When it comes to welcoming a dog into their home, many individuals tend to choose healthy and young dogs over those with disabilities or who are elderly. This decision is often influenced by the perception that caring for these dogs can be challenging and costly. However, fortunately, there are numerous compassionate individuals who are willing to go above and beyond to assist these vulnerable dogs, regardless of the circumstances.
Allow us to introduce Chris and Mariesa Hughes, a couple residing in Clifton Park, NY, who have opened their hearts and home to 20 dogs who are seniors and have various health issues.
The couple operates a non-profit organization called The Mr. Mo Project. They became aware of the need for such an organization after facing significant veterinary expenses following the passing of their elderly dog, Mo. They understand that when dog owners are unable to afford these expenses, they may abandon or surrender their dogs to animal shelters. This realization motivated them to establish their own organization to ensure that senior dogs across the country receive the necessary care.
“We believe that senior dogs deserve the best for the remainder of their lives. Senior dogs deserve loving homes too!” The Mr. Mo Project conveys on their website.
Chris and Mariesa have already saved countless dogs from euthanasia, providing them with medical treatment and helping them find permanent homes. However, the most exceptional care is reserved for the 20 dogs currently residing in their own home. To ensure the well-being and health of these dogs, the couple has already invested over $55,000 in customizing their house, transforming it into a safe haven for these furry friends.
The couple has invested in a $30,000 hydrotherapy pool to provide the dogs with low-impact exercise. Furthermore, they have purchased a custom king-sized bed worth $5,000 so that they can sleep alongside their beloved pups. Their home is equipped with dog-friendly features such as ramps, floor mats, plastic sheets, and more to ensure the comfort and well-being of their furry companions.
Caring for 20 elderly and special needs dogs under one roof can be challenging, but they handle it with finesse. “Living with 20 dogs is crazy, but we have a great routine and make it work,” Chris shared. The couple devotes 45 minutes every morning to feed the group and administer necessary medication.
The most challenging aspect is dealing with the veterinary bills. “We do our best to raise funds, but if one dog requires $20,000 worth of treatment, we will charge it to our credit cards and address the concern later. There’s always a vet bill to pay, but we’ve learned to cope with it, and despite the stress, it’s all worthwhile,” Chris explained.
What a heartwarming family and a powerful reminder that senior and disabled dogs deserve just as much love as any other dog.