There are so many joys that come with adopting a new animal into your home, but this doesn’t have to be restricted to a puppy or kitten. Today, many organizations such as The City of Elderly Love, are now embracing the idea that an older animal can still be new to you!
The City of Elderly Love is putting the spotlight on adopting older pets. There are many aging animals in Philadelphia in need of homes and this group is doing their best to remedy the problem.
Q&A With Board Member Ashley Foresta
Q: How was this organization started?
A: City of Elderly Love was incorporated as a rescue organization in Pennsylvania in February, 2014 and we rescued our first senior pet from Philadelphia’s animal control shelter (ACCT) on March 29, 2014. We have also been a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the IRS as of February, 2014. City of Elderly Love’s Board of Directors is made up of foster parents and volunteers who all live in and around Philadelphia. We began volunteering with ACCT within the past 10 years and recognized the lack of support for the shelter’s senior pets.
Q: How has the organization evolved from its origins?
A: City of Elderly Love started as a lifesaving program of our parent organization, Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, to help raise awareness of the amazing adoptable senior pets Philadelphia had to offer. As time went on, we realized that we had the resources and experience necessary to transition City of Elderly Love into its own independently operating subsidiary and no-kill rescue.
Q: Why do you think its important for this organization to exist?
A: Senior pets are often considered “less adoptable” than their younger shelter animal counterparts and were usually selected for euthanasia first when space was an issue. We didn’t feel that age should make a pet any less deserving of being saved and finding a wonderful home. Our motto is “quality over quantity”. It doesn’t matter how long a pet may have left with their adopters as long as they are the best months [or] years of their lives.
Q: How many animals are affected?
A: As of today, April 12, City of Elderly Love has rescued over 280 Philadelphia-area senior dogs and cats.
Q: What’s your happiest rescue story?
A: Its tough to pick just one! We’ve had over 100 traditional adoption success stories, we’ve rescued hospice care animals who were fortunate enough to pass away humanely alongside their loving foster families and not in the shelter and we’ve helped prevent senior pets from entering the shelter in the first place by providing veterinary support to them and their original families.
But if we had to choose just one, we recently rescued an obese senior Rottweiler from ACCT after she was surrendered due to having a cancerous tumor on her toe. Since having the osteosarcoma removed and beginning an appropriate diet, Aries feels and acts like a dog half her age. We often say that our animals age backwards because once provided the necessary vet care allowing them to feel better, their true personalities can finally shine through. Aries is currently in foster care and available for adoption!
The City of Elderly Love is always looking for new foster homes, adopters and private donors to help further their mission. You can find them at www.cityofelderlylove.org, which includes information about their upcoming events, or reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!