Sanctuary For Senior Dogs

Rating: 4.93 stars   105 reviews

Issues: Animals, Human Services, Seniors

Location: PO Box 609054 Cleveland OH 44109 USA

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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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I have been involved with Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for about 9 years after adopting my wonderful senior dog. I have nothing but awe and praise for the folks involved in running this organization. If you are looking to adopt a senior dog, please consider Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I adopted a sweet, gentle senior lab mix a couple of years ago. The Sanctuary takes placement very seriously and puts the dog's welfare above all else. When we are in a position to adopt a dog in the future, we will certainly contact the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great group of very dedicated people. I volunteer at a Humane society that had a senior dog that was not doing well in a shelter setting. She came from a bad situation and had been at the shelter a long time and was being overlooked by adopters because of her age. We contacted The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs and they agreed to take her in. She was taken in by a foster and is now living the wonderful life we had all hoped she would find.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found the Sanctuary quite by mistake - my son was looking for a small dog so I started searching the internet for a chihuahua. What I found was a sad looking little girl with the most interesting face in the world. The sadness in her eyes was more than I could resist. I called the Sanctuary and went to meet Evie. It was love at first sight on my side and, I hope, on her side too.

After being evaluated as a foster parent for Evie, I took her home and started her on the path to happy home life. Deborah Workman was there to help me and answer any questions that I had about taking proper care of Evie. Since she had some serious medical problems when she came to the Sanctuary, Evie could not be spayed so I remained her foster mom for several years before she developed pyometra. Even though this is a serious medical problem and life-threatening, Evie's resilience came through again and she survived the surgery and now I was able to officially adopt her.

Without the Sanctuary I'm sure that Evie would not have survived. They really are a sanctuary for older dogs who become homeless through no fault of their own. Often older dogs become homeless because their owners are also old. They often cannot continue to care for their cherished pets because of medical issues, having to move into a home that won't accept their pet or perhaps death. The Sanctuary is always there to try and find a new home for these misfortunate pets and make sure they get the medical care they need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to expand the number of foster parents available to care for the displaced pets. I would also like to increase the public's awareness of this organization.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We had a great experience this year with the Sanctuary For Senior Dogs. We were lucky enough to adopt a sweet puggle that we named Molly. She has brought a wonderful joy to our family! We support the Sanctuary in the work they do and are happy to have met such a great organization.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful organization of compassionate people. They rescue great older dogs and all dogs stay with volunteers at their homes. We have adopted 2 loving dogs from them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had all the money needed to keep rescuing wonderful canine companions.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Two years ago there was a tiny, very old, very fragile chihuahua at the rural high-kill shelter where I volunteered to arrange rescue for their dogs. She was very sweet but in terrible shape, missing teeth, loaded with fleas, hair loss and it was clear she had other health problems as well. I was familiar with their work and so I contacted the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. They had a foster available and agreed to take her. She was taken to a vet immediately, received the very best care possible, and then went to a loving "forever" foster home because she was too fragile to spay. Her last days could have been spent laying on a cold concrete floor in a dog pound without their help. I rescued hundreds of dogs during my years of going to this pound and some of them will stay in my heart forever. Evie was one of those dogs. I had followed their work before and continue to do so and have seen many beautiful loving dogs get second chances because of the work they do. Seniors are so deserving and generally very hard to find a rescue for, especially those who are very old or have serious health problems. Every dog that joins the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has a safe, kind, loving place to live out however much time they have. Their contribution to the rescue community is immeasurable.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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