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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

28 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.

Martha W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with a lot of dog rescues, and the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is absolutely THE BEST! Not only do they find new homes for senior dogs that have somehow lost their homes (abandoned because they were old and sick, taken to the pound because owner's circumstances, etc), but they also have Forever Fosters. Just as it sounds, Forever Fosters are those dogs that need a lot of care because of age and illnesses. The Sanctuary provides the care needed for the dogs who get to live out the rest of their lives in a nice, loving home.

1 Corrine D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Barb26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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!

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!

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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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Gina42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are proud volunteers for this great organization! The sanctuary for senior dogs rescues and saves many senior dogs that are abandoned and dumped at shelters. Many of them would be euthanized because of their age and health issues. We had an extraordinary experience this summer when fostering a sweet senior lab that had only three legs. He was found abandoned and tied outside during the hot summer weather, without food and water. He was in danger of being euthanized and The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs took him in, and paid for his vet medical care and medications. We fostered this very special boy until he was healthy enough to be adopted. We are very happy to know that he's in his forever home, where he is loved and spoiled by his mom & dad.
Without The Sanctuary, I hate to think what would have happened to this very special boy and the thousands they have helped over the years! Thank you.