A new initiative is helping old dogs find their perfect elderly companion and supporting the pair to ensure neither go without the love and companionship they deserve.
The Cape Dachshund Rescue group has launched a new initiative called the “Frosty Face Fostering Programme” which aims to free up space in their shelters while offering elderly dogs and retirees the chance for one-in-a-lifetime companionship.
It has become increasingly difficult for older dogs to be adopted and for elderly individuals to support an adopted dog with the current state of the economy.
This initiative makes use of a concept that will allow pensioners to have the joy of caring for a dog without the high cost of vet bills, and in return, senior dogs get a chance to retire comfortably.
There are a few rules for applying to join the programme, these are:
- The applicant must be 60 or older
- The dog in question would have to be 10 or older
- It would be an “open-ended” fostering, whereby the home would keep the dog until either the dog crosses the Rainbow Bridge or the circumstances of the applicant change – i.e. assisted living, or they themselves cross the Rainbow Bridge
- Cape Dachshund Rescue will be liable for any vet expenses incurred, bearing in mind however that major surgery at this age is inadvisable
- The applicant would be responsible for the day-to-day living expenses of caring for their canine companion, i.e. food and water
- There would be no adoption fee applicable
- Should the applicant’s circumstances change to the point that they are no longer able to care for the dog, the dog would be returned to Cape Dachshund Rescue or should a family member opt to adopt the dog, the relevant home check of the family member will apply
- Applicants would need to reside near or in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and the Garden Route.
Locals looking to join the programme can do so by mailing [email protected]