Skye's freedom picture

Skye’s freedom picture

We hold the seniors close to our hearts. There is nothing more devastating than seeing a dog in need, but the pups who have spent their entire life curled up at the bed of one human, only to find themselves behind the steel-bars of a shelter kennel in their golden years– that’s the most heartbreaking thing of all.


This past week, a volunteer in New York witnessed an owner surrendering his 14-year-old dog to the shelter. He was moving and could not take his companion with him. Skye, elderly and dejected, was about to be subjected to the stress and chaos of a high-kill shelter. Disease, bacteria and the constant bombardment of barking dogs and strangers handling her were about to become her norm. It was a certain death sentence for this poor girl.

And this is why you should never underestimate the power of social media to save a life. The volunteer snapped a photo of Skye, shared it on Facebook and a Buddy Up board member saw it. She stepped up and volunteered to foster, to prevent Skye from entering the shelter system.



Skye has made her way to Maine, safe and sound. While we adore senior dogs, they often can be expensive to rescue as they require vet monitoring and supportive comfort-care in their old age. We have set up a fundraiser for Skye, and if you can spare a little cash to her care we would greatly appreciate it!
It’s because of people like you that we are able to take these last-chance animals. Saved at the last minute, Skye sure is grateful too!





If you are interested in adopting sweet Skye and providing her with her forever retirement home, please email us at!


Relief For Rosie

December 8, 2013

Senior animals find their way into shelters every day. In a world where people like shiny and new things, it’s harder for these pets to find their way into loving homes while competing with puppies and kittens. If they have any medical conditions, their chances are even lower. Buddy Up has a soft spot for [...]

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Fall Photo Festival

October 28, 2013

Join us for a day of festivities! Photo sessions will be held from 10:30-5pm, hosted by Gondek Photography. There will be plenty of activities as well including an Indoor Dog Park (please contact Happy Tails for more details), raffles, a tag sale and bake sale! For more information or to sign your pup up for [...]

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Order a Buddy Up T-Shirt!

June 16, 2013

Ruth and Aubrey are modeling our newest “Adopt” T-shirt.  This lightweight Poly/Cotton blend is extremely soft and reads, “Adopt: (verb) Open your heart. Save a life. Make a friend forever.” We have a few other styles available as well. Buddy Up is selling these shirts for $20.00 each and they come in several colors. If [...]

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The Story of Princess Gracie

May 24, 2013

Earlier this year, Gracie (Previously known as Soraya) entered the New York Animal Control and Care shelter system. This otherwise healthy and vivacious young girl came down with kennel cough during her brief time there, which is not uncommon. She passed her behavioral evaluation with flying colors and was adopted out of the shelter as [...]

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The Three Musketeers

May 5, 2013

These three terrific friends all have some things in common. They are all Buddy Up dogs and they are all currently looking for foster or forever homes to call their own! Ryder, Rella and Lambeau are all currently living in boarding facilities, but would each really benefit from living in a home environment with people [...]

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A Foster Home For Baby!

March 22, 2013

Do you have room in your heart and home for an affectionate and adorable senior kitty? Baby, a sweet dilute tortie hasn’t had the easiest time lately. She has gone through three tours in a local animal shelter (her first owner passed away, the second thought she wasn’t quite the right fit, and the third [...]

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