An elderly dog at an Illinois animal shelter has one thing she seems to look forward to every day: getting tucked in when the shelter closes for the night.
Sandy, estimated to be around 10 years old, has been at the Knox County Humane Society in the city of Galesburg for nearly a year, the shelter said in a Facebook post earlier this week. The post included a video of the dog Sandy wrapped in blankets on a large plush chair, as well as several photos showing her bundled up in blankets.
“Since being here, Sandy has resumed the routine of getting checked in every night,” the shelter wrote. “It’s something that has become a thing almost every night that she looks forward to.”
The post said Sandy ended up at the shelter after her former owner “unfortunately fell ill and had to move”.
Keneshia Martin, the staff member who took the photos and who is almost always the one tucking in on Sandy, said she thought it was a habit the dog picked up some time ago.
“I think it was just something she was used to in her old house,” Martin told HuffPost. “She just does it.”
Sandy’s other interests include car rides and being “friendly to everyone,” Martin said.
Shelter manager Erin Buckmaster described Sandy as “very sweet”, although she noted the dog doesn’t like cats.
Sandy’s long stay at the shelter is an example of how difficult it is to find homes for older dogs, according to Buckmaster.
“I just think it’s sad that all the older dogs are being left behind,” she told HuffPost. “When we have puppies, everyone fights for all the puppies.”
And like animal shelters across the country, the Knox County Humane Society has seen an increase in the number of abandoned pets in recent months, fueled by rising rents and inflation. Many people have to give up their pets when they are evicted. They either become homeless or they can’t find affordable housing where pets are allowed, Buckmaster said, adding, “I hate landlords.”
Buckmaster hopes people will learn more about Sandy and realize how great older dogs can be.
“Our dream is for her to have her own forever home,” she said, “where she would be lined up every night.”
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