Dog retirement home gives senior dogs a new ‘leash’ on life

Marty’s Place is located in Upper Freehold Township in New Jersey. The nonprofit organization works to give senior…
home for senior dog

Marty’s Place is located in Upper Freehold Township in New Jersey. The nonprofit organization works to give senior dogs a place to call home.

The founder of the sanctuary, Doreen Jakubcak, explains the focus on senior dogs:

The chances of an older dog being adopted and leaving a shelter is not as great as for a puppy so we decided we wanted to help senior dogs.

Doreen Jakubcak

Dogs coming into the sanctuary are guaranteed a forever home. When the sanctuary makes a commitment to the dog, they are making a promise: the dog might be adopted into a new home or stay at the sanctuary, but no matter what, they get a home for good.

At the sanctuary, dogs get everything they need to thrive. They gets lots of space, companionship with human carers and other dogs, medical care, dental care, and activities.

The activities are both “physically and mentally stimulating.” They take into account each dog’s needs based on their age and corresponding abilities. Dogs can go along the walking trails, swim in the pool, sleep in their suites, and play and relax in the “family room” with volunteers.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sanctuary has suffered financial challenges. But the staff is hard at work to raise money to run the sanctuary, using virtual events as fundraisers. On their website, they have a wish list of items they need for the dogs’ care.

Marty’s Place wants people to think differently about senior dogs.

A volunteer named Rennie Ranken says that “people don’t realize how rewarding it can be to adopt” senior dogs. She says senior dogs “know” and appreciate what it means when you take them into your home. So, in return, they will give “you endless love.”

Article source: ABC7 News

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