I run a kinda Dog Hospice at my house. I have one dog Lila, the brown pit mix, that I've had for 11 years since she was a pup. After her brother died in 2006, I've adopted seniors with terminal illnesses to keep her company.
It's sad, but many dogs in their senior years, when the vet bills get too much, get dumped at the shelter. I think it's horrible that a pet gives you its best years, only to be abandoned when they need care the most.
Bruno is Lila's sixth brother, who I just adopted this weekend. He's a 16 year old spaniel who has liver cancer. He was abandoned a year ago and spent the last year in a cage. He lost most of his hair from the cancer and treatment. He also might be a good contestant in the ugliest dog contest too, lol. Just hoping to give him a comfortable home for his final days.