Founded in 2009, North Bay nonprofit Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary rescues, relocates and welcomes large breed senior dogs in northern California.
This week, Lily’s Legacy expands its reach across the country once again with its third annual edition Senior Dog Rescue Week, partnered with two dozen other senior dog rescues across the United States to raise awareness of the needs and benefits of senior dogs around the world.
Saving Senior Dogs Week, which runs October 25-31, is a week-long national social media campaign to highlight the struggles of homeless senior dogs and the joys of adopting them. The campaign also aims to reduce unnecessary euthanasia and provide existing senior dog rescues in the United States with much needed funding to carry out their missions.
âWe are delighted to enter our third year of Senior Dog Saving Week and see all the support we have garnered for our cause over the past two years,â said Alice Mayn, Executive Director of Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary and creator of Save Senior Dogs Week. âThe continued and growing support from our sponsors and rescues has been phenomenal. We still have a long way to go, but I’m incredibly positive about the progress and the difference we’re making. “
This year’s Saving Senior Dogs Week features 25 senior dog rescues from across the United States that will share several adoption stories, facts and myths about adopting senior dogs, resources to help senior dog owners and how the public can help.
New for 2021, Saving Senior Dogs Week is also in partnership with the New York Dog Film Festival, which supports animal welfare organizations across the country that focus on the most vulnerable dogs. A portion of every ticket sold across the country will benefit all participating Saving Senior Dogs Week rescues.
It is estimated that approximately 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. Although there are approximately 14,000 animal rescue organizations nationwide, approximately 50 of them are dedicated exclusively to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehousing of senior dogs.
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic presented a new set of problems for homeless senior dogs. While the pandemic has led to an increase in pet adoptions in the United States, it has also seen an increase in pet surrenders due to financial hardships from Covid-19.
âWe still haven’t seen the full effect of the pandemic when it comes to older homeless dogs, and I don’t think we’ll see it for some time,â Mayn said. âWe are seeing more and more homeowners having to surrender due to the financial hardships of Covid-19, and we are also seeing surrenders due to homeowners re-entering the workforce who can no longer afford to care for their own. dogs. We certainly have our work to do now more than ever. “
All funds raised during the weeklong campaign will go to saving thousands of homeless senior dogs. Seventy-five percent of the fundraising proceeds will be split evenly among participating senior dog rescue organizations. The remaining twenty-five percent of the funds will go to the Saving Senior Dogs grant fund to provide veterinary care and dog supplies to new nonprofit senior dog rescues.
For more information on Save Senior Dogs Week or to donate, visit Savingseniordogsweek.org.