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, bunnies, and a hamster 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 one senior or hospice dog at a time into our home, but 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!
Loretta is an 11 year old boxer/pit mix with the warmest heart you could imagine. Her owner passed on and couldn't care for her so she found herself homeless. Needing intense medical care with Cushing's, thyroid imbalance, and allergies and arthritis, she needed someone to step up to hep her and we did just that. She is the most amazing girl and we are blessed to have her.
Welcome Clove to Old dogs go to Helen! She was adopted by Katie, who is not only one of the amazing head trainers at NMBDT, but also my best friend. I don’t like to take credit for much but I do take credit for helping her get bitten by the senior dog bug! She adopted Honey last year and has needed some time to get over losing her, well, Clove is ready to help!
Clove is a 14 year old chihuahua mix who was dealt a bad hand. She’s been through a lot and Katie is going to make sure she has smooth sailing from here on out. ODGTH will be covering all of Clove’s care and medical costs so thank you all for making this possible!!
"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 one dog 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. So many people have offered to help us, whether donating a ramp for Blackbird, or wanting to help with medical expenses or special food, that we wanted to create a way to accept those donations and be able to distribute them directly to the dogs that need it the most.
Old Dogs Go To Helen is not a facility or a shelter. It is simple a hub for people who love old dogs, want to rescue or adopt them, and if they cant, 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!"