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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

206 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that cares so much for senior dogs. They offer great support for those who adopt from them.

Megan S.8

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their annual Summer Scoop is a great event and attracts a lot of senior dogs and their owners, raising awareness for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Shannon Ingle C.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Angie C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kristen G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known and loved two senior dogs from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. My last dog, Nubbins, was rescued from a kill shelter. She was the greatest girl ever! She just loved everyone and everything. I am certain that she would have been put down just because she was an old gal and apparently being a black dog didn't help. My current fuzzy pal is the joy of my life now and I am thankful that I can foster her because her medical bills would be too much. I am an old gal too and social security doesn't allow many luxuries - like health care. I think life without a dog would be intolerable. I am so very grateful to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for making this all possible. Also for saving so many loving dogs. We are not ready to die just because we are old.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs is an outstanding organization. The welfare of the dog is always the priority which starts with an adoption process that ensures he or she will not only be going to a good home, but that it is a good match for the adopter. The process does not end with the adoption, however. I adopted my dog in 2014 and since that time the Sanctuary has been a source of information and assistance whenever needed. They truly care about the well being of the dog throughout their life.

Chris241

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a blessing to old dogs! The organization takes those that are elderly and sick and provides medical, a loving place for them to live and enjoy their time! I think they are doing amazing things for those that (sadly) are forgotten and have no where to go. Bless their hearts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am someone who was always blessed to have dogs in my life. It breaks my heart I no longer have that blessing-because now I am a senior. All the love senior dogs have to give, all the joy-I am so very glad the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is there for all they help. My only regret-that I can not give one or more of those seniors a home.

Laurie22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a blessing for the senior dogs in need of a loving forever home, medical and anything else they might need. Wonderful people, wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is such a blessing for the senior dogs who would otherwise die alone & terrified, in a shelter surrounded by strangers. Here they are surrounded by love of families for the remainder of their life, a valued & treasured family member

1 Corrine D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I lost my Senior Chihuahua unexpectedly, I was devastated. Even thou I have other dogs in my household, my heart was empty for my small dog that was my constant companion. A few months past, and I needed to fill the void in my heart. I started by going on Petfinders to locate different rescues that had Senior Chihuahua's to adopt....When I found The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, I came across a Chi named "Bunny", I contacted them directly, & immediately filled out a application and made a point to meet the available dogs for adoption on that Sunday. The moment I held Bunny, I knew she had to be mine, she fell asleep in my lap. After the Sanctuary did a thorough Vet check, Reference & Home check...Bunny became mine. First thing I did was changed her name to "Winnie", she is my little pooh. I've only adopted her 6 mos ago, and Winnie has put so much joy back into my heart, she is my little social butterfly, I take her everywhere possible. This Senior pup has so much personality, I can't express how much love I have for her. The Sanctuary cares so much to place their Seniors in the perfect home, I understand why. Thank you for giving me the chance to care & love this pup. --Corrine Dunning Savage

Paul U.

Donor

Rating: 5

What they do for senior dogs is beautiful.I have four rescues i care for in my home.They cost time and money but the love and companionship,is priceless.When i adopted them i made a deal to care for them.Their lives maybe relatively short,but i love the idea that it is a happy one,Like this non profits mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You don't have to teach an old dog new tricks! Senior dogs are mature, people-smart and may be the best fit for you. At the Cleveland OH Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, special programs match people with older dogs for mutual benefit. In the meantime, the dogs reside in foster homes with sponsors who love them until they can enter permanent family life.

These grown-up dogs are kind and intuitive, the perfect people-friends without the intensive training pups require for socialization. This makes them super companions for senior humans!

All of the sanctuary's mature dogs are spayed, neutered, evaluated for adoptable temperament and given medical care.
Come and spend time with a senior dog on Adoption Sundays, the last Sunday in every month.
You'll love it!

Barb26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in its earliest years and have been a fan ever since. This non-profit is focused on saving senior dogs that end up in Ohio shelters. Some of them are strays and others have had the misfortune of being relinquished by their families. Once accepted into the program, the dogs are provided excellent veterinary and emotional care, living out their lives in either a foster or permanent home. I have seen steady growth in this program over the years . Early on the appeal was small but mighty, however over the years, the group of senior dog devotees has grown beyond expectations. Through education, "dogged" determination and pure love for these dogs, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has become a much respected organization appealing to many. Their steady growth speaks volumes to the dedication of its Director and Board who have tirelessly promoted and encouraged compassionate care for senior dogs. Barb Stiebeling

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for over ten years...some years more active than others. What amazes me about this rescue is the dedication of so many people to improving the quality of life for senior dogs and the vision that they can do (just about) anything. Therapy dog training is not uncommon. Competitions at the annual summer fundraiser are a pleasure to watch. The dogs amaze. It is so heartwarming to see how "throw away" dogs thrive in good homes....and how much they have to give back. They are the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I highly recommend the organization for those interested in adopting an older dog. The foster program is very successful, supporting older dogs until they go to their forever home. In progress is a new way to support old dogs - a quarantine house.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the honor of having been approved to adopt a senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I adopted my wonderful Skeeter in 2005 and although a bit deaf and arthritic, she is bringing cheer to the household every day. I am very thankful to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for helping to connect me to this dog. The individuals that manage the organization do a wonderful job in taking in, fostering, and finding a forever home for these deserving senior dogs. The organization is supported by group of volunteers that foster the dogs, help in transportation, and assist in the office. The group works tirelessly to support the organization and make it successful. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does another commendable service. If a dog is not appropriate for adoption, the pet becomes a forever foster and spends the last years of their lives in a loving, warm, and comfortable home.

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