A few dogs are spending their golden years living the good life on the couch, in the yard, or anywhere they choose.
The Old Mutt Hut takes in senior dogs to give them a second chance at life.
Every day starts with a morning walk. Even if it’s just to check the mail, for these dogs, it’s a little adventure.
“If they were in a shelter or another situation like that, I don’t think they would get such attentive care,” said Rebecca Robillard, the Old Mutt Hut’s senior dog caregiver.
Molly and Kaya are two of the four dogs Robillard helps take care of, otherwise known as the “Mutt Momma.”
“It’s nice because they’re senior dogs. So we go out, we do our thing, and then they all just come in and nap, haha,” Robillard said.
They’re part of the Old Mutt Tut, a local non-profit that runs like a retirement home for dogs; a sanctuary complete with sofas and toys.
“We didn’t have any interest in putting these dogs, who had been loyal pets their whole life, into a kennel or crate and say, ‘you know, okay, you probably have a few years left, enjoy them in the kennel,'” said Sharon Peters, co-founder of the Old Mutt Hut.
“Pinto is a snuggler, he just wants to be held,” Robillard said.
Peters says senior dogs are probably the most vulnerable population, especially during the holiday season.
“Somebody will say, ‘lets get the kids a new puppy for Christmas! And the older dog gets shunned to the side. Maybe the older dog doesn’t enjoy the puppy because the puppy wants to chew on it all the time. So, a lot of them wind up in shelters for that reason,” Peters said.
The non-profit was built to be senior dog friendly with ramps, laminate floors, and a gate wrapping around the entire house.
And they follow standard animal shelter procedures from isolation and behavioral testing for new dogs.
“Molly’s a little spitfire, she loves pacing back and forth, which is very unusual because she’s very arthritic and almost 17 years old,” Robillard said.
And while their time with each dog may be short, the Old Mutt Hut team knows they’re helping these senior dogs live their best life.
“It’s such a peaceful place out here. They are jumping around, dancing, having a good time, bonding with the other dogs in the house. So, they are really thankful I think, for their second chance,” Peters said.
The Old Mutt Hut wants everyone to know that they are not a dumping ground for unwanted dogs.
They say their dogs come almost exclusively from shelters and rescues. And while they take in each dog believing the dog will stay with them for the rest of their lives, they are not opposed to adopting out a younger dog.
Right now, they have a limit of 15 dogs, but they hope to open a second home for senior dogs in the next three years.
If you’d like to donate or volunteer, you can give them a call at (719) 287-0030, send them an email at email@example.com or reach out to them via their Facebook page or website.