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.
I would like to let you know how wonderful, caring, professional and definitely put the Dogs first at the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. When we lost our senior springer spaniel, we were able to find a place that we were able to donate all of his things - bed, bowls, medication, etc. They were very empathetic to our loss, so inviting and accommodating to meet us and hear our story. I have reveled in seeing all they do and their team of foster parents and families to care for those four legged friends in need. When the day comes and I am able to participate and maybe foster, there is only one Nonprofit I would consider - the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.
After my last dog died, because of my age and other uncertainties, I was not thinking about getting another dog. As days went by I thought more and more about one senior being there for another senior (dog). I have followed the Sanctuary for Senior dogs and even attended a few events through the years. In 2014, I checked available dogs on line at the Sanctuary, but there was not one for me. I did adopt from another rescue. Fast forward 6 years, and I am longing to be a dog mom. I consider myself a "Young" senior although my birth certificate says differently. Started actively looking at dogs in their care not knowing if I wanted to Foster or Adopt. After speaking with Sarah and Deborah Workman, I completed the paperwork and was approved. Visited with 2 dogs at different times, but I felt a connection to Jade. On April 1st, Deborah brought Jade home to me. Jade is the sweetest little girl. She may have limited vision and is deaf, but nothing stops her.
The Sanctuary takes in all types of seniors with different levels of health issues. The Sanctuary staff, fosters, volunteers, vet and others take excellent care of all the dogs there. I am so lucky Jade was cared for by the Sanctuary. Deb was fostering Jade and updated me. Jade gave me quite the scare at 21 days ..... ended up in respiratory distress, pulmonary edema - seen and admitted for ER care. The staff at the Sanctuary checked weekly on how Jade was progressing. Their support was wonderful. It will soon be 7 mos Jade and I have been together Jade is a very special little lady and makes me smile a lot.
Every person, whatever their role,
at the Sanctuary, has a significant and important role in the well being of all dogs in their care. The dogs receive the best care and are loved.
This rescue for senior animals is one of the few that will care for geriatric pets. They do a great job of getting these animals back to good health or providing them hospice depending on the circumstances. The officers and fosters truly care about giving these older animals quality of life for as long as they can.
I have been to a number of adoption events held by this organization and it is remarkable the care that is taken in finding these beautiful senior dogs their forever home. Would highly recommend them if you're looking for a companion without all the time needed for training or housebreaking. Love them!!!
My sister and I, along with our late mother, have been active with this organization for well over 10 years. The lengths that Deborah and the staff go to ensure every senior dog that comes to the sanctuary gets the best care and are placed in safe and nurturing homes for the remainder of their lives.
Our experience with The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has been fantastic! We’ve adopted and fostered through The Sanctuary and couldn’t be happier with the friends we’ve made, both canine & human. It’s a wonderful community wholly dedicated to a noble mission of which I’m proud to be involved.
Tremendous organization! Every pup deserves love and they do a great job helping out the senior dogs in need.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs pulls dogs from the shelter I manage. They are a pleasure to work with - professional, compassionate, and thoughtful. The dogs they pull often have multiple medical needs and they provide them with excellent care. We've always had a great experience working with them from the shelter side.
This organization has helped so many senior dogs throughout the years. With limited space they have organized foster homes, adoption sites, and relied totally on donations. They truly deserve recognition and the help.
I had just been through a major emotional change in my life, when my dog Petie died. I was distraught and depressed. My brother, seeing that I needed the companionship and support, suggested I contact the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I told Debra exactly what type of dog I was looking for. I was living alone for the first time in my life, as my 34 year marriage had just come to an end. I needed a special four legged companion. Debra and her staff introduced me to Mia. Mia is everything that I could ever have imagined. She is my rock and seems to understand me in a doggy sort of way. I was thanked for rescuing a senior shelter dog. Truth is, I didn’t rescue Mia, she rescued me!!! The Sanctuary made the perfect match!!!!
True to its mission, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs puts dogs first, and in so doing, does a superlative job serving the needs of those who foster or adopt senior dogs.
What sets the organization apart is the way its resources and donations are devoted to the health, emotional needs and quality of life for each dog. This means taking things to the next level, ranging from medical care for the dogs to careful vetting of client applications and educating and supporting those who provide loving homes for fabulous, deserving senior dogs.
From personal experience I can say that the follow-up assistance provided to foster caregivers and adopters—and there is plenty of it—is great for clients. Ultimately, though, it assures that the needs of senior dogs are met. That’s what the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is all about.
We are fostering to adopt for the first time, with the Sanctuary and have been supported in ways we couldn’t have imagined! They have been patient and understanding and are always willing to support us in any way they can. Such a great organization.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a great organization helping senior dogs in need in the Cleveland area for the past 20 years. My wife and I start volunteering with them 4 years ago and are proud foster parents of Professor Ralphie, a wonderful senior dog who stole our hearts. Since the first day we started with the sanctuary we were really impressed by the organizations responsibility, care and commitment of the senior dogs. The Executive Director, the board, the secretary and the foster coordinator are always helping and supporting us with all kind of resources available 24/7, from Veterinary care, medicines, food, beds, clothes, supplements, profesional dog training, toys, leashes, harnesses, etc. It's very clear that the wellbeing of the dogs is a top priority for the Sanctuary. We would recommend The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs to anyone who wants to adopt or foster a senior dog in the Cleveland area.
The combination of the true love of old dogs, exemplary work ethic and bonds between the volunteers, staff, fosters, veterinarians and community makes this animal rescue Nonprofit a standout compared to so many others. If you want to know how to do animal rescue right, build a respected relationship & partnerships with everyone involved in the efforts; this is who you should look to. You just can't get better. They are a shining example and have stood the test of time. Meet just one dog they helped and you'll see for yourself. They are the real deal and will always have my support and gratitude for being a place for old dogs to live out whatever time they have left with love and dignity
I have fostered and adopted 2 great senior dogs from this non profit. They rescue abandoned dogs in pounds and shelters and give them a chance at love, dignity and comfort in their golden years.
I truly believe in their mission and admire the work this group has done. This group has inspired me to volunteer for them as well as volunteer for the city shelter. I am and forever will be a huge supporter for their group. They have rescued so many senior dogs who have been left behind or in bad shape and provided them with the proper care they need as well as the medical care they need.
This is a wonderful organization that supports a sometimes overlooked group of animals, placing senior dogs, often with challenges, in homes where they can live out their days in love and peace.
We adopted our sweet senior Blanche 2 years ago. She is my very best friend! Little Blanche was rescued by The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs- and I’m so happy I found this organization! They are wonderful! Helping senior dogs in need. We will always support this wonderful rescue. Here is little Blanche with her senior rescue brother Charlie! ❤️ We hope that others see the wonderful hard work and dedication that this rescue does to help these sweet furry friends!
I have seen animal rescues come and go, and sometimes I have stopped working with them myself, but not the Sanctuary. It’s the best-run, most professional animal rescue I have ever worked with. The passion shown for senior dogs is inspiring, as is the reality checks the org must face from time to time. Some rescues refuse to face those realities and eventually fold under the fantasy. Sanctuary doesn’t shy from reality, even when they wish it could be different, and that’s how they stay viable and vibrant.
This compassionate organization really, truly cares about placing older dogs in vetted (har!) homes. They abide by high standards and keep informed about current issues such as nutrition and pet hazards. Fosters get help with expenses including medication, food, and world-class veterinary care. Our first SSD dog turned out to be a “forever foster” and, sadly, did not have much left because his life had been so very hard. We adopted the next foster and it has been rewarding to see her slowly learn to play, be a companion, enjoy park visits, and become less fearful of new people. Thank you, SSD and volunteers, for putting your heart and soul into locating, caring about, and placing these older souls.
Amazing organization that cares so much for senior dogs. They offer great support for those who adopt from them.
Sanctuary for Senior dogs does amazing work for all the dogs in the Cleveland community. They go above and beyond for every dog and truly care!!
Can’t say enough good things about the Sanctuary! Love its mission, the people who make it run, and of course the senior dogs themselves. We’re the happy forever fosters to a Sanctuary pup who reminds us each day of life’s simpler joys: a stroll in the park, an afternoon nap, a good belly rub.
Keep up the meaningful work you do!
I have been involved with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for the past several years. I am continuously impressed by the work the trustees, board members, fosters and volunteers do. Everyone is passionate about helping the senior dogs, finding them the right types of homes and proper care. I thoroughly enjoy hearing stories about the dogs and those you have been able to make a positive impact in their lives. The Summer Scoop was incredibly well attended by dogs (and their companions). Please keep up the good work and you will always have my support.
When SAM, the best dog in the world was declining, I visited the SSD. After his death and grieving time, I visited once again. Staff was gentle and understanding about our loss. They invited us to an adoption Sunday to meet dogs who needed foster dog owners. Buddy had a spiral cell tumor that needed surgery. Buddy was a great fit for our home. I did not want to see him get adopted, so I bought him. After he died, once again after my grieving was in control, I visited SSD and Mackie needed a foster home. Then came Mr. Andy with Heart Worm. After his death I took his medication to SSD and
THERE WAS Jinjur, who needed a home for the weekend, but that lasted longer and I was in love. I wanted to help SSD any way I could and now Markie is here. He came here weighing 6 pounds and did not eat. Food appropriate for anorexia was given to us. He is now eating kibble that SSD supplies and has had grooming. SSD supplies all the equipment , medications and services the dogs need.
I've donated to Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for years. They provide a valuable and needed service in rescue; helping out our older pups. The people who run it are amazing and dedicated. I will always support the important work they do.
I live in the neighborhood of the Sanctuary and can see the amazing job they are doing with the senior dogs. Many volunteers are in and out taking care of the dog in the sanctuary and everyone is so incredibly dedicated! I volunteer with Chalupa and can see how thoughtful they are about her care and making sure that she is well taken care of in spite of not having a forever home just yet.
I also had the pleasure of volunteering at the Scoop event in August and saw all the amazing hard work everyone put into making this event fun and educational for owners of senior dogs.
I am a new volunteer this year and love it. Amazing group of people to work with who have such kind hearts and do all they can for old dogs in need. Very happy to be a part of this organization.
The Sanctuary for Senior dogs is a wonderful rescue that we're blessed & lucky to have in Ohio! I am currently fostering a sweet senior dog that was found wandering the city streets, with 3 tumors, one was the size of an orange, making it difficult for him to walk. The Sanctuary heard about him and immediately took him into their care. They made sure he received the medical attention and surgery needed to give him the best quality of life. It's been 1.5 months since his surgery, and he's doing very well. Thanks to the kind and compassionate people of the Sanctuary, for helping the neglected, and abandoned Senior dogs, find the loving homes they so deserve!
My husband and I are proud volunteers for this great organization! The sanctuary for senior dogs rescues and saves many senior dogs that are abandoned and dumped at shelters. Many of them would be euthanized because of their age and health issues. We had an extraordinary experience this summer when fostering a sweet senior lab that had only three legs. He was found abandoned and tied outside during the hot summer weather, without food and water. He was in danger of being euthanized and The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs took him in, and paid for his vet medical care and medications. We fostered this very special boy until he was healthy enough to be adopted. We are very happy to know that he's in his forever home, where he is loved and spoiled by his mom & dad.
Without The Sanctuary, I hate to think what would have happened to this very special boy and the thousands they have helped over the years! Thank you.
The work they do is spectacular! Their efforts and ultimate success in providing superior care and comfort for senior dogs is so dear to my heart. They have my full support.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs worked with a caring neighbor to save Mabel, an elderly, young-at-heart whippet/GSD from an uncertain fate. Through their dedication, I was fortunate enough to meet her and share in the joy of her golden years. She was an angel, and I will forever be grateful to Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for bringing her into my life! They are committed to giving dogs the life they deserve.
They do amazing work! The love and care they provide to senior dogs is evident in everything they do.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful advocate for older dogs in need of homes. We adopted our beagle Robin in 2007 and saw first-hand the efforts they go to in finding the right homes for their dogs. Each dog at the Sanctuary has a home for life, as if the adoption does not work out, they are returned back to the Sanctuary to find the right home. Not only do they adopt out medically healthy pets, but they also have Forever Fosters that receive top-notch medical care and lots of love.
We adopted our sweet Blanche aka “Blanchette” from the Sanctuary for Senior dogs almost a year ago now! We love her so much!!! She fits right in with our crew! She now has a blind and deaf Senior Poodle best friend & brother named Charlie - and a Big Protector Rescue Doberman named Sam to look out for her. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful Rescue. So many wonderful volunteers dedicate their time to foster and take care of these adorable Seniors in need. They rescue these Seniors that have been abandoned in shelters- and bring them to safety. They have a wonderful Meet & Greet once a month & bring all of these cuties to their event for potential adopters to meet them and hear all about them. It’s a wonderful organization. So happy we found them. If you are looking for a wonderful Senior furry friend- you have to stop by- you may just leave with a forever family member!
My little girl is sitting next to me as I write. I was looking online for a dog to love and came across The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs which I had never heard of before. I was so touched to read about how this organization gives all the love and medical help to so many dogs who probably wouldn't have a chance otherwise. The fact that all of the dogs live with a loving foster family until they are adopted and not in a cage in a lonely shelter just blew my mind. And because they are seniors they are usually not on the top of the doggy list, but they should be! I found a photo and history of a beagle/dachshund that touched my heart and called the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs to express my desire to adopt or foster. I soon met my new love and it is almost six months since she rescued me. She is a sweet, loving, spunky little girl and doesn't act her age. I love her so much and am so glad I found the S S D. I love this organization and respect what they stand for. I wish everyone who is looking for an addition to the family would check them out. They are loving, caring, real people who are making life great for dogs and people who love dogs.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does genuine, sincere and selfless work to help old dogs, many who come with "baggage," live out the best possible time they have left among us. Their efforts should be applauded, supported, and ideally copied far and wide.
I cannot say enough good things about the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I recently adopted my new best friend from them and the adoption process was thorough to ensure these dogs are placed in a loving and caring home. What they do for senior dogs is amazing and I am forever thankful for them!
I love attending the Summer Scoop event every year. It’s fun to mingle and see all of the dogs available for adoption. You can easily see that the volunteers pour their hearts and souls into this rescue ❤️
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a Godsend for senior dogs. I met these wonderful angels when we donated monied gifts from my parents' funerals. We have since moved
out of state but support them through Wooftrax. Because of them I sought out and now work for a senior dog hospice in Georgia. THANK YOU SFSD!
This is one of the hardest I've ever written. In late August, I adopted a Shih-Tzu Mix that I was head-over-heels in love with. Being that rescue dogs often come with unknown histories, I rescued her knowing there would be challenges ahead.
I loved her. I spoiled her rotten. My family adored her. I gave her 110%. And it turned out, that with her specific anxiety and potential PTSD, she wasn't the right fit for my particular home environment, which no one could have known until she started living with me. I was literally devastated. I am an animal lover and can't stand people who "give dogs back" - a dog is a commitment - but my little dog's health (and mine) were being affected. When the time came to make the decision, I received so much support from Sanctuary staff, volunteers, their preferred trainer (WoofWise Training) and their preferred vet (Tremont Animal Clinic). We all mutually agreed it was the best decision. The staff went above and beyond to quickly help find her a safe and loving foster home within their committed foster roster.
She is now in the care of a foster mom who adores her, and she is doing so well. The Sanctuary has not "blacklisted" me, and in fact continues to support me in hopefully someday finding the right match.
I believe in their mission and will stay on as a volunteer for the organization. Senior dogs are the most overlooked in the shelter (in favor of puppies) and often don't get the support they deserve, especially in Cleveland. Everyone, especially the Executive Director Deb, care so deeply about senior dogs and have committed their lives to this cause. If you are looking for a loving, grateful, deserving, funny (most old dogs are) furry edition for your home, consider The Sanctuary. I can't recommend them enough and the lifesaving work they do.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful group.
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I started volunteering for the sanctuary when i was about eight years old. I am now eighteen years old and even thought ten years have passed, I still can not find a better group of people. They truly care about the dogs. They saw a cause that needed fighting for and they stuck to it even when it was hard to do. Even though they are a relatively small organization, i honestly believe they are the best one out there.
I can't says enough about this nonprofit. They selflessly save(both medically and behaviorally), foster and adopt out senior dogs. I adopted a dog from there and the experience was great.
(May have posted this already but not sure since neglected to leave name.) After my dog, a 15-year old terrier mix adopted 5-years ago from a municipal shelter where I volunteer, passed away in the spring, I was devastated. I went to a Sanctuary event, a monthly meet-and-greet, and knew right then and there that I wanted to adopt again. I instantaneously fell in love with several of the dogs. I adopted Jackie, who I renamed Sandy because of the resemblance to the Otterhound of the same name in the 1981 Annie, and she quickly became my new best friend. The Sanctuary had taken great care of her, treating her medical needs, and I am grateful to them. Their mission of saving senior dogs, who, in my humble opinion, give their owner a love that is laden with gratitude, is vital and they execute extraordinarily well.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful organization. Caring and honest. They stop at nothing to help old dogs!
We are fortunate to have fostered and adopted our babies from The Sanctuary!
I fostered a very old dog for the Sanctuary until she passed away. It was a great experience. Compassionate group of people with a clear mission to save old dogs.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing organization in which older dogs are given a second chance at life in a new & loving home. This team ensures all of the dogs are sent to only the best homes to be fostered, or when they are given their forever home. I highly recommend !
This group does a great job of saving seniors from euthanasia, either adopting them out or giving them forever foster homes. They also train some of the seniors to be therapy dogs. It is a dedicated group of volunteers that I have been able to work with a few times.
A great group of people doing great things for old dogs! I’m currently fostering my second dog with them, (after adopting the first one I fostered). They provide every possible resource and really make it all about the dogs. So happy I’m involved with such a great organization!
This is a wonderful organization! Adoption from them has given me a great little dog Diego,sad to say he is not with us any longer. He was a joy and i gave him a loving home for the remainder of his days.The 2 Poms Twistie and Poley were bonded sisters and they are forever fosters.
The Senior Sanctuary is a wonderful organization. This group of people are truly caring for these senior dogs and sometimes not senior. The medical needs of these dogs are taken car of and the adoption process is carefully done so that the dogs will go to a responsible home, and will not be separated if need be. These little lovley's came from senior sanctuary. And when the time comes again this is where i will look.
I worked at the Animal Hospital were the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs would vet their dogs. A wonderful bunch of people that give their time to save these older dogs and care for them until they get a permanent home. They show so much love for the animals. If anyone is interested in giving a older dog a home, The Sanctuary is the place to adopt.
This is an AMAZING organisation and does wonderful work for all of the animals. HIGHLY recommended 10/10!
This organization shows only compassion and truth towards our elderly canines. I have had the privilege of volunteering with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in various capacities as well as adopting one of their fosters. I only wish that there were many more organizations such as this one that has the ability to see worth in all living beings.
We've been fortunate to foster, adopt, transport, and provide hospice care to several senior dogs guided our way. The experiences are priceless when you see a senior dog (we fostered; then adopted) pick up a pebble and fling it at our feet, barking so that WE knew she wanted us to throw it for her. Well, we learned through her that senior dogs can guide us, too.
I have supported the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for many years. So many Senior Dogs are forgotten. Nobody wants an old dog. That isn't the case at the Sanctuary. They take them in, take care of any medical problems and find them a forever home where they can be loved during their senior years. They work hard to raise the funds needed to take care of the dogs. If you get a chance please check out their dogs waiting to be adopted. Senior Dogs rule! They are the best.
The dogs in this rescue are thoroughly cared for.From vet care by one of the best vets in the city to placement in excellent foster and permanent homes,no detail is overlooked for these deserving senior dogs.
I work with a lot of dog rescues, and the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is absolutely THE BEST! Not only do they find new homes for senior dogs that have somehow lost their homes (abandoned because they were old and sick, taken to the pound because owner's circumstances, etc), but they also have Forever Fosters. Just as it sounds, Forever Fosters are those dogs that need a lot of care because of age and illnesses. The Sanctuary provides the care needed for the dogs who get to live out the rest of their lives in a nice, loving home.
This rescue is amazing. They value life and treat the dogs and people with respect. They are always learning & improving.
This is one of the best, most professional and respectable rescues in Northeast Ohio. I spent several years volunteering for a local animal control which is how I first found out about them. Over those years I worked with over 100 rescues in 17 states working to give dogs with deadlines their second shot at life. Not many came anywhere near as close as reliable. They never pulled more than they could properly care for which is, unfortunately the beginning of the end for many rescues who mean well, but end up providing adequate care for dogs they pull as a result of overstretched resources.
I want to especially thank them for saving a dog named Fatgirl (renamed Fay Fay) from a home across the street from where I used to work. She was already around 12 years old. She had skin issues and extreme arthritis that was going untreated. The man in the home ended up in jail and the mom and child didn't have housing options as they were losing their lease. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs stepped in when it was apparent that there were no other options. Fay Fay ended up getting medication that greatly helped her arthritis and she was trained as a therapy dog, giving back to her community with the support of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.
Attached is the first photo of took of her when she was in desperate need and the professional portrait from her therapy dog golden years after she was rescued.
I have worked with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for the past 15 years. They are always ready to help pull our Senior pups from the Cleveland Kennel. They have taken many dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep, due to their age or health. They provide the best care for them and go above and beyond what most rescues do. They have many long term fosters and they too always have the best of care.
There needs to be more rescues like Sanctuary.