FARMINGTON – Many people come to the Franklin County Animal Shelter looking for puppies or young dogs, which makes finding homes for some of senior dogs difficult, according to the staff. One such dog, Clarence, they said, can attest to that fact.

Clarence came to the shelter in September and although he was wearing a collar, no one called to look for him. He is an older collie and shepherd cross that the staff guesses may be between 8 and 10 years old but they think he is just wonderful. Kennel living is stressful for all dogs, the staff reports, but it is especially so for their older residents.

Clarence, they feel, would like nothing more than to find a home where he can live out the rest of his years in peace and quiet. He walks well on a leash and rides well in a car. He was actually fostered by the shelter’s manager for a few days when the dog room was overflowing. She was happy to report that he got along exceptionally well with her two dogs at home and the many cats she is currently fostering, as well.

Many people are hesitant to adopt older animals because they fear the animal will not live very long or that they may be harder to care for with their often special needs. But, the staff also knows that every animal deserves a second chance to find a happy home and loving family, regardless of age.

The staff is seeking to place Clarence in a home soon.

New dogs at the shelter include a young male lab mix brought in from Jay with collar, a young female lab mix brought in from Avon with collar and a male pit bull mix brought in from Wilton.

The public is also reminded that the shelter will observe one-year anniversaries for three of their cats on Oct. 30. There will be refreshments and snacks all day. Children and adults as well are invited to wear costumes as the shelter will be handing out candy also.


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