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Senior dogs are falling from the sky lately. GRRNT has taken in several in the last two weeks, as well as DFW Metro GRR, and there are half a dozen posted on GRF.

Poor Golden oldies, I don't understand how anyone could ditch them after all their life with them.
 

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I know it's the economy. People are getting rid of dogs and cats of all ages, but even more so the older ones, as many older pets are more expensive to care for.

For me, Ken & I would live on the street before we would ever consider parting with our babies, who are almost 10 and 11 years old now.
 

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I think it is the economy, but also not everyone thinks of their dogs as we do (I don't believe you would be on the forum if they weren't so special to you).

I know my old guy is quite expensive. He has had health issues all year and is now on Science Diet W/D at $2 per an and $60+ per 30 lb bag.

Buster's owner opted to not retrieve him, but I found out he would have been subject to up to $1000 in roaming fine and $500 for no rabies. Couldn't you get a friend to adopt him for you to avoid the fines????? He had been there 17 days when ACC posted him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, I'm glad his owners didn't go that route now that he has some lovely feet to lay his head on.

It's just sad, but there are also a lot of dogs/puppies and cats/kittens dumped around here. It happens all the time though.
 

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I am not even going to go into the amount we spend on our beloved Molson per month but it is enough that the receptionist at the vet makes jokes to soothe the shock! I couldn't even contemplate what goes through your mind, let alone heart having to give up your golden at any age let alone when they are senior, my mind won't even let me go there to comment!
 

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It's raining all ages of goldens in Colorado. I check craigslist daily all over the state and reply to the posters, telling them about GRRR and how to do an owner surrender. Five in the last three days, two were seniors, the other three youngsters. The common excuse is the owner doesn't have enough time for the dog, the dog deserves better, and oh by the way, the owners want to charge you to take the dog off their hands. It's hard to be polite!!!!
 

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You know you are in senior land when you have a standing 3:00 monday appointment at the vet's! I think the economy, a view of dogs as being disposable possessions, an aging population all have something to do with this. A few of the reasons I can understand - most I cannot. It was why my decision to adopt my bonded senior pair was so difficult. They have huge medical problems and by continuing to foster the rescue would continue covering the cost. But is that fair to the rescue, when I hoped to keep the dogs for the rest of their lives?

On the other hand, by adopting them I can no longer foster. I am at my limit. I chose to adopt, but seeing all of the seniors coming into the program breaks my heart. We just need to find more foster homes who appreciate the wonder of the seniors. And they truly are wonder-full!
 

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The ones we have gotten in, have been because the owners dont want to deal with them.. accidents in the house etc....
 
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