Fox4KC reports that in Independence, Missouri, a new retirement home is opening for senior dogs who have not been adopted. The home will be called Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary.
Shep, the home’s namesake, is a ten-year-old beagle basset hound mix who was adopted by Russell Clothier, Shep’s Place founder.
"We want it to be as homey as possible," Clothier said. "We want it to feel like home. Most of these dogs came from a home, and also for the volunteers. It's just comfortable. We want it to be like you're own house hanging out with your own dogs."
Clothier said he was inspired when he began to volunteer at shelters and saw old dogs who were never adopted.
"Why are you still here?" Clothier said. "We need to get you out of here. You need to be spending your golden days in retirement."
Clothier bought a home in Independence and renovated it to include a special shower for dogs, kennels for around 20 dogs to be housed together, and a large yard.
"Even if we're not taking dogs directly from the public every dog that we take from a shelter or a rescue opens up another spot for a dog to come in," Clothier said. "We're trying to help throughout the community."
Shep’s Place wants dogs to be able to find a home first before they go to the retirement house.
"If a dog needs finding a home they should try that first, and if that works - that's best for everybody," Clothier said. "If there are dogs that fall through the cracks there, and don't find a family, that's what we're here for to give them a place to go."