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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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

1 Denise2017

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary touches your life in ANY way, you will never be the same! The absolute passion and dedication exhibited by anyone affiliated with LLSDS will cause you to put them on your Bucket List! You will want to visit to meet their precious senior pups and then likely will want to volunteer, foster, adopt, or donate. I can guarantee you will want to be a part of this remarkable group of people whose greatest passion is saving and loving those pups who desperately need to be rescued. Below are photos of the same pup, once emaciated and riddled with skin infection. After patient tender, loving care, he blossomed into the most magnificent pup imaginable! This is what Lily’s Legacy is ALL about!

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.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They give older dogs excellent care and find them homes.

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".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some people don't understand my love for dogs, and so I just work in the background helping them; supporting them through my donations and for the last several months as a volunteer at Lily's.
In 2012, I attended an event at Dairydell Canine and met two senior dogs and a couple of volunteers from Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary and my heart went out to them! It was very touching to meet them, and my heart melted right there on the spot! Because I had a two year old Lab, having another dog wasn't an option for me. So I donated dollars to them every chance I could, and kept my dream of volunteering in the back of my mind.
When I retired from my part time job, I decided to find out just what I had to do to become a volunteer for Lily's. I filled out the "volunteer" application and then came the orientation meeting! This was my dream come true! Lily's is located in a beautiful country area that contributes to the serenity these dogs need in their lives, and I have been a "Cuddle" volunteer that has given me a special place to get my "dog fix" on a regular basis!
Lily's is volunteer run, and it is amazing to see everyone giving their time for this special place! And the best part for me is seeing "my" dogs each time I am at Lily's, both the dogs I sponsor with donations and those coming to find their new home.
Lily's is truly a sanctuary for senior dogs.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicole H.5

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.

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 :)