This man’s work with senior dogs left me in tears

It takes an awful lot to make me cry, but the story of Thayne Hamilton and Grey Muzzle Rescue turned me into a puddle of mush.

Thayne operates a rescue for senior or severely abused dogs from Orcas Island, Washington.

This is Thayne with Lilla, a dog who lived chained to a concrete slab for 14 years.

This is Thayne with Lilla, a dog who lived chained to a concrete slab for 14 years.

Thayne and his wife Christine founded the rescue together and over a period of ten years rescued and rehabilitated over 20 dogs from all over the country. Many of these dogs faced euthanasia and were seen unadoptable by most.

In 2013, Thayne’s wife Christine passed away from a terminal illness. Before she passed, she explained to her husband that she did not want a giant medical bill to loom over her husband and the rescue (they had no health insurance).

She asked that Thayne continue to build and work at the rescue they built together from their home and signed a do not resuscitate notice with her hospital. Christine passed away at their home.

Thayne has honored his wifes wishes and currently cares for 16 senior and abused dogs. The dogs have free reign of his 5 acre property and as Thayne explains, “it’s the perfect environment for the dogs to learn to be a dog again.

Thayne with his dogs

Thayne with his dogs

Thayne and the Gray Muzzle Rescue were honored with a $1,000 award to help the dogs, and many local businesses donated treats and food to his cause. A local lawyer also stepped up and offered his services to file the 501c paperwork so that Thayne’s rescue can be an offical non-profit organization.

It is everything his wife Christine could have asked for.

I beg you to watch this video to learn more about Thayne and his cause.

I have a super soft spot for senior dogs. Poe never would have had a chance had most anyone but me found him. It makes my heart happy to know someone else loves the old guys as much as me.

You can donate to his cause on GoFundMe. His campaign has raised more than $40,000 in three days, but as we all know, fur-kids are expensive. Especially senior ones.

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