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This Pet Family Might Look A Little Funny, But How They Came Together Is Inspiring

MARCH 7, 2016  —  By Madeline Distasio  
Madeline Distasio

Madeline Distasio

Writer and editor holding it down in Philadelphia. Interests include drawing, exclusively wearing black, having too many books to fit in my tiny apartment, and choosing my dachshund over people.

If you've ever been to an animal shelter, you've probably seen the sad faces of old animals looking for forever homes.

The heartbreaking reality is that many senior animals are immediately euthanized when they're surrendered to shelters. When potential adopters stroll through shelters to find new four-legged friends, they often pass over pups with grey faces. Day after day, senior dogs walk to the front of their kennels to find someone to take them home, and day after day, they're left behind.

But when Colorado-based accountant Steve Greig visits shelters, he doesn't ignore grey noses. In fact, he seeks them out.

This is Steve Greig. Because he has plenty of room on his property and in his heart, he's made it his mission to adopt elderly animals and give them a safe, loving place to spend the winters of their lives.

Instead of looking for puppies, he peruses facilities near his home for old dogs in need.

As you can see, they love their home, and they adore their wonderful dad.

Right now, Greig has 10 dogs in his charge, most of which are seniors.

They might be old, but it's clear that they're still full of life! (And they have no qualms with begging for human food.)

As a kid, Greig lived in a home full of animals. His parents let him take on as many pets as he could handle, and he always made sure that his furry friends were taken care of, loved, and spoiled rotten.

He carried that desire to help animals into adulthood. In fact, his compassion isn't limited to dogs. He has a whole slew of fuzzy buddies that have quickly become family.

Aside from his motley crew of pups, Greig has a pig named Bikini, two ducks, some pigeons, a rabbit, a mouse-fighting gang of kitties, and a few chickens.

As you can see, Ms. Bikini often forgets that she isn't a dog. The canines don't seem to mind.

These animals come from all walks of life, but they get along just fine.

Greig's passion for helping elderly animals sprung from a trying period. After one of his most beloved dogs died, he knew that he needed to bring some positivity into his life, and into the life of a dog that just needed a second chance.

Greig went to a local shelter and found the least adoptable dog. After that, one adoption quickly turned into many.

Amidst all of the cuteness is a ton of hard work. Every day, Greig gets up at the crack of dawn to make more than 10 breakfasts for his buddies, and he comes home on his lunch break every day to administer medications and make sure everything is in order.

He spends more time in the vet's office than most people, but that's okay! He always makes the comfort, health, and safety of his pets a top priority.

And if you ask me, they look pretty darn comfortable.

He has a special place in his heart for the senior dogs that have enriched his life with their humor and kindness. "You kind of know what you want out of life once you hit a certain age," he explained to The Dodo. "These dogs know who they are, and it's easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are."

While it's critical that all animals, no matter how young or old, find forever homes, the adoption of senior pets is particularly important. They have plenty of love to give, and forming bonds with old dogs often reveals something special about the nature of gratitude. Although these senior animals are undoubtedly grateful for the opportunity to live out their final years with love and kindness, the humans who take them in are often even more grateful that their pets happily share those years with them.

To learn more about adopting senior animals, you can visit the Senior Dogs Project's website and follow Steve Greig on Instagram.

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