On this episode I talk with Elaine Rosen, President and CEO of Dog Lodge, based in Texas. She also is the host of the podcast, Dog Lodge Radio.

Dog Lodge is a great non-profit that deals with elderly and special needs dogs. It is essentially a senior dog retirement home and hospice care facility. They focus on providing a permanent home to dogs whose futures are particularly bleak. They concentrate primarily on dogs that may have come from shelters, rescues, and some private homes. Elaine and her business partner started the concept together after considering where the deficits existed in care for dogs and found that there were many rescues available but not a lot of help for senior animals. They found some land in Hempstead, Texas, and with a lot of support and dedication they have created quite an incredible organization.

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The Dog Lodge Mission

Elaine talks about the initial fear prior to getting started – would anyone besides them would care this much about senior dogs? She and her business partner quickly found out that there was a lot of support for the effort.

The expense and work involved is intense; determining intake criteria, medical care needs and costs, and more. Sean and Elaine also talk about the owners of pets who are near the end of their frustration with their pets and are considering re-homing.

One of the cornerstones for taking in animals is a determination of the quality of life that they can provide based on it’s medical needs. If they cannot provide a high standard of care for the animal, they have no business taking it in.

They help arrange foster homes as well. It really is an incredible non-profit organization.

They started a podcast called Dog Lodge Radio: Animal Issues That Matter. It focuses on their organization, but also animals other than dogs – they find and share fascinating stories about various sanctuaries for different animals, including horses and elephants!

Resources and Contact Information

  • To learn more, to reach out for help, or contribute to the organization, you can visit their website DogLodge.org. They are perpetually in need of contributions. You can visit their website and donate by clicking here, or visit their Facebook page here. They also accept in-kind donations. For information about that, contact them here.

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