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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

27 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.

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

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

Previous Stories

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!

1 Moira R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known this group for many years! I have never met such a dedicated group of people ! I was lucky to foster twice for this group!
Which I thought was an honor!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary does a wonderful job taking in and caring for Senior Dogs, some of whom need intensive support and care. They provide lifelong loving homes and all treatment, but also make sure to provide advocacy and awareness to the public. This includes senior dogs outside of their care as well. Great organization with dedicated staff and volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this group for over a year now. Everyone involved is truly compassionate and giving to the sweet senior dogs they rescue. The organization makes all of their volunteers feel welcome and they are super supportive to new volunteers; always taking the time to answer any questions we have. I love being a volunteer with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for about 6 months, I also become a foster mom for 2 of their dogs. I'm highly impressed with the organization, how they care and provide unconditional support for all their dogs and the foster families. The passion, compassion and love for dogs that Deborah Workman (Executive Director) shows is an inspiration for many people. I'm proud to be part of such a noble cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known for years the Sanctuary for Seniors had a great reputation, and decided to volunteer as a foster 3 years ago. They have lived up to and gone beyond expectation in their care for the dogs and respect for all the people who are involved with the rescue. I currently have a permanent foster that they will support for the rest of his life because adoption was not in his best interest. And, what's best for the dogs is always the priority.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the mission of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs! Senior dogs are given love and care for life, either in new homes or in forever foster homes. No judgements about how dogs have come to need help, just love, care, and looking forward.

1 Nicole133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seldom found a rescue that takes the needs of the dogs so seriously. Dogs are always put first and they've always done a fantastic job.

Noah K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing organization. They help vulnerable senior dogs get the home, love, and veterinary care they need. They screen potential fosters and adopters to make sure their dogs go somewhere safe. They also have dogs that do therapy work and some that need to stay with them as forever fosters for medical or emotional reasons. They provide individualized care to every dog they rescue.