Senior Rescue Dog Finds Forever Home At Retirement Community

Residents at a retirement community in Rockland, Delaware, welcomed a gray-faced new friend to their home shortly before Christmas. Rusty, a senior boxer mix, fits in perfectly at Rockland Place – nobody minds his gray fur, or arthritic body, and everyone adores his friendly personality.

On December 18, Faithful Friends Animal Society, the rescue group which had been caring for Rusty since November, let its Facebook followers know that the senior dog had found a forever home:

“Today was a very special day for our lovely office greeter and pet therapy dog, RustyRusty will now be bringing smiles to residents and visitors everyday at Rockland Place! After coming to Faithful Friends as a stray with severe medical attention needed, it didn’t take long for everyone to fall in love.”

Rusty’s adoption took place after the assisted living facility’s Executive Director, Brenda Negron, paid a visit to the rescue group to make a donation, reported USA Today.  Jane Pierantozzi, the rescue organization’s Executive Director, felt compelled to have Rusty meet Negron – and she suggested that Rusty might be a great fit at the retirement home.

Negron was open to the idea, but she wasn’t ready to make an immediate commitment. Instead, Rusty was welcomed to the retirement community on a trial basis – it didn’t take long for the facility’s residents to fall in love with the sweet, old dog.

Faithful Friends explained, “After multiple visits with the staff and residents at Rockland Place, they too fell in love with our gentle giant and decided that they had to make it official! The staff couldn’t wait to get Rusty home for the holidays.”

Rusty has melded perfectly into his new home – residents and staff are enjoying his joyful demeanor, and of course, Rusty is soaking up the love that he is receiving from all of his new friends.

Faithful Friends website here.

Faithful Friends on Facebook here.

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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 comment

  1. Mongibello says:

    Is it my impression but Rusty seems somewhat confused by his situation and I don’t see any tail wagging.

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