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Miracles happen every day but you have to willing to see them. My guest on this June 12, 2018 episode experiences them every day including the day she decided to leave corporate America and become a dog trainer. Then she “happens” upon the perfect home and property in a more remote area than she had thought about in Michigan and THEN, she realizes senior dogs are being discarded and she has an empty building on the property.
Miracles all around for her and the amazing senior pets she fosters, places and, in some cases, helps cross the rainbow bridge when it is their time. Wait until you here the segment where she shares how they help the loved dogs pass on. I was crying and so was she.
I am a huge dog lover. Well I love animals of all kinds except snakes and spiders so when I heard about the Silver Muzzle Cottage Rescue and Hospice through a friend’s Facebook page, Kindness Matters, I knew I had to interview the founder, Kim Skarritt. What I did not expect was how many reach outs happened from the live show.
Try to listen to this show without wanting to run out and rescue a senior pet or, as one person wanted to know, “how do I start one where I am?”
We have talked a lot about callings this year, starting with my two part series with Father Michael Boccaccio. He shared how callings come in all kinds, not just as a religious one and we learned how to begin recognizing your own calling.
This episode shows you how Kim’s calling has begun to transform the way we think about senior pets and what we can do to make a difference no matter where we are. She thought her path was very different then what it turned out to be yet all her experiences have helped her thrive on this one.
If you have a senior dog or pet, post some pictures with this post on FB, Twitter or instagram and tag me!
The Silver Muzzle Cottage Rescue & Hospice is a 501c3 organization that works with shelters and pet owners throughout the state of Michigan. Kim Skarritt created an all-volunteer-based organization that relies solely on public donations and grant funding. Their organization is proud to be a certified rescue through the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance organization and a Transfer Partner with the Michigan Humane Society. Kim’s internationally-recognized program strives to educate others about the problem of homelessness amongst the senior dog population. Through positive promotion, we hope to shed light on the value, beauty and grace of these dogs and the many ways they can enrich the lives of those who choose to foster or adopt them.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our rescue. Cottage Friends volunteers enrich the lives of our rescues by taking them for walks, hikes in the woods, strolls on the beach and the occasional swim. For Cottage residents who are too limited to enjoy a more active lifestyle, quiet days on comfy dog beds and the companionship of our volunteers is all that is needed.
Through the Seniors For Seniors program, SMC volunteers take Cottage residents to visit area nursing care facilities. This meaningful activity brings joy not only to the facility residents but to the dogs who participate. Many canines late in their years are often found in area shelters and are quickly euthanized because their age and disabilities make them less likely to be adopted. We recognize that these dogs once gave their lives to someone, or to a family, and for a variety of reasons and factors, now find themselves in a strange, scary shelter environment or set “free” and eventually picked up as a stray.
The team knows these dogs deserve more, that they shouldn’t die alone and afraid in a cage. Senior dogs deserve love and dignity in their final days, months and years. SMC is dedicated to the rescue, adoption and lifelong care of these senior dogs. Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved and help.