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Georgia earned her Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dogs International certification at almost 13 years old. She worked in area hospitals and nursing homes bringing her own brand of healing to the residents and the staff. Georgia crossed the Rainbow Bridge June 25, 2003.
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Forever Fosters: Sponsor a Senior Dog

Can't adopt or foster a senior dog? You can still help. All of the dogs featured below are Forever Fosters at The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. They are not currently available for adoption for a variety of reasons; some have constant medical needs; some are in the final stages of illness; some have special emotional needs; J.J. serves the Sanctuary as therapy dogs and official spokesdog.

You can sponsor one of our Forever Fosters (or an adoptable dog waiting for a forever home) through our Forever Fosters:Sponsor a Sanctuary Senior program. Your contribution provides food and ongoing medical care for our Sanctuary Seniors. Without sponsors like you, the Sanctuary could not continue its mission of protecting and caring for old dogs that cannot be adopted. In return for your support, you will receive a photo of the dog you have chosen to sponsor. You will also receive periodic updates from your dog sometimes signed with an authentic paw print. If possible, we will arrange for a visit with the dog you sponsor if you are local to Cleveland. Please be sure to tell us which dog you would like to sponsor. In 2012, we launched an e-newsletter just for sponsors of our forever fosters. Be sure to look for it about twice a year.

You may send a check and indicate which dog you would like to sponsor, or you may contact the Sanctuary for a sponsorship form; you can also set up your sponsorship through the links to PayPal at the bottom or the left side of this page. The dog you sponsor will be grateful for your help.


Lady Pepper, an adorable toy Poodle, came to us in 2005 at approx. 7 years old and was adopted quickly by a loving older couple who gave her unconditional love and worked with her to overcome her anxieties. She was their best friend until tragedy struck recently when her adopted dad passed away and her adopted mom went into assisted living. Lady Pepper did not fare well with all of the changes, and she nipped an employee of the assisted living facility and was consequently evicted. She is now safe in her Forever Foster home where she is starting to relax and trust her caregivers. Lady Pepper will stay in touch with her adopted family after she has settled in. She will be safe for life back at the Sanctuary.

Rayna, a blind and partly deaf 10+ year-old Yorkie/Poodle, has arrived at the Sanctuary. She has had  a much needed dental; her eye infections have been treated, and she is just waiting for her very own home. Rayna loves to snuggle and will quickly become your best buddy! This picture was taken while she was still at the shelter. Look for updated pictures soon! For more information on Rayna, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Rayna has been adopted by a family who have adopted senior dogs from the Sanctuary before. They were touched by her story and wanted to give her the love and care she deserved.

Update: Rayna came back to the Sanctuary where she will live in her foster home as a Forever Foster when her family experienced some serious health challenges and were no longer able to give Rayna the care she deserves.


Trudy, a 10-year-old Boxer mix, came to the Sanctuary after spending eight months in a central Ohio animal shelter. She was clearly a favorite there, going home for weekends, and getting lots of love and special attention. Trudy came into the shelter with a little dog, and shelter staff credit Trudy with saving the little dog's life by keeping her warm when her body temperature was dangerously low. Shelter staff came in to check on the dogs and were able to save Trudy's little friend. She is now happily adjusting to life in a Sanctuary foster home. Full of energy and good cheer, Trudy has been spayed and is healthy. She has some problems in her rear legs, perhaps stemming from an old, untreated injury, but they do not slow her down at all. She does the bunny hop and runs and plays with enthusiasm. She will make an excellent best friend to the person lucky enough to adopt her. For more information on Trudy, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Trudy has entered training to become one of the Sanctuary's therapy dogs working on the east side of Greater Cleveland. Stay tuned for Trudy's progress and she moves through her training. The first evaluation went very well, and we have high hopes for Trudy!

Edison, 7-year-old Boxer mix, came to the Sanctuary from an area shelter that had found him running the streets of a Cleveland suburb. Edison is thin but otherwise healthy. Friendly and easy-going with people and friendly dogs, Edison will make an excellent companion for a person or family looking for a young senior. For more information on Edison, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Edison was adopted by his foster care giver and will share his home with an elderly Shih Tzu mix previously adopted from the Sanctuary and two people who think he is swell even when he had a little trouble adjusting to life in a loving home.

Update: Edison came back to the Sanctuary when his caregiver passed away after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He will remain as a Sanctuary Forever Foster in the home of his caregiver's mother bringing her comfort since she also suffers from stage 4 cancer.

DixieGirl, a 10-year-old Dachshund, was found by animal control along with her friend Rocky (below). DixieGirl is friendly to most other dogs, but every now and then she meets a dog she just does not like. She clearly loves Rocky and could probably learn to get along with most friendly dogs after a careful and controlled introduction. DixieGirl is full of life and energy and would love to come live with you! For more information about DixieGirl, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: DixieGirl has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition and will not be placed for adoption. She will stay in a Sanctuary Forever Foster home for life.

Delilah, 10+-year-old Lab/Collie mix, is a good-natured old gal who came to us from animal control. Emaciated and frightened, she has responded to the love and care in her foster home. Delilah has gained over 10 pounds and is on her way to good health. She absolutely LOVES other dogs, small animals (including ferrets), and all people. She is still  being treated medically, so look for an update soon. For more information on Delilah, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Delilah just completed her first training class at Fortunate Fido to evaluate her for possible therapy dog work. She did well, and we will continue her training and testing. We have every reason to believe that she will succeed along with FayFay in becoming the Sanctuary's next therapy dog.

Update: Delilah earned her Canine Good Citizen certificate and passed the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog test in November 2013. She is now an official therapy dog and has begun her visitation schedule. Thanks to Portraits by Martha for the delightful portrait of Delilah in her bandana.

FayFay, a gorgeous, small Black Lab mix, was the much-loved elder pet of a family fallen on very hard times who could no longer care for her. She came to the Sanctuary with some bad spinal arthritis and in the midst of a false pregnancy. At 11-years-young, FayFay is full of energy and loves to play, especially in the snow. Although she runs slower than she used to, she enjoys a good romp around the yard, and she absolutely loves to chase those evil squirrel invaders from her yard. She gets along well with friendly dogs and will make a wonderful addition to the right family.

Update: FayFay has begun training in order to be evaluated to serve the Sanctuary as a therapy dog. We will update frequently on her progress.

Update: FayFay has just completed her first training class at Fortunate Fido, and she did well. She is eager to learn and very treat motivated. We have every reason to believe that she will succeed along with Delilah in becoming the Sanctuary's next therapy dog. Thanks to Portraits by Martha for the stunning portrait of FayFay

Update: FayFay earned her Canine Good Citizen certificate and passed the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dog test in November 2013. She is now an official therapy dog and has begun her visitation schedule.

Lindy, a 10-year-old mixed breed dog, came to the Sanctuary from a dog pound in neighboring county. Lindy gets along with dogs, cats, puppies, and everyone she meets. She has some arthritis that makes steps difficult for her (unless there is something she in interested in at the top of the steps!), and she is currently being treated for Cushing's disease. She has responded very positively to the medication, and her symptoms are under control.

Update: Lindy has become part of our Forever Foster program where she will stay in her loving foster home and receive excellent medical care and all the love she could ever ask for. She shares her home with two other senior dogs and two people who are devoted to her. Thanks to Portraits by Martha for the lovely head shot of Lindy.

Nolan, a happy-go-lucky fellow with a distinguished gray muzzle, Nolan, at 10 years old, has a smile for everyone he meets. He would love nothing better than to spend his time with you, going for leisurely walks and cuddling on your couch. He loves car rides, running through the snow, and lots if attention, too. His wonderful personality and crooked smile will keep you amused and laughing. Nolan is recovering from the serious neck injury he suffered in June, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Update: Because of Nolan's even temperament and his past training, he is being evaluated as a Sanctuary therapy dog. He began his formal training in November. Look for news on his progress.

Update: Nolan's therapy dog training did not go as well as we would have liked. He becomes stressed on a leash and in new situations. He was adopted but that did not go well either. He became so stressed that he needed medical attention. So he will remain in his Forever Foster home for life and continue to be the Sanctuary's unofficial spokesdog, entertaining us with his antics and wonderful photos. Thanks to Portraits by Martha for Nolan's baseball cap photo.


JJ, a 9-year-old Yellow Lab mix, is a sweetheart of a dog. Found wandering by a good Samaritan, JJ was taken to an area shelter where staff quickly discovered that she is entirely blind. But she does not let that stop her. She is learning to respond to voice commands and seems to be a quick study. She enjoys a good belly rub and sprawls on her back to make sure you can hit all the right spots. Friendly with other dogs, JJ is easy going and loves to play.

Update: JJ has passed her therapy dog test and is now our therapy dog working with a children's reading program. Congratulations, JJ and Jolene. And thank you to Gold Star Dog Training in Medina, Ohio, specializing in handicapped pets, who worked closely with JJ. Thanks also to Linda Farace of Crazy Dog Studio for the excellent shots of JJ and Jolene. She will remain with the Sanctuary and share her irrepressible joy with others. Your support helps with the cost of JJ's veterinary care.

  Bram, an 8-year-old Poodle/Lhasa mix, arrived at animal control absolutely covered in fleas, thin, and completely miserable. He received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian and was successfully neutered and had a much-needed dental. But shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. He will receive lifelong treatment and care in his permanent foster home. The picture on the left was taken while he was still at animal control. The picture on the right on his first night in his new Forever Foster home.

Nessie, a 10 year-old small Shepherd mix, weighs a mere 30 pounds but could stand to gain a few. She came to us from a rural Ohio pound with a nasty case of kennel cough/pneumonia. She has recovered and is in a Sanctuary foster home where she is friendly and relaxed. A victim of obvious neglect, Nessie has low vision and may suffer from past head trauma. She would love to have a home of her own where she will get the unconditional love that she deserves. She has gained weight, health, and confidence. She recently attended a local animal fair and was a real crowd pleaser. The picture on the left was taken in the shelter; the one on the right recently at an adoption event. Nessie has come a long way in a short time.

Update: Nessie has been diagnosed with kidney disease, and, since she takes some time to adjust to new surroundings, she will stay in her foster home where she is loved for life. She is shown at far left in the pound and at far right  getting some attention from her foster brother Harry.


Neeko, 15-year-old Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix, is a real sweetheart of a dog who was surrendered to an area shelter because of his owner's failing health. He has mild liver disease, which is asymptomatic and being treated with milk thistle; he also has a touch of arthritis, but that does not keep him from playing with his pack mate in his foster home. Neeko has lots of energy and bonds quickly with people and other dogs. Your support helps with the cost of Neeko's medicine, supplements, and veterinary care.

Update: Neeko has just moved to a new Forever Foster home when his original foster moved out of state and could not take Neeko with her. He adjusted in record time and was last seen with Loki the cat who was busily licking Neeko's ear. He is enjoying several walks a day and all the love he could ever want. Because of Neeko's age and his elevated liver enzymes, he will stay with the Sanctuary for life.

Hazel is a very special girl who came to us with a sad story. She and 85 other dogs were removed from the home of a hoarder in Mansfield, Ohio, in June. The conditions were deplorable, and, sadly, only 22 of the dogs survived. Hazel, whom the shelter estimated at 14 years old, was pregnant and gave birth to four puppies at the shelter. Very shy and poorly socialized, Hazel was not likely to be adopted out, so she came to the Sanctuary where she has been slowly learning to trust people and to interact with them. Our vet Dr. Bob at Tremont Animal Clinic believes that Hazel's age was closer to 8 than the 14 suggested by the shelter. That is good news for Hazel. We hope she has a long time left to enjoy life as a loved family member rather than just a number. Because adjusting to new experiences is difficult for Hazel, she will remain in her foster home where she enjoys patrolling the yard with the other dogs and sharing love and treats with her foster caregiver.

Update: Hazel has been with the Sanctuary more than five years now. She is 13 or 14 years old and happy as long as she has her very own chair. She shares a foster home with Nolan, Mango, and FayFay, all of whom are her very best friends, especially Nolan. She still loves chasing squirrels and stray cats out of her yard; she sings and dances for her dinner and generally enjoys her life. Your support helps meet Hazel's medical needs, which include supplementation and medication for spinal arthritis and daily medication for her allergies and thyroid condition.

Your monthly sponsorship helps us care for those senior dogs who cannot be adopted because of medical or emotional conditions. We provide foster homes, medical care, food, and lots of love with the help of sponsors like you. Thank you for considering a senior dog. Our permanent Sanctuary dogs send out a four-paw thank you as well.

$5 a month provides heartworm protection for your dog

$10 a month contributes to feeding your dog

$15 a month contributes to the medical care for your dog

$20 a month contributes to the total care of your dog

$25 a month contributes to the total care of your dog.

$50 a month contributes to the total care of your dog.

If you are interested in other sponsorship amounts, please contact the Sanctuary.

Sanctuary dogs past and present enjoy the good life in their foster homes
thanks to our sponsors and supporters!

Left: Gucci with his friends Riley and Arwin (adopted from the Sanctuary) and Bocci.
Right: Meghan, Georgia, and Henry take time out for a nap.


Left: Angel, Guido, Meghan, and Rose line up for scratches and kisses.
Right: Brady plays couch potato under the watchful eye of young Toby Reis, Poodle/Terrier mix, one of Missy's puppies (Missy the Poodle came to the Sanctuary in 2003 from West Virginia as an 11 y/o Poodle in need, but she was, we discovered after she arrived, a mere 4 years old and VERY pregnant).

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