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When asked by the Seattle Times what is so special about older dogs, Judith Piper said they have “wisdom, grace, stability of personality, calmness of soul.” Piper started her organization, Old Dog Haven, after volunteering as a dog walker at a local shelter. She and her husband took in two dogs at the very end of their lives and were surprised at the satisfaction they gained from the experience. Today, Old Dog Haven takes in dogs aged 8 or older from shelters and owners who can no longer afford to care for them, and it works to return them to their best possible health before finding them a safe home. Judith and a team of volunteers place the dogs in about 140 local foster homes and adoptive homes, where they receive food, grooming, exercise, and love for the remainder of their lives. Old Dog Haven covers the medical treatment for life for dogs that come to the organization too ill or injured to be adopted.
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