Dogs and Cats of all sorts and sizes lounge around in contentment on comfy couches,
chairs or loving laps. They have us to comfort them from bad dreams in the middle of the night.
Read stories to them on drab winters days, massage sore muscles and maybe even sneak
a doggie and kitty treat when no one is looking. My husband says he will not spoil them but who else would open the snack cupboard. We have gone to the dogs around here and that will be by design and plan. This is a special plan for special friends.
Life often takes turns we did not see coming and when, as care providers, we fail our furry friends,
who will take them in? Older dogs/cats have less time and more health issues, which can be
concerning to prospective adoption leaving them with few choices.
Rosegate Retirement Home for Dogs and Cats lets seniors be spoiled. They deserve that luxury in the older years of their lives. We will be their final family and provide what circumstances they could not control has taken from them.
Many have asked why a home for senior pets?
At first they laugh or wonder why an old dog or cat would even need a new home.
Pets owners who love and respect their pets either for hunting, herding or
family companion would ever think of giving up their pets. Then I walk them down the dark road
where a parent goes into a nursing home or dies. No one can take the dog and cat in due to their own conditions, be it housing or lifestyle or the considerable problems they think the old, blind,
incontinent or epileptic dog/cat will bring unto them they look for a friend to help but the same
problems come to mind for each asked. Worse, some people just decide to close their hearts
and say it is too much work or worry so they decide to either place the dog/cat in a pound or
into the great void. The people I explained this to quickly understand the need for homes
like this and wonder why there are not more.
The task is an immense one but when a dream becomes a vision it must be followed with
wide eyes in wonder. Why could it not become a reality? We have most of the basics available
to us and the rest will come with faith and footsteps one after the other.
We already own some acres with our home upon them and hard work has never been
unknown to us. While knowledge can be sought and learned, we welcome any advice and
education offered. Anyone who considers helping in some small way with a donation of
any size or kind would further the cause and it is vital to the success of Rosegate..
Our neighbor has several buildings on a few more acres adjacent to us and he may just be persuaded to help us achieve Phase One. Purchasing what will be (hoping) Rosegate.
Three outbuildings of various sizes that with proper renovations would afford the
infrastructure needed to provide the dogs or residents as we think of them,
with all that would be necessary. The main building is large enough to create personal and communal space for a couple dozen dogs/cats and even a generous loft for visiting staff and volunteers to stay overnight. Kitchen space for meal and medicine preparation would be installed as well as a bathing and grooming room. An office could also be fitted in for business needs. The second building is smaller but still of considerable dimensions and would be dedicated to a
clinic setting for visiting veterinarians and healers. New arrivals would have a quiet environment
to be examined and there health concerns determined. They can be bathed and groomed for
their integration into the family. There would also be kennel room for the sick or injured for their
safety while healing. Finally, there is a third smaller building to renovate for a laundry and food
storage facility or a crematory.
Ever since Rosie passed, we had our eyes on the neighbors property that has three great buildings on two acres so as to create Rosegate. We've been excited about creating something good and big for senior pets that can give home for a couple dozen dogs or so and many more cats. We saved our money, opened up some donation pages, got the 501(c)3 status and even an old friend told us that she will help us out with a big chunk of money which didn't happened either. Only the owner of that property, an old farmer who didn't seem like he cared anything about this dream. We tried to get closer by being friendly with him and see if he had any interest but he was only going to talk about farming; corn, soy and spraying said crops. Some complaining about the industry and equipment but no other topics held his considerations.
The dream was shattered in pieces. Our big dream was gone. Well, at least the big part of it.
Maybe he will never sell his property to us or he could live longer than us but there's no time to waste. So, we decided to stop dreaming and start doing. We saved money to install the fence on our own 3 acres of property. We are small and limited to the number of animals we can take in.
Not only do we have to make sure that all the animals can get along
but we also have to share our living space with them and thus, keeping our own sanity. Unfortunately we had to refuse a few potential residents due to this reason. We just can not hoard them all up in our small home.
We are still hoping that we can inspire some people around the world. If they have some property and an extra building, then that and a desire to give senior pets a forever home, is all that is required. Big or small dreams... helping those who need it is a great feelings...........