‘No dog should die alone’: Photographer promotes senior pet adoption

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Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until about a year ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.

“I thought it would just be too sad and painful,” said Fusaro, 44, of Los Angeles. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.”

Fast-forward to the present: Fusaro is lavishing affection on the most recent addition to her family, a sweet-natured 17-year-old named Sunny. Sunny rewired Fusaro’s view of older dogs so completely that she decided to launch a photography project called “Silver Hearts” to show how much senior pets have to offer.

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