SPECIAL PROGRAMS > SENIOR PET ADOPTION
ARF SEPA encourages the adoption of senior and older pets through "Lucy's Senior Pet Adoption Program."
On March 14, 2008, Lucy passed away and crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
ARF SEPA named its Senior Pet Adoption program in Lucy's honor, in the hope that other homes in our area can discover the rewards and joy that come with adopting a senior cat or dog.
Lucy was a completely blind 16-year old beagle who was taken in by ARF SEPA volunteers from an area public shelter. Most shelters will keep a dog for a mandatory period of time, but often 'old' and 'sick' dogs can get put down first.
Lucy was about 10 years old when she was brought to the public shelter as a stray, and she had cataracts so severe that her eyes were the size of ping-pong balls and she was completely blind. A shelter worker contacted ARF SEPA volunteers to ask for assistance to save this little girl, and we're so glad we did. Lucy was examined by an area veterinarian, where it was determined that the pressure in her eyes was so great that they be removed.
After surgery, Lucy rebounded to live a life filled with love in an ARF SEPA volunteers' home. She had a fenced-in yard so she couldn't accidentally wander off, and a doggie door so she could come and go as she pleased.
She went for leash walks around the neighborhood and followed the sound of her person's footsteps so she'd know where to step. Everyone who met
Lucy loved her, from grumpy old men to women who professed that they didn't like dogs. She won over kids of all ages who always came over
to pet Lucy. Lucy lived for 6 years with her adoptive family and we are thankful for every single day of joy that she brought to our
Many seniors have years left to give, yet they are often euthanized first in shelters as people adopt puppies and younger pets.
ARF SEPA encourages the public to consider senior adoptions and provide a pet with the best years during the golden years. ARF SEPA will provide initial veterinary care and waive the adoption fee for senior pet adoptions.
Please contact ARF SEPA at (610) 994-4300 or visit our Senior Pet Adoption link on our Petfinder page. You can pre-register for the size and type of pet you're looking for, and when one becomes available we'll give you a call first.