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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
I have followed Sanctuary for Senior Dogs online for some time now. I have only attended one adoption event. These dogs are clean, well cared for, and loved. I have also participated in helping dogs that were not officially a Sanctuary dog, but Sanctuary highlighted when there was a need. Keep up the good work!
I first met Deborah Workman of Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in 2000, long before she registered the rescue agency as a nonprofit organization. I had taken in an abused, abandoned coon hound who was petrified of people. At that time my circumstances would not allow me to keep him. Luckily I knew of Deborah and she agreed to take Jack and find him a home. Shortly after he was driven from Ohio to his new home in the Rockies, where I understand he lived a long and happy life. Years later, living in a large home with a huge garden I was able to adopt a wonderful companion from the Sanctuary, Old Wills. I also fostered when I was able. This sanctuary saves dogs, few of whom would get another home if it wasn't for the dedication of Deborah and her volunteers. I now live in South America but feel privileged to have known and adopted through the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I received so much unconditional love from my senior best friends.
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does a wonderful job for the elderly dogs dumped in the pound. As a fellow rescuer with Paws and Pryaers, I cannot say enough good things about them.
This is a wonderful group of people that foster and help find homes for our senior canine friends. I don't live in the CLE area any longer but they have inspired me and I recently added a senior chihuahua to my brood.
This rescue is dedicated , caring and a wonderful group to work with. I often see the director of the rescue at my vet's office, making sure her charges are well taken care of. The network of volunteers is efficient and knowledgeable. Their summer event is extremely well run and organized , and I take my older dog every year. I highly recommend them!
I have learned about the wonderful work this rescue does through my volunteer work at the Cleveland City Kennel. We often have senior dogs brought in that suffer from a multitude of medical issues and have been abandoned by their owners. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs always steps up for these babies and provides them loving care in their last days. The kennel recently had a senior coon hound come in that was emaciated and terminally ill. It was so wonderful that he spent his last days surrounded by love and compassion at the Sanctuary.
I have known this group for many years! I have never met such a dedicated group of people ! I was lucky to foster twice for this group!
Which I thought was an honor!
As someone who works for a shelter, I know first hand how hard it can be to place the older dogs who just need love and a place to rest their head in their twilight years. So many are just looking for puppies. It's the Sanctuary and it's amazing group of fosters and volunteers who give these dogs the chance they deserve until they can be placed.
The Sanctuary does a wonderful job taking in and caring for Senior Dogs, some of whom need intensive support and care. They provide lifelong loving homes and all treatment, but also make sure to provide advocacy and awareness to the public. This includes senior dogs outside of their care as well. Great organization with dedicated staff and volunteers!
I have volunteered with this group for over a year now. Everyone involved is truly compassionate and giving to the sweet senior dogs they rescue. The organization makes all of their volunteers feel welcome and they are super supportive to new volunteers; always taking the time to answer any questions we have. I love being a volunteer with this organization!
We had been looking for a senior dog for a few weeks before I found The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. Ended up going to one of their "meet and greets", which lead us to meet Cinders, now a member of our family. Filled out the application, had the home review and then Cinders foster mother brought her to our home. It has been a little over a month and she has fit in well with our other senior and blind 9 year old shih tzu, as well as our three year old wire haired terrier. The volunteers at the meet and greet answered many questions and were very personable and so very compassionate with their fosters. I would use this rescue again in the future. I have only good things to say about them.
I have been a monthly donor for many years and keep up with their work on their website and Facebook page. They do an excellent job highlighting their dogs and educating people about the joys of senior dogs. I also appreciate that there is a personal hand written response to every donation, which goes a long way in establishing connections with donors. Their direct work with senior dogs, and their advocating for them, are invaluable in the care and promotion of beautiful and loving dogs who are so often overlooked.
This group does an amazing job caring for dogs that no one else wants. Senior dogs that are abandoned by those who no longer want the responsibility that an older dog requires. Their loving ,caring attitude shines through with every photo and story.
It warms my heart to see every day these senior dogs. Thank you to the Sanctuary for senior dogs. God bless all the dogs and this Sanctuary
I gave the upmost respect for all animal organizations that help animals in need . Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is amazing. They help senior dogs live out their final years knowing they are loved. They help these animals with all the essentials they need to survive and thrive until they find their forever homes and if an animal is unable to be adopted they provide a forever home. God Bless.
A great organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless senior dogs. These dogs are almost always overlooked at the shelter because of their age and possible medical issues. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs pulls these animals from despair and provides them with warmth, comfort and medical care. They try to place the animals with a foster or forever foster and if unable to be placed they provide for them until it is their time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Truly a great group of dedicated people advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves!
Although I have no personal experience with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, I have followed them on social media for several years, share their postings, and many of their stories of adoptions, and their forever residents. As the former "mom" to a rescued Senior Black Lab, Bandit went to the Rainbow Bridge last year, I know the value of our senior pets. Bandit was unwanted, overweight, and abused when we rescued and adopted him. He had every right to shut down, be unsociable, and hold an attitude towards people. But that wasn't our Bandit. He went through therapy dog training with me, and we became a therapy dog team volunteering with seniors, veterans and children in reading programs. Bandit co-authored a published book with me, and despite the hardships he suffered, he was truly a wonderdog. This is what The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs recognizes in older, unwanted dogs. The Sanctuary allows them to live their lives in dignity, with care, and those who can be adopted, finds them forever homes. and promotes the benefits of seniors. Their donations are used for healthcare, providing food and comfort, and a clean, safe environment, as well as all the other costs incurred with rescues and adoption. They are located near my old hometown, and I would surely volunteer there, if I lived nearby. Instead I'm two thousand miles away. But I have so many friends and family in their area, that I share their story and adoption and rescue dogs on my social media. As I grow older, I will always love a puppy or young dog, but what I really want is the comfort of a senior dog who is content with a nice walk, staying warm and cared for at my side. Here is a photo of our treasured senior, Bandit!
I volunteer with The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for about 6 months, I also become a foster mom for 2 of their dogs. I'm highly impressed with the organization, how they care and provide unconditional support for all their dogs and the foster families. The passion, compassion and love for dogs that Deborah Workman (Executive Director) shows is an inspiration for many people. I'm proud to be part of such a noble cause.
I've known for years the Sanctuary for Seniors had a great reputation, and decided to volunteer as a foster 3 years ago. They have lived up to and gone beyond expectation in their care for the dogs and respect for all the people who are involved with the rescue. I currently have a permanent foster that they will support for the rest of his life because adoption was not in his best interest. And, what's best for the dogs is always the priority.
Love the mission of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs! Senior dogs are given love and care for life, either in new homes or in forever foster homes. No judgements about how dogs have come to need help, just love, care, and looking forward.
I will take every opportunity to sing praises for the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. My family was fortunate to have provided a loving forever foster home for 4 senior dogs that crossed the Rainbow Bridge (Mandy, Cassie, Kallie, Gili). We didn't have them long enough, but each added much to our lives. We now have Trudy, our sweet, wonderful adopted dog from the Sanctuary. I have known Deborah, the Executive Director, for nearly 20 years and know first hand her compassion and dedication to senior dogs. I marvel at her energy and all that she has done to protect and place senior dogs in loving homes. If dogs could talk, they would say "thank you for being there for us." Since 2014 I have been a board member of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. This organization is one of the best in the country for taking care of our senior canine creatures and making sure their lives are the best they can be for whatever time they are with us.
I have recently joined the Board to help continue its good work. Prior to that my family has had several years of involvement with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs fostering gentle, wonderful dogs that we loved and cared for. Each of our dogs had different personalities and added so much to our household. It was a privilege to give them a loving home until the end of their days. I wish everyone knew about the Sanctuary. The Director and her team of volunteers do an excellent job of making sure these four legged seniors are carefully placed where they are welcomed with open and loving hearts into their forever homes.
Deborah, founder of the Sanctuary, is a highly committed individual who went out of her way to find the right dog for our family. We love our dog! Thanks, Deborah!
I love this rescue as they have always been compassionate and helped senior dogs and other rescues with their mission. They are kind and a superb model of what a rescue could and should be. I honor and respect all the work they have done and the countless lives that have been saved. They really care for the dogs they rescue and all the dogs receive the best care and lots of love.
This wonderful organization does more than care for aging dogs. They educate their community which makes those caring for the dogs do much more compassionate and instrumental in the organization's success. Kudos to all of the volunteers, foster parents, adopters, and donors.
I have seldom found a rescue that takes the needs of the dogs so seriously. Dogs are always put first and they've always done a fantastic job.
I found the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on Facebook through a friend. I look forward to seeing pictures and stories about all the dogs at the Sanctuary and especially the dogs who find forever homes. As a Mom to a senior Akita/Husky that will be 15 in January I appreciate any and all information they provide about Seniors. I especially love pictures of Leo he reminds me of my dog. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is awesome for all they do and all they have done!!!
Every day I read about the wonderful things Sanctuary for Senior Dogs accomplishes. They assure that the ones who give us so much love, and ask nothing in return but to be loved, get the lives they deserve. I am in awe of the work they do. They touch the heart of everyone who loves or had ever loved a dog.
I personally know the founder and know how passionate she is for senior dogs. They won't take in a dog they can't provide adequate care for. I have enjoyed going to functions and adoption events. Greying muzzles deserve love (and your donations) too!
I have adopted from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs twice and would do it again. The dogs are cared for in foster homes prior to adoption and receive the love and medical care they need. Questions about their personalities can be easily answered because the fosters know each dog so well. Background checks on potential adopters are thorough, ensuring the best possible match. The Sanctuary truly believes in the value of seniors and adopting from them is an honor.
I discovered Sanctuary For Senior Dogs on Facebook 2 years ago, the couple that run the sanctuary seem like wonderful people that give their lives to old senior dogs in need. Seeing all their posts and pictures of these wonderful dogs makes my nights complete and never fails to make me smile and laugh and sometimes cry when I learn of a dog that I have come to know through them that as passed over The Rainbow Bridge with them holding and loving them all the way over!
Over & over my heart is touched with the love, care & concern for the senior babies Sanctuary for Senior dogs takes care of & helps find homes! What a wonderful organization!!!
Wonderful place that gives loving homes to senior dogs that otherwise would not stand a chance. Love their calendar! Great social media to help raise awareness
As a shelter volunteer, I have interacted with many rescues over the years, and the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is absolutely head and shoulders above the crowd. The Sanctuary has a well-deserved positive reputation for clear communication, attention to detail, and thorough - methodical - care for the lucky old souls they welcome into their program. When Sanctuary pulls a dog, shelter volunteers breath a sigh of relief; we know that dog will receive excellent medical care, be made comfortable in a foster home, be handled only in a humane and force-free fashion, and be adopted into a wonderful family appropriate for the pet's needs. Wonderful organization I wholeheartedly stand behind.
Helping people understand that life in any capacity is valuable! And our senior dogs just need a peaceful place where being cared for is a generous gift... thank you Sanctuary for Senior Dogs!
I follow Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on Facebook and this organization has shown me on a daily basis just how much love and nurturing they provide to their furry four-legged seniors. Our family dog was adopted at age 6 from the local shelter here in Virginia (which was also unfortunately a kill shelter), we are Ms. Coco's 3rd family and to see how senior dogs are far too often overlooked and devalued is heartbreaking. Ms. Coco is now 9 1/2 years old and adjusted very well into our family. Senior dogs are so grateful and settled into themselves, and Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has demonstrated that with daily highlights of individual dogs throughout the day and updates on those who are either with foster families or who have found their forever home family. They even post about dogs needing a home in shelters on a regular basis too. I look forward to see Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in my Facebook newsfeed each day and I know and believe they are genuine and do amazing good. I can tell Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a kind, gentle and loving place for the senior dogs there, even right up to the unfortunate times when one senior dog sadly has to be helped as they pass on over the Rainbow Bridge. This organization is a blessings, and I wish them much continued success in doing such beautiful work.
Wonderful organization. Just because a dog gets old dosen't mean you throw them away. It does a heart good to see people that care for old dogs and recognize they still have love, affection and companionship to give.
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is amazing! Their love for animals is seen in their work! They continue to try and find good and safe homes for senior dogs. It is great to know that they will continue to help senior dogs and spread awareness and love for our furry four legged loves!
As an animal advocate, I see the passion and momentum around saving puppies and dogs of younger age. It's easy to do, they are cute and energetic and playful. But to see an organization that takes in the gentle, old loving souls of this earth - pups who have already given so much of themselves and now just need a little back - warms my heart to its core. Not to mention they STILL seek forever homes for these amazing animals. I think this sanctuary - and I believe there has never been a more appropriate use of that word - deserves any and all of the help this world can give it to continue its unique and selfless mission.
its so important that every one should know senior dogs are great pets to own to. yes a puppy is great to own to. but if you are looking for a older and more laid back kind of dog then a senior dog may be just right for you. and giving a senior dog a for ever home in their final years. yes most people hesitate thinking that what if I do adopt one and get only a year . you cant think like that. think of it like this , you shown that dog a forever home and unconditional love. im sure if they could talk to you they have quite a story to tell. there are so many to choose from to. all different breeds. so take a chance give that senior dog a life he or she so dissevers .you will be happy you did.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing organization. They help vulnerable senior dogs get the home, love, and veterinary care they need. They screen potential fosters and adopters to make sure their dogs go somewhere safe. They also have dogs that do therapy work and some that need to stay with them as forever fosters for medical or emotional reasons. They provide individualized care to every dog they rescue.
I have been fostering for the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for just shy of a year and it is amazing to see firsthand the transformation of scared, abandoned, sometimes sick senior dogs to beloved pets. They have a forever foster program for dogs that for whatever reason cannot be adopted out which speaks to their commitment to the dogs they take in. The forever foster program also is a great way for animal lovers who cannot have pets in their home donate to care for an animal in need. They also have great therapy dogs that go out into the community. Lastly, I think it's great that they have a reduced adoption fee for senior citizens to adopt a senior pup.
They give older dogs a second chance at happiness. It is a pleasure to foster for this organization; they are very supportive of their fosters & bend over backward to do what's in the best interest of every dog they rescue. They do a great job screening forever homes & families so that they know their dogs are going to a good place. They will take back any dog that was adopted out from them regardless of the reason, so the dog is guaranteed the care it needs for life.
Without places like this, so many dogs would either be euthanized or left to die on their own. This special place gives older abandoned dogs a place to live out the rest of their lives loved and cared for, as it should be for all dogs. Bless them!!!
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does an amazing job of providing compassionate and wonderful care for senior dogs. They take in elder dogs from shelters who may not otherwise get the chance they deserve to enjoy their remaining years. I am continually impressed with their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of senior dogs. They are a great organization!