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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

23 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.

Barbara90

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization shows only compassion and truth towards our elderly canines. I have had the privilege of volunteering with the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in various capacities as well as adopting one of their fosters. I only wish that there were many more organizations such as this one that has the ability to see worth in all living beings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've been fortunate to foster, adopt, transport, and provide hospice care to several senior dogs guided our way. The experiences are priceless when you see a senior dog (we fostered; then adopted) pick up a pebble and fling it at our feet, barking so that WE knew she wanted us to throw it for her. Well, we learned through her that senior dogs can guide us, too.

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Cindy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have supported the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for many years. So many Senior Dogs are forgotten. Nobody wants an old dog. That isn't the case at the Sanctuary. They take them in, take care of any medical problems and find them a forever home where they can be loved during their senior years. They work hard to raise the funds needed to take care of the dogs. If you get a chance please check out their dogs waiting to be adopted. Senior Dogs rule! They are the best.

Brian I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

(May have posted this already but not sure since neglected to leave name.) After my dog, a 15-year old terrier mix adopted 5-years ago from a municipal shelter where I volunteer, passed away in the spring, I was devastated. I went to a Sanctuary event, a monthly meet-and-greet, and knew right then and there that I wanted to adopt again. I instantaneously fell in love with several of the dogs. I adopted Jackie, who I renamed Sandy because of the resemblance to the Otterhound of the same name in the 1981 Annie, and she quickly became my new best friend. The Sanctuary had taken great care of her, treating her medical needs, and I am grateful to them. Their mission of saving senior dogs, who, in my humble opinion, give their owner a love that is laden with gratitude, is vital and they execute extraordinarily well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best, most professional and respectable rescues in Northeast Ohio. I spent several years volunteering for a local animal control which is how I first found out about them. Over those years I worked with over 100 rescues in 17 states working to give dogs with deadlines their second shot at life. Not many came anywhere near as close as reliable. They never pulled more than they could properly care for which is, unfortunately the beginning of the end for many rescues who mean well, but end up providing adequate care for dogs they pull as a result of overstretched resources.

I want to especially thank them for saving a dog named Fatgirl (renamed Fay Fay) from a home across the street from where I used to work. She was already around 12 years old. She had skin issues and extreme arthritis that was going untreated. The man in the home ended up in jail and the mom and child didn't have housing options as they were losing their lease. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs stepped in when it was apparent that there were no other options. Fay Fay ended up getting medication that greatly helped her arthritis and she was trained as a therapy dog, giving back to her community with the support of the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.

Attached is the first photo of took of her when she was in desperate need and the professional portrait from her therapy dog golden years after she was rescued.

9413099

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Senior Sanctuary is a wonderful organization. This group of people are truly caring for these senior dogs and sometimes not senior. The medical needs of these dogs are taken car of and the adoption process is carefully done so that the dogs will go to a responsible home, and will not be separated if need be. These little lovley's came from senior sanctuary. And when the time comes again this is where i will look.

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Client Served

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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Sally C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actually if there was a ten star possibility, the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is very worth it. I adopted my last dog from them and she was wonderful! After I lost her to illness, my friend told me they had another dog that sounded just right for me (and for the dog). I have shared my home and my life with her for over a year now and life is wonderful. She has health issues which I knew about when she came home with me. The Sanctuary has allowed me to keep her as a foster-to-adopt because she may always need special foods and meds which I couldn't afford without their help. She gives me a reason to get out of bed every day - I'm retired. It has been shown in much of the research on ageing that having a pet enhances the quality of life for many seniors and keeps them happier. I concur fully. Yippee. Thank you Sanctuary, Deborah, and all the volunteers who have helped so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known and loved two senior dogs from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. My last dog, Nubbins, was rescued from a kill shelter. She was the greatest girl ever! She just loved everyone and everything. I am certain that she would have been put down just because she was an old gal and apparently being a black dog didn't help. My current fuzzy pal is the joy of my life now and I am thankful that I can foster her because her medical bills would be too much. I am an old gal too and social security doesn't allow many luxuries - like health care. I think life without a dog would be intolerable. I am so very grateful to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs for making this all possible. Also for saving so many loving dogs. We are not ready to die just because we are old.

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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Client Served

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.

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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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.

Regina A.

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.