Dogs
Owner takes 15-year-old dog to vet to be euthanized but veterinarian adopts her instead
She's living her best life.
Michael Dabu
09.12.22

Netty first arrived at a Pennsylvania SPCA shelter in the year 2010 and just three days after, she was adopted by who she thought was going to be her forever family. However, just this summer, the now senior dog was surrendered back to the shelter after 12 years.

As heartbreaking as it can be, they even asked the 15-year-old dog to be put down. According to Maddie Bernstein, manager of lifesaving at the Pennsylvania SPCA, the senior dog’s owner had no plans in trying medication to make Netty’s condition better.

“She was returned with a requested euthanasia,” she said. “She was old and having some incontinence difficulties in the house.”

A ray of hope.

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Considering her age, the workers at the shelter felt like Netty still had a lot ahead of her and that she was worthy of another shot at life. Soon, they assessed her and began with her medications to improve her health condition.

The 15-year-old dog proved to everyone that she was a fighter because her health improved by an unimaginable margin. Soon, the shelter decided to find her new forever home and family. However, the Pennsylvania SPCA knew getting her a new home would be a challenge because of her age which is pretty much a factor for most people who want to adopt a dog.

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They then decided to share Netty’s heartbreaking story, they thought it would tug at people’s heartstrings. All of them just wanted the senior dog to live a beautiful life for the remaining years that she had left.

In a Facebook post, they wrote: “Can you please help us spread the word about this beautiful soul to get her out of the shelter and into a warm, cozy bed?”

Netty deserves nothing but the best.

A lot of people didn’t just see the post but also shared it so it could reach more people, one of them was a veterinarian from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Amy Kidd. After seeing the post, she wasted no time and immediately reached out to the shelter telling them that she wanted to adopt Netty.

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Turns out, Amy Kidd and her family lost their 12-year-old dog just recently due to cancer and they’ve been looking for a new senior dog to replace that empty space in their hearts.

“As soon as I saw her face, I was like, ‘okay, she’s the one that needs to come to my house,” she said.

For the past eight years, the Kidds’ residence has been fostering senior dogs in their home. These dogs’ life expectancy was approximately one or two months, but surprisingly, some of them extended for up to four years longer.

“We try to do what’s best for them, as long as we possibly can. Our plan is to only take senior pets into our family, or animals that have problems, need medication and extra care,” Amy Kidd explained.

Time to go HOME.

Amy was at work at their own Popcopson veterinary station in West Chester when her daughter and two sons picked up Netty. The kids didn’t mind the 40-mile drive to the shelter as they were very ecstatic to meet and greet the new furry member of their family. They also brought with them their other senior dogs to ensure that their new member immediately bonds with them.

“It was time to meet her, and I saw her walking down the hall,” said Emilea Suplick, Kidd’s daughter.

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“She sniffed me and gave me a flick of her tail,” Suplick added which pretty much made her realize that Netty was the perfect dog for them since they were told she seldom wags her tail.

It didn’t take long before Netty settled in perfectly with the entire family including her new dog siblings.

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“She has so much to offer, and we’re so lucky to have her. I hope other people will be inspired by her story and give adult dogs a chance,” Suplick concluded.

This story proves that even senior dogs deserve to be treated like pups.

Watch the video below to see another senior dog getting another shot at life.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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