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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, 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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

The Sanctuary For Senior Dogs is an outstanding organization. The welfare of the dog is always the priority which starts with an adoption process that ensures he or she will not only be going to a good home, but that it is a good match for the adopter. The process does not end with the adoption, however. I adopted my dog in 2014 and since that time the Sanctuary has been a source of information and assistance whenever needed. They truly care about the well being of the dog throughout their life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I highly recommend the organization for those interested in adopting an older dog. The foster program is very successful, supporting older dogs until they go to their forever home. In progress is a new way to support old dogs - a quarantine house.

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Rating: 5

I have the honor of having been approved to adopt a senior dog from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. I adopted my wonderful Skeeter in 2005 and although a bit deaf and arthritic, she is bringing cheer to the household every day. I am very thankful to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for helping to connect me to this dog. The individuals that manage the organization do a wonderful job in taking in, fostering, and finding a forever home for these deserving senior dogs. The organization is supported by group of volunteers that foster the dogs, help in transportation, and assist in the office. The group works tirelessly to support the organization and make it successful. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does another commendable service. If a dog is not appropriate for adoption, the pet becomes a forever foster and spends the last years of their lives in a loving, warm, and comfortable home.

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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.

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Rating: 5

I became aware of Senior Sanctuary while working at Tremont Animal Clinic. What a dedicated group of people. The dogs that they rescue get the medical care they need and the love from a caring home, sometimes a forever Foster or forever home. I adopted Diego from them and would adopt again from them.

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Rating: 5

I see the many of the dogs the senior sanctuary rescues , fosters, and take care of very well. Many find forever homes but all find loving care.

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.

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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.

Regina A.

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Rating: 1

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

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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.

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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.

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.