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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

5 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.

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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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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.

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!

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.