Holy cow! Never in my wildest imagination could I anticipate the response this article would get. I can’t thank Laura Coffey more. She wrote such a beautiful piece and it has touched so many! My inbox keeps filling up. It’s been so wonderful reading about all the seniors that have touched so many. The best part though? SO MANY folks are telling that because of the article they have changed their minds about adopting an older animal. Holy cow! Such amazing news. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunny and Gabby thank you too. :-)

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‘No dog should die alone': Photographer promotes senior pet adoption

Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until about a year ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.

“I thought it would just be too sad and painful,” said Fusaro, 44, of Los Angeles. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.”

Fast-forward to the present: Fusaro is lavishing affection on the most recent addition to her family, a sweet-natured 17-year-old dog named Sunny. Sunny rewired Fusaro’s view of older dogs so completely that she decided to launch a photography project called “Silver Hearts” to show how much senior pets have to offer.

“My hope is to inspire people to not overlook the old ones,” Fusaro said.

From a ‘comfy couch’ to a dog kennel

While doing volunteer photography work to help animals get adopted from jam-packed shelters in L.A., Fusaro grew increasingly alarmed by how many senior dogs were languishing because no one wanted them. And when she learned that many pet owners surrender their dogs near the end of the animals’ lives, she was appalled.

Then Fusaro observed how painful the whole situation can be for everyone involved.

“It’s often an economic thing,” she said. “I’ve seen people just in tears and just so torn that they have to give up their animal. … It’s really been eye-opening.”

Animal welfare experts see such scenarios all across the country. Confronted with a serious illness or another major life upheaval — such as a divorce, a home foreclosure or even a military deployment — an animal owner suddenly may be unable to care for a longtime pet.

Another common situation with older dogs is that their older human owners move into nursing facilities that do not accept pets.

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Chance {Senior Dog}

Posted on July 17, 2013

Chance is such a good boy! I had a blast photographing him all over town. But I think Chance would say his favorite spot was the hot dog stand! Randy was working that day and Chance reminded him of his dog from long ago. And you know what that meant? Lots of hots dogs for this special silver heart.





Healy {Senior Dogs}

Posted on July 15, 2013

Thanks to Teresa and Ray, Healy will live the rest of his years in style. This boy is blind but that doesn’t stop him. We had a great time ‘down on the farm’.