Posted 2 months ago ago
There are thousands of dogs sat waiting in rescue centres to go to their 'furever' home and sadly older dogs are often overlooked.
For older Staffordshire Bull Terriers the situation is no different.
In 2012 Senior Staffy Club (SSC) was set up by one woman, Kate Lee, to try to improve the odds for the many older staffies and staffy crosses waiting in rescues for new homes.
Kate set the club up after she adopted two senior Staffies separately. She took on Buster after he had been waiting eight months in kennels for a new home.
She then adopted Madge who was in the pound and due to be put to sleep. Buster and Madge adored each other and were best friends until Buster sadly passed away.
In less than a decade, SSC has rehomed 346 dogs, however, the charity now has to source between £60,000 and £95,000 each year to keep running. Senior doggos are expensive to look after however, meaning the charity’s vet bills are high.
During what was an incredibly difficult year for everyone in 2020, the charity set up a Covid fund to help owners of staffies that were struggling to afford vet bills as a result of job losses or being furloughed.
The club, which has a range of beautiful of dogs who are currently waiting to be rehomed, accepts Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffy Crosses who are aged seven years and older.
It also helps to promote senior Staffies in other rescues who are looking for a new home.
SSC - which is run entirely by volunteers - doesn’t have its own rescue centre yet but it uses two boarding kennels, in Worcester and Stoke, alongside vetted foster homes.
All dogs that arrive at SSC spend at least two weeks in one of the kennels so their temperament and personality can be assessed before many of them go off to foster homes, where they can be looked at further to find out what kind of home they’d be best suited to.
If you think you could give an old dog a new lease of life the Senior Staffy Club website.