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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara277

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Sandy126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Moira R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Jen_70

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Laurel V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara276

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Kathy201

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 DKR1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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2 Vera B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Nora19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Nicole133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Debbie176

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mary371

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Pammy R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Patricia119

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Donna189

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys do such a great job with senior dogs . I love how they raise funds , post pix's daily.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Kari T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Christine130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Noah K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Don_39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Mary Beth C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Cindy158

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Kimberly104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Regina A.

Client Served

Rating: 1

As someone who adopts senior dogs, it is wonderful to have a rescue devoted to them

Georgina W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue that takes in old and unwanted pets.They really feel empathy for old age and try to make the animals remaining years happy and painfree..

Nancy197

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for about a year. I am so impressed by what they do for seniors regardless of their physical condition. They are vigilant about their care and they follow up on how their fosters are doing and provide assistance to their foster families when needed. They take back the seniors who need specialized care before they pass on and provide unconditional love to all of their charges all of the time.

Kris27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Seniors make great dogs and sanctuaries to help them should be listed as "non-profit". Kudos to those volunteers who make this happen!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This small hands-on group works tirelessly to care for the senior dogs often overlooked by adopters and difficult for shelters to care for. I have been a foster volunteer for a little over a year and have found them to be well organized, capable and endlessly devoted to the senior dogs in their care. They work with local & regional shelters and other rescue groups, focusing only on saving as many older dogs as possible. They compassionately take in the oldest, sickest and hardest to place dogs and give them a loving, safe place during their "golden" years. And, their commitment ends only when the dogs pass away, some of whom experienced their only loving home ever. They definitely deserve support!

Barbara195

Donor

Rating: 5

Senior dogs that are abandoned by their owners almost never get adopted at shelters. These loyal & loving animals deserve to live out their lives loved & cared for. The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs does just that. There are not many rescues for seniors so the work they do is so important.

Linda322

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This groups helps the most vulnerable of the vulnerable animals--elderly dogs who have been abandoned in their senior years. It's a great organization!

Stacy55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my opinion, anyone one person or a group of people that cares for and saves countless numbers senior pets, deserves all the funding in this world!!! I truly admire those who make it their mission to help animals in need!

Eileen34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Wonderful caring organization...helping older dogs that so many don't want...thank you sooo much for helping them xxx

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does an incredible job at caring for and rescuing the aging dogs of this country. The world would be a better place if we all put such importance on the senior community, dogs and humans alike. They have my undying gratitude and support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Old dogs are often neglected, ignored or just plain cast away as their usefulness, general health, or overall appearances have declined as they have grown older. The Sanctuary for Seniors does not turn a 'blind eye' to these deserving seniors. I have a senior dog, and though his steps have slowed and his eyesight has dimmed, his love and loyality to his family remains strong in his heart and he would defend us with his last breath should the need arise. For us, that same loyality applies to The Sanctuary for Seniors as they provide care and compassion to seniors, so their unwaivering devotion should be recognized and rewarded. Please strongly consider them for this honour.

Susan358

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've watched this rescue help my local animal shelter numerous times! I've reached out concerning a particular dog who was a favorite of mine at the shelter but was elderly and the local shelter could not place. The person who contacted me back said they had already been watching this particular dog and would step in if they were needed. I was very impressed with their concern and willingness to help. They do a great job of education about how wonderful senior dogs are!

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a great job of rescuing senior dogs, finding homes for them and making a commitment to care for the ones who don't find homes. They highlight all the positive things about senior dogs and advocate to give the seniors a chance to live their remaining years to the fullest, being loved and taken care of. For years, I have sponsored dogs in forever foster homes, and I purchase their beautiful calendar every year (and some of my own senior dogs were featured in past calendars). I follow them on Facebook and share their postings so that others, too, may appreciate senior dogs.

Beckie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow this group on Facebook and I truly enjoy seeing how they help senior dogs. Everyone wants a puppy or young dog and the older ones never get adopted. What a great group who is there for the senior dogs.

Keep up the awesome work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just an animal lover that follows them on Facebook and I'm amazed at the love and dedication of this organization.

Judy130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They take the souls in that nobody wants, who still have life and love go give, that need just a few years of love before they say goodbye to this earth. They do such a wonderful job placing seniors and taking care of the seniors who can't be placed but need a loving place to spend their last days. They are bar none the best rescue group I can think of.

Ginny16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful non profit organization! They bring awareness to senior dogs who need homes too!!! What a blessing they are to such deserving animals!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am grateful for people that have this kind of dedication
And love for providing and caring for our senior's in the animal world.
I myself have rescued many but never in this capacity! The work and dedication
Can never be repayed to the community of Animal Lovers and Advocates.

Forever Grateful,

Vickie Mattia- Kashinsky

LeAnna3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These wonderful people and their volunteers genuinely care for these deserving elder dogs. I'm touched by the compassion and love they show these dogs who's only crime was growing old.