Senior pets matched with seniors with cataracts in his left eye and a heart murmur, Scruffy the Maltese-cross is a loving companion.

This is what his new owner Margo Ottley, 89, of Five Dock, said after receiving him through the Senior Pets for Senior People program.

Since moving from the pound to her comfortable home, 14-year-old Scruffy now has the space and time to enjoy being an older dog.

“I would say he feels very much at home here,” Mrs Ottley said.

“He will chase a ball all day and bring it back to me.”

Senior Pets for Senior People matches seniors with older pets that have ended up without a home to retire in.

Program co-ordinator Roman Deguchi said Mrs Ottley was the first client to receive a pet. “Both saving an animal’s life and providing a companion for our clients who live alone is the aim,” he said.

“The vet said Scruffy was in a shelter for six months before we moved him here.”

If no one had taken Scruffy he would have been put down, Mr Deguchi said.

He said the program was set to grow.

“Volunteers and donations would make it even more successful,” he said.


  • The ‘‘Senior Pets for Senior People’’ program was created through a partnership between Inner West Neighbour Aid and Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
  • Program co-ordinator Roman Deguchi said about 57,000 homeless pets were put down in NSW last year
  • To adopt a senior pet, volunteer or make a donation call Inner West Neighbour Aid on 9799 5099 or go to

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