We are the St. Pierre's. Helen and Jake, and our daughters Grace and Evelyn. We absolutely love animals and Helen runs and owns a professional dog training business and facility, so our dogs are thought of as members of our family. We have dogs, cats, parrots, rats, a tortoise, pigs, and a horse all at home with us.
Helen started fostering dogs when she began training, over 18 years ago, and gradually discovered over time the desperate need for willing fosters and organizations that supported senior dogs. One by one, she began taking in senior or hospice dogs, and giving them the care they needed and a soft place to land until they were ready to pass on. In return, they taught her more in just a few months than she could have learned in a lifetime without them.
Now, we take senior or hospice dogs into our home and give them the retirement they so deserve. We also actively support, foster when needed, and help care for other senior, hospice or special needs dogs all over the country, in shelters and in rescue. Our mission is to show others how much a senior dog can enrich a home, make a wonderful companion, and give the gift of unconditional love, no matter how long their time is with you. Even if you can't bring one into your home, you can still help and support our mission! We are a registered 501(c)3 with the state of New Hampshire.
"As you know, I take in senior, hospice or special needs homeless dogs all the time. It is something myself and Jake are extremely passionate about. However, we can only take so many dogs in at a time, and when other dogs need help or care, we often step in and pay for their medical help or treatment out of pocket, and this can become costly.
Old Dogs Go To Helen is not a facility or a shelter. It is a sanctuary for senior and hospice dogs and hub for people who love old dogs, want to rescue or adopt them, and if they can't, they can donate to help them however they can until that dog finds their forever home. Dogs that need further testing, dogs that need special food, dogs that need costly medical expenses, and dogs that need to be highlighted over others because they aren't as young and spry as the rest. We share older dogs available for adoption there or those that are in need of things. We work with shelters and rescues to help these dogs get what they need without the shelter or rescue having to drain their own resources. It is the best way we can help as many dogs as we can without having them all on our sofa.
The plan for this is to help spread awareness of the joys of senior dog adoption, to help people see how bringing an old dog into your home, for no matter how long, is simply one of the best things you can do for your soul, not to mention what it does for the dog. And if people want to support the mission or cause they can, and if not, they can see some really cute grey faces and maybe tell their friends!"