The Story of Wise Tails

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Our Facility


The Wise Tails' facility is located in the hills above Simi Valley, California, providing beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and city below. The grounds are equipped with play and relaxation areas, as well as walking paths. Our goal is to provide a comforting and healthful environment for senior dogs, so that they may experience as enjoyable a quality of life as possible.

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Our Mission


Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, rescues mature dogs from kill shelters, provides necessary services and locates permanent homes for elderly dogs in need. The Wise Tails’ team of volunteers and staff members provide care, comfort, and a loving environment to elderly/senior dogs, while constantly seeking forever homes for its residents.

OUR VISION

One Day at a Time.

12-step programs have used this fundamental approach to life for decades and countless people have benefitted from the concept. At a glance, this statement appears simple and direct. Upon further review, there is a brilliance to its understated method: Live each day to the fullest; stay in the present, paying attention to the moment; do not focus on things in the future, many of which will likely never happen. Dogs possess a wonderful way of being in the moment. They do not worry about the future or what may have happened yesterday. The most important thing in a dog’s life can be the ball they are fetching or the bird flying overhead. There are so many things that humans can learn from dogs, not the least of which being the value of living in the moment.

At Wise Tails, we believe that by treating senior dogs with the love and care they deserve we can honor their lives, one day at a time. All dogs value being loved, and seniors are no different. They appreciate and embrace friendship, compassion and caring. With age they may become less energetic and more low-key in nature, yet seniors continue to be wonderful companions capable of receiving and giving love on a deep and profound level, one day at a time.

We can take the “one day a time” approach a step further by breaking it down into “one moment at a time”. Those moments when a senior dog can be held, caressed and treated with compassion, even for just a few minutes. The love given in those moments is often reciprocated 10-fold.

Seniors make wonderful companions and are very worthy of adoption. They are full of surprises and their loyalty will grow with each passing year. Those that have had the experience will often share that there is a different level of satisfaction that comes with adopting a senior. While their advanced age does lend itself to health issues, the dedication and compassion needed in caring for a senior will often strengthen the bond between you and your companion. We at Wise Tails encourage anyone deciding to bring a dog into their life to look at seniors when considering adoption. The decision could provide years of happiness “one day at a time.”

PETS PROFILE

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TEAM WISE TAILS

Team Member

Ted Shumway


Founder/President

Dogs have been part of my life since I was old enough to remember. They have been and continue to be wonderful friends and companions. Receiving their love and reciprocating it back to them is one of my life's greatest pleasures.

The fundamental truth is that dogs age faster than humans. We watch them age and grow old in a matter of 10 to 15 years. Some grow old gracefully and pass away of natural causes, while others pass away sooner, for any myriad of reasons. Dog lovers know this all too well.

Through my work with rescues and animal support groups, I have found that many senior or elderly dogs are abandoned as their needs become more specialized. That is concerning. My experience of senior and elderly dogs is they still have all the love in their heart and are so worthy of being cared for.

I have never had a dog actually speak the words to me but I do believe that if we were to ask a dog whether they want to live or not, they would say, ``Yes, just as much as humans do``. Unfortunately, there are the cases where dogs and animals may be in constant pain or diseased to the point that their suffering should be taken into account. In many cases however, senior dogs just require more patience and care.

We have a mission of providing a comfortable, healthy and happy living environment for seniors in need, while making continuous efforts to transition them into loving ``forever homes.”

``If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went``. - Will Rogers

Team Member

Patty Washburn


Secretary

I have been around dogs my entire life. My love and admiration for them has grown over the years. I feel blessed and grateful to be part of Wise Tails, particularly as my daughters now have the opportunity to be part of this wonderful environment and learn at a young age how to be of service to animals.

Team Member

Jerry Shumway


Treasurer

In regard to the age-old question, “Are you a dog-person or a cat-person?” It has never been a debate for me. Cats are wonderful companions, but there’s something about dogs that has always held a special place in my heart. Whether it is a dog’s unconditional love or their unrelenting excitement as you walk through the door, a dog will never let you down.

Throughout my life I grew up with dogs and as I’ve gotten older, I have only grown to love and appreciate them even more with every passing year. As a person that whole-heartedly loves every dog I cross paths with, I could not be more excited to be a part of Wise Tails - A Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Any dog lover will tell you, senior dogs are just puppies with a bounty of stories to tell, and I look forward to sharing these stories and finding loving homes for our furry friends.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

–Josh Billings

Team Member

Danielle Lady


Rescue facility assistant

Hello, My Name is Danielle Lady & I am the Rescue facility assistant at Wise Tails. I have always loved dogs since I could remember. I am the proud owner of very hyper Siberian Husky named Gunner! He has became my pride, my joy, my first baby, and my heart! He’s taught me to be patient, live in the moment, to be silly and laugh a lot! I am extremely blessed to be apart of the Wise Tails Team! I am very happy to be of service to senior dogs and provide them with joy, love, happiness and a good quality of life.