Old, sick dogs increasingly find loving homes

Steve Frost of Redding, Calif., with 11-year-old Elmo, who takes four pills morning and evening. (Courtesy of Steve Frost)

When a German Shepherd rescue organization posted Elmo’s photo online last fall, it made no effort to mask the dog’s problems. He wore a cone around his neck to prevent him from licking the large open sore on his hip. His fungus-ridden feet were swollen. His graying, 11-year-old face held a pathetic, ears-to-the-ground gaze.

Steve Frost, a retired fire …

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