Whenever I go on trips, I do a lot of Googling in the weeks prior. Usually, I search for bookstores and animal shelters, and on the Omaha trip, I struck gold! I found an organization called "Promise 4 Paws Senior Dog Sanctuary" located near Council Bluffs, Iowa. There wasn't much information about it online, but we hoped for the best and headed there anyway. I'm so glad we did!
3 of the 4 dogs on this couch are blind...and all so very sweet!
This place was my version of heaven. 25 dogs, all between ages 8 and 18, with a house all to themselves. Most of the dogs had a few health issues (many were blind, incontinent, missing teeth, etc.), but man, were those dogs happy. You could really tell that they felt safe and comfortable in this environment.
Promise 4 Paws just opened its doors in April, and it's all because of 3 AMAZING women who had a great love for dogs and a dream. They visited the retirement home in Maryland (of viral video fame), and it inspired them to make their own sanctuary for old dogs. They managed to raise enough money to purchase a little house for the dogs to live in. Now, someone is there 24/7, though each of the women have full-time jobs. They do not get paid, and there are (usually) no adoption fees being brought in, since most of these dogs are not adoptable. Their money comes solely from donations and fundraisers.
This sweet girl has congestive heart failure and wasn't feeling so well that day :(
I mean...if only all of us could be so selfless, right?
This guy looked just like a black bear...he was my husband's favorite!
The Pom in the doorway was the resident greeter :)
I have never seen an organization like this before - I wish there were more around! Visiting Promise 4 Paws was an experience I will never forget, and I hope to go back again and again. In fact, I wanted to somehow collaborate with a professional photographer and get a piece together about the place, so if you know any photographers in the area, let me know! :) These photos do NOT do this place justice, and I am positive some amazing moments could be captured :)
One of the residents, probably thinking, "This is the life." (Photo from Promise 4 Paws Facebook page)