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Sanctuary that lets sleeping dogs lie

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 01:29

May 8 - ''House with a Heart'' in Maryland opens its doors to care for elderly, sick pets with special needs for the final chapter in their lives. Tara Cleary reports.

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Running around with the help of his cart, Happy the disabled dog is aptly named. He lives in a sort of animal hospice called "House with a Heart" in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Director Sher Polvinale says it's a sanctuary for aging and unwanted pets, allowing them to live out their final days in a secure and nurturing environment. And even though all 31 of its current residents are well cared for, Polvinale admits to having her favorites. SOUNDBITE: Sher Polvinale, director of House with a Heart Pet Sancturay, saying (English): "I am sure like people who have children, you know you love all your kids, but maybe somebody is just a little, just touched your heart, a little special." The average age of the dogs is 14 and the oldest resident cat is 18-years-old. Polvinale and her team of 55 volunteers ensure the pets get their pills, walks, baths … and the best medical care - vets bills can be as high as $95,000 U.S. dollars a year. But even so, the home still loses many residents. SOUNDBITE: Sher Polvinale, director of House with a Heart Pet Sancturay, saying (English): "It is very hard when we lose them. And we've lost a gazillion. You just have to stop and remember that you've done a really good thing, that we've fulfilled our mission." And here at "House with a Heart" every dog has its day … except Gingin the overweight Chihuahua … attempts to walk her could lead to whining.

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Sanctuary that lets sleeping dogs lie

Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 01:29