Dog Day Saturday – God Bless House With a Heart Seniors Sanctuary

Tiny Tim or TT - House With a Heart Pet Sanctuary
Tiny Tim or TT – House With a Heart Pet Sanctuary
For a few years now we’ve subscribed to House With a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary newsletters and updates. This wonderful sanctuary provides forever homes to senior dogs and cats who in their later years find themselves left at the pound or other shelter, and unfortunately, passed over for adoption because of either their age, pre-existing medical issues that require special care and financial commitment, their appearance may be less appealing than younger animals for potential adoption and other reasons. That’s where House With a Heart comes in. When the dogs or cats are at the end of the road and no one wants them, House With a Heart is there to provide a warm, loving forever home.

In their own words, this is what they’re about: “In 2006, Sher Polvinale and her late husband, Joe, created a senior pet sanctuary in their home. Sanctuary residents are dogs who have lost their families and homes through no fault of their own. Because of their advanced age and various medical conditions, they have little chance of being adopted.

House with a Heart is not a foster home or rescue group. Once a dog becomes a resident, it has a loving home for life. Our Director, Sher, devotes herself full-time to caring for the pets and maintaining and improving the Sanctuary.

HWAH is supported by volunteers from Montgomery County and the surrounding Metro areas that walk, bathe, and care for the residents, as well as clean and maintain the house and two-acre property. As of 2013, 55 dedicated volunteers had joined the HWAH family.”

Watch the below video to learn more about the caring woman who runs the sanctuary and how you can get involved, help her out with wishlist items or monetary donations. For many years now we have adopted dogs only from rescues or rescued them ourselves — at one time sharing our home with seven dogs. I relate to Sher’s story. She and her late husband rescued pets for 30 years before starting House With a Heart in 2006. As a senior couple ourselves with three dogs, if and when we adopt another rescue or shelter dog, he or she will be a senior too — it makes sense at our age and will save a life. It’s different for young people with a family who are looking for an energetic youngster or even middle-aged dog for the kids to romp with and enjoy. But, when the kids have grown up and moved away and life slows down to a less active and chaotic pace, an older dog or cat is the perfect companion.

Nothing melts my heart faster on these icy cold days than seeing my nearly 11 year-old Plott hound stretched out by the fireplace — so peaceful, so incredibly happy and safe. She was born on the same day as me, only we’re 52 years apart. She is my soul mate and her beauty, elegance, gorilla-like eyes and other-worldliness makes her special. I have never met a dog like her. Part human, part cat, part dog, part alien, she is striking and strange and knows me like a book.

You too may consider a senior dog when you visit House With a Heart. The author of the below poem is unknown, but sums up the message of our post today — God bless House With a Heart — link to their website and video follows the poem:

“I Adopted Your Dog Today…”

I adopted your dog today…
The one you left at the pound
The one you had for ten years
And no longer wanted around.

I adopted your dog today…
Did you know that he’s lost weight?
Did you know he’s scared and depressed
And seems to have lost all faith?

I adopted your dog today…
He had fleas and a little cold;
Guess you don’t care what shape he’s in
You abandoned him I am told.

I adopted your dog today…
Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies?
Or was there NO reason he couldn’t stay?

I adopted your dog today…
He doesn’t play or even eat much;
I guess he’s very sad inside and
It’ll take time for him to trust.

I adopted your dog today…
And here he is going to stay;
He’s found his FOREVER home
And a warm bed in which to lay.

I adopted your dog today…
And shall give him all that he will need
Patience, love and security,
So he can forget your selfish deed.


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