15-year-old dog left at shelter to be put down now living her best life after veterinarian adopts her

Netty, a pit bull mix, arrived at the Pennsylvania SPCA shelter in 2010. She was adopted after three days.

After 12 years, she was brought back this summer to the same shelter. Her owners dropped her off at the shelter and asked that the 15-year-old dog be put to sleep.

“She was returned with a requested euthanasia,” said Maddie Bernstein, manager of lifesaving at the Pennsylvania SPCA. “She was old and having some incontinence difficulties in the house.”

According to Bernstein, Netty’s owners didn’t have any interest in trying other options such as medication.

Netty at the shelter at the Pennsylvania SPCA
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The shelter workers felt that the dog still had a chance of a good life, so they assessed her and gave her medication. She began to improve.

Netty’s continuous improvement made the staff think it was time to find her a new home. Netty, an older dog with difficulty, was obvious to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

This was why they shared Netty’s story on social media, in hopes of finding her a new owner that will give her unexceptional love.

They wrote: “Can you please help us spread the word about this beautiful soul to get her out of the shelter and into a warm, cozy bed?”

They were searching for a place where Netty could spend her final days. Many people shared the post and saw it. Amy Kidd, a West Chester veterinarian, is one of them. She immediately reached out and offered to adopt Netty.

Netty standing on the grass after being surrendered to the SPCA

Kidd’s family recently lost a 12-year-old dog to cancer and has been looking for a new senior dog to adopt since then.

“As soon as I saw her face, I was like, ‘okay, she’s the one that needs to come to my house,” Kidd said.

Kidd and her husband have provided their home for senior dogs for eight years. They can expect to live one to two months. Surprisingly some of them lived up to four more years.

“We try to do what’s best for them, as long as we possibly can. Our plan is to only take senior pets into our family, or animals that have problems, need medication and extra care,” Kidd explained.

Netty with her new family from SPCA

Kidd is the owner of the Popcopson veterinary station, West Chester. Netty was taken from the shelter by her two sons and daughter.

They didn’t mind the 40-mile trip to the shelter as they were very excited to see their new companion. To make sure Netty would get along with them, they even brought their senior dogs.

“It was time to meet her, and I saw her walking down the hall,” said Kidd’s daughter, Emilea Suplick.

“She sniffed me and gave me a flick of her tail,” Suplick added it sealed the deal for her as the shelter staff told her Netty seldom wags her tail.

Netty hugging her stuffed bear
Source: Amy Kidd

Supplick said that Netty did well on the hour-long journey to her new home, and settled in immediately.

“She knew she was home. She immediately melded into our family.” Supplick also shared that she bought Netty a giant stuffed bear from Amazon and the senior dog always cuddles it and carries it around the house.

Netty swims in the pool
Source: Amy Kidd

Netty’s condition improved quickly with medication and the love she gets from her family every day. Netty’s incontinence was managed by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Her elbows and lower spine were also improved.

“She’s officially the queen bee of the house. She walked up the stairs by herself, no problem. She does that every day,” said Kidd. “I have a feeling she’s going to be here for quite a while.”

Netty was also a joy to have around, and Suplick was happy for her. “She has so much to offer, and we’re so lucky to have her. I hope other people will be inspired by her story and give adult dogs a chance.”

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