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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs--Rescues senior dogs in need--Provides lifelong quality care for rescued senior dogs--Adopts appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes--Develops programs that match senior dogs to senior people to their mutual benefit--Fosters an awareness of our lifelong responsibility to our companion animals--Strengthens the bonds between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things

Results: More than 30 old dogs saved this year.

Target demographics: abandoned senior dogs (7+ years) in pounds and shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 old dogs

Geographic areas served: NE Ohio and beyond as space allows

Programs: Rescue Adoption Educational outreach Therapy dogs No-cost spay/neuter

Community Stories

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an organization that is extraordinarily honest, smart, well run, and overwhelmingly caring and loving. They care for the dogs physical, mental, and emotional well being in their careful placements from fosters to forever homes. I have had the privilege to work with them in positively training their dogs. The mere fact that they do train speaks volumes. And the love I have seen is incredible! The other thing I love about Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is they show the same respect and care for people!! Truly unique, truly worthwhile. We need more rescues like them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs is an outstanding organization. The welfare of the dog is always the priority which starts with an adoption process that ensures he or she will not only be going to a good home, but that it is a good match for the adopter. The process does not end with the adoption, however. I adopted my dog in 2014 and since that time the Sanctuary has been a source of information and assistance whenever needed. They truly care about the well being of the dog throughout their life.

Chris241

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a blessing to old dogs! The organization takes those that are elderly and sick and provides medical, a loving place for them to live and enjoy their time! I think they are doing amazing things for those that (sadly) are forgotten and have no where to go. Bless their hearts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am someone who was always blessed to have dogs in my life. It breaks my heart I no longer have that blessing-because now I am a senior. All the love senior dogs have to give, all the joy-I am so very glad the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is there for all they help. My only regret-that I can not give one or more of those seniors a home.

Laurie22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a blessing for the senior dogs in need of a loving forever home, medical and anything else they might need. Wonderful people, wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is such a blessing for the senior dogs who would otherwise die alone & terrified, in a shelter surrounded by strangers. Here they are surrounded by love of families for the remainder of their life, a valued & treasured family member

1 Corrine D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I lost my Senior Chihuahua unexpectedly, I was devastated. Even thou I have other dogs in my household, my heart was empty for my small dog that was my constant companion. A few months past, and I needed to fill the void in my heart. I started by going on Petfinders to locate different rescues that had Senior Chihuahua's to adopt....When I found The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, I came across a Chi named "Bunny", I contacted them directly, & immediately filled out a application and made a point to meet the available dogs for adoption on that Sunday. The moment I held Bunny, I knew she had to be mine, she fell asleep in my lap. After the Sanctuary did a thorough Vet check, Reference & Home check...Bunny became mine. First thing I did was changed her name to "Winnie", she is my little pooh. I've only adopted her 6 mos ago, and Winnie has put so much joy back into my heart, she is my little social butterfly, I take her everywhere possible. This Senior pup has so much personality, I can't express how much love I have for her. The Sanctuary cares so much to place their Seniors in the perfect home, I understand why. Thank you for giving me the chance to care & love this pup. --Corrine Dunning Savage

Paul U.

Donor

Rating: 5

What they do for senior dogs is beautiful.I have four rescues i care for in my home.They cost time and money but the love and companionship,is priceless.When i adopted them i made a deal to care for them.Their lives maybe relatively short,but i love the idea that it is a happy one,Like this non profits mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You don't have to teach an old dog new tricks! Senior dogs are mature, people-smart and may be the best fit for you. At the Cleveland OH Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, special programs match people with older dogs for mutual benefit. In the meantime, the dogs reside in foster homes with sponsors who love them until they can enter permanent family life.

These grown-up dogs are kind and intuitive, the perfect people-friends without the intensive training pups require for socialization. This makes them super companions for senior humans!

All of the sanctuary's mature dogs are spayed, neutered, evaluated for adoptable temperament and given medical care.
Come and spend time with a senior dog on Adoption Sundays, the last Sunday in every month.
You'll love it!

Barb26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in its earliest years and have been a fan ever since. This non-profit is focused on saving senior dogs that end up in Ohio shelters. Some of them are strays and others have had the misfortune of being relinquished by their families. Once accepted into the program, the dogs are provided excellent veterinary and emotional care, living out their lives in either a foster or permanent home. I have seen steady growth in this program over the years . Early on the appeal was small but mighty, however over the years, the group of senior dog devotees has grown beyond expectations. Through education, "dogged" determination and pure love for these dogs, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has become a much respected organization appealing to many. Their steady growth speaks volumes to the dedication of its Director and Board who have tirelessly promoted and encouraged compassionate care for senior dogs. Barb Stiebeling

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for over ten years...some years more active than others. What amazes me about this rescue is the dedication of so many people to improving the quality of life for senior dogs and the vision that they can do (just about) anything. Therapy dog training is not uncommon. Competitions at the annual summer fundraiser are a pleasure to watch. The dogs amaze. It is so heartwarming to see how "throw away" dogs thrive in good homes....and how much they have to give back. They are the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I highly recommend the organization for those interested in adopting an older dog. The foster program is very successful, supporting older dogs until they go to their forever home. In progress is a new way to support old dogs - a quarantine house.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the honor of having been approved to adopt a senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I adopted my wonderful Skeeter in 2005 and although a bit deaf and arthritic, she is bringing cheer to the household every day. I am very thankful to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for helping to connect me to this dog. The individuals that manage the organization do a wonderful job in taking in, fostering, and finding a forever home for these deserving senior dogs. The organization is supported by group of volunteers that foster the dogs, help in transportation, and assist in the office. The group works tirelessly to support the organization and make it successful. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does another commendable service. If a dog is not appropriate for adoption, the pet becomes a forever foster and spends the last years of their lives in a loving, warm, and comfortable home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Sanctuary for Senior Dogs online for some time now. I have only attended one adoption event. These dogs are clean, well cared for, and loved. I have also participated in helping dogs that were not officially a Sanctuary dog, but Sanctuary highlighted when there was a need. Keep up the good work!