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Senior Dog Left At Shelter to Be Put Down By Family of 12 Years Now Living Happiest Life As Veterinarian Adopts Her

Senior Dog Left At Shelter to Be Put Down By Family of 12 Years Now Living Happiest Life As Veterinarian Adopts Her

The family has adopted the dos 12 years ago from the same shelter and wanted to put her down because of her old age.

Netty was adopted 12 years ago from a Philadelphia shelter in just three days. However, her owners dropped her back in the same shelter this year. They said that it was time to euthanize the dog who is 15-years-old. Maddie Bernstein, manager of lifesaving at the Pennsylvania SPCA told Washington Post, "She was returned with requested euthanasia. She was old and having some incontinence difficulties in the house."

Her previous owners, "weren’t interested in talking about other options for her, like medications." However, when the shelter's veterinary team examined Netty, they discovered that she still had a lot of life in her. Bernstein said, "They felt like she still had a quality of life. They started her on meds, and she did really well. She was starting to improve."

 



 

 

Hence, the shelter began looking for homes for Netty which is difficult for senior dogs. Staff decided to post Netty's story on social media, where they had previously had success placing senior dogs. Pennsylvania SPCA wrote in a Facebook post, "We hate to break your hearts, again, but here we are. We are looking for a home where she can spend whatever time she has left."

"Netty is VERY low maintenance, and could live with dogs, cats, and respectful kids,” the post continued. “Can you please help us spread the word about this beautiful soul to get her out of the shelter and into a warm, cozy bed?"

 



 

 

Amy Kidd, a veterinarian in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was moved by the public plea since her family had recently lost their 12-year-old rescue dog, Monty, to cancer. They were looking for a new senior pet to bring into their household, and Netty fit their house perfectly. He said, "As soon as I saw her face, I was like okay, she's the one that needs to come to my house." The 48-year-old and her husband have been caring for senior canines for over a decade. Despite the fact that many of the dogs they took had a life expectancy of only a month or two, some of them lived three or four years longer.

Kidd added, "When they get to our house, it's kind of a fountain of youth." 

 



 

 

"We try to do what's best for them, as long as we possibly can. Our plan is to only take senior pets into our family, or animals that have problems, need medication and extra care." On August 9, while Kidd was at work at Popcopson Veterinary Station in West Chester, her daughter and two boys went about 40 miles from their home in Kennett Square to Philadelphia to pick up Netty. They also brought two of their older dogs to ensure that the group got along.  

Emilea Suplick, Kidd’s daughter said, "It was time to meet her, and I saw her walk down the hallway. It was time to meet her, and I saw her walk down the hallway." The elderly dog was well-behaved on the hour-long drive to her new home and "just settled in right away," according to Suplick. "She knew she was home," she added. Netty's incontinence was rapidly controlled with medicine, and arthritis in her lower spine and elbows has been progressively improving. 

 



 

 

Kidd said, "She's kind of a stubborn girl, and it's pretty funny because she's supposed to be this old lady that can't walk. She is officially the queen bee of the house. She made her way all the way up the stairs by herself, no problem. She does that on a daily basis... I have a feeling she's going to be around for quite a bit." 

"She has so much to offer, and we are so lucky to have her. I hope that other people are inspired by her story and give adult dogs a chance."

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/09/01/netty-pennsylvania-spca-senior-dog/

https://www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaSPCA/posts/5426045714105941

Cover Image Source: Pennsylvania SPCA/Facebook