I was checking out my Facebook and because I have befriended many shelters, rescues and animal causes my news feed is pretty much all animals in need of homes. I share with my friends and try to find homes for the ones I can. On this day as I was looking through many of the pics and re-posting, I saw a pic that tugged at my heart. He was an old guy, his name was Frankie and he not only was a senior but he came with several health issues. The thing that really did me in was when I read that his owner had passed away and then he was surrendered to the shelter, a kill shelter at that! Let me tell you a little about me, I have no children, not because that’s what I chose. My fur babies are my babies, I believe that when you take one in, that it is a commitment and they are your responsibility to care for them, just as you would your children. It broke my heart to think that someone would ever consider putting a baby I loved in a kill shelter after I was gone. I felt this little guy had gone through enough with his owner passing, he needed love and needed out of that shelter fast. So before I knew it I stepped up and agreed to take him, at the time had no idea of where he was even at. Everyone was great! Terry tagged him so he would be safe and Nancy picked him up and fostered for a couple of days, then I was off to meet Brooke, who stepped up and offered to transport and meet me half way. I have to admit he was not smelling like roses when I got him, so as soon as we were home, he had a good bath and was okay for a little while, then the smell came back, ughhh. I then noticed his right ear was badly infected with horrible pus draining from it, pouring from his ear. Monday morning I called my vet to see if they could please see him, she ask if I wanted to drop him off and come back and I said no, I did not want this baby to go through the thoughts that he was being dumped again. So we saw the vet and both of his ears were badly infected, she cleaned and packed them with medicine, she did cultures on his fatty tumor and he also has a cyst or tumor on his chest that is draining, and skin issues. Thinking the skin issues are due to food allergies, so all will be better soon, he is on 2 different antibiotics for the other infections and he will have to go back in a week. Will also have the tumors removed when we get everything else cleared up. He will think he is a teen again, already much better after 3 days of antibiotics. When leaving the vet I let him sit in front with me his ears smelled much better, and he was so happy. 🙂 He still has a long way to go, but he has a lot of living and loving, still to do. He follows me where ever I go, and he is such a sweetheart. I do not regret for one minute saving this old guy, just the way he looks at me lets me know he is so grateful and glad he now has a forever home. I would say to anyone looking to adopt, if you’re looking for a companion that will love you and be deeply appreciative for being given a second chance, definitely adopt from a shelter and don’t discount the seniors! You may be their one and only chance of getting out of a shelter or rescue. I’m glad I saw his picture on October 2, 2012, and I’m sure his original owner is also happy. I want to thank all that donated to his chip-in account. It is greatly appreciated! It will definitely help with some of his vet bills!