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Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide a safe and loving home for senior large breed dogs who have been displaced from their homes and/or abandoned for any reason, until adopted or to remain at the sanctuary until they pass on.

Target demographics: homeless or displaced senior large breed dogs.

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: housing, food, medical care and adoption services

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Catrin D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to know the team at Lily’s when we adopted our precious girl, Ava, in 2015. After we lost Ava I decided to give back by volunteering for a weekly evening feeding shift. I didn’t realize at the time that I would “get” more than I could ever “give”.

Volunteering at Lily’s is an enriching experience. Week after week you see these dogs transition from being confused and withdrawn to realizing that they are safe, and allowing their true characters to show. Nothing is more heart-warming than seeing 13 year Bella twirl with excitement when it’s dinner time, or seeing our 90lb Oso gather up enough courage to venture into the dog park and get his “zoomies” on. Their stories are all special, and Alice’s dedication to each individual dog – in addition to the overall Lily’s mission and her larger advocacy work on a national level – is inspiring to watch. I love being a part of the Lily’s team; the hardest part is leaving the sanctuary and having to wait a week for the next visit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words or even the right ones to fully say how
incredibly Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is.

They are actual advocates for the senior underdog.

I have spent over 15 years adopting senior dogs and Lily’s
is the best senior dog sanctuary I have worked with.

I adopted three bonded large senior dogs from them in 2019.
They knew it would be so hard to get these three dogs adopted
together, but they also knew they had to stay together.
But they made the commitment to them and when people
wanted to adopt just one or two of the trio they said NO!.
They were brave enough to wait. And I am so lucky they did.

These beautiful girls are now living a retired beach life.
And that is because of Lily’s. Alice and the entire team are
just the most amazing advocates for large senior dogs.
I wish I could triplicate them all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In my experience, Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is the very best rescue/sanctuary out there for senior homeless dogs. Alice Mayn, founder of Lily’s Legacy, and her volunteers are saints— they adore each and every dog they take in and you can see the worried eyes of these babies relax and the personalities blossom under the loving care of the volunteers.

Each dog receives medical, dental care and even water therapy if necessary. They are cage free during the day and each dog is given special attention- each is seen as an individual so the best possible new parent match can be made.

Lily’s legacy is the next best thing to a real home. An A+ stellar organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lily's Legacy is a Godsend for senior dogs who have been surrendered or abandoned. I recently rescued a 10 year old lab/chow mix from the South LA Shelter named Luke- he had been there for two months and was about to be red-listed. I was not able to keep him permanently, but he had the sweetest face, and eyes that pleaded to be adopted -- and I was determined to get him out of the high kill environment.

Luke had been terribly neglected: he had several medical issues -- and was about 40 pounds overweight - he could hardly get himself up or even move around.- I called Alice Mayn, Executive Director at Lily's Legacy and fortunately, she immediately agreed to take him. Since that time, Luke has been put on a proper diet, gets daily walks, has had the dental treatment he needed and has started water treadmill therapy at the local Animal Rehabilitation Center. Plus, he gets tons of love from the volunteers. Luke is now a happy boy with an adorable playful personality.

Lily's Legacy is unquestionably the next best thing to a home environment. They have fantastic, caring volunteers who are with the dogs every day. For those who need to run, there is plenty of room on the property. There is a pool for hot summer days. They have an enormous barn area covered in oriental rugs and doggie beds where the dogs can mingle, nap and play with the volunteers for several hours a day. At night they have large runs that feel like home. I have never seen anything else like this.

Luke still has a way to go with his diet, but I am so grateful to Alice Mayn and to her team -, to volunteer Paul, with whom Luke immediately bonded, and to Lily's Legacy, for transforming Luke's life. He is now waiting for his perfect forever Mom and/or Dad -- and I have complete faith that Alice will find the right person!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at Lily’s almost two years volunteering as a cuddler. It has been an amazing experience for me. I cannot say enough about Alice, Abbie and the volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping and loving the senior dogs that are often rescued from very sad circumstances. The senior dogs that are rescued by Lily’s are the lucky ones. They often come in as sad, scared and neglected dogs and within a few weeks are transformed into secure, happy and healthier dogs who end up in homes where they are wanted and loved. Miracles happen every day at Lily’s.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about this organization. The loving care and nurturing environment provided to dogs in need at Lily’s is heart warming and outstanding. I’m honored to volunteer there and share in the beautiful experience of helping the dogs and seeing them thrive in such a safe and tranquil space. The love given by all the staff is tangible and authentic. I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy! Truly a happy place for senior pups and the volunteers that help Alice give them a safe place to be until they find their family!
I volunteer each week as a “Cuddler” and it brings joy to my week, given me more than I give to the pups. I usually cuddle with pups that are recovering from their trip to the vet which is the beginning of their stay at Lily’s. Dental work, removal of ‘bumps’ on their skin, or other types of repair on a pup that is needed; they love such individual attention!
Monthly donations, too, for everyday expenses to Lily’s — my favorite place on earth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Lily’s Legacy for over two years now, and look forward to the time I spend each week with the senior pups. It was not an easy decision to file an application to be a volunteer because it was an emotional time for me as I had lost my 11 year old Duchess and I missed her very much.
I am a ‘cuddle’ volunteer which means I sit with new arrivals that usually have health issues. Since the dogs that are rescued by Lily’s are 7 years or older, many have been uncared for as they age, and they need medical help in order to get healthy and find a forever home through adoption from Lily’s.
I support Lily’s also by sponsoring pups with my monthly donation to help with the cost of whatever the pups need in the way of veterinary care, medications, or special diet foods.
I think Lily’s fills a niche that other non profits miss, so I support them each and every day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are long time supporters of Lily's Legacy. Alice and her team are what we like to call "the real deal." They are a shining example of commitment, talent, and compassion coming together to save the lives of senior dogs. They are laser focused on providing everything possible to ensure health and happiness for these dogs in need of a second chance. We volunteer at a county dog shelter on the central coast. Recently, we transported a senior German Shepherd mix found as a stray to Lily's. The transformation you can see in the photos, from shelter intake to resident of Lily's, is the kind of thing that happens every single day at the Sanctuary. This dog was adopted into a loving home just over a month after he arrived. Nobody does it better than Alice and her team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the years we’ve adopted into our family some much loved “old” dogs in need of care and love from Lily’s Legacy. I’m grateful for the efforts of those who work with and volunteer with Lily’s! Most of the dogs who find shelter there before finding their forever home are either abandoned or relinquished because they’re families are either unable to care for them or because they decided that their old dog “just doesn’t fit in “ with their current lives. In the case of those who are “discarded”, can you even begin to imagine what that must feel like to these dogs? They deserve and receive from Lily’s, not only the medical care they may need but also every effort to help them find a new family, a forever family. My Sofie came to me because her previous person cared enough to take her to a shelter when he became homeless and could no longer care for her. I am grateful to him for caring and for, because he loved her, making sure she had a good second chance. I hope he knows that she IS loved just as he loved her. I’m grateful to Lily’s for having made her second chance possible!

3 Nicole R.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Panda from a Lily’s back in 2018. They were very responsive and obviously cared greatly for all of their dogs. We could not be happier with the addition of our Panda Bear to our little family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed a dog / friend/ hiking companion. I decided to adopt a senior dog and found Lily’s. Everyone I met was wonderful. The care they took of their visiting seniors struck me from day one. And the interest they took in finding me just the right old friend was sincere. Within a week they called me that they might have found “the one.” And the next day I drove home with my new old buddy Ecco. It was love at first sight. Lily’s made everything a pleasure. I am so grateful.

3 Nicole Hamilton

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a PROUD volunteer with Lily’s Legacy since 2018. I love this place and the people I volunteer with. In fact, I love Lily’s so much, I often “stop by” about 3-4 times a week to love on our dogs (even when I’m not scheduled). This place is a haven for Seniors. The dogs’ care, safety + well-being are top priorities, + every dog leaves here knowing they truly matter. I cannot recommend this place enough if you’re in search of a really great dog - not to mention …. It’s MOST rewarding. ♥️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes... a place finds you.

I pinch myself when I drive through the gate of Lilys Legacy, and as I open my car door to begin my volunteer shift, I feel giddy inside. This place is a true haven. This place is a well-oiled machine. Every single detail, and every decision made here has the best interest of our canine guests at heart. The sanctuary is clean, tidy, and most importantly, it’s warm and inviting, not only to people but to furry friends alike. It has an in-home feel, something so needed when caring for homeless dogs.
The dogs find loving homes at the hands of selfless volunteers and the selfless families to which they join, and we, the lucky volunteers... we find more love and joy than we could ever imagine.

3 Angela S.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two senior dogs from Lily’s and I hope to adopt many more! Lily’s is an amazing beautiful place where senior dogs get pampered as they wait to go to their forever homes. Alice, her staff and volunteers are all wonderful people who will do anything for senior dogs! If I could hang out at Lily’s with the senior dogs all day instead of going to work I would be in heaven! Lily’s is the best - please consider opening your home to one of their sweet and loving senior dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am and always will be a lover of senior dogs. They are truly special. Those that come through Lily's are truly lucky dogs. It is as close to a home environment as you can get until they find their forever home. I am proud to join all the like-minded volunteers at this unique organization that fills a much needed niche in rescue .... senior dogs are to be celebrated and deserve a loving and safe future, and Lily's proves this every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This dog rescue does everything possible to give senior dogs a home environment until they find their final forever home. They are cared for with great love and respect by Alice and her volunteers. I wish all dogs, especially the unwanted seniors, could have this blessing in their lives.

3 Deo D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering years ago and I can tell you that what Alice and the gang at Lily's do is the most heart warming and inspiring work I have ever seen. Going there every Saturday and working my shift was and is so special. The old dogs are special souls with an old timer edge and hearts that deserve love and care in their golden years. From being a cuddler to scooping poop to home visits and walks and feedings and looking for candidates at shelters, I have never had such a rewarding experience as working with senior dogs and the entire crew at Lily's! And the people who adopt senior dogs? Angels on Earth they are!! Honored to be a part of this wonderful team!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my 14 year old Aussie named Bear passed away I was very sad and missed my constant buddy. I wasn't ready for another dog yet but I needed that senior dog energy that is simply the best! My work put an ad on the volunteer board about Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Rescue. I sent in a volunteer application and was contacted for a tour. The people were so nice; Alice was great and so devoted to these old pups, they were every where when I arrived, all looking for a quick pet or smile and loving!! I quickly became a certified volunteer who walked old dogs, scooped poops and cuddled with them to give them they attention they so needed to adjust to their new pre-home. Lily's is what I call 'pre-heaven' for dogs. They come from all stories and are lost and confused but as the days go by all the loving they get transforms them back to assured unconditional pups that they always were. The adopters are amazing wonderful people too. I work 50+ hours at a fast paced company and my Saturday gig at Lily's is the highlight of my week, where I relax and get centered and receive 10 fold the love I put out! Honored to be a volunteer, honored to help an old dog in need any day!!

3 Vicki J. C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is the most wonderful rescue!!!...They go far and wide to save our older Dogs whom no fault of their own have been displaced...The kind and loving care they give until there adoption is the BEST...
A BIG Thank You to everyone at Lily’s for your giving hearts and warm cuddles!!!

3 Team4k9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lily's legacy is the best senior dog shelter never seen!
Clean , neat and lots of space for senior. It is not dirty and dark county animal shelter.

I'm proud of Alice! Senior dog is the one of reason euthanize list in other animal shelter.
When I was working at other animal shelter as a euthanize tech, I felt bad...
I'm glad to found this senior dog heaven, and support them.

3 Carly H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve never adopted from Team Lily, but they do so much work to make sure all senior dogs are adopted into wonderful homes. If dogs are waiting for adoption, they can be sponsored by those unable to foster or adopt directly themselves. It’s so wonderful to know that these dogs are loved into the last moments of their lives and forever after all thanks to Lily’s

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely could not rate Lilys higher, for all they do for the animals. So much heart and soul goes into everything they do. Thank you Lilys Senior Dog Sanctuary!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to several public events, open houses, and fundraisers for Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary over several years, and i am very impressed how steady they are fulfilling their mission of rescuing large senior dogs. Lily's success in getting these wonderful dogs needed medical care, a loving safe place, and a new home is amazing to me. So many of the dogs are abandoned in one way or another. A stray, the owner dies, etc. Lily's gives them safety and a place to restart their lives with the network of volunteers and the community. Lily's is doing a great job and I would rate the Sanctuary extremely successful and a necessary part of the community. Lily's Legacy should receive your generous support

3 Bean666

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy is the most loving, caring and peaceful place I have ever been. The senior dogs are taken care of and loved so much. I went to Lily’s to meet a dog, Andy. I was unable to adopt him as I have 17 stairs to go to my back yard. There was no way this sweet old man would be able to handle this obstacle. I cried. The director, Alice Mayn followed me home to see if there was anything she could figure out so Andy could spend the rest of his life in a loving home. Unfortunately there really was no alternative. So...I filled out an application to be a Lily’s volunteer, this was almost 2 years ago. Sweet Andy was very comfortable and very well taken care of at Lily’s. He has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I loved him so much! When I’m volunteering at Lily’s I don’t think of any problems in my life...Lily’s brings me pease and wellness!
Best Bobbi Evans

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Donor

Rating: 5

Linda writes the most wonderful stories about their doggies some are so fun and funny I find myself cracking up!

It cheers up my day to read about their volunteers and how hard they all work to give an older pup dog a happy ever after. Just love what Lily's Legacy does!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My sister Toni Pimentel has been taking on hospice dogs with Lilly’s for several years her best by far is Faraday AND also my cousin Lisa Has been volunteering there for a very long time this rescue is the most important rescue and best rescue I have ever seen love them!♥️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Large older dogs have the hardest time getting adopted from shelters, and that's where Lily's Legacy comes in. They relieve pressure from many shelters in the surrounding area by taking the animals least likely to be adopted. Their organization and volunteers are deeply passionate about finding the right home for dogs so that when they are placed, they don't end up back in the same shelters. Can't say enough good things about them! The love they show for these dogs is paid back three times over by the affection the dogs bring to their new families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary has an amazing number of committed volunteers who nurtures and loves all the dogs who come to Lily’s. With extraordinary health care, training, socializing, and even spa days and swimming therapy, all of Lily’s Dogs leave in perfect condition ready for their vetted forever family. Proud to be a supporter in Petaluma CA.

4 Toni P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I retired from 42 Yrs working in a hospital I wanted to do volunteer work with animals. I chose Lily’s Legacy Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. It is a wonderful, loving organization and I have not regretted my decision to volunteer there. Below is my recent hospice/foster dog from Lily’s...Faraday.

3 Denise2017

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the honor of volunteering for Lily’s Legacy since 2014. Their focus is saving senior, large-breed dogs-the ones that are usually euthanized quickly if they end up in shelters. These dogs are, without a doubt, the most gentle, loving and grateful creatures who bless the lives of their adoptive family. Lily’s provides an environment of unconditional love and support, full medical & dental support -along with devoted volunteers, a Cuddle Club, and transporters. Lily’s Legacy is the best of the best, a model for senior dog rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This mission of Lily’s Legacy and the volunteers who strive to uphold it every single day have created a rescue that should be replicated throughout the world. Our large-breed, senior dogs are at an appalling risk of being euthanized in a shelter environment. Lily’s Legacy recognizes that these Elders of the K-9 world have an endless capacity to love and be loved. Their work has repeatedly proven that, given the chance, these beautiful dogs can thrive years beyond the limit our age-discriminating society has placed upon them. Please visit their website, learn more about them and consider supporting their laudable work in any way you can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had the pleasure of adopting two beautiful senior pups from Lily's. I'm continually impressed by the professionalism, care, and compassion of the Lily's "family." Their focus on the finding the best families for senior, large pups that are frequently overlooked by adopters at shelters, is apparent from how they share the pups' stories on social media to how thorough and detailed they are with the adoption process. Post adoption, they continue to support the families and pups as a resource for providing the best care for the pups. I can't say enough about the people I've met through Lily's and the experience I've had as a adopter of as one of their rescues.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After touring Lily’s Legacy I was amazed by how comfortable the facilities felt and how well they are maintained. The fact that volunteers are trained and help with these senior dogs is wonderful! It appears they run on a “shoestring” budget but they have accomplished so much for many years. The photos of the dogs finding a “furever” home speak volumes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friendly, clean, and doing great work!
Volunteering here is the highlight of my week.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy provides love and care for the most needy dogs. They are responsive to the needs of senior dogs, many with special needs. They also take in dogs of people who need to transition into nursing home or who have passed away I provided their information to someone with a dear friend in hospice. They were very helpful and supportive.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lily's is most compassionate caring Senior Dogs Shelter who shows in all levels of medical care shelter support. Being a shelter who loves the underprivileged senior dogs who have sometimes in no fault of their own find themselves thankfully at Lily's to care for them to hopefully their find the new forever home.

4 Marla W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love dogs, ALL dogs. small, medium, large, puppies, teeners, adults & seniors! Thankfully, there are many agencies/nonprofits who help them when they are in need of a happy home. Sadly, very few specialize on senior dogs. And fewer still for LARGE, senior dogs. I am so grateful for Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary. Not only do they take in large, senior dogs, they assure that their health issues are promptly attended to. We were fortunate to find our sweet Golden girl there! Lilly's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary's staff & volunteers provide a loving, comfortable, safe place for these sweet old pups as they patiently wait for their new forever family. At Lily's there is no 'expiration date'. The seniors are welcome to stay & live in love and comfort until they find a home or until they cross the Rainbow Bridge.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering at Lily's as a Cuddle Club member. Everyone was welcoming and cordial. The dog's were treated with such respect, kindness, and love. Their beds were as comfy as my own! I love that they get their own space as well as shared space, and it was lovely to get to sit with them and be a part of their world.
When it came time for me to move away from Northern California, I couldn't help but adopt one of the dogs I had fallen in love with while there. Getting the Lily's newsletter is one of the highlights of my week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm the proud mother of Leena, Faradays best girl. Through this organization my little girl has learned about life, loss, compassion and miracles. This non profit gives hope and life to dogs in need and the humans that get to love them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a senior dog from Lily's Legacy in 2018. We originally went to inquire about a different dog than we ended up adopting. The reason for this is Lily's amazing team of volunteer staff, who gave us a tour of the sanctuary and explained the fine details of each dog up for adoption. The dog we adopted as an 8-year-old Aussie mix who stole our hearts. We lost him three weeks ago to illness and we are proud that we were able to give him a loving home until it was his time to go. We donated to Lily's again in his remembrance and convinced a friend to do the same. Lily's serves a need in the animal world that is not served by many. It is a heartless mission and one that takes compassion and dedication. We support Lily's 100%.

3 Evelina Alvarez R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I AM CHEERED & WARMED BY THE DEVOTION , CARING & LOVE LILY’S SANCTUARY BUBBALLOOS RECEIVED @ THEIR MOMENT OF NEED FOR EMPATHY & COMPASSION FOR OUR TRUE LOVING FAMILIES ....
I AM THANKFUL FOR THEIR BEING TRUE FUREVER ANGELS !!!

2 Brandy Ann L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily's legacy is an amazing place for senior dogs. Alice is the founder and she's great. Every dog that comes through the doors loves her so much. She takes very good care of all the dogs. She's very detailed on the needs of each dog. I never feel sad leaving this place after my day of volunteering because the animals are so well taken care of. They consistantly are out with volunteers and lounging on the couches if not being walked. My dream would be to do what Lily's legacy does.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do a great job working with senior dogs who tend to be harder to place in homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to have been a volunteer for the last 8 years (Lily's celebrates its 10th anniversary this year). What Alice Mayn has done for dogs (and people) is truly extraordinary. She is tireless, indefatigable, and the dogs adore her. She has built an incredible transition home for dogs in Petaluma and a large cadre of volunteers, all of whom share Alice's love of and devotion to big old dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For a dog to land at LILYS LEGACY it has hit the mother lode. The dog will have the opportunity to find a loving forever home. While it waits, it will be showered with love, attention, and all the care the volunteers willingly give. It is both a pleasure & an honor to volunteer with such a caring organization. Even bath day is a happy time! Here volunteer Ann hugs Cody (recently adopted) while sharing a moment on the couch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Growing old should not be a reason to be given away. Senior dogs should be respected & cherished. Lily’s Legacy’s vision & mission addresses both. Old is just a word. Love is unconditional.
Linda M
Volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is such a pleasure to volunteer for Lily’s Legacy! The senior dogs there are treated so well, so kindly, and always housed in clean kennels. The grounds are beautiful. I belong to the Cuddle Club, and go once a week to help love those dogs waiting for forever homes or foster homes. Sometimes the dogs have had a medical procedure, and need very special care. They are placed in the bunkhouse, and are carefully monitored. There is also the barn, where other dogs are allowed to mingle with other dogs and volunteers. Lots of puppy love goes on at Lily’s Legacy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw the most adorable brown poodle on Lily Legacy, terminal cancer looking for a home to spend the rest of his life. We fostered him until he passed away. Lily's was always checking in to see how he was doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alice keeps Lily's Senior Dog Sanctuary running with her dedication, 24/7 attention, grit, determination, laughter and love! She's an animal lover with the biggest heart, and amazing people skills to boot!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at this nonprofit. Everyone that volunteers here truly care about the animals! Its an amazing organization to be apart of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They give older dogs excellent care and find them homes.

3 Marty S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily's is a wonderful place! The grounds are beautiful, clean and well cared for, the dogs are loved, groomed, well fed and cuddled until they are adopted. Lily's takes in older, large dogs and finds them homes, its doing an incredible needed job! They have a staff of caring volunteers who take great care of all the dogs. It is my pleasure to be one of those dedicated "cuddlers".

4 laurenlaurenlauren

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am inspired to read the stories of the loving volunteers and how well loved and taken care of the dogs are. And I am always so excited to see when the dogs are rehomed with wonderful humans!

3 Katherine E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't remember how I first learned about Lily's, but I have been following their work online and feeling happy every time a dog gets adopted. Every year I participate in their luminaria project, which is a wonderful fundraiser that allows us to remember beloved dogs from our past. They are so sweet about sending a photo of the finished luminaria and of the lighting ceremony.

I tell people about this rescue whenever I can and wish I lived a little bit closer to make it more feasible to go and cuddle and play with the dogs. When my house is empty someday and in need of a dog, I want to bring a Lily dog home. Their mission is so important. Their kindness and devotion are an antidote to the suffering and cruelty and apathy that seem to be increasing and they give us all hope and encouragement.

4 Melanie Jordin O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On November 8, 2018 the town of Paradise, California burned to the ground in the "Camp Fire". My niece and my great niece barely made it out with their roommate and 2 dogs. The video they sent me was horrifying; they drove down the only exit road, fire leaping up from both sides of the road, the heat permeating their car - you could hear the dogs panting in the back seat. My niece texted me asking if I could help find a place to board the dogs, they couldn't take them to the location they were going for shelter. Fortunately, I was able to find a Veterinary Hospital in Chico, CA outside of the immediate fire area. This wonderful Vet Hospital was boarding dogs from the fire free of charge. My family lost all of their worldly possessions, there was nothing but ashes where their house previously stood.

My niece had no place to live and had to leave California and move in with her brother in Connecticut. Unfortunately, the dogs were not allowed to move with her. Since I'm involved with my local animal shelters in Alabama and some rescue organizations where I live, I volunteered to help find either homes or a rescue for my niece's dogs. The 2 dogs were still being boarded for more than a week at the Veterinary Hospital and with no response to re-home them, I started reaching out to Rescue Organizations from an internet site a rescue friend sent me.

I emailed a few organizations including Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary. I explained the circumstances in my email(s). Baby, the Beagle/Lab mix is approximately 10 years old and Chloe the Terrier mix is approximately 8 years old. On November 13 within 24 hours of sending my emails, Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary responded and literally came to the rescue; I was on the phone with Alice Mayne the Founder & Executive Director the same day! Although little Chloe didn't quite fit Lily's Legacy's qualifications, they agreed to take her into their rescue with Baby (who did meet their qualifications). Through perserverance of all involved, luck and 2 very good friends of mine who drove 6 hours round-trip to retrieve the dogs from the Vet's Office in Chico, Chloe & Baby were at the Veterinarian's Office Lily's Legacy used and were being vetted. This all happened within 4 days of my original email. In less than a week Baby and Chloe were in a foster home and as of today, both Baby and Chloe have been adopted (separately) and seem to be thriving.

Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary gave me, my niece and great nieces peace of mind in a very difficult situation. They went above and beyond to help us and we are eternally grateful to Alice Mayne, the Executive Director and everyone involved with Lily's Legacy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

a truly compassionate haven for those left behind. A safe place for dogs who have been discarded, abandoned or left orphans by the death of theoir owner.

4 Sharon L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have occassionally helped at Lily's and this is the most amazing place for senior dog's. All of the loving volunteers, the comfort and care given, all of the medical needs that are met, are what make Lily's the Best Non-profit. I can't put into words all that they do for these wonderful seniors. Something as simple as just cuddling with the dog's means so much to that dog.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary over a year ago and started following them on Facebook. I had recently lost my almost-15 year old senior dog, and had a huge hole in my heart. I have not been ready to adopt again yet, but felt moved to help seniors in some way until the right dog came into my life. After following Lily's on Facebook and paying a visit to their beautiful sanctuary, I've been tremendously moved by the heartfelt love and devotion Alice Mayne and her wonderful volunteers show to the senior dogs they have rescued. Sadly, sweet seniors are the most often overlooked at traditional shelters. I now sponsor one of their permanent resident dogs (Lily) and have spread the word to others to open their hearts to do the same or, better yet, take one home :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While looking for an older dog to bring into our home, we came across Lily's and we are so thankful we did. They had quite a few wonderful senior dogs who were in all stages of transition from their previous situations. From the very first, we fell in love with our Annie. We are positive the relaxed, home-like atmosphere at Lily's made a huge difference in her ability to adjust to our home. The care she received there also assured we went home with a dog as healthy as she could be given her age and past.
Annie is happy and well adjusted with us and we are so grateful for the love she has brought to us and to Lily's for making that possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Lily's Legacy. I have volunteered at other animal shelters, and this one is by far the best. The "campus" has lots of space--a big hillside field, a smaller "dog park" and a meet-and-greet area for potential adopters. All are fenced in, giving the resident dogs the ability to wander around, run, or chase a ball. There are lots of dog beds in the barn, as well as a couple of sofas, plenty of choices for the dogs (and volunteers) who just want to hang out and relax. The kennels are indoor/outdoor, allowing the dogs to get some fresh air from time to time. It is truly a joy to be part of this volunteer community, and I look forward to spending time there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am honored to have adopted two different Lily's Legacy dogs. When "Missy" came to Lily's Legacy after her owner died, she was shut down. The care given by all the volunteers helped her transition into our family beautifully. She became a devoted companion and faithful friend.
The second dog we adopted had lost her canine sibling in addition to her home due to a family illness. Shy and suffering from separation anxiety, the volunteers worked with "Trixie" to boost her confidence and trust. She too became a part of our family, blessing us with unconditional love. We are so grateful to Lily's Legacy for saving these wonderful dogs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lily's is phenomenal. Every new rescued senior dog that comes to Lily's gets the very best care and is thoroughly vetted before being available for adoption. Each senior receives superlative vet care. Alice Mayn, (the Founder) and the dedicated team of Lily's volunteers treat each dog as if it were his or her own. The sanctuary grounds are incredibly gorgeous, located in the bucolic Petaluma countryside. It is clean and safe. There is plenty of space for runs and walks and each dog has plenty of kennel room. And the barn is a fun place where they get to hang out and socialize too. Lily’s devoted crew of volunteers ensures that each dog gets the full attention they deserve -- not only with basics - walks and food -- but with love. Lilys’ cuddle club has volunteers who come simply to give belly rubs and affection for each rescue. I can't say enough about Lily's. They do a great job of re-homing their rescues with house visits to ensure each dog gets a forever home filled with love and stability.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had recently lost my senior dog and was searching for a new rescue dog when I learned about Lily’s Legacy. A border collie that they were caring for instantly caught my eye. I was excited to meet him but did not expect the wonderful experience I would have during the adoption process. Lily’s Legacy is very thorough in learning about the families who adopt and it’s clear that they are also thorough in how they care for their available dogs. I was treated to a relaxing afternoon where I got to ask questions, introduce my resident dog to the border collie and take him for a walk. The whole experience gave a little magic to a process that has felt rushed in the past. By the end of my visit, I was certain that I found my dream dog. The whole experience from beginning to end was a delight and I have already recommended Lily’s Legacy to many friends. Finding good homes for large senior dogs is hard and I’m proud to open my home to our Marshall. Thank you Lily’s Legacy for our dog and for an adoption experience that my family will treasure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past three years my husband and I have volunteered here. I'm always impressed with the number of dogs that are adopted and get to live out their lives with a family that loves them. You would think senior dogs would be overlooked time and time again but not with Lily's. I fall a little bit in love with each dog I get to take care of but it's so heartwarming to be able to say goodbye because I know they're going to their forever home. The sanctuary is on a beautiful piece of heaven on earth and every dog gets personalized, loving attention from a great crew of volunteers. I'm honored to be a volunteer there. Here are some photos my husband took of the property and the pups. Beautiful right?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered at Lily's since October 2015. We began in hopes of healing our broken hearts after losing our special pup after 14 years of unconditional love. Lily's is the perfect place for senior dogs to find their new family or to become a part of the Lily's family. There is always love to be found. 11 months ago a very handsome Australian Shepard came to Lily's and a month later he came home with us and we can't imagine our life without Raider. We will always volunteer at Lily's and now love being a Lily's adopter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We volunteer at Lily's and it is hard to say that we 'volunteer' when we are really just lucky enough to get to spend time on a beautiful property with some wonderful dogs and people. It is so gratifying to spend time with these wonderful creatures and to see that even doing a little has such an impact.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the great pleasure of volunteering for Lily's Legacy for a period of time.There is so much compassion and love and support given to these seniors and the pups thrive. Alice has created such a super, loving environment. The dogs barn is filled with couches and dog beds and they get to choose where they want to lay down. They each have their own kennel to sleep in. The volunteers walk the dogs, love on them, clean...they willingly do anything that is needed....the first priority is always the pups. This is a wonderful place to "give back". If you are looking to do something very special and give to your community, call Lily's Legacy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I went to a gathering at Dairydell in Petaluma several years ago and Lily's Legacy was there with some of their senior pups. I had lost my 10 year old Lab, and at this time I had a young Labrador pup. My heart went out to Lily's for all they do for senior dogs that people seem to forget about.
They have become my special place for donaions and I am hoping to become a volunteer as soon as I can! They are the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lily's Legacy is a gift to abandoned and neglected senior dogs. They are a rescue with a gentle spirit and big hearts. This rescue is the place where your donor dollars go directly to the care and comfort of the lucky senior dogs that go from rags to riches in the care at Lily's Legacy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps the older, larger forgotten dog population. They are there 100% for the dogs. The volunteer staff and Alice are kind, compassionate and knowledgeable.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I will always have a Lily's Legacy dog in our home. You just can't beat perfection!