Ranked as the second-largest state in landmass (Alaska #1), Texas is both significant in size and euthanasia practice as a means for controlling rural shelter animal overcrowding.
According to Shelter Animal Count, the largest national data bank, Texas has the continuing distinction of killing more pets than any other state in the nation.
According to Rhonda Minardi (Founder/Executive Director), “time is not a friend to senior dogs living in rural Texas shelters, and it is particularly cruel to those medically or emotionally challenged. Depending on the need for kennel space, an old dog may survive 7 – 10 days. Still, for those that have life-limiting conditions, a history of aggression, or owner requested euthanasia, the luxury of time could be as little as 72 hours.
Sanctuary Vs. Adoption
Time is precisely the landscape Living Grace Canine Ranch aims to change through our sanctuary and innovative adoption programs. “Our ultimate vision is never to have a senior dog step one paw into a shelter,” says Minardi.
Let’s face it. Not all rescued dogs are suitable or safe for mainstream families. But does that mean they are unworthy of life, to feel love or joy? LGCR’s answer is to offer these ‘damaged creatures’ permanent resident status, in other words, to live ‘in-sanctuary for the remainder of their life-journey.
Many LGCR residents are perfectly suitable to live in harmony within a family setting on the flip side. Most often, the problem they face is what Minardi calls 'shelter performance appeal.’
Unlike puppies or young adults, senior dogs may not be ‘enticed’ by visitors’ ‘baby voices of oohs, aahs, and smooching sounds.’ They may go so far as to look at a wall or not look at all.
Blue Skies Smilin’ At Me
They may be smiling at Willie Nelson, but until now, not so much for Texas senior canines. “Living Grace Canine Ranch is the new sheriff in town,” says Minardi. One bunkhouse today, two more on the way, will serve up to 100 adoptive-disadvantage dogs, all of who will thrive on life when given the opportunity. Come to think of it. They might not want to be adopted, after all.
Time To Change The Clock
Consider joining us to change a sheltered senior dog’s clock from fear to feeling safe, valued, and, most importantly, loved. This Christmas, twenty old dogs will wake to Texas blue skies, a clean, cozy bed, and they will howl ‘this is the best day ever.’ Let's welcome home eighty more by Christmas 2021.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”