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Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

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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

226 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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience this year with the Sanctuary For Senior Dogs. We were lucky enough to adopt a sweet puggle that we named Molly. She has brought a wonderful joy to our family! We support the Sanctuary in the work they do and are happy to have met such a great organization.

Mary227

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Deborah Workman at my place of work. She asked me if I would consider welcoming a senior dog into my home. A short time later, I became permanent foster for " Chester." Chester stayed with me for about two years until he crossed the rainbow bridge. I think Chester fostered me more than I him. I only wish we had more time together. The sanctuary places great seniors in homes where they are able to live out their final years with dignity and love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful organization of compassionate people. They rescue great older dogs and all dogs stay with volunteers at their homes. We have adopted 2 loving dogs from them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing organization which has helped so many older dogs find safe, loving forever homes. I was introduced to the Sanctuary about four years ago and was amazed at how much care and love they provide for senior dogs. All dogs are kept in loving foster homes and all fosters have the support of the organization. Any dog that enters the Sanctuary's program is a member for life and will always have a safe, loving place to call home. The SSD is an exceptional non-profit organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for over 10 years. Their focus is on saving and rehabilitating senior dogs that have been abandoned in shelters and pounds and also on educating the public of the value of senior dogs. Just this year they have added 3 new senior therapy dogs!! What better way to spread the word about the wonderful accomplishments our senior canine friends can achieve. I have fostered multiple dogs for this organization. Some for just short periods before they have been adopted, and some "forever" fosters due to health or behavior issues. I have had several dogs in hospice care and have found this organization to be very supportive of the needs of the dog and the foster home. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs provides all medical care for the dogs it takes in and never denies medical care for any condition. All of the volunteers are dedicated to this organization and to spreading the word about the value of senior dogs. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

Sarah91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a wonderful organization that has helped so many! Senior dogs are often overlooked in shelters and pounds. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs recognizes them for the treasures they really are! They rescue senior dogs from the shelters and pounds where chances of adoption are extremely low. They provide the best vet care, no matter what! I have witnessed volunteers going above and beyond for the dogs, the dedication is outstanding. This organization is led by an amazing director and board who never sway away from the mission of helping old dogs in need. I am proud to say I have been volunteering for The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for about 8 years now. I have fostered for them as well and I must say there truly is no greater joy! I am grateful to The Sanctuary for allowing me to be part of this "family" of volunteers! Giving a senior dog a second chance at life, what a wonderful thing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for 8 years. I have served as a foster home for numerous dogs during that time. Some of my foster dogs were adopted after being with me only a few weeks, while others were with me several months. And during that time I have had a few that stayed with me until it was their time to cross to the Rainbow Bridge. When a dog enters The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs rescue, it is guaranteed a loving home for the rest of its life. The goal is to find it a loving forever home, but sometimes a dog comes to us with emotional or medical issues that prevent it from being a good candidate for placement, so it will stay safe and loved with its foster caregiver. Ever dog I was lucky enough to foster, touched my life in a very special personal way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of this organization for about 10 years. The S,anctuary for Senior Dogs is exactly what the name indicates ,a true sanctuary for old dogs who have found themselves homeless and frightened. Thanks to this wonderful group of caring people these amazing dogs are able to live out their senior years in loving, caring FOREVER homes. I have seen many a dog come to the Sanctuary freightened and alone and in a very short they are happy, heathy and loved. The most beautiful experience I have had with the organization is taking a dog to his or her new home and seeing the happiness they give and get. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs and the loving people that are a part of it, big or small, is truly a life saving organization.I am now on the board and very honored to be!

Claire13

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is just that. It is a place where abandon senior dogs get a second chance to find a loving home and people to care for them, love them, and cherish them. The volunteers, staff and board have undying devotion to seeing that each dogs needs are met be it medical, emotional, or training needs. The adoption process structured to ensure appropriate placement in loving homes. The foster families provide temporary or long term / permanent care to seniors while they wait for the right home or grow old and reach the end of their lives. The Sanctuary is a wonderful organization, filled with wonderful people and wonderful senior dogs who have so much to offer. Those resiliant seniors are the heart of this organization and the best friends anyone can ever hope for. My last four dogs have been from the Sanctuary and two of them are going strong. Hopefully I have brought them the joy they have brought me.

Rhoda C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs about 6 years ago, becoming a board member a few years after that. I am so honored to be a small part of an organization that does such wonderful work. Senior dogs are so amazingly special and it is truly heartbreaking how many of them end up in dire circumstances through no fault of their own. Other reviewers have talked about all of the things that the Sanctuary does to meet the needs of these wonderful creatures, but one of the things that also impressed me was their mission to show what these dogs can still contribute to society. Almost since their beginning, the Sanctuary has had one or more senior therpay dogs actively giving back to the community by visiting nursing homes, developmental centers, library reading programs, etc. I could go on for some time about the difference the Sanctuary makes in the lives of so many deserving dogs, but right now my own 13 year old has brought me a toy and is asking to go outside.

Vicki21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with and have known a huge number of animal rescue organizations in the past 30 years, and the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs ranks among the very top of all of them. They are unique in the fact that they focus more on the individual dog rather than the number of dogs (although the number of dogs they are able to rescue and care for is very impressive, too). Every senior dog is given 100% of whatever they need in terms of vet care, emotional care, love and compassion, training, patience, and time. If they cannot be adopted for any reason, the Sanctuary will give them all the love and care they want in a foster home for the remainder of their lives. They are never euthanized to make room for more. The ones that can be adopted are adopted only to the best of homes to ensure that they are never abandoned or lost or dumped again, and that they live out their lives with safety, health, and love. Each dog that enters the Sanctuary is given the love and dignity he/she so very much deserves, and is given a lifetime commitment by the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is also unique in that it focuses only on senior dogs, which are the ones that, sadly, society tends to throw away in favor of the younger puppies. The Sanctuary sees the immense value and worthiness of these seniors and what they have to offer us, and makes sure that they are given the love and respect that they so richly deserve in return.

Molly17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago there was a tiny, very old, very fragile chihuahua at the rural high-kill shelter where I volunteered to arrange rescue for their dogs. She was very sweet but in terrible shape, missing teeth, loaded with fleas, hair loss and it was clear she had other health problems as well. I was familiar with their work and so I contacted the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. They had a foster available and agreed to take her. She was taken to a vet immediately, received the very best care possible, and then went to a loving "forever" foster home because she was too fragile to spay. Her last days could have been spent laying on a cold concrete floor in a dog pound without their help. I rescued hundreds of dogs during my years of going to this pound and some of them will stay in my heart forever. Evie was one of those dogs. I had followed their work before and continue to do so and have seen many beautiful loving dogs get second chances because of the work they do. Seniors are so deserving and generally very hard to find a rescue for, especially those who are very old or have serious health problems. Every dog that joins the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has a safe, kind, loving place to live out however much time they have. Their contribution to the rescue community is immeasurable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is an amazing nonprofit!! They rescue senior dogs (7 years or older) from local shelters and pounds. The Sanctuary then provides each and every dog with exceptions medical care and loving foster homes where they are shown unconditional love until they can find their forever home. Even more impressive is their forever foster program, if a dog that is rescued is unable to be adopted maybe because of a medical condition they remain in the program until such time as they cross the Rainbow Bridge.

1 Amanda55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first contacted the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs when I was volunteering in dog rescue & attempting to match a senior dog in a kill shelter with a rescue. They were unable to take a dog from out of state at that time due to resource constraints but they were helpful and sympathetic. I began to follow their work & learn all that they do for senior dogs. Many people do not realise how hard it is to rescue seniors, how often they are dumped in shelters, or onto the streets. Everyone wants a puppy, or at least a younger dog. The work of this rescue is crucial. They raise awareness about what wonderful companions senior dogs are and they save many lives. They publish a calendar that highlights the wisdom & beauty of grey-muzzled dogs. I contribute to them when I can and would give more if I could so that they can expand their resources and save more seniors. No senior dog should die unloved and abandoned in a shelter.