Friday, October 15, 2010

Phoenix, AZ: Senior Golden Retriever to be Euthanized


Phoenix, AZ - October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and this senior dog should be at the top of someone's adoption list. The beautiful, old dog has no name - he only has an intake number to identify him.

According to shelter notes, he was dropped at the shelter by his owner - a "surrender", although no reason was provided. Right now, this old boy is scheduled to be euthanized.

The shelter evaluators have noted that he is fearful. The person that took his photo at the shelter believes that he may be deaf, which would explain his fearful behavior. Though staff have labeled this dog as fearful, the photographer was able to enter the kennel run, sit with him, and pet him, without incident.

It is difficult to imagine what it must feel like for this dog right now. The over-whelming fear and confusion that he is surely feeling from being in a foreign environment, surrounded by only strangers. To say that he is certainly bewildered and frightened would be an understatement.

Time is of the essence for this old boy. He certainly does not deserve to die in a frightening shelter. It's hard to imagine how or why anyone could abandon their senior dog at a shelter. It's impossible to imagine handing that leash over to a staff member and walking away from your loyal companion, knowing that you've most certainly handed him a death sentence.

Potential adopters or rescues can contact the shelter if they are interested in providing a safe haven for this dog. He is already neutered and estimated to be 10-12 years of age. Contact information is as follows:
  • Duanne Wilster, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Westside alternative placement coordinator office 602-372-1158
  • Or, the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control Westside, Phoenix, AZ direct at 602-506-2765
  • Intake number: I282 / A2901699

Senior dogs make wonderful companions. They ask for little and provide much in return. If you have a spot in your home for a soft bed and a place in your heart for a beautiful companion, please consider saving this dog.If you are not able to save this dog, please take a moment to circulate this article with his contact information. Please post it to your Facebook account and give it a Tweet. You never know who might be able to help.

Stephen L. Phillips,


  1. I am in Texas or I would take him. Contact Golden Retriver rescue and they will pick him up immedeiately.

  2. This dog has been adopted, thankfully! Thanks for your concern.