Adrienne Scott Wyse and her husband, Adam, love dogs. Their Texas home is filled with dog beds and cozy toys and pictures of dogs. Adam recently retired to be closer to their large dog clan, which ranges in numbers at any given time, but is focused on senior dogs that are five pounds or less. They’re at the vet several times a week and their vet bills hit around $100K annually. Their days are focused on cuddles and kisses and doling out oodles of affection.
That’s because Adrienne and Adam have dedicated their lives to saving as many senior dogs as possible. Their mission: welcome senior dogs into their home and make their lives as happy as can be in the limited time they have left.
It Started With Charlie
It all began nearly 10 years ago, with a donation drop off to a local shelter. It was there Adrienne and her husband witnessed another couple surrendering their small dog. He was old and blind. Confused and sad. Instinct took over and Adrienne brought the little guy home and named him Charlie (his original family did not bother to tell the shelter his name).
At home, Adrienne did her best to comfort Charlie. But she could see that he was in pain, and probably confused about his new environment. After taking him to the vet, they learned that he was fighting cancer. When they lost him—just a few weeks later—the feeling of devastation was profound. How, they wondered, could someone abandon a senior dog like Charlie his final days? It was this experience that shaped Adrienne’s mission as it stands today.
“Some people just have something in their life that they were meant to do,” Adrienne said. “I believe this is what we’re meant to be doing. That these animals keep coming into our lives for a reason.”
A Life Dedicated To Senior Dogs
Adrienne and Adam now reside in Burleson, Texas, where they live on almost two acres and can take in even more animals. Their lives revolve around their dogs. Since their rescue focuses exclusively on senior dogs, their brood requires an extra layer of attention: there are medications to give, extra vet visits and many dogs that require special care.
Adam retired early to give the dogs more attention, and Adrienne is fortunate to work from home where she can snuggle with the dogs throughout the day. They’ve traded traveling the world via airplane to road trips; they’ve moved for their dogs; their weekends are spent at dog parks.
“We’ve made lots of life changes to accommodate the dogs,” Adrienne said. “But they’ve all been wonderful life changes.”
Adrienne’s latest project: renovating a 1970 Airstream in a top-to-bottom dog theme. It will primarily function as her office, but also serve as a hub for doggie hangouts, photos and cozy places to nap.
‘It’s All Worth It.’
Adrienne and Adam don’t just take the dogs in and provide them with shelter; they invest in the senior dogs just the same as they would if they were healthy puppies. They’re diligent about regular grooming, vet visits, medications, and affection.
“It’s all worth it,” Adrienne said. “But I won’t deny, sometimes we can get compassion fatigue.”
They specialize in small dogs simply due to space. But for the dogs they can’t take in, they still do what they can. For example, they regularly fund vet visits for animals throughout the U.S.
“We’re very fortunate to be able to do this. We know we are a last resort.”