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Puppy Love – Well, not so much! Senior adoptions just as loving as any other

April 11, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Many say rescue dogs are some of the kindest, sweetest, most loveable pets one could ever have. There's at least one happy family on the beach that can agree with that statement.

Several months ago, a lost, neglected and malnourished older female dog was found roaming the streets of Fort Myers Beach. She was picked up by our local Find a Home, Give a Home rescue foundation, to bring in and find a new home for her, after her previous owner was never found.

Coincidentally, at the same time, island locals Christina DeFays and David Caamano were on the search for a new furry family member, particularly an older rescue, who is normally harder to find homes for.

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Island local Christina DeFays was happy to rescue a loveable older pup she named Ginger. The duo can be seen on casual beach walks regularly, dipping their toes in the sand and soaking in some rays. Photos courtesy CHRISTINA DeFAYS.

When the newly-expecting family met this sweet pup, who is now named Ginger, it was truly a match made in heaven.

"Ginger is a great example of adoption success, especially for an older animal," Christina said "It took a few weeks, but her personality is really shining through now that she knows she really has a family and this is home. She's really is such a good girl. It makes us so happy that the last years of Ginger's life will be happy and loving!"

Ginger now seems to have the perfect life. She and Christina go out on regular walks along the shore, she loves to soak up the sun with her new family in the sand (drinking cool, bottled water to keep hydrated), and even has a great little kitty companion.

"It always makes me so happy to hear these wonderful success stories about our rescues," said Isabelle Wells, co-founder of the Find a Home, Give a Home Foundation. I'm so glad Ginger has a happy new home with such a happy family."

To get in touch with the local, non-profit organization, call Pam, 218-1875, Isabelle, 281-0739, or visit



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