Valerie Reid is the owner of Whispering Willows Senior Dog Sanctuary, a pet rescue organization in Missouri that’s altering the lives of senior dogs that have been abandoned or lost their owners.
Whispering Willows is a lifetime hospice sanctuary, which means they take in dogs that are reaching the end of their life and care for them until they pass. Unlike other pet sanctuaries, the dogs who come at Whispering Willows aren’t going to be fostered or adopted, and they are never kenneled or imprisoned, they move in with Reid and her family and stay there until their final breath.
“They just get to be here and get to be home,” Reid tells Daily Paws.
The senior dogs that come to Whispering Willows arrive at the home for a multitude of reasons—some have been abandoned, some have had their pet parents pass away, other dog’s owners have gone into nursing homes, and some dogs have been removed from their owners by court order.