Colorado Man’s Dog Dies, So He Adopts 10 Senior Dogs From Local Shelter to Give Them Home

August 14, 2019 Updated: August 19, 2019

There may be more and more people who are opting to adopt from rescue shelters instead of buying dogs that are bred for profit, but there’s still a glaring need in the adoption community. Most people prefer to rescue younger dogs, leaving senior dogs oftentimes passed by and left to live out their days in shelters or even be put down.

In Colorado, though, there’s a man who is doing his best to change that—one adopted dog at a time.

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Steve Greig grew up around animals, and as an adult, he always had a few dogs living on his property. When one of his dogs passed away, though, he told The Dodo that the death hit him particularly hard—and inspired him to make a decision that has helped a dozen four-legged friends enter old age with plenty of love and care.

“I was just so distraught about [that death],” Greig said. “A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it. I decided that the only way I would feel better was if something something good happened that probably wouldn’t have happened if he had not died.”

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He decided that he would head to the local shelter and adopt a new dog—but not just any new dog. He asked the shelter who the “least adoptable dog” they were currently caring for was and ended up taking home a 12-year-old chihuahua named Eeyore.

Eeyore had four bad knees and a heart murmur, which makes for a pretty difficult pooch to find a forever home for. Greig knew that this was the dog for him, though, and welcomed the senior dog into his family. That was just the start; ever since, he’s become a bit of a savior for the dogs at local shelters that are too old or too sickly to find homes any other way.

All in all, Greig now takes care of 10 senior-aged dogs along with a pig named Bikini, two chickens, two ducks, a rabbit, and plenty of cats and koi in a pond. His property is a certifiable animal menagerie—but each adoption has a special story and a happy ending that the dogs may not have gotten otherwise.

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It may seem like a recipe for even more heartbreak for Greig to bring in so many dogs that may be nearing the end of their lives, but he insists that he loves doing it. Not only are they fairly quiet, easygoing, and hard to get riled up, but they tend to have old souls; he insists that even though he has such a large number of four-legged friends, people who come by to visit can hardly tell.

“They’re just wiser animals,” he explained. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age. These dogs know who they are and it’s easy to develop a relationship with a person or pet who knows who they are.”

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He makes sure not to overload himself, so he’s currently at his limit. But as the dogs and animals he currently loves pass on, he wants to keep up the tradition and continue to bring in new furry friends to show them all that they deserve a home, too.

It’s all about the love for Greig, who has even written a book about how his house ended up so full of friends. But he doesn’t just adopt all of them for himself, either; the hope is that more people will do the same, giving love and forever homes to all dogs (young and old) that need them.

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