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A Celebrate Shelter Pets Day Happy Tail: A rescue dog brings joy to fellow seniors



Beau, 10, makes a difference in other seniors’ lives as the resident dog at a senior-living facility.

Today is Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on Facebook, a day dedicated to showing how rescue pets make great companions.

Our partners at the Shelter Pet Project and Maddie’s Fund are calling on people like you to post about how a shelter pet has touched your life. Learn more about Celebrate Shelter Pets Day here.

In honor of the campaign, we’ve chosen a special Happy Tail about a former shelter dog who touches many lives in his new home. This story comes to us from Heidi Harden, shelter administrator at Paws
for a Cause
in New Brighton, MN:

This is Beau. He is a 10-year-old
gorgeous blond Labrador who committed his life to one family. At the age
of 10, his family decided they were too busy to take care of him
anymore — he had too much energy, demanded too much time.

came in to our rescue in late September and a local senior facility
contacted us about him. After performing a home visit for them, we
brought Beau out to visit.

With forty residents,
fifteen staff and even a resident cat to play with, Beau’s tail started
wagging from the moment he walked in the door. His first ride on an
elevator was taken with grace and bashful aplomb. Now he waits at the
elevator door when he hears the chime; he loves his rides.

was adopted by this center and now has miles of corridors to walk,
sixteen common rooms to “police” and more friends than he can wag a tail

He assigned himself a job on his very first
night there and now accompanies the night med nurse on her rounds. He
takes this very seriously.

Gorgeous Beau — we wish you all the best in your new forever home. You’re an amazing example of a companion pet.

Do you have a story about how a shelter pet has changed your life? Share it below and keep the “Post comment to my profile” button checked to take part in Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on Facebook!

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