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IN THE ARMS OF THE ANGELS ~ Senior Partners: Older Americans and Mature Pets ~ Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

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- 4181 days ago -
When Marjorie Smith walked into the Idaho Humane Society, the 72-year-old was struggling with the recent loss of her son and the 9-11 tragedy. ~ Gus, a 10-year-old Scottish terrier, had been waiting patiently, but his family still hadn't returned for him.


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Sunday December 9, 2007, 1:50 am

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Dave O (2637)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 2:02 am


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Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 5:28 am
That is a beautiful story that is full of love. I loved that. :)

. (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 6:59 am
Noted with thanks, Dave, for this article and all you do to help these precious furry bundles of joy.

Sammantha L (126)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 8:19 am
My tote bag is on its way!!!!!! I'm expecting it any day now. I love the story both seniors benefit.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 8:28 am
A heartwarming story, thanks Dave!

Gwen H (66)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 8:55 am

Linda D (41)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 10:31 am
I like to read a story with a happy ending. Sometimes the best remedy for loneliness for a senior is adopting a senior pet if they can care for them. I wish all the states had senior programs.

"Another advantage of shelters is that many of them offer senior programs. The Idaho Humane Society, where Smith adopted Gus, has placed thousands of pets with seniors through a program called Pets for People, which waives the adoption fee, spay/neuter charge and initial vaccination when a senior adopts an adult pet."

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 11:32 am
great story is so nice to read this kind of story than the abuse kind...thank you for sharing & caring...noted

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 12:27 pm
Thanks Dave. I loved it! Noted and shared!

Eternal Optimist (115)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 12:45 pm
Noted. Thanks Dave for starting my day all warm and fuzzy, you are a gem :)

Jennie B (14)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 1:40 pm
Dave, thank you. Wonderful story-an older woman feeling alone after loss finding her forever pet finding her and love once again. Best of all, it really happened! I am so glad to know there is an organization like this - senior cats need homes, too! Although I hate the term senior used for humans, I'm just happy that older cats are getting attention they deserve. When I turned 49, I adopted Marmelade because she was 49 in human years and I knew no one would want her with all the cute kittens around. She turned out to be such a sweetheart with nothing but love to give. I can still see her napping peacefully in my 92 yr. old mom's lap, providing the only kind of love and comfort she knew how-and mom in the middle stages of Alzheimer's responded beautifully. She would relax and finally go to sleep, both she and Marmelaide snoozing in dad's old lounger. Noted/Shared.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 1:46 pm
its nice hearing loving stories like this one every now and then!! Makes me realize all over again what I am fighting for!!!

Iris Cosier (4)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 1:49 pm
Iam from UK.Iam 72yrs old and have a pet cat .I live in sheltered accommodation where Iwas allowed to have her in my flatwith me. Been here 2 yrs and she is the pet and friend to everone.She loves the attention she gets and gives pleasure to the other tenants.This should be allowed as long as the animals are well looked after.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 3:16 pm

Patricia Prior (21)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 3:28 pm
Such a beautiful story, Dave. Her quality of life has improved so much thanks to that little guy!

. (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 4:24 pm
Noted, what a touching story. Thanks for sharing and for all you do for the senior cats.
I've ordered an ASC tote bag and looking forward to using it with pride! Angela

Theresa Chartrand (69)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 6:43 pm
Thank you Dave,what a great story!

Sharon D (91)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 6:59 pm
Thank you for sharing this great story Dave O. Noted with tears of happiness.

Fay Kelley (190)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 9:00 pm
Awesome *thanks*

Brandy Huston (230)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 9:36 pm
Noted thanks Dave.

gail dair (0)
Sunday December 9, 2007, 10:47 pm
noted dave and thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2007, 12:32 am
Noted, Thanks

Lisa Swift (79)
Monday December 10, 2007, 1:31 am
Noted! Thanks, Dave!

There's another population of people out here who can benefit from senior pets: the disabled. Some of us will never have access to service animals, and we are alone, but for our furbabies. I have 3 furbabies of the feline persuasion, and one of them is a senior cat. The boys are fun to watch and play with, and they cuddle, too, but their grandma is the most dignified and loving lady you would ever chance to meet. They purr me to sleep every rime I lie down, and at least one of them stays with me until I'm awake again. They have worked out their own schedule of who stays with Mom and when.

I would love to see a program whereby the disabled could adopt senior animals! Both the disabled and the animals have so very much to give!

Pam F (221)
Monday December 10, 2007, 1:57 am
A lovely and touching story - and I very much agree with Iris and Lisa - there would be mutual benefits for all concerned.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2007, 2:07 am
one of the most remarkable elderly kitty anctuaries in the world

Inge Boey (56)
Monday December 10, 2007, 3:25 am
Thank you Dave.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2007, 6:43 am

VS M (8)
Monday December 10, 2007, 12:07 pm
A wonderful story. Thanks Dave.

MaryAnn B (80)
Monday December 10, 2007, 10:38 pm
Thank you Dave for this endearing story.
I thoroughly love kitty stories that
make evident the social relevance and natural, utmost,
and vital importance and benefits
of cats shown to be integrated in our environment!
And the comfort and healing potentials, that Cats may offer and freely give to those who
open up their hearts, minds and souls to embrace them...
Kudos to the kitties and kudos to you Dave!!

Elainna Crowell (174)
Tuesday December 11, 2007, 1:48 am
One of the cruellest aspects of being old and living in lo-rental, subsidized housing is being denied a dog. I would love to adopt a senior dog and have had the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, we aren't even allowed to have one visit us. I know all about the health benefits of pets, in many long term care hospitals, people are allowed pet visitors and they do so much better. Sadly enough, dogs and cats are rarely allowed in apartments. I dearly love my bird, but he will not take me for a walk. :-( Thanks for the article Dave.

Soledad Posac (60)
Tuesday December 11, 2007, 8:43 am
Noted, thanks

Jim P (3247)
Tuesday December 11, 2007, 11:00 am
Great story.

stephanie v (85)
Friday December 14, 2007, 3:52 pm
Thanks for the heart-warming story Dave!

Carolyn Coffie (66)
Saturday December 15, 2007, 7:45 am
Dave that was a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.


Deborah Owen (6)
Saturday December 15, 2007, 1:03 pm
What a lovely story. Thanks for bringing this to our attention

Dorothy Johnson (24)
Tuesday December 18, 2007, 7:02 pm
Thanks Dave for that.Lovely story .

Brian Smith (11)
Monday January 14, 2008, 11:57 pm
Noted. Thanks again for all you do, Dave!
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