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Senior dogs at Animal Shelter need homes where they can spend their golden years

December 21, 2018 GMT

For the majority of folks, the winter holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year.”

But for others, this traditional period of celebration and family get-togethers can be difficult. The end of the year also brings change and uncertainty for some, resulting in more stress and personal pain.

That’s where the story of five homeless senior dogs at the Aiken County Animal Shelter begins. Their owners surrendered them because they just could not handle the responsibility of pet ownership anymore.

The elderly animals were stunned to suddenly find themselves in a shelter kennel, where they are competing for the hearts of people as they wait for a home.


Fluffy puppies and young, athletic dogs are their competition on the adoption floor.

With more than 1,000 animals received at the shelter in the last 2½ months, the odds are stacked against them.

Honey and Cocoa are gentle, sweet golden retriever mixes. The 10-year-old sisters are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.

Because of a grave health crisis, Honey and Cocoa’s owner can no longer care for them, but is hoping someone can give the dogs a safe, loving home where they can enjoy their golden years.

Honey and Cocoa both weigh 80 pounds. They are always smiling, still loving life and enjoying each day.

Blue is a 9-year-old bluetick hound who is missing his pal, Diego, who was adopted recently.

Blue weighs 58 pounds. He is housebroken and dog selective. His ideal home would be with a person or family with no other pets.

Amos and Annie are a bonded pair. Amos is a beagle mix, and Annie is a Chihuahua/dachshund mix.

Both dogs are 9 years old. Amos weighs 53 pounds and smiles when he greets you. Annie is 17 pounds and a little social butterfly. Because this pair is inseparable, they need to find a home together.

All five of these senior dogs already are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

The adoption fee for each is $35.

All adoptions are subject to approval.

For more information, call the Aiken County Animal Shelter at 803-642-1537.

The shelter is at 333 Wire Road in Aiken.