Cayleb’s Kindred Senior Dog Rescue
Who We Are
CKSDR is a small, volunteer-operated rescue located in central Colorado. With the help of dedicated foster homes, we work hard to ensure that all of Colorado’s euthanasia-listed senior dogs find loving homes.
In June of 2012, CKSDR was founded by Sophiane and her mother Rebecca after they adopted Cayleb. Cayleb was an elderly German Shepherd mix who had been at a local shelter for quite a while with no hope of adoption. He joined their family for a very happy month before passing away from advanced liver cancer. In his memory, CKSDR was founded to assist other dogs like Cayleb- his “kindred spirits”- who are old, overlooked, and in need of help.
Since our founding, we have rescued over 100 euthanasia-listed senior dogs (and a few cats!) from Colorado shelters. When we first began our mission, we were accepted adoptable and hospice dogs. However, over the years there has been a welcome change. Shelters, rescues, and families looking to adopt have begun to realize how amazing senior animals are. More and more adoptable seniors have been going directly to homes rather than needing our intervention.
Our program now runs as a fospice. Shelters contact us when they have a senior that has either a terminal illness or a condition that requires specialized care that most people are unable to accommodate. We are then able to match them with one of our foster homes, who acts as their forever family while we provide all supplies, veterinary care, and any other support that’s needed.
Sophiane Nacer is our founder and medical director who established the rescue at age 14. Seven years later, she can generally be found covered in suspicious fluids, surrounded by progressively smaller and older dogs, and in a constant state of sleep deprivation. She is a college student and a figure skater who hopes to be the oldest Olympian at age 73. Her favorite dogs are the tiny ones who hate everyone except her, and she specializes in caring for dogs with congestive heart failure and dementia.
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