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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

224 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.

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.

JoAnn E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization. I have been following Sanctuary and I am impressed by the hard work they are doing helping our senior dogs. How kind and generous they all are. Thank you to all who are helping!

Claire16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the sanctuary on facebook, and i have been really touched by the care and humour that goes into helping these dogs. Not many would look after old dogs - they are all too often overlooked. This place seems to be brimming with love, fun and happiness. I wish ALL oldies everywhere could have the same.!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

It is heartwarming to see an underserved population of dogs being saved and treated so well.

Steven44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following the Sanctuary on Facebook for some time now and I'm constantly struck by two things. The incredible work that must go on each and every day to make sure that the grounds are kept clean and tidy, that the dogs are fed good clean food as well as clean water and that their health needs are attended to in order to keep them healthy and happy for however long they have. The owners and volunteers have a love of dogs (and other critters I suspect) that would put most of us to shame. No dog is refused if in dire need and all are loved.
The second thing that strikes me is how happy they all are. They live together in harmony (although I suspect there is the odd difference of opinion that I'm sure is settled quickly by a volunteer), sleep together, dig endless holes together, do their doggy investigations and basically are being given a chance to spend their twilight years in a calm, safe and loving environment in a pack made up of both their fellow retirees as well as the human helpers. That is a remarkable achievement and it needs to be recognized.

1 14mlf

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great group of people working to better the lives of senior dogs. There are so many dogs who are abandoned when they age and this group steps up to help them. Until people start to take responsibility for the animals they acquire and realize that it is a lifetime commitment, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs will pick up the slack. We need more groups just like them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What wonderful people to give a wonderful end of life when they have been discarded. What better people are there

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not had to deal with this wonderful place yet and I hope I never do. Pets are forever...from puppy to the day they are no longer with us.....but, I love the fact that there is actually someone out there in todays society that cares and takes in senior dogs. So many are just pushed to the wayside. People don't understand how much our senior dogs need us. I have three that are 11+ years of age. I understand that some people just can't handle the thought of having an old dog...everyone loves puppies....but old dogs are still puppies at heart and need us even more. There may be a lot of puppies in the world but there are a lot of seniors who need just as much if not more attention. I am very thankful for nonprofits like Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. They are very kind and loving people and we absolutely need more like them in this world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have come to know this organization from its Facebook page. It serves a large urban and suburban geographical area and makes great effort to promote for adoption the beautiful senior dogs it has rescued and for which it is lovingly caring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy this site more then any others. Brings joy to see the old dogs are so loved

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This sanctuary plus the one in Tennessee fill such a void that exists for elderly pets. I personally can't imagine giving up a pet because it is old but there are unavoidable things that can exist (owner dying is the only one I could possibly understand). I have always had elderly pets and find great joy in being their caregiver and best friend. I look forward each day to the photos they post and feel like I know these pets too.

Denise100

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a sweet, gentle senior lab mix a couple of years ago. The Sanctuary takes placement very seriously and puts the dog's welfare above all else. When we are in a position to adopt a dog in the future, we will certainly contact the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a very soft spot for senior dogs and have fostered many. When I found the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs web-site, I felt like I had come home. The work this couple does to rescue senior dogs and either place them in forever foster homes or in their own sanctuary is amazing. I don't know how they do it, but I'm very thankful to them for making the last hours/days/months/years of senior dogs lives as joyous as possible.

Every night, I end my day with their Facebook posts and feel all is well with the world. I've gotten to know a number of the dogs from their posts and love to see how they transition and flourish in this sanctuary. They are obviously a very organized and compassionate couple providing the dogs with freedom to come and go in the home and yard and a special "stew" to keep their tummy's happy. God bless them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site not melts my heart every time I see it, but it serves such a wonderful purpose. Getting the message out of how wonderful these dogs are and what they deserve in their golden years is so important. Someday when I get a place of my own, I know I will adopt a senior dog. I thank them for getting the word out and for loving them the waythey do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a trend in our society grows to drop off senior pets at shelters for a variety of reason, it's good to see an organization that tries to rescue these seniors. Older animals have a lower chance of being adopted at a shelter, and often become a victim of the situation. I hope and pray that organizations such as this can continue to grow and extend their help out to protect our aging pets and allow them to find a home where they can be loved during their golden years. Thank you for your commitment to your senior pets and for the work you do for them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an animal lover. I've had dogs almost all my life and I take the responsibility seriously. Till death do us part. I have rescued, fostered and rehomed dogs.The cruelty that happens to these wonderful babies is so mind boggling to me and I cannot understand how anyone can have a dog in their family for years, then suddenly decide to abandon them because they are old. They must have no heart. This organization pulled at my heart strings from the first time I saw them on facebook. I wasn't really aware how often this was happening to senior dogs. These people that put their time and effort into loving and caring for abandoned old dogs feel like family to me because they "get it". Imagine how confused, scared and lonely these dogs feel waiting for their owners to return after being dropped off at some shelter. Many will not be adopted because of their age. Many will be euthanized. At this time I live in a home that is to small to foster or rescue more dogs then I already have but once I have a bigger spot I will follow this rescues example and take in senior dogs. This organization has openned my eyes and I am so thankful they do what they do.

Vicki Renee W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watch this wonderful organization through the pictures and info posted every day. These people do so much for all the Senior Dogs that come their way. They also raise money in very unique ways. I have seen how what they has touched hearts all over the world. They deserve to win this honor this year!!

Glenna2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pls support this organization. These people are taking care of helpless abandoned old dogs who gave unconditional love to their owners during their prime.
Thanks.

Skin MD

Nina17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All animal rescues are important and unfortunately VERY necessary. But to have one devoted to SENIOR dogs (of all breeds) is so special. I have had the good fortune to adopt three senior dogs in my life, and their love and devotion is so wonderful. I've never understood the preference for PUPPIES -- did that "once", (a rescue, of course) got the t-shirt, won't be doing THAT again... :) i had her til she was 12 and her grown up years were MUCH more fun! I admire this group so much, follow them on Facebook, and wish them well!! They are definitely angels on earth -- no dog should be dumped in a shelter, but ESPECIALLY the older ones who HAD a home, how do they EVER understand and/or adjust? Simple answer: they don't. God Bless these kind-hearted people who look after "seniors".

Sarah212

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Please help this org. Support and care for the senior dogs that have found themselves homeless and unloved. Show them respect and empathy. Love and cherish them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my opinion the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful organization. I have been following their work on FB for quite a few months. Their compassion and care for senior dogs is very heart warming.

Judith30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The sanctuary is taking care of dogs that slip through the cracks. Because they have gotten too old, they are given to the dog shelter where a death sentence was in their future. No one will adopt older dogs for a variety of reasons. I have been most impressed by the work done at this shelter. Also by the number of dogs taken in. Pictures of the dogs everyday show how happy they are and how they thrive with the most important thing...love. The shelter has excellent resources and a fantastic foster program.
I am the dog parent of an akita almost 12 years old and would not give her up for the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides a critical service needed in all communities but sadly lacking. They take excellent care of our old dogs who are neglected and forgotten. Without them hundreds of dogs would suffer and meet premature death.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on FB for many months. It warms my heart to see this wonderful organization dedicate themselves to bringing love to senior dogs in the last years of their lives.

Sandie3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is a wonderful place for older dogs. They assists in placing dogs in need of rescuing due to age or illness. Their compassion is witnessed by the exceptional care they give the dogs they are in charge of at the sanctuary. The dogs live out their lives with the wonderful care they show and the very much love they give each one of them. They are truly angels on earth !

Cecilia5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a fabulous place and much needed. They take care of senior dogs and give them a lot of love and the most comfort they can when everyone else abandons these beautiful dogs. I wish there was a sanctuary closer to where I live that I could go and visit, but I share their wonderful caring the best that I can. I am in the process right now of making some crocheted sweaters to donate to the sanctuary to keep the senior furbabies warm this winter. I follow the Sanctuary everyday on facebook. Ceal

Susan356

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a life-long dog owner and follow the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on Facebook everyday. Their work is SO important, and they are vital to the wellbeing of the senior dogs they take into their care, and foster out. One of the best run charities I know.

Patti42

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love this organization. Senior dogs have almost no chance if they end up in a shelter. This organization gives them a voice.

Christina91

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their Facebook postings do so much to raise awareness of the needs of older dogs and to share with the public where the older dogs are that need to be adopted.

Kathy199

Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone falls in love with the cute little puppies up for adoption. Sadly the older sweet dogs are often overlooked. This wonderful group saves the lives of senior dogs and find them wonderful homes. Love what they do.

Stan3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a senior dog of my own.It makes me sick to read stories of heartless people dumping them at shelters because they are old. This charity recognizes these dogs still have a lot of life left in them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on Facebook and they do such an amazing job showcasing their dogs. I've always wanted to open a place that supported older dogs and this has given me such inspiration. I have an old dog myself and it warms my heart to know that people are willing to put in so much effort to make the lives of older dogs as special as they can be.

Lynn88

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity not only does a wonderful job rescuing, homing & loving & caring for all their senior dogs, but by sharing information via facebook they are helping people who are caring for their own 'seniors. I live in the UK, yet through their telling about their daily lives caring for their 'family' of seniors in words & pictures, I have had so much useful information to help make my own much loved seniors life easier & more fulfilling. I know there are so many more people who have benefitted in this way { we share comments on FB!} The work these people do is making people look at old dogs in a much more positive way. These people deserve all the recognition they can get . They are a credit to your country !

Renee51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am also a huge advocate for senior rescues and am proud to see ones such as this go to such lengths to help and rehome our elderly dog population. They become so forgotten and deserve just as much a good life as any dog of any age. Keep up the good work!

Tom_74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Senior dogs are so humanized that they need much the same care and love as we humans. This organization provides just that.

1 Lori124

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are the best. It seems in this world, especially today, no one cares about old people or old dogs. I love the work they do, saving lives, sometimes when all hope is gone for the the dogs. Our world is so geared to the young. Thank you for bringing love to these precious souls.

Laura O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a follower of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs on Facebook. I absolutely love their mission and the work they do. Too many neglect the seniors but this organization truly values the love and life of these creatures. Every year I attend the Scoop, their annual summer event. I hope to adopt someday from them when the opportunity arises.

Tracy77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past February, I pushed my family to join me in beginning an adventure into the realm of fostering dogs - specifically senior dogs. We applied with the Sanctuary, and I was impressed with how carefully our application was reviewed - references were contacted, I spent a lot if time on the phone with the Director, visited the Sanctuary with my family, and wrapped up with a home visit before we finally had the chance to foster our first dog. Our first fostering experience was wonderful and the support and level of communication and commitment from the Director was outstanding. We now have a second foster in our care and are continuing to have a wonderful experience. We are huge fans of the Sanctuary and are always happy to spread the word about the good work this organization does in a responsible way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This a great organization with passionate leadership who uses a lot of personal resources and time to help out a more marginalized group of animals--senior dogs. The fact that an organization exists to specifically care for the often forgotten (but very lovable!) older and ailing man's best friends is a great asset to our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for over 10 years now and it truely is an amazing organization! Everytime I get a chance to help out at one of their events I am amazed at how caring and dedicated the people who run this organization are. I have had the joy of meeting alot of the Sanctuaries seniors and when you look into the eyes of these sweet dogs your life is changed forever! I have a t-shirt from the Sanctuary that says "Old Dogs Make Great Friends" and it is absolutely true! I am so happy that an organization exsists that is dedicated to saving so many of the overlooked senior dogs in kennels and hope they continue to rescue even more than they already have!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group of very dedicated people. I volunteer at a Humane society that had a senior dog that was not doing well in a shelter setting. She came from a bad situation and had been at the shelter a long time and was being overlooked by adopters because of her age. We contacted The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs and they agreed to take her in. She was taken in by a foster and is now living the wonderful life we had all hoped she would find.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a follower of Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for over 8 years now. The compassion, dedication and caring of the individuals who run this wonderful organization is beyond amazing. I would absolutely consider them in any future adoption/fostering should I be in a position to do so. I would also refer people looking to adopt/foster. Giving elder dogs with no hope of a future their life back goes beyond words.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I provided a foster home for Trudy. It was a wonderful experience, and found the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs to be extremely caring and supportive of both the dogs and foster parents. On two occasions I needed to be hospitalized on an emergency basis and they immediately found someone to take care of Trudy, came to my home to pick her up, and then returned her when I was back home. A month ago I had to sell my home, and move to an apartment where they would not allow dogs. This was a very difficult experience. I had dogs all my life and am now 72 yrs old. They were very supportive of me and what I was going through, and were able to locate another loving foster home for Trudy. She is adapting very well. I plan on continuing to volunteer for the sanctuary, although I am unable to foster at this point. They were also focused on maintaining the dog's physical health, and had a wonderful relationship with Dr. Bob at Gateway Animal Hosp.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently foster for the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs and absolutely love it. I have fostered for other rescue groups before and what stands out about the Sanctuary is the level of commitment they have to the dogs in their care. They spare absolutely no expense when it comes to vet care and never question whether or not to spend the money at the vet. That gives a volunteer such piece of mind. It also gives potential adopters piece of mind, knowing this dog has had their medical, social and behavioral needs addressed while in foster care. I know the vet they use is the absolute best in the area and truly cares about the well being of senior animals. The Sanctuary goes above and beyond when it comes to an animals well being.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs provides hope for the most desperate animals in a shelter. It's rare for a senior to get adopted from a shelter, however, it is almost impossible for a senior with health or behavior issues to make it out alive. I have been fostering a 10 year old mixed breed dog with a treatable thyroid condition for months. I have trouble imagining she would have made it out of a shelter without the help of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. When she was found as a stray, she had tumors and other health issues. She can be terribly shy with people and is not one of those dogs that would stand out in a shelter. However, in a foster home she thrives. She gets to play with other dogs (which she enjoys), lay in a comfy bed, eat good food, go on walks, have her medical needs attended to and most importantly, learn that she can trust people and be part of a family again. The Sanctuary for Senior dogs gave her hope and treated her life with the respect and dignity she deserves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an organization dedicated to saving the lives of senior dogs in shelters. I fostered for them and adopted one of my fosters 6 years ago. She is a true joy and I am so glad that I found out about this organization. All of the dogs are placed in loving homes until they are adopted, and Sanctuary dogs have a home for life if the home they are adopted into doesn't work out for any reason.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has been a catalyst for bringing awareness to the value of senior dogs in the community. I have first hand experience to the services that the organization has provided over the past decade. My first real experience to the power of the organization was when I was working for an animal control shelter and a blind 8 year old collie mix was found wandering the streets. I felt so bad for this dog, it was heartbreaking to see him so confused in a cage, I am sure so scared by sensory overload of loud noises and overwhelming smells. The realization was that there was no chance that he would live out his golden years in a safe and loving environment, I just remember how pathetic that was. Thankfully, when the Sanctuary was notified, the path to a loving home was set in motion. With a lot of hard work and brainstorming on the part of the organization, this dog found a loving home who was committed to providing him a safe and fulfilling life. That started the beginning of the life saving role that the Sanctuary has had for dogs who otherwise would not have an opportunity to enjoy what should be the best and most comfortable years of their lives. The organization has taught me that nothing is impossible when a small group of dedicated individuals are determined and passionate about making a difference in the lives of senior dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2006 I went to an event the Sanctuary was holding, I have been with them ever since. We share our home with one of the Sanctuary's permanent fosters. He's a member of our family and has been a wonderful addition.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Sanctuary quite by mistake - my son was looking for a small dog so I started searching the internet for a chihuahua. What I found was a sad looking little girl with the most interesting face in the world. The sadness in her eyes was more than I could resist. I called the Sanctuary and went to meet Evie. It was love at first sight on my side and, I hope, on her side too.

After being evaluated as a foster parent for Evie, I took her home and started her on the path to happy home life. Deborah Workman was there to help me and answer any questions that I had about taking proper care of Evie. Since she had some serious medical problems when she came to the Sanctuary, Evie could not be spayed so I remained her foster mom for several years before she developed pyometra. Even though this is a serious medical problem and life-threatening, Evie's resilience came through again and she survived the surgery and now I was able to officially adopt her.

Without the Sanctuary I'm sure that Evie would not have survived. They really are a sanctuary for older dogs who become homeless through no fault of their own. Often older dogs become homeless because their owners are also old. They often cannot continue to care for their cherished pets because of medical issues, having to move into a home that won't accept their pet or perhaps death. The Sanctuary is always there to try and find a new home for these misfortunate pets and make sure they get the medical care they need.