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Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

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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

194 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.

1 Gina42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing work! The love and care they provide to senior dogs is evident in everything they do.

Josie Siracusa K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that cares about saving senior pups and finding them a forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing great things to save senior dogs in the community.

Donna M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What wonderful work...caring for the senior pups and finding homes for their remaining time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Shannon G.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 ❤️

Lisa Duritsky S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, great dogs. Nothing gives more love than a senior animal given a second chance.

Kathy B.5

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

LaurKo854

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful group.
They help dogs that would be forgotten because of
their age.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Brian I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.