Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt pets Kia while playing outside with (left to right) Mongo, Jersey Girl and Sasha in the dog rescue's courtyard.
L-R: Volunteers Anita Marsy-Bosley of Elk Rapids and Christine Varner of Williamsburg sit with Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt in the rescue's living room on Nov. 14, 2016.
Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt drinks her coffee as dogs wander through the rescue's living room. Skarritt started the rescue and hospice for abandoned and dying dogs three years ago.
Dogs play outside on a cool spring day at Silver Muzzle Cottage in Elk Rapids.
Volunteer Christine Varner of Williamsburg walks Jersey Girl at Silver Muzzle Cottage. Jersey Girl was abandoned at the Genesee County Animal Shelter by her owner when her medical care and age became too much to handle
Sasha, a Springer Spaniel and Retriever mix, sits on one of the pillows at Silver Muzzle Cottage. She came to the rescue after her owner passed away, leaving her homeless.
Ben and Abby are seen in the courtyard at Silver Muzzle Cottage in Elk Rapids. The Miniature Pinschers were left on someone's porch in Rochester, Mich. with a note that read "We're Ben & Abby. Please find us a home."
Phoenix and Louie nap at Silver Muzzle Cottage.
Cynthia Mayeaux of Williamsburg pets Ben and Kia while sitting on one of the comfortable couches at Silver Muzzle Cottage.
Kim Skarritt of Silver Muzzle Cottage in Elk Rapids talks about the elderly hospice dogs taken in by her organization. The dog rescue and hospice tries to place senior dogs with families or else provides a cage-free home for dying dogs.
Jersey Girl (center) sits with Phoenix (right) and Cora at Silver Muzzle Cottage.
Jersey Girl relaxes on a pillow in the living room of Silver Muzzle Cottage. She had to be put to sleep that afternoon after cancer spread to her lungs, causing a persistent cough and leaving her largely immobile.
L-R: Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt and volunteers Anita Marsey-Bosley of Elk Rapids, Cynthia Mayeaux of Williamsburg and Christie Varner of Williamsburg, surround Jersey Girl as they prepare for a veterinarian to put her to sleep.
Anita Marsy-Bosley of Elk Rapids comforts Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt while the veterinarian checks the vital signs of Jersey Girl as she is put to sleep.
Kim Skarritt kisses Jersey Girl one last time after she was put to sleep. Skarritt, the owner of the rescue, had adopted the dog as her own.
Silver Muzzle Cottage owner Kim Skarritt walks past a wall featuring painted portraits and paw prints of dogs that have passed away at Silver Muzzle Cottage in Elk Rapids.