My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, Cleveland, OH, USA
This is one of the hardest I've ever written. In late August, I adopted a Shih-Tzu Mix that I was head-over-heels in love with. Being that rescue dogs often come with unknown histories, I rescued her knowing there would be challenges ahead.
I loved her. I spoiled her rotten. My family adored her. I gave her 110%. And it turned out, that with her specific anxiety and potential PTSD, she wasn't the right fit for my particular home environment, which no one could have known until she started living with me. I was literally devastated. I am an animal lover and can't stand people who "give dogs back" - a dog is a commitment - but my little dog's health (and mine) were being affected. When the time came to make the decision, I received so much support from Sanctuary staff, volunteers, their preferred trainer (WoofWise Training) and their preferred vet (Tremont Animal Clinic). We all mutually agreed it was the best decision. The staff went above and beyond to quickly help find her a safe and loving foster home within their committed foster roster.
She is now in the care of a foster mom who adores her, and she is doing so well. The Sanctuary has not "blacklisted" me, and in fact continues to support me in hopefully someday finding the right match.
I believe in their mission and will stay on as a volunteer for the organization. Senior dogs are the most overlooked in the shelter (in favor of puppies) and often don't get the support they deserve, especially in Cleveland. Everyone, especially the Executive Director Deb, care so deeply about senior dogs and have committed their lives to this cause. If you are looking for a loving, grateful, deserving, funny (most old dogs are) furry edition for your home, consider The Sanctuary. I can't recommend them enough and the lifesaving work they do.