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Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide a safe and loving home for senior large breed dogs who have been displaced from their homes and/or abandoned for any reason, until adopted or to remain at the sanctuary until they pass on.

Target demographics: homeless or displaced senior large breed dogs.

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: housing, food, medical care and adoption services

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just recently learned about Lily's Legacy when I researched local dog rescues after losing our family dog Ruby. Since May I have taken on a foster/hospice dog and another short-term foster doggy. Lily's Legacy has been incredibly responsive and supportive at each step of the way. They provide a much-needed service (rescuing large-breed senior dogs) and make the foster/adoptive process fun and easy. I cannot say enough positive things about this organization. It's the real deal!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an apple who didn't fall far from the tree - I'm the daughter of the founder of Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, and very proud to be so. I'm a board of directors member, and a committed and hard-working volunteer involved in the rescue, care, and adoption of our dogs, including fostering in my own home. I've been involved in our rescue since its inception, and I knew and loved our inspiring namesake dog, Lily. Ours is a well-run and growing organization with devoted volunteers, and, of course, fabulous and deserving senior dogs. We are also blessed to have an ever-expanding extended family of fantastic foster and adoptive homes. Animal rescue is a special calling and a high responsibility. I'm honored to be part of of an organization that excels in its mission, and of course I'm forever a fool for a senior dog!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily's Legacy is a true sanctuary for dogs and people alike! The love, attention and healing that each dog is given is truly amazing. Alice Mayn, the owner/director is truly a dog whisperer. I've seen dogs who've been through all kinds of neglect and abuse be transformed into calm, sociable, totally happy canines once again. Its her mission to make sure the old and sick have the best care and support possible, and that their last days are some of their best.
I can not say enough good things about Lily's Legacy and the incredible team of volunteers that get to work there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard great things about Lily's Legacy through word of mouth from colleagues and friends. After the death of my beloved senior dog, Biscuit, I contacted Lily's Legacy to see how I could help them help senior dogs. I've spent many years working in a shelter environment but I've never run into an organization like Lily's Legacy. Dogs run free on grassy fields and have full house privladges. Dogs who are ill are rehabilitated then adopted out to new forever home, or stay in hospice at Lily's for the remainder of their lives. It is a pleasure to volunteer here. The director is wonderful to her volunteers, very grateful and encouraging. A great lady with an easy laugh. The volunteers are all nice likeminded folks and just plain good people. If you've always wanted to work with dogs, I highly recommend volunteering at Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My introduction to Lily's Legacy was visiting the Sanctuary with a friend to see where her family was lucky enough to find a place for their large senior dog to live out his life while still hoping for him to be adopted. Her cousin's family didn't want to turn the dog into a shelter as is the case, it has always been very difficult to put up senior large dogs for adoption so they are put down. Lily's Sanctuary immediately grabbed my heart and I knew right then and there I wanted to help. The joy these older dogs have whether playing frisbee or laying in the shade on grass under the big tree can't help but move your heart and inspire you to help. We work hard in finding them all homes to keep making room for the next heartbreak story that continues to compel you to help. I am support staff in the office.

1 Barbara136

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at other animal places but Lily's Legacy far surpasses the others. I have a senior dog and it warms my heart to be able to be a part of giving love to these wonderful dogs! It's like a family and all the dogs are so well mannered and loving. It's a wonderful place to be!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get so much out of walking these senior doggies. In my opinion, Lily's Legacy puts the dogs' welfare first and foremost. I feel appreciated as a volunteer here and not taken for granted as I have felt at other volunteer situations.

1 KateM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lily’s Legacy has by far provided my most rewarding volunteer experience. Every day, I have felt privileged to be a part of the love and comfort Lily’s Legacy provides to older dogs. Like many of the volunteers, I came to Lily’s Legacy after losing my own dog, and working there proved a great solace. I have watched as dogs who arrived in fear and pain are transformed by the tender ministrations of volunteers and are ultimately sent off to new adoptive families healthy, happy, and confident that they will be secure and loved. Now, as an adopter of two Lily’s Legacy dogs as well, I am grateful that my furry girls never had to see the inside of a conventional shelter. Every day I have been there, Lily’s Legacy seems to grow and explore new possibilities for helping older dogs. The lovely location in rural Petaluma is, of course, also a plus. It soothes my soul, as it does the dogs, to go for walks in the fresh air with sheep, llamas and yaks to entertain us.

1 Bob_42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any Senior knows it is difficult to adjust to a new beginning and Dogs are no exception. Seeing the dogs in a home environment makes volunteering so rewarding. Even more feeling of satisfaction came from foster care of Striker through 5 months of heart worm treatment resulting in his adoption in a new forever home. These are "experienced" dogs providing love and companionship to their new owners.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at Lily's Legacy is rewarding, inspiring, and humbling. My heart soars when I reach for a leash and see the waiting dog wiggle with anticipation, knowing a walk is in store. These seniors haven't given up on life. They embrace it. After what most of them have been thru, they still get excited to play. They all have a marvelous capacity to love and trust.
They have taught me it's ok to get old... just don't give up!!
Linda Mannella
Lily's Legacy Volunter