My husband and I have been caring for six to seven senior, hospice and special-needs shelter dogs in our country home for many years. However, the need for more homes is great.

If you have a place in your heart and home, consider adopting or fostering an older dog. Or better yet, ask a shelter what dogs they have available in their back room who need a home.

If your concern is cost, foster an older dog. The shelter provides all the medical care and euthanasia when the time comes.

People in the Portland area are so fortunate to have a wonderful resource, the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook. I should know. That’s where we found Sophie, a 15-year-old dachshund with bladder cancer and a heart murmur.

Don’t feel sad. Sophie doesn’t know she is sick. She races around the yard like a youngster, steals food from the blind dog and is a great companion while I work outside. She also gets top-notch medical care from the shelter.

So the next time you are looking for a new dog, consider an old-timer. They have so much love to give.

Nancy Lever