Elderly cats and dogs love relaxing and hanging out with their favorite humans. Despite the fact that they are older animals they are big fans of showering their owners with love and affection. Unfortunately, most senior pets who are abandoned at animal shelters have the toughest time finding a new home. Often times, senior pets are overlooked in favor of younger pets.
PETA teamed up with the singer Yusuf Islam, (formerly known as Cat Stevens), to encourage people to adopt older and special needs pets. Islam released a song celebrating the bond between humans and their dogs called “I Love My Dog” fifty years ago. In honor of the song’s 50th anniversary, Islam gave PETA permission to use the song in a video that shows how wonderful adopting a senior pet can be.
The video is a tearjerker while it shows how a man’s life was changed when he adopts a senior dog from a shelter. It is clear that they share a powerful bond from the first moment the two look at each other.
Once the man takes the dog home from the shelter, the pup looks through the garbage can in his new home to see if there’s anything good inside. After his new owner sees what the pup did, he doesn’t scold the dog, he just laughs and cleans up the mess.
The pair has a great time going on walks, learning tricks, and taking naps together. While the two bond, Yusuf Islam sings, “I love my dog as much as I love you. But you may fade, my dog will always come through.”
While the dog and his owner are out on their usual walk, the dog sits down and looks at his owner. The owner knows that something is wrong and brings his best buddy to the vet. That’s when he learns that it’s time to say a heartbreaking goodbye.
The dog’s owner is devastated, but he learned how much joy a senior dog can bring into his life. He gets a flyer in the mail advertising another dog adoption event and heads right over to find a new dog in need to bring home.
This sweet video shows how fulfilling it is to adopt a senior pet.
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