An animal lover in Denver, Colorado has dedicated his life to assisting animals – including senior pets – who face difficulties finding a home, KWBE News reported on Thursday. Steve Greig, 50, chronicles his animal rescues on Instagram, where he shows pigs and pups, ducks and cats, rabbits and horses, all living harmoniously together – thanks to his compassion and care.
Steve has opened his home to animals who are harder to adopt, including animals who are seniors or who have special needs. And he does it all in the name of his dog, Wolfgang. While the miniature Pinscher died four years ago, the Instagram account “wolfgang2242” is a legacy of love – and an uplifting reminder of what it looks like to be rescued.
Greig recently told ABC News: “…they’re my family. It’s a good feeling — knowing that these little guys are loved, cared for and together in a home they deserve.”
Every year, millions of animals die in shelters nationwide. Many of these animals are seniors or have medical issues such as blindness, heart issues, or mobility issues that make them “less adoptable” than young, healthy animals. But these are exactly the animals that Greig looks for. “Whenever I came across a dog that didn’t look like it was going to find a home, I took it in,” he explained.
Greig’s household, which now numbers approximately two dozen animals, includes Enoch the Wolfhound, Oprah the Chicken, Stuart the rabbit, Chihuahuas Engelbert and Eeyore, Bikini the pig, Twinkle the pony, and dogs Edna and Whalen. Five-pound Englebert came from an abusive situation, but constantly amazes Greig; Whalen needs an inhaler to control his respiratory issues; Stuart the rabbit gets to wear a hoodie when it’s cold; Oprah rides the roomba from time to time for enrichment; and Phyllis, who is blind, rides in Greig’s backpack when the family sets off for a walk.
Last week, Greig posted a quote from Anais Nin on his Instagram: “I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.”
Greig’s beautiful household is one to behold – and a wonderful example for us all. He’s happy to cook for them, making individual meals depending upon each animal’s dietary needs and allergies; he’s happy to share his entire home (included one very crowded but very warm bed!); and he’s happy to get up at 5:00 a.m. every morning for his animal family.
Please join the National Pets Examiner in thanking this hero for the animals. You can follow his adventures on Instagram and follow the Pets Examiner on Facebook.