Many of you may have heard of a blog and website called Humans of New York. Started by Brandon Stanton in 2010, he photographs and tells brief stories of the people New York City. But did you know that he also aided in a side project that helps shelters find forever homes for senior dogs?
Stanton was taking a walk one day in 2011 and saw Susie sitting on a Brooklyn stoop. He was taken by the small, 13 year-old chihuahua-mix so took her picture. On his famous blog, he described her as “the greatest dog in the world.” Although he had never had a dog before he knew that if he were to ever get a dog, Susie would be the perfect match.
Not too long after that first meeting, the owner of Susie flagged down Stanton and told him that he could no longer care for Susie and wanted to know if he would take her. Since that day they have been inseparable.
Erin O’Sullivan, Stanton’s girlfriend, had been posting on Facebook as Susie the Dog for a year when she quickly decided to set up a page called Susie’s Senior Dogs. She wanted to help bring the joy she saw in Stanton to other people.
In her spare time O’Sullivan searches the internet to find suitable senior pups, makes connections with their shelters and rescues and then posts them to the Susie’s Senior Dogs webpage in hopes of finding new families for these older dogs. Senior dogs are often overlooked because of their shortened time on this planet.
In an interview with TODAY.com, O’Sullivan said, “When most people think about getting a dog, they think about a new wrinkly puppy, but if you bring up the idea of an older dog and touch their hearts a little bit, they think, ‘Oh.’ Sometimes it’s just a matter of putting that option in front of them.”
Over a year and almost 300,000 likes later, success stories are continually posted to their website and Facebook page. These stories help open the hearts of potential future adopters. Stanton and O’Sullivan are thrilled that people are using social media to spread the word about these lost-but-not-forgotten rescues. What is even more thrilling are the happy endings Susie helped find.
Take a look at just a handful of the senior dogs that have found their forever companions thanks to Susie.