Two best friends from Texas recently took in a 19-year-old shelter dog so they could fill her last days with lots of love.
Lauren Siler and Lisa Flores from Dallas, Texas, are best friends and roommates with their 18-year-old dog, Tippy.
The pair decided to spice up the home a bit with some more seniority in the form of a 19-year-old foster dog named, Annie.
“I was actually in Anchorage, Alaska, getting ready to board a flight back to [Dallas] and I saw her picture posted, that somebody posted that she was at the shelter, and they were asking for rescue support,” Siler told Good Morning America.
“When I landed back in Dallas, I showed Lisa Annie’s picture and she was like, ‘We have to get her.'”
Flores instantly fell in love with the older black Labrador retriever mix and was motivated more than ever to add her to the family.
The best friends decided to make a bucket list and Annie became the center of attention of the Dallas Animal Foster Instagram page.
Annie has celebrated Christmas in July, received Valentine’s Day gifts, went on a hamburger tour, and even had a professional photoshoot!
“We’re gonna get them cute little chef outfits and let them make some homemade dog treats,” Siler said.
“And then I think that we’re gonna try to do a chicken nugget tour, similar to the hamburger tour.”
While Annie receives tons of love, her owners also want to inspire others to lean towards giving a home to senior pets.
“I think that we owe it to these animals,” Siler added.
“They have lived their [lives] giving people joy and happiness and companionship, and we owe it to them to finish it out strong.”
The Pawerful Rescue of Royse City, Texas, a nonprofit founded by Stephanie Rowe and Duke Hemstree supports Annie as she’s fostered by Siler and Flores.
“We hope it inspires others to foster or adopt,” Siler said.
“My saying through this whole process has been if you can’t adopt, then foster, if you can’t foster, then donate, if you can’t donate, then volunteer because there are so many ways that you can get involved with animal rescue and it doesn’t have to mean taking an animal into your home forever.”
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