Small Dog, Big Love
Oliver is a 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who was surrendered to us when his family could no longer care for him.
Oliver had some medical issues going on, including difficulty walking with his back legs and some dental work that needed to be done.
Kristen, who is our Development Director, tends to have a soft spot for senior dogs. She instantly took notice of this tiny dog with a big heart and lots of love to give.
“I was at work and saw Oliver after he was surrendered. He caught my eye immediately as I loved his Jack Russell face and the fact that I have a soft spot for older, small dogs and Oliver is 14. Over the next couple weeks, I’d have Oliver sit with me in my office during work just to give him some extra love and affection while he awaited his forever home.” – Oliver’s Dog Mom.
Pup with Perseverance
Oliver was a hit with everyone in the office, and loved being around people. Even with his difficulty with his hind legs, he still made his way around to say hello to everyone when he would come to visit with Kristen.
Oliver needed to go into foster care, so he would not have to wait at the shelter for his dental work to be completed. We wanted to make sure that he was comfortable in a home, and one of our amazing foster volunteers came to pick him up!
“When the day came where he went to a foster home while he waited for his dental work, I was so happy he’d be in a home but was a little sad knowing he wouldn’t be hanging out with me anymore. I would have adopted him before he went to the foster but at the time I had several small senior dogs at home and was also fostering a mom and her six puppies as well.” –Oliver’s Dog Mom.
Oliver spent a month in foster care, and we came to learn that he had an eye issue going on as well. It was decided that for the best quality of life for this little guy, he would need to have surgery to have his eye removed.
Home at Last
Just after Kristen’s foster puppies had been adopted into happy homes, she learned that Oliver was ready to find his forever home.
“I went to see him before his eye surgery and after and he crawled right into my lap and put his paw on the tattoo on my arm of my very first rescue dog, Petey, and I knew this was meant to be. I adopted Oliver two days later and he’s fitting in perfectly. We are so thankful for NHS and the life-saving work they do to give all animals, and especially the seniors, the chance at life they deserve.” – Oliver’s Dog Mom.
Senior is the New Puppy
Oliver is now fitting in perfectly in his new home. He loves his parents as well as all of his new siblings! He gets tons of love, playtime and snuggles. We are so happy to see him enjoying his days soaking up the sun and living it up. We love seeing senior dogs getting a second chance at a wonderful life, as they make such great companions! If you have a story that you want to share about your senior pup or kitty, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.