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Woodys Place - Senior German Shepherd Sanctuary

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide the best possible long term care for abandoned senior German Shepherds in and around the Pennsylvania area who are deemed unadoptable due to age and/or minor health issues. We are open to taking senior German Shepherds in need outside of the PA area if and when we have the space and funds.

Target demographics: Abandoned senior German Shepherds (*senior being 8 years and older)

Geographic areas served: Greentown, Pennsylvania

Programs: Shelter, love, and care.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jan M.8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never seen better, more loving care from any rescue. Follow them on Facebook and see for yourself. These precious senior dogs are so loved--outside on a large property for walks everyday, field trips in the van, beautifully home-cooked meals and treats, full range of the founder's and primary caretaker's home, excellent vet care, and such love expressed.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This amazing rescue specializes in senior German Shepard Dogs. With their specialty these residents are in the highest care from many problems this breed may develop, like hip dysplasia. These special doggy’s have lots of friends who get to roam the field and forest, take car rides for some treats , have their own birthday party, to sometimes finding some kitty food to steal. A beautiful, peaceful, fun life that’s full of love are created for these old German shepherds dogs in their ending years.

1 Lisa K.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit organization is amazing. They help so many senior German shepherds that do not have a home in their elderly years. The love and compassion for these babies is incredible. Kudos to Woody"s place for helping these lost souls live out the rest of their time in harmony.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

❤️❤️ what a blessing. German Sheppard are very loyal and loving dogs. This organization is a blessing to have for our loyal family members❤️❤️

Donor

Rating: 5

They are wonderful people with great hearts. They do everything in their power to help animals

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Woody's Place Senior German Shepard Sanctuary is a phenomenal place! All the dogs have their own large bed, their own toys to play with, a huge fenced-in yard to play in. They are taken on a nice walk in the woods 2 or 3 times a day. They have regular maintained appointments at the vets as well as being taken to the vets immediately if they become sick. When they get sick they receive home cooked food especially for them. I could go on and on but you really have to see it for yourself. Best of all they get alot of love and attention. Just so you know the woman who founded and runs Woody's puts her whole heart and soul into these dogs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Such great people! They truly care about giving the dogs the best life and making sure they are loved.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dawn is an amazing person with a heart of gold and a love for senior German Shepherds. Thanks to her and Woody's Place I fostered and was able to share my home with a sweet senior shepherd, Rocko, that quickly became one of our pack. The sanctuary is a beautiful place with lots of room for the dogs to run and explore. Any dog that makes it to Woody's will live it's best life for the time they are with Dawn. I am honored to volunteer and to have met Dawn and gotten to be part of such a great organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There couldn't be a better place for a senior German Sheppard. The care and love they receive is probably the best of their entire life. Woodys is the very best at what they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Thank you for all you do for the shepherds!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people with a true love for senior German shepherds. They go far above and beyond to care for and promote adoptions of the seniors not only from their own but other organizations in the area. I would recommend woodys place to anyone as a first option to find the perfect gsd.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that truly cares about, and for, senior German Shepherds. Woodys place has real compassion for these senior dogs, and they make sure they get to enjoy their golden years.( Whether through adoption to a well suited furever home or staying at the Sanctuary). At the Sanctuary they are well fed with quality food, have toys to play with and a generous size property to walk for exercise. They also receive necessary medical care and medications as needed. Woodys Place provides this amazing service for these senior German shepherds through its volunteer staff and generous donations from people who care for this cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best dog rescue ever! I have seen this place personally and the dogs are very happy and well taken care of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Woodys and love what it stands for
Dawn is a wonderful caretaker of these abandoned and sometimes ill dogs
She gives them wonderful medical care and they are part of her household living inside with her and her husband and their rescued cats. She not only shows them love and compassion in their final years she is there with them at the very end
They are lucky dogs for sure

tanydice

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful sanctuary for senior shepherds! Dawn goes above and beyond keeping the seniors at Woodys Place healthy, happy, exercised, and loved beyond love! If I were a senior Shepherd, I can only hope I would end up at Woodys Place! The sanctuary is beautiful and anything the seniors need they get!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure to personally help and visit the rescue! It is beyond amazing. All of the senior shepherds are thriving in the most comfortable and loving atmosphere! When your an abandoned Shepherd and you end up at Woody’s Place Senior German Shepherd sanctuary you’ve hit the lottery! So much time and love is put into these dogs and it definitely shows! They are very happy doggies.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seeing the way the dogs at Woody's Place is amazing. They get home cooked meals, love, and a place to call home. Dawn and her team are exceptional. They go above and beyond for these dogs. Some of the dogs came from bad situations and others whose owners couldn't care for them anymore, but everyone one of them ends up with the love and care they deserve. I've personally seen the hard work that goes into caring for these dogs, and it's not for the weak. It takes strong caring people to care for these senior GSDs and the members of Woody's Place are all that and more!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woodys place is nothing short of incredible. They take senior German Shepherds and give them a chance to enjoy the remaining years. They take the utmost care of the dogs and provide so many opportunities for some that truly needed them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor to and supporter of Woody’s Place because they impressed me so much with their forever love and care of older German Shepherds, even those with medical issues. These dogs receive great food, great medical care, exercise, and amazing living conditions. These are dogs no one else wants but who deserve so much. The staff is wonderful and even have birthday parties for the dogs. I can’t say enough about Woody’s Place!

Donor

Rating: 4

This charity is amazing. I follow them from Missouri. I wish I was closer so I could volunteer. They rescue senior dogs and treat them as family for the remaining life they have. They are an all GSD senior rescue and to say I have the up most respect is an understatement. This is a home, well a small farm. They grow organic food for the dogs, fresh eggs from the chickens & fresh milk from the goats. Each meal is hand made with love and all these ingredients and all the treats are hand made as well. This is a loving home enviroment, not kennel runs. This couple works and cares for the seniors. Which means some times a morning of cleaning up a potty mess & I dont just mean urine, because some of the GSD have DM ( a cruel disease). Each dog has their own bed and a mountian of toys. This house/charity is 100 full of love. She also runs a Shepherd Shoppe so you can have beautiful items. She walks these beauties every day on the property & Mr Woody's place can be seen snow blowing paths in the winter, just for the senior GSDs. Trust me they are not just walked on thier beautiful property that is 100% fenced in for the safety of the seniors, they also get one on one time or group walks at a beautiful park. Mr Woody's place also make a beautiful bridge for the GSD that are in wheels so they could cross the creek. This lady even post daily to share the entire life of these beautiful seniors, we get to see their walks, birthdays parties, donation reveals, making of treats & home cooked meals or just time in the houae or yard. She has a pod cast for caring for seniors and a web page of support for others with DM. She even shares the raw emotions of lossing one of her seniors, we get to be a part of the journey as well because onceyou join the FB page you love them too. Each day we get an update of them & when they go to the vet and also the sad ending when they pass. She and her husband and all the volunteers are amazing. To take in the seniors when they are failed by the ones that where to love them to the end. These are the most beautiful people I have ever come across. Their hearts are large...to take dogs knowing that a heart break when they pass is guaranteed, but take them any way and give them the best life that all dogs deserve. Sometimes the GSDs stays are short and some are long, but the one thing that we all know that loves this Charity is that each one is more than loved and gets the best end to their lives that they more than deserve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dawn does amazing work with abandoned senior shepherds

Barbara D.10

Donor

Rating: 5

Having a gaggle of German Shepherds sounds crazy, but to have that many that are senior dogs takes love and dedication. Woody’s Senior German Sanctuary is a place where Saint Dawn works to give these seniors a best life until it’s time to go over the rainbow bridge. Dawn does multiple raffles, sales and fairs to raise funds to allow her and her helpers give these beautiful dogs a place to enjoy every day.
My wife Barb and I have donated raffle baskets, bags of food and a little cash in assisting this beautiful cause. We have 2 Sheps of our own and couldn’t imagine life without them. If you have a chance, please help anyway you can, time, food, or just getting the word out that many animals need our assistance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woody's Place is an amazing sanctuary that spends countless hours saving senior German Shepherds. Dawn and her team of volunteers guaranteed these abandoned dogs know love right to the end. The dedication of this sanctuary ensures the health and safety of these animals and works with other rescues with the same passion. I love watching how they care for the dogs thru videos they share. Woody's Place is a top notch Sanctuary. Love this place!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is located near my home and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dawn a few times. One particular time was helping rescue a young pup that was found wandering on a busy road. Thanks to her this pup got a second chance
The pups at Woody’s Place are some of the luckiest dogs around. They are so blessed to spend their late years with her and Mr Woody’s Place.

Nicole S.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the love & care Dawn gives these senior dogs that would otherwise be mistreated or put down. Woody’s Place is a true sanctuary for them as well as other animals! ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a German Shepherd lover (and owner) I am so proud of the work done by Woody's Place! Caring for Senior GSD's , many with severe medical issues is no easy task. The owners and volunteers at WPSGSS work tirelessly every day to make sure the resident dogs there get the best care possible. They cook delicious meals, bathe, brush, and exercise them just to name a few things. As an animal lover I am happy to support WPSGSS as much as I can. I have purchased items from the German Shepherd Shoppe and have donated to various medical procedures for specific dogs on occasion. Woody's Place is most definitely a great Non-profit. The best of the best!

nikkikorkor

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have happily spent my adult life in the company of German Shepherds and am always looking for ways I can help and support this amazing breed. I love Woody's Place because they go above and beyond to make sure senior shepherds are able to spend their golden years surrounded by love and happiness and health. They also help owners like me make better choices for our beloved dogs by posting recipes and tips to support doggie health and happiness. They are a true blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to meet Dawn & learn about her amazing organization in 2011 when I adopted Molly, a senior Shepherd who came from a bad situation. Thanks to Dawn and
the wonderful people who volunteer at Woody's Place she survived. She was with me for 2 1/2 years when she crossed over the bridge in 2013, I still miss her every day but smile "every time she shows up on my screensaver."

To anyone who has ever thought about adopting a senior dog I can tell you that the only one happier than the dog will be YOU :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became interested in this rescue group when friends of mine were looking for a new dog, so I subscribed to their FaceBook feed. I’ve never had a GSD in my family but have several friends who are GSD enthusiasts. I’m very impressed with the hope-filled stories of senior dogs living the good life with the volunteers. It’s nice to see good people taking care of good old dogs. This organization is a bright spot on social media. May God bless the dog people!

Donor

Rating: 5

The pups that come to live at Woodys Place are such lucky pups! They live in a beautiful home where the are fed top notch food, have their own comfy beds, toys, the company of other dogs and people. They are all taken for their vet visits and receive their medication. They are walked frequently during the day in their amazing fenced in property and in the woods. The staff at Woodys Place truly do a fantastic job. They give each dog lots of attention just as if they were their own. There is no doubt Woody's Place dogs live out their lives in a wonderful place!

Donor

Rating: 5

Woody's Place Senior German Shepherd Sanctuary provides us all with an example of how animals should be loved. From many different backgrounds and circumstances come Senior GSD to find their forever respite. These "Golden Shepherds " find their rest as a loved member of my Sister, Dawn's pack. Meals are prepared taking all dietary needs into account, attentive veterinary care is provided and each resident's health is closely monitored. The pack enjoys multiple daily walks in a beautiful setting and lives alongside cats, chickens, ducks and goats. Love and dedication to the residents makes WPSGSS a mission and all aspects are well done ❤

Karen Reinert G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Woody's place is so much better than a shelter or rescue, as give dogs a wonderful place to retire. They are fed high quality kibble and home-cooked food, taken for regular vet visits, high quality treats and toys, daily walks and tons of love! Of course belly rubs are included also!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woody's Place is a remarkable place for Senior Dogs I have been very fortunate to come in and volunteer for them. Dawn has being an inspiration every minute of my time.
The love and energy Dawn brings to these GSD's has no bound and it is certainly reflected in each of the shepherd's eyes!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dogs at Woody’s place are so loved. The care and time that they give these dogs is endless.

Donor

Rating: 5

We got a rescure dog a German shepard cross and woody's Place has been a brilliant support

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Dawn, founder of Woods Place SGSS for 10 years. I contribute to the sanctuary when possible. I am thrilled there is a place for these wonderful senior dogs to live out their lives in a loving environment. Dawn posts videos of the dogs and they are happy, lots of open space, other critters to woof at, walks, car rides an home prepped meals. It's where I would want my old boy to go if I could not care for him. I would love to live there also! I know she has pledged herself to them and does fundraisers to help support them. Please help Fund Them. Lorraine and Mags

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Woody's Place. Sure wish there was a sanctuary like it where I live near rural Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Too often senior dogs are dumped at shelters as they age. My soft spot is for German Shepherds and particularly the seniors. I like the videos that keep us up to date on what is happening with the dogs. Hoping they can take more dogs in soon as many senior German Shepherds need homes. I do donate but sadly the Canadian dollar is so low right now that 200.00 Canadian is approx. 144.00 US. Keep up the good work. Woody's is a great place for unwanted senior GSD's to live out the rest of their days. Lots of love, exercise, good food, toys and more. Lost my 4 seniors in the picture in Jan 2016, Dec 2016, Feb 2018 and Nov 2018. Miss them so very much.

Robert K.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world with so much animal neglect and abuse a sanctuary for senior dogs is something you will not find easily. Woodys Place provides a loving, comfortable and safe place for the senior dogs that original owners can't or won't take care of. The people who run Woodys Place and the volunteers are nothing short of being angels. It's a twenty four hours a day job that only special people with huge hearts can do. My only experience with Woodys Place is as a bystander since I live in MA and they are in PA. Too bad such a great organization can't be franchised and spread all over the world. I wish I was closer and could help them help the senior dogs. God bless them and what they do,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Woody's I fostered an amazing senior GSD. Being an older dog with health issues Rocko did not stand much of a chance until Dawn stepped in. When I saw his face I knew I had to open my heart and home to him. He got along with our dogs immediately but it took some time to earn his trust and for him to realize he was at his forever home. I was lucky to spoil and love him for a year and a half before he became my angel. Each of my dogs are special in their own way. Rocko was a once in a lifetime dog. Thanks to Dawn & Woody's and the work they do I was able to give a home to an amazing dog.

Janice Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Woody’s Place is the most loving and caring sanctuary for German Shepherds. They give these beautiful souls a second chance at life. This sanctuary caught my attention by giving these dogs a home environment filled with love, care and happiness.