Birdie is just one of countless old dogs writing fresh chapters in their lives.
"We have a pretty healthy pool of people who are interested in dogs her age," Eckard says.
Last year, she says the group rescued around 48 seniors - "most of them ended up being adopted."
"It's just something we like to do and part of being a rescue," she adds.
And you can help. Consider offering a fresh start to an old dog through Adopt-a-Pet.com.
You can also help the Grey Muzzle Foundation make lives better for senior dogs everywhere by making a donation.