After Death of Beloved Pet, Denver Man Adopts Animals No One Else Wants and Creates Pet Hospice

After a man’s beloved pet dies, he is determined to adopt other critters facing the same fate.

Steve, a Denver, Colorado resident grieves the death of his dog by adopting others

Steve, a Denver, Colorado resident grieves the death of his dog by adopting others

Steve Greig had always loved animals. The death of his precious dog Wolfgang left a gaping hole in his heart. Steve desperately wanted good to come from his pet’s death and knew that would fill the void.

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“I was just so distraught…” he said. “A month or two went by and I still felt so horrible about it. I decided that the only way I would feel better was if something good happened that probably wouldn’t have happened if he had not died.”

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Steve visited a Denver, Colorado shelter to bring home the “least adoptable” dogs available. He eventually created an “animal hospice” within his own home. Steve wanted to make sure the unwanted animals had a loving and caring place to call home before leaving this earth.

“They know… I’m convinced that they know that you’ve saved them,” Steve says.

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So far, he has adopted 10 senior dogs, a hog, cats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, and a rabbit. One of the very first was Eeyore. The pup was a 12-year-old Chihuahua with four injured knees and a heart murmur. He moved slow but had a loving temperament.

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Steve starts his days at 5 am. He wakes up to prepare the animals’ morning meals separately, as most of them have different dietary restrictions in their old age. He then goes to work as an accountant for a few hours, returning home for lunch. Steve lovingly greets the four-legged animals with treats and kisses. 1-5

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Funnily enough, Steve’s pig, Bikini, is best friends with the largest of his canines: the Irish wolfhound, Enoch. In the same household, his chicken, Oprah, can be found riding a dog named Roomba.

Steve says he is able to keep up with the many animals because they have adopted a “low energy” temperament in their old age.

“They’re just wiser animals,” he explained. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age.”

The furry critters aren’t the only ones benefiting from the relationship. The Denver native explains the animals bring him joy everyday.

Steve says, “To become a better human you need to put other people’s needs in front of yours and that happens when you rescue a senior dog, or a dog with disabilities.”

“They just makes it feel like home,” Steve states. “It’s just fulfilling knowing that these guys are happy and loved and well-taken care of. It makes my days worthwhile.”

See the clip below to meet all the animals.

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