Senior Best Friends Refuse To Be Adopted Without Each Other
“We know it will be difficult to find a home prepared to take on all three elderly dogs — but we don’t have the heart to separate them."
Mitzy, Lucy and Winnie are sisters who have lived together for most of their lives. The terriers had a family until January, when their owners realized they were no longer able to care for the trio. They were taken in by the RSPCA, and the dogs quickly made it very clear to the staff just how close they were — and that they wouldn't be going to a new home unless all three of them were invited.
The three senior dogs are 9, 10 and 11, meaning they have a combined age of 30 — or 168 in dog years. Staff at the shelter understand that taking on three senior dogs is a tall order for many families, but these three have been together for so long, rescuers can’t imagine separating them at this point.
“We know it will be difficult to find a home prepared to take on all three elderly dogs — but we don’t have the heart to separate them,” Zoe Barrett, deputy manager of the RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich shelter, said in a press release.
If enough time passes and the shelter hasn't been able to find them a home together, it may have to consider adopting them out individually, but the shelter is hoping it won’t come to that. All three dogs are incredibly sweet, and everyone who has worked with them has fallen in love with them, and desperately wants to do right by them.
“They are absolutely lovely, affectionate girls who have been together most of their lives,” Barrett said. “They’re playful and loving so we’d like them to go to a retirement home where they can play with each other before cuddling up for a nap together.”
While the trio would prefer a home without cats or young kids, they could live with older children. They love taking walks, but they’re even bigger fans of snuggling up together and getting lots of attention and love. They’re an incredibly easygoing little group, and just need a family who is willing to take a chance on them.
“We know a lot of people are put off by adopting older dogs but these cheeky little terriers are still full of life and would be ideal for some families,” Barrett said. “They are the best of friends so if we can find someone who is willing to take on all three then that would be wonderful!”