Michigan Dog Hospice Gives Unwanted Senior Pups a Place to Be Loved and Adored

PEOPLE.com | 4/20/2017 | Kelli Bender
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The name Silver Muzzle Cottage offers a hint about the kind of dogs this program is dedicated to.

Senior canines can find a warm and welcoming home here, regardless of being sick, disabled or unwanted. Silver Muzzle Cottage is a non-profit in Elk Rapids, Michigan, run by a group of dog lovers who are dedicated to giving senior dogs in shelters and those relinquished by owners a magical place in which to spend their golden years.

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This brilliant and inspiring program was started two years ago by owner Kim Skarritt, who was sick of hearing about senior dogs being abandoned or relinquished by their owners when the dogs became too much work when they simply required a little extra care. According to the Detroit Free Press, her rescue and hospice for aging canines is the only facility like it in the state — and one of the few in the country.

“They don’t ask for much when they’re really old. They want to be loved and cared for, they want food and they just need a warm place to lay their head at night,” 56-year-old Skarritt, who has taken in more than 70 dogs so far, told the Detroit Free Press. “At some point they were cared for, and then when they needed it most they’re not. And that’s why they really need a place like ours.”

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Dogs requiring 24/7 care due to their failing health have a home at Silver Muzzle, which is currently undergoing renovations to offer on-site, around-the-clock care from trained professionals that will allow them to live their final moments cage-free in dignity and comfort. For those seniors dogs who are advanced in years but need less assistance, Silver Muzzle provides them with a temporary home until they can be adopted or fostered out.

Silver Muzzle Cottage started when Skarritt...
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