Famous Fido Rescue



So many senior dogs and cats are brought to shelters everyday. Many of these animals are still full of life and have been dedicated companions.

In many cases their guardian passes a way and other family members take them to a shelter where the dog or cat is deemed to too old and euthanized.

Its a sad and unnecessary fate for a life long friend. If only their guardian would have thought about a life plan for their dog or cat.

A life plan states the wishes of the guardian concerning the animals destiny and who will care the pet and is there a financial plan for them.

Many of the animals that come to Famous Fido Rescue come from the shelter; most are slated for euthanasia. Many are given up because someone has passed away or because they have medical issues. Our experiences with these animals have been very positive. They still have much love to give and are dedicated companion animals.

Take the story of Murphy, the 14 year old Cairn terrier who was abandoned by his family. The owners gave him a bath at home and then called the shelter to pick him up to be euthanized because he was 14 years old. Famous Fido saw Murphy on the shelter’s website; his case was urgent as he was about to be put down. We put a hold on him to prevent this, and we picked him up. All that seemed to be wrong with him was that he has an infected eye and a bit of arthritis. We took him to the vet right away. He immediately came out of his depression and turned out to be quite a character with an unbelievable personality. He was always well behaved and wanted to be around people. He loved attention and couldn’t get enough affection.

It is not easy to find a good home for a fourteen-year-old dog. A miracle happened, and Jayme and Josh called to foster Murphy until he could find a home. They took such good care of Murphy. They helped with all of his medical care and took care of his eye every day. They also took him to specialists for his eye and his arthritis to make sure he was all right. They took him to treadmill therapy, took him for long walks, gave him constant attention, and did whatever it took to see Murphy through to his final home. They did this because they knew what a great dog Murphy is, and how much he has to give. They understood that every dog is special and has a unique personality and a right to live. They wanted to make sure Murphy has the right to live out his life, be free of abuse, and be cared for properly.

There are so many stories like Murphy’s. Most of the seniors don’t make it out of the shelter once they are left there. We at Famous Fido Rescue will continue to help to rescue and care for these seniors so they can live the rest of their lives in peace and be the companions they were meant to be.

Please help – donate so these special senior dogs and cats can get the medical treatment they need. Many of these animals have serious medical issues. Almost all of our senior rescues need major dental work. Some of our rescues have heart murmurs, diabetes, or Cushing’s disease. Your support helps these animals. Without it we could not help them.

Laurie Portnoy has generously agreed to lead the committee for our Senior Program. Laurie adopted Smokey the senior poodle from us and was moved by the plight of the many abused and ignored senior animals that end up in the shelter system every day.

We all agree that it is painful to see seniors dumped by their owners after years of loyal companionship. Weíve heard of too many seniors being euthanized, when their guardian dies and no one is willing to take them on. These animals are often taken to the shelter or straight to the vet to be euthanized by the very family members to whom they were entrusted.

We require an ARMY of volunteers to help us with this program! These dogs are often house-trained, require very little exercise and make fantastic companions. Laurie will be working with volunteers, social networking sites and other organisations, such as Susieís Seniors to spread the word, find foster homes, seek out cuddlers, walkers, adopters and advocates for this forgotten group of animals.


Maddieís Thoughts On Seniors Animals


By Maddie

I run, jump and play.
You run, jump and play.
I look at you. You look at me.
I know you are my best friend.

Then one day you didnít
Run, jump or play.
You canít.
Even if you wanted to.
Our hair is grey. We can't play.

Then one day you donít
Come home. Strangers come in
And pick me up and take me
To a scary strange place.

Itís loud. Not like home.


By Maddie

I lay with you
Play with you
You are my owner
I am your dog.

Why did you walk away that day?
Yes, you remember.
You left me by the ĎFor Saleí sign.
Thanks to you I will never trust anyone again,
Not even my best friend.

The kennel is cold
The bed was warm.
The food used to be colorful and yummy Now itís just grey and yucky.

You brought light into my life
Now itís just rain.

Then one day a family came.
Yes, theyíre the ones that love me now.
They lay with me and play with me.
I trust them,
But I will never trust you again.

How would you feel if you got old and people didnít need you anymore? Old dogs are treated that way. It is hard for them to get adopted because people want puppies. Old dogs are full of life and love. Before you adopt a dog, you need to think about the future. Make a plan - if you get sick, have someone care for your pet. On 3/20/14, a dog was taken to the rescue because his owner got sick. Luckily, he just got adopted on 4/1/14. If he had a plan, he would not have been at the rescue.

My name is Maddie and I adopted Sammy, a 13-year-old border terrier. The reason I wanted to adopt Sammy was because he was so sweet and fit right into our family. He loves to play and eat all day. He is 100% happier at home. I wanted to adopt a senior dog to give him the happiest last years of his life. We, as kids, need to learn about these dogs because we are their future. Help Famous Fido by giving these dogs a bright future by advocating,

Main Head Quarters

Adoption Hours

Adoptions are by appointment
Monday - Saturday 12pm to 6pm.
Go to our website famousfidorescue.org.
Then call us about the dog or cat
you are interested in and we will make
an appointment for a meet and greet
at a time that is convenient for you.



Advocate for a Famous Fido Rescue dog.
Each dog needs a daily plan for their well being.
If you see a special dog and feel you want to do that little extra to help that special one find a new home.
You can advocate for them by telling friends, family, posting image and stories on your face book and spread the word.

In Kind Donations For Animal Welfare
Little Treasure Auction Accepted

Items can be droped off 10am - 7pm Mon - Sat. Parking in rear of building. Go through the alley in the middle of the Walgreens parking lot. Our parking lot is the first one on your left.
Come through back door.

Join the Re-Homing Network

You can really make a diffrence in a
dog or cats life. Lets work together so
no dog or cat ever sees a shelter.

Individual Contacts

Executive Director and Founder
Gloria P. Lissner

Adoption - Development Director
Martha J. Hack