Bob’s House is excited to announce the opening of a brand new facility, just a few miles down the road!
With this new facility, we can offer better, more efficient care to our beloved elderly dogs, & now we will have the ability to help senior cats!
Our new home will feature over 3,000 sq. ft. for recovering pets and transitioning space, along with temperature-controlled storage for medications and food, a “catio” for our feline residents, and so much more!
Estimated to be at least 10, Rusy found himself at Bob’s House in April 2015. The heeler mix was gentle and polite. Because of advanced age and multiple medical issues, he was put in the Dying With Dignity program. With a little arthritis medication, Rusty surprised staff and volunteers and began to enjoy life. He loved going out to the large play yard and getting lots of belly rubs. Realizing Rusty’s time was near, our dedicated Bob’s House staff spent the night with Rusty, cuddling him all night until he passed away peacefully and pain-free in August 2015.
Harold, a sweet senior mix, arrived at Bob’s House for Dogs in April 2019. Harold won over the hearts of staff and volunteers in no time!
After losing her dog unexpectedly, Amy Peck decided her house wasn’t a home without a dog. She and her husband turned to Bob’s House and decided to be a foster home for Harold. Upon meeting for the first time, Harold put his front feet on Amy’s legs and rested his head on her lap. At the couple’s home, Harold walked in like that was where he was meant to be. They knew he should become a permanent part of the family.
Harold’s arrival was good for both him and Amy. He might have been 12, but he loved to go on adventures, and she was happy to oblige — even though he was blind, and she has multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. When she was anxious or in pain, he comforted her, and she was happy to return the favor with a hug or snuggle until he passed away.
Felix, a 10-year-old Pomeranian, arrived at Bob’s House for Dogs in 2013, having survived a puppy mill. He was severely traumatized and initially suffered from stress-induced seizures. Over time, Felix gained confidence and learned to trust staff and volunteers. He went from a dog who stayed in an open kennel to a pup who went on frequent visits to area nursing homes, where he would be cuddled and petted by residents. Felix learned the value of having a home and knowing love before he passed away in February 2018.
No, we are not becoming Bob’s House of Cats, but we are welcoming cats into our future home as our newest program! Bob’s House is a shelter support system. We take on some of their worst cases by accepting those animals, nursing them back to health, paying for all the necessary medical procedures to make that happen, and helping them find their forever homes. All of this comes at no charge to the shelters. In fact, the adoption fee goes right back to them! When we asked our shelter partners what else they needed from us, they overwhelmingly replied that senior cats need our help. Not only is there a growing population in our shelters, they often don’t receive the medical attention and special atmosphere they need to thrive. We’ve had many lucky dogs come through our doors over the years, and we look forward to extending that love and care to our feline friends moving forward. True to our mission, we are stepping up and helping! Once we settle in our new home, we will welcome a small colony of senior cats that will get the full Bob’s House treatment!
Bob’s House opened in 2010 in honor of the Quella family’s beloved dog, Bob. Early on, we found our niche was helping senior and special-needs dogs – animals that do much better in Bob’s House’s homelike environment.
The animals in our care come from rescues, shelters, and puppy mills. Upon arrival, all animals get thoroughly checked by an area veterinarian and receive any necessary care, including spaying and neutering, pain or other medication, and dental work. Bob’s House also provides food, rehabilitation, and love in a kennel-free environment – where every dog has all the comforts of home and the space and time they need to live their best life!
Our story began with Bob, and we continue his legacy because our senior pets are valued & adored!
Here’s your chance to change the world for those who can’t speak for themselves. Any donation is welcome, but if you feel called to, consider a donation at one of the levels below to help us reach our goal.
Gifts of $2,500 of more will be recognized within Bob’s House.
Nine years ago, I received a phone call asking me to join Bob’s House fundraising committee. A few months later, I became a board member, and a few years afterwards, I became the president of that board for six years. Bob’s House is a place that caters to those who are hurting and have no one to speak for them. That alone is a cause near and dear to my heart. Beyond that, dedication to care is top-notch. We are able to provide all of the medical care needed at no cost to area shelters. This expansion has been thoughtfully planned by everyone at Bob’s House over the last few years. It will serve animals better, lead to more efficient use of donor dollars, and better meet the needs of the shelters we support. Our family is proud to help Unleash a Legacy at Bob’s House for Dogs, and we hope that you will consider doing the same.
~ Lee Heike + Joe Germain
Bob’s House employees and volunteers give senior dogs a soft place to land when their worlds are turned upside down so late in life. They also rescue countless puppy mill dogs once they have outlived their usefulness to the breeders. Medical care is provided, as well as end-of-life care when needed. They also find wonderful families to adopt these precious seniors. I have witnessed firsthand all the hard work, love and care these senior dogs receive. The only way any of this works is through donations!!! By donating time, money, or supplies you can help these senior dogs know they are not forgotten but loved!
~ Laura Dye – adopted Ben (far left) from Bob’s House
Bob’s House for Dogs will always have my support. After meeting co-founder Travis, I was taken on a tour of the facility. I wasn’t looking to adopt; we already have two dogs. I was taken with one little girl and couldn’t quit thinking about her. We brought her home to join our family. She fit in well with our other girls. Bob’s House takes great care of these senior animals and gets them the needed medical care, socialization, and love they need. Bob’s House is dedicated to providing proper adoption for these dogs, quality end-of-life care, and a warm home environment for them while they are at Bob’s House. I support them and their mission and will adopt a senior dog again. Thanks to Travis & Amy for providing this wonderful care for these dogs in need.
~ Ellen Stephenson – adopted Chica from Bob’s House
I had dachshunds growing up, and after Dan and I got married, we had three of our own: Scooter, Pippen and Callaway. Now our daughters’ families have dogs, so we are happy to have granddogs!
Fifteen years ago, I learned of the plans to open Bob’s House. Thinking it would be wonderful for senior dogs, I knew I wanted to do something to help. For many years, I would hold a large thrift sale and donate the proceeds, plus my employer would match funds to Bob’s House.
I was asked to serve on the Board of Directors when it was formed. I would take dogs to nursing homes, pick up new residents, and plan fundraisers. Our whole family ended up being involved – pulling parade floats, providing generators for fundraisers, and even picking up a full-size replica of a horse!
We also chose to support the cause financially. Without Bob’s House, these dogs wouldn’t get adopted as seniors are often either overlooked at the shelters or the first to be euthanized.
Even though Bob’s House helps many dogs find homes each year, more are waiting to be adopted. Bob’s House has proven to be a great place for dogs but has outgrown its facility. To help the organization continue to help senior animals, we are supporting the new building, and we hope you will too.
~ Debbie + Dan Market