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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-07-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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22 FOSTER NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Chihuahuas around 15 years old, she said. All of the dogs live in the home, with supervised outdoor time in the open back yard. As a nonprofit, Peralta says Vintage Pets gets by on donations and with the help of dedicated vol- unteers who help care for, clean up after, and walk the dogs. Vintage Pet Rescue is one of approximately 40 animal rescues dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming senior dogs out of the more than 14,000 animal rescue organizations nationwide, according to Lily's Legacy. "The main goal of our rescue is to spread the word about senior dogs and how loving they can be," Peralta said. Clara Franco, of Lily's Legacy, said the goal of Saving Senior Dogs Week is to spread the word about the need for adopting senior dogs, and to share about the love senior dogs can give. "Give a dog a second or third chance," Franco said. She said senior dogs are not as rambunctious as puppies and are suitable for young families who do not have the time to train or exercise a youthful pup. Another benefit of adopting senior dogs is that the animals can teach children how to be respectful and care for the elderly, Franco said. "There are so many benefits. It's unreal," Franco said. Bottom line, Franco said is to not fear adopting a senior dog because "they're going to love you back tenfold." "You're giving them a good golden year every good boy or girl deserves," she said. Mostly a hospice center, Peralta said Vintage sometimes fosters out elderly dogs that will be better suited for a single-dog home. But, she said not all dogs are ill. Sometimes, it's the owners who need to enter a senior living center or become sick and can no longer care for their pets. "A lot of dogs we have come from owners who either pass away or go into nursing homes. A lot of times, we make them the promise that we'll keep the dog and make sure they're happy and loved," Peralta said. She said Vintage recently took in a dog from a woman diagnosed with stage 4 cancer who knew she would die before the dog. Peralta promised the woman her dog would have a home with her. "It was a relief to know someone would be there to take care of the dog," Peralta said. Peralta said she wishes every state could have a senior dog rescue due to the "huge need out there." Older dogs are hard to adopt out, though she said older dogs tend to be more grateful to have a caring home. "I would say yes, I think older and senior dogs really appreciate having a home and being loved," she said. Sick dogs with a short life expec- tancy are difficult to adopt out, she said, and often shelters don't want to put that burden on potential adopters. "It's a lot to ask from a person," Peralta said. For her and her husband, who she met while he ran a shelter in California, rescuing senior dogs is a full-time, unpaid job. "It's what I do all day. I take care of the dogs and make sure they're happy, safe and eating," she said. She said the rescue runs 100 percent on donations, which cover food, veterinary bills and cleaning supplies. To donate to Saving Senior Dogs Week, visit or call 707-787-7010. NINO, a rescue senior is enjoying his life in retirement at Vintage Pet Rescue in Foster. RESCUE From Page One Cookbook Club will meet Nov. 14 FOSTER – After taking the month of October off, the Cookbook Club will return to the Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. For information about joining the club and to find new recipes at the library, stop in or call the library at 401-397-4801. OSTER law offices TRUSTED FOR THREE GENERATIONS Robert D. Oster, Esq. & Sarah Oster Kelly, Esq. Have you had your legal checkup? Call our office for a review of your will and estate planning documents Rhode Island does not have a procedure for certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. Estate Planning 640 George Washington Hwy. Building B, Suite 103, P.O. Box 22003 Lincoln, RI 02865 ~ Free Consultations ~ ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW 724-2400 Website: Can't figure out how? Let us help! We can help you manage your Facebook account (Instagram, too!) Contact Brad to get started today! E-mail: or call: 508.801.6147 We can also help create your own manageable website with really useful features: •Mobile Optimization • Lead Generation & Lead Notifications • Monthly Reporting • Including Hosting Running Your Business on Facebook alone? Is that enough Should you do more ?

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