Terminally-Ill Pup Taken In At Senior Dog Retirement Home

There’s a new kid in town at a senior dog retirement home in Rhode Island and he is a bit more sprightly than the other canine residents. Trigger is just 18-months-old and several weeks ago, he was taken in at the Vintage Pet Rescue – a retirement/hospice rescue group which focuses primarily on senior dogs.

Unlike most of the four-legged residents of Vintage Pet Rescue, Trigger is lively and spry – hidden beneath is vibrant exterior is a terminal illness which will cut his life short in the not-too-distant future. Trigger has stage-4 renal failure and veterinarians believe that he has just months to live.

According to People Pets, when Vintage Pet’s Kristen Peralta heard about Trigger’s terminal diagnosis, she decided to offer him a hospice home. On November 29, the rescue organization introduced young Trigger to Facebook fans:

Please welcome our newest resident, Trigger! This young man is not a senior (he’s under 2), but he is in stage 4 renal failure. He most likely only has a few months so we’re going to make sure those last months are filled with walks, playtime, and lots of love!

Providence Animal Center helped make Trigger’s transition to the senior retirement home possible. In a Facebook post, made the same day that Vintage Pet Rescue introduced Trigger to its fans, the animal shelter explained:

Today, Trigger, on the right, found forever in a different way than normal. Our lifesaving power couple, Officer Ron and Canine Care Manager Carolyn, loaded Trigger up and headed north to Vintage Pet Rescue in Rhode Island.Trigger has severe renal failure, meaning his kidneys aren’t functioning well at all. Our veterinarians said Trigger likely won’t live another year. This young, super friendly, social boy with no behavior issues cannot hold his urine. We knew an adoptive home wasn’t likely, so we reached out to our network of sanctuary rescues, and luckily, Vintage Pet Rescue stepped forward to make room for our boy, who will live out the rest of his days with other special needs buddies like the one he’s pictured with here. 💕

Because of Vintage Pet Rescue, Trigger had a home for the holidays, and despite his terminal diagnosis, he is currently happy and full of life. Peralta told This Dog’s Life:

“We knew it would be very difficult for a terminal dog to find a home, and we really wanted him to be able to spend his last months in a home.”

She added:

“Trigger doesn’t know he’s sick, and he doesn’t act sick. He just enjoys every single day.”

Find Vintage Pet Rescue’s website here.

Facebook page for Vintage Pet Rescue here.

(Images via Vintage Pet Rescue Facebook page)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com 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.