Pacific Grove, CA
The Sunday Review
The quality of a dog can be improved, according to research. of For the love of life senior Residents are growing their Activity and socialization. But what about the? senior Ages and It becomes more difficult to care for them. their pet?
Carie Broecker learned about this issue more than a decade ago while helping to care for an elderly woman’s dog. Broecker and Alice had been five years old when Alice adopted Broecker’s dog. Broecker offered help after Alice was diagnosed with emphysema.
Broecker took great care of While Alice was attending medical appointments, Savannah, the dog, visited Alice. Broecker would then bring Savannah the dog to visit Alice after she was transferred to hospice. During Alice’s final days, her biggest worry was what would happen to her dog after she passed.
“I said I promise I will make sure that Savannah finds a good home,” Broecker stated. “She was so relieved that I could make that promise to her.”
After leaving that visit with Alice, Broecker came up with an idea that would become her life’s work.
“I remember it clear as day,” Broecker stated. “The whole concept of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue came to me: the name, and that we would take in dogs from senior citizens who were dying.”
Broecker and Monica Rua co-founded the non-profit, both of whom also worked in animal rescue. and The idea was also added of rescuing senior dogs Shelters. In 2009, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue The birth of the first child.
The organization takes dogs From senior Senior citizens who are unable or unwilling to care for themselves have entered a nursing home, or have died. Many times, it’s family members who contact the organization to surrender their aging family member’s dog.
“Often times, the dog can be your last connection to that person,” Broecker stated. “You’re giving away a part of that person who was so special to you. So, it can be really hard.”
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue found these dogs New Homes and Every year, the owner checks in on the dog to make sure he is well. of their life.
“We’ve seen it over and over again that dogs can adjust after losing their person and become part of a new family,” Broecker stated. “You’d love for them to be together forever, but when that’s not possible, we’re really glad we’re here to be a safety net.”
In general, a senior doesn’t need to surrender their Dogs just need some help. As part of the organization’s dog walking program, a volunteer will go to the senior’s house to walk their Dog for 30 minutes to an hour
“We can preserve that human-animal bond and make this person’s life better and brighter through our services … it’s about honoring the elderly,” Broecker stated.
The Nonprofits also help senior dogs Find forever homes. It can be difficult for shelters that are overcrowded to give. senior dogs They deserve the love and attention they require, so Peace of Mind Dog Rescue works with local shelters to find out what Mind Dog Rescue can do for them. senior dogs They can pull. and help adopt out.
After a medical checkup, the dogs Placed in foster homes The The organization has over 160 foster homes, which allows the organization to provide care for its children. dogs Stay in a comfortable location and It is important for the adopter to understand how the dog behaves within a home environment.
The dog is then available for adoption. Broecker says they’re up front with adopters about any medical issues, since many senior dogs Have some degree of Medical needs
“It blows us away over and over again how somebody will fall in love with a silly-looking blind chihuahua with a tongue hanging out and all kinds of medical issues,” Broecker stated.
The organization has so far helped more than 2,000 people. senior citizens and Nearly 3,000 people have found homes. dogs. Broecker believes that seniors should be able to move on from this phase. of their Dignity is a way to live your life.
“In our society, sometimes the elderly, whether that is senior people or senior dogs, get ignored,” Broecker stated. “We really want to cherish all of life.”
The Sunday Review’s Meg Dunn spoke with Broecker about her work. Below is an edited copy. of their conversation.
The Sunday Review: Your company recently opened a veterinary hospital. How has this helped you?
Carie Broecker: Peace has been in operation for about 10 years of Mind Dog Rescue was the first to realize that we needed our very own veterinary clinic. We used to work with 15 different vets in the region. All of them were wonderful and gave us a discount. But it was a lot. of Administrative management of The medical records and It was expensive. We can now rescue more with our own vet hospital and You can save a lot of time.
All of our veterinary staff are trained by us. of The dogs get a complete exam, heartworm test, senior blood panel, urinalysis. There are many. of They may need to have x-rays, ultrasounds or both for various reasons. Biopsies are also required at times. of All types of masses.
The Sunday Review: You’ve also expanded your program to help more than just seniors.
Broecker: We offer financial assistance through the Helping Paw program. So low-income pet guardians – and a lot of senior citizens are in that low-income category – if they have veterinary care that’s needed and they can’t afford it, we have $500 grants each year for people to apply. And sometimes it’s just an ear infection, sometimes we’re paying because the dog has a broken leg and we’re contributing $500 to that. But that’s how we help to keep people and their Animals together
The Sunday Review: Why do you believe people should adopt a? senior dog?
Broecker: There are many options. of Benefits of adopting a senior dog. They’re typically calmer and Some sort of training. They often type of Find out how life works. and it’s very rewarding for the person. It sounds nice, I’m sorry. of cliché, but I really do feel like they are grateful, and they know what they’ve been through, and there’s a relief once they settle.
When they finally curl up and Place it. and You just feel like you need to, just sigh. “Okay, they just realized they’re home.”
Do you want to be involved? You can find out more the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue website and See how we can help.
Peace can be supported by donations of Mind Dog Rescue via GoFundMe click here