes Companion: After 700 Shelter Days, Dog Chooses Her - Jaxery

Senior Citizen Welcomes Companion: After 700 Shelter Days, Dog Chooses Her

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In a heartwarming tale of companionship and mutual support, a Texas senior citizen has opened her heart and home to Velcro, a 10-year-old Carolina dog mix, creating a bond that transcends age and circumstance. Velcro’s journey began at Austin Pets Alive (APA), an animal rescue in Austin, where he had resided since 2022.

Upon his arrival, Velcro presented with challenges typical of senior dogs, including arthritis and advancing neurological and musculoskeletal issues affecting his spine and back legs. Despite his loving demeanor, finding a suitable home for Velcro proved to be a daunting task for APA staff, who were in search of a calm environment with an understanding and patient owner.

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Meanwhile, 74-year-old Jeanette, who had recently experienced the loss of two senior dogs, was in search of a new companion to share her golden years. Through APA’s foster-to-adopt program, Jeanette crossed paths with Velcro in February, and the connection between them was instant. Participating in the program, Jeanette received at-home behavior consultations and ongoing adoption support, facilitating Velcro’s smooth transition into his new home environment.

Jeanette expressed her hope that Velcro’s successful adoption would inspire others to consider adopting older or special-needs pets, highlighting the profound love and gratitude these animals can offer. Describing Velcro’s constant presence by her side, Jeanette felt as though he had “adopted” her, cementing their bond of companionship and devotion.

Velcro’s journey at APA spanned a total of 700 days before finding his perfect match in Jeanette, underscoring the life-changing impact of patience and love in the adoption process. Their heartwarming story serves as a poignant reminder of the special bond between humans and their pets, exemplifying the transformative power of compassion and companionship in enriching the lives of both.

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