It's always sad to see shelter animals waiting for someone to give them a second chance and a forever home, but it's especially heartbreaking when they don't have much longer to live.
Unfortunately, some people don't want to adopt senior dogs because of their age and possible health issues, which leads to many of them dying in shelters without a family to love them in their final days. This is exactly why Michele and Jeff Allen, a married couple from Southampton, New Jersey, decided to dedicate their lives to giving older and terminally ill dogs a loving home.
The Allens had already been caring for dogs when one of their fosters, Monkey, passed away after dealing with heart and dental issues. That's when they founded Monkey's House, a hospice and sanctuary on their six-acre property for dogs that are nearing the end of their lives.
"In losing Monkey the grief was really, really tough and the greatest thing we could do was push through our grief in honoring him, and Monkey loved other dogs," Michele Allen told CNN.
The dogs they take in come from shelters, animal control groups, and veterinarians, where many were surrendered by their previous owners. Most of them were risk of being euthanized.
But when they arrive at Monkey's House, they're given love and care from volunteers, they get to eat home-cooked dog meals, they have regular vet visits, and they get to sit on whatever piece of furniture they want.
The Allens typically share their home with around 20 dogs with health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, which can lead to very expensive medical bills.
But luckily, they're able to continue caring for these pups with the help of financial donations, a dog food company that donates over 60 pounds of food per week, and over 50 volunteers.
Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity of these wonderful people, senior dogs can rest easy knowing that "this is their last stop" before they pass on.