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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs--Rescues senior dogs in need--Provides lifelong quality care for rescued senior dogs--Adopts appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes--Develops programs that match senior dogs to senior people to their mutual benefit--Fosters an awareness of our lifelong responsibility to our companion animals--Strengthens the bonds between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things

Results: More than 30 old dogs saved this year.

Target demographics: abandoned senior dogs (7+ years) in pounds and shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 old dogs

Geographic areas served: NE Ohio and beyond as space allows

Programs: Rescue Adoption Educational outreach Therapy dogs No-cost spay/neuter

Community Stories

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an organization that is extraordinarily honest, smart, well run, and overwhelmingly caring and loving. They care for the dogs physical, mental, and emotional well being in their careful placements from fosters to forever homes. I have had the privilege to work with them in positively training their dogs. The mere fact that they do train speaks volumes. And the love I have seen is incredible! The other thing I love about Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is they show the same respect and care for people!! Truly unique, truly worthwhile. We need more rescues like them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an AMAZING organisation and does wonderful work for all of the animals. HIGHLY recommended 10/10!

Barbara90

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Cindy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Roberta P.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Brian I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

(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.

Martha W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This rescue is amazing. They value life and treat the dogs and people with respect. They are always learning & improving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Renee P.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing, compassionate organization that goes above and beyond!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing rescue that shows compassion to animals that many would overlook. They focus on healing injured/sick dogs and provide force free training to those dogs who need it. They are a rescue that other rescues should emulate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are delighted to have Mister & Chica in our family. Mister & Chica are a bonded pair of 12 year old Chihuahuas that came to us in April of '17. The wonderful thing about The Santuary for Senior Dogs is they ensured the dogs were vetted, trained and ready to be adopted. There was no house breaking required. They understand what their crates are for. The prep work Sanctuary did with them made them wonderful to have right from the start. Because of our great experience, we will always adopt from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. Chica is below (don't have a good pic of Mister!). #SeniorDogsRock

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have a photo to share, but I want everyone to know what an incredible organization this is. Deborah Workman and her volunteers work tirelessly to make sure all senior dogs have a warm, loving home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became aware of Senior Sanctuary while working at Tremont Animal Clinic. What a dedicated group of people. The dogs that they rescue get the medical care they need and the love from a caring home, sometimes a forever Foster or forever home. I adopted Diego from them and would adopt again from them.

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Heather J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is such a wonderful rescue group in our community. They take excellent care of their animals & do a great job pairing animals with great people through their fostering & adoption programs. I personally know someone who has fostered & adopted through them and to see senior dogs, many in declining health, receive such thoughtfulness & care is wonderful. The senior dog community is one that is often ignored or swept under the rug & the Sanctuary serves as an outstanding advocate & ambassador for the senior dog population.

Martha Chapman L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs as the interim director of a Ohio county humane society in 2003 and since then as the Director of a non profit dog rescue organization, I have the highest regard and respect for this non profit. This is a well run, well respected organization with their hearts and souls dedicated to saving, healing and placing the often left behind senior dog. Good leadership, a dedicated staff of volunteers and unfailing compassion means that many unwanted senior dogs get the chance for a happy ending.

Michael B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with The Sanctuary for Senior dogs as an allied professional (Dog Trainer) in the past. More recently I have been a donor and a huge fan.

The dog rescue field can be rife with in-fighting and self-destruction. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, is a beautiful exception to that rule. Year after year they deliver on their mission professionally and without drama. This organization, simply put, "gets it."

I'm happy to recommend The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs without hesitation. Donate. Volunteer. Adopt. You're in excellent hands no matter your choice.

Connie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing Rescue. Cleveland is lucky to have them helping their senior dogs.

Sally C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actually if there was a ten star possibility, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is very worth it. I adopted my last dog from them and she was wonderful! After I lost her to illness, my friend told me they had another dog that sounded just right for me (and for the dog). I have shared my home and my life with her for over a year now and life is wonderful. She has health issues which I knew about when she came home with me. The Sanctuary has allowed me to keep her as a foster-to-adopt because she may always need special foods and meds which I couldn't afford without their help. She gives me a reason to get out of bed every day - I'm retired. It has been shown in much of the research on ageing that having a pet enhances the quality of life for many seniors and keeps them happier. I concur fully. Yippee. Thank you Sanctuary, Deborah, and all the volunteers who have helped so much.