Joey — Shelter

Location: Jackson, Wyoming

Joey is an 8-year-old chihuahua who was surrendered to the Snake River Animal Shelter in Idaho Falls, Idaho due to her owner’s failing health in 2019. She was consistently looked over for adoption for months. PAWS of Jackson Hole started a new partnership project with the St. John’s Living Center called SeniorPAWS. St John’s is the only medical facility in our area who provides long term nursing care, memory support for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and an acute physical and functional rehabilitation program for those recovering from stroke, traumatic injury, and illness. The mission of the SeniorPAWS project is to enhance The Living Center’s residents’ quality of life while providing a safe foster home to a shelter dog.

Joey was selected for this project. Within minutes of her introduction, Joey was in the laps of residents and knew what each individual resident needed from her. Nights tend to be a lonely time and Joey provided the sought after company. Joey made such an impact on the residents that they campaigned to permanently keep her. Living Center staff members relayed that residents who suffer from memory loss have been able to remember who Joey is, her age, and why she is there. It is truly remarkable. Joey is now a permanent resident and as the ambassador dog assisting other shelter dogs through their SeniorPAWS experience. Joey is serving out a higher purpose to a community of the elderly dogs and people providing them companionship and love.