Sher Polvinale of Maryland and her husband Joe had dedicated their life to saving as many abandoned cats and dogs as they could for over 30 years.
They spent a long time rescuing the animals and finding them new homes. However, as time passed, they became a little slower, so I had to find another technique to help them.
They made a plan, converting their home into a non-profit retirement home where senior dogs may spend their golden years in peace.
Joe passed away two years later, but Sher continued on the good job in his honor.
“I miss him every day,” she told “People,” “but I know he’d be happy that we’re still taking in as many senior dogs as we can and treating them with kindness in their golden years.”
“Everyone need a passion in order to be happy and fulfilled in life. This is now my feature.”
‘House With a Heart’ is a non-profit organization that takes in around 30 pets at a time that are over the age of 12 and are towards the end of their lives.
When Lisa Browning’s family could no longer care for her father’s aging dog, she said, “It’s a lovely place of hope and love that I’ll always keep close to my heart.”
“What was really great was that my father was able to visit the shelter and hang out with Max on numerous occasions,” she adds.
“He was very happy that Sher was by his side when he passed away. My father was pleased when he died soon after, knowing he’d be reunited with my mother and Max. ”
Many of the abused animals find shelter and care in Sher’s house,
She is aided by 60 volunteers who groom, exercise, and play with the animals on a daily basis.
Martine Ferguson, volunteer organizer, tells ‘People‘, “The joy I get from caring for them in their senior years is priceless.”
“Seniors are the last to be adopted at shelters and are all too frequently forgotten — so believe me when I tell they are especially thankful for the affection you provide.”
Sher even sleeps on a couch downstairs to assist many of the dogs who want assistance getting outdoors at night. She continues, “We start caring for our dogs at 6 a.m. and end at midnight.”
“They’re like old people in many ways, with some of them having cardiac issues, dental problems, incontinence, or blindness. We make a lot of trips to the vet.”
Sher remembers each of the animals that have died by casting their paw prints and scattering their ashes in the backyard.
Sher tells People, “We’ve lost 80 so far, and I remember them all.” It’s difficult to say goodbye, but we can rest certain that we provided them with a fantastic end-of-life experience. There isn’t a single animal in our care that doesn’t know they were loved.”