Senior Dog Is Dying But That Didn’t Deter This Compassionate Widow

Jake is an older dog – 12 years in fact, and he suffers from a skin condition and bad teeth, as well as terminal cancer. All of these so-called “strikes” against Jake would have steered most potential adopters away, but one widow who recently visited the Front Street Animal Shelter for the city of Sacramento, found just what she was looking for.

Her name is Melani Andrews and when she walked into the animal shelter earlier this month she told the staff what she was looking for – the dog who was the oldest and hardest to adopt. Employees at the shelter knew that Jake was the dog she had described – the senior had been passed by time and again by the adopters who visited the shelter.

Fortunately, after Jake and Melani met, the deal was sealed. Melani, who lost both her husband and dog earlier this year, decided that this particular old boy was going to come home with her to live out what remains of his life.

Today, Jake is enjoying the life that every dog longs for – he is being pampered, spoiled and adored. Nobody knows how much time Jake still has, but that just doesn’t matter. Melani told TODAY,

“he’s going to get a good life living here with me. I wanted to give a dog who didn’t have a chance, a chance.”

(Images via Front Street Animal Shelter and Melani Andrews)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    The word that comes to mind when reading this story is COMPASSION. And boy does this wonderful person have plenty of it. Thank you so much for making the remaining time “JAKE” has as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. And for showing the world what true COMPASSION really is.

  2. TERRY FURLONG says:


  3. Clarice souza says:

    This sweet dog and lady rescuer are angels!

  4. Benjamin says:

    Just no words… tears in my eyes…. she is a saint…

  5. Kathi Tomlin says:

    This is a wonderful solution for older pet owners. I recently adopted an older dog also, from the Jacksonville Florida animal care and protective services ( this is what Jacksonville calls their animal control because they truly strive to be a no kill shelter. This was an Italian greyhound mix who is about eight yrs old. She was terrified when I first got her, but now she is so excited about her yard and her toys and her cat friend that she has become like a puppy. She was a stray, so we don’t know her history. But as soon as she learned to trust me and to understand that she was here for the rest of her life she was set free from her demons. She loves everyone she meets now, and is no longer snapping and shaking. I tell everyone that I picked the best dog in the whole shelter!

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