The saga of Jake — another Alaqua success story

Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

"I was amazed at how quickly we found a home for him," said a delighted Hood.

Currently, Alaqua has many senior dogs living at the shelter, but they aren’t the most popular among those looking to adopt.

"We try to balance it out by taking in so many small, medium, large, long-haired, short-haired, young, old, and special needs," said Hood. "But sometimes, God has different plans. So we end up helping with criminal or hoarding cases, which overloads us in one area or more."

To help find these "special" animals find a forever home, Alaqua has a "Partners Program" that pairs senior dogs with senior people and the adoption fee is waived. And, if ever the senior owner can no longer care for that animal, Alaqua guarantees the dog can come back to Alaqua.

But sometimes, they don't find their own home.

"Unfortunately, when we do take in older animals we know that this may very well be their last stop, so we try to make them as comfortable as possible. We do have to sit with them sometimes as they cross the rainbow bridge… " said Hood.

Hood recently wrote a blog about being with a senior horse when he passed. View it at

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