CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — A rescue group in Citrus County is looking to help both senior animals and senior citizens in the community.
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It's all through The Greener Side Haven's "Seniors Helping Seniors" program.
Pamela Johnson and her husband have volunteered with the rescue group The Greener Side Haven in the past.
They've rescued other dogs before, and when they found out these guys needed a new place to call home, they didn't hesitate to open their doors.
"I have always loved senior dogs," Johnson said.
"They are the hardest animals to place other than those that are highly debilitated, and they are also the most wonderful in the dog kingdom because they have fully evolved. They are fully who they are," she added.
Two 12-year-old Cocker Spaniels' previous owner battled cancer. The dogs had health issues themselves and their owner could no longer care for them.
They were transferred to The Greener Side Haven and were paired with Johnson as part of their "Seniors Helping Seniors" program.
The goal of the program is to cover the costs of food, medicine, and any other expenses related to the animal's care.
The rescue group just received a $7,000 grant specifically for the program.
"These are animals that typically people are overlooking, because a lot of times when you bring a new dog into the home, you're looking for a puppy," said Izzy Ragan with The Greener Side Haven.
"We want to spread this as far as we can and we want to place as many senior dogs into good homes to prevent the euthanization," Ragan added.
And Johnson said it's been a rewarding experience.
"It helps you to feel useful and it just brings out your better qualities of caring and helping," Johnson explained.
There is a screening process for any seniors interested in fostering a senior animal.