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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; Almonzo and Ivy serve the Sanctuary as therapy dogs and official spokesdogs while Roxy and Pollyanna are in training to join our therapy dog program.
You can sponsor one of our Forever Fosters (or an adoptable dog waiting for a forever home) through our 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 quarterly e-news updates on our Forever Fosters. 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.
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.
SANCTUARY FOREVER FOSTERS
Simon, a 10-year-old Beagle mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control over a year ago. When he arrived, he seemed healthy, if a little thin, with the exception of anemia, which had resolved when rechecked. He had a much needed dental and several benign lumps removed. Simon is one of the sweetest and most laid-back dogs we've had the pleasure of meeting. The Sanctuary was considering him as one of their working therapy dogs, but he gets car sick when going any distance at all, so traveling for therapy dog visits would not be good for him. Simon recently had a small tumor removed from his eyelid. His prognosis is good, and he is available for his perfect home.
Since Simon has not been adopted, despite much adoption interest, we have decided to revisit training him as a therapy dog, especially after seeing his wonderful interactions with countless people at VegFest in May. We are trying a new medication to help with his car sickness, and we are hopeful that Simon will represent us as one of our newest therapy dogs. He certainly has the personality for therapy work.
You can help us meet Simon's basic needs, including his veterinary care and his therapy dog training costs by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation for his care.
Shadow (FKA Bizzy), a sweet Dachshund/Beagle mix, came to us in January of 2016 from an Ohio dog pound where she found herself when her family was evicted and she was left to fend for herself on the cold streets. A kind neighbor found her and took her to the pound but not before she learned some of Shadow's background, including her real name that she responds to with enthusiasm. Shadow is now 12 years old and has had at least 3 litters of pups.
When she arrived, she had a nasty yeast infection of the skin due to long untreated allergies. Once it had cleared, she was spayed and had some benign lumps and bumps removed. Shadow loves everyone she meets and was being considered for our therapy dog program. She did well in her first two training courses and excelled on a trial visit with a group of seniors recently. But her reactivity to other dogs makes her not a good fit for therapy work.
After a long and carefully orchestrated introduction, she lived peacefully with the other dogs in her foster home for a while, but she ultimately cannot be trusted with other dogs because loud noises trigger reactivity in her. She absolutely despises cats, screaming long and loudly whenever she sees one. Since her transition from the pound to a home was a difficult one and since she has a number of special medical needs, she is looking for a Sanctuary-sponsored Forever Foster home.
Update: Shadow has found her ideal foster home where she is the only dog and enjoys being the center of attention in a loving family.
Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Professor Ralphie has shown some behavioral issues as he adjusts to life in a loving home. A force-free trainer is working closely with him. He has also developed serious digestive issues that have responded to a special RX diet.
Update: Professor Ralphie has been with us for over a year now. He has improved somewhat in his behavior to others, but he still has a long way to go. He spent a couple of weeks in a local boarding facility when his foster caregivers had a death in the family, and the staff reported that he was friendly and played well in some carefully selected play groups. That is progress, and we hope Ralphie will continue to make strides in adapting to his new life. We will continue to update on his progress.
Update: Even though Ralphie has come so far, he remains somewhat unpredictable around people, so he will stay in his foster home for life. His foster caregivers have worked closely with Ralphie and have gained his trust, so we do not believe that he would adjust to a new home with new people.
You can help us meet Professor Ralphie's basic care and special dietary needs by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation for his care.
The photo of Ralphie on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Pollyanna, an 8-year-old wirehaired Dachshund mix, came to the Sanctuary in August 2017 from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She was very frightened and shut down in the kennel, but once she entered her foster home, her true personality came shining through. Within five minutes of arriving, she had jumped the baby gate intended to allow her to meet the other dogs in the foster home gradually and introduced herself to the resident dogs, tail wagging a mile a minute. The second day in her foster home, she had become fast friends with Pebbles, a little Shih Tzu mix adopted from the Sanctuary. They are rarely apart and can most often be seen playing, napping, and rolling around happily in the grass.
Pollyanna is currently being trained to take her place among the Sanctuary's therapy dogs. Her outgoing and friendly ways make her a natural. She has entered training and has passed the first two therapy dog tests. The final test will be in early June. She is doing so well that we are sure she will succeed and bring joy to countless people.
You can help us meet Pollyanna's basic needs, including her veterinary care and her therapy dog training costs by sponsoring her or by making a one-time donation for her care.
The photo of Pollyanna on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Roxy, a 7-year-old Coonhound mix, came to the Sanctuary from the Portage County APL after coming to them from a rural county prison program. She has such perfect manners and is so friendly to everyone she meets that she is being trained as one of the Sanctuary's therapy dogs.
You can help us meet Roxy's medical costs and her therapy dog training costs by sponsoring her or by making a one-time donation for her care.
The photo of Roxy courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Polie (left) and Twisty (right), 12-year-old Pomeranian siblings, came to the Sanctuary with Boopsie (Forever Foster) and Sydney (adopted), when they were confiscated from the home of a woman who could no longer care for them. They had been living in deplorable conditions without veterinary care for many years. Each has some health issues that have been addressed, primarily urinary tract infections and bad teeth. They have been spayed, had dentals, and are ready for their very own home. They have some lingering house training issues because of their past, so they will require patience and a consistent routine to help them complete their house training.
Polie and Twisty were placed in separate foster homes on arrival, but Polie developed severe anxiety without her sister. Polie's anxiety resolved when she was moved to the same foster home as Twisty. As a result of their strong bond, they will need to be adopted together.
Because of their special needs and their anxiety, we believe that moving to a new home would not be good for them, so Polie and Twisty will remain in their Sanctuary foster homes for life.
You can help us meet Polie and Twisty's ongoing medical costs by sponsoring them or by making a one-time donation for their care.
Tidbit, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu, just arrived from an area shelter. He is a handsome fellow, glad to be in a loving home. His vet visit revealed a grade 5 heart murmur, a tumor on his conjunctiva, and a severe case of dry eye. The tumor will need to be removed after a couple of weeks on medication for dry eye. His hearing and vision are also seriously impaired. Tidbit is a special needs dog, and we will reevaluate him after his surgery and decide if he should be adopted or placed in our Forever Foster program.
Update: Tidbit is a sweetheart of a dog unless you are administering his eye medication, which he needs twice a day. Because of his special needs and his low vision and hearing, Tidbit will remain in his foster home for life. He had the tumor on his eye removed successfully, and he receives excellent medical care and lots of love.
You can help us meet Tidbit's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation for his care.
Libby, a sleek Shepherd/Lab mix with hauntingly beautiful amber eyes, came to us from a southern Ohio shelter where she had spent nearly two months (pictured right). Still a bit underweight, she currently weighs 56 pounds. Libby is spirited and gets along well with dogs that do not challenge her. A young senior, our vet has estimated her age at about 7 years old. She has "cauliflower ear" from a past hematoma, and she is currently being treated for an ear infection. Libby is not a good fit in her current foster home, so we are looking for a more appropriate foster caregiver for Libby. She has two ACL injuries, one that apparently healed on its own and another that seems to be more recent. Our vet is keeping an eye on it, and if it does not heal, he will do an ACL surgery on her leg.
Update: After two foster homes that were not a good fit for Libby's needs, she has settled into a home where she is the only pet and loves the attention and stress-free life she now lives. She is being evaluated for participation in our therapy dog program. If she is successful, she will not be available for adoption but will join our other therapy dogs in their work spreading joy across the region.
Update: Libby was not a good candidate for therapy work because of some pain issues associated with her history of torn ACLs. For this reason and because of the difficulty she had finding the right foster home, we have decided that she would be happiest as part of our Forever Foster program where she will be safe and secure for life. She is now 9-10 years old and has been with us for over two years now. She is a perfect fit in her home.
You can help us meet Libby's medical costs by sponsoring her or by making a one-time donation for her care.
Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Bernard, 11-year-old Pomeranian, was rescued from a hoarder/cruelty case by the Portage Animal Protective League. He came to the Sanctuary in February along with Ivy (see below for details on Ivy), who is the Sanctuary's newest therapy dog. Bernie, however, is very shy and withdrawn. He is working with a trainer to determine when (or if) he will be placed for adoption. Bernie seems to be much more traumatized by his experiences before he came to us. We will post updates on Bernie as they become available.
You can help us meet the cost of Bernard's ongoing care by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation.
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Ivy, an 11-year-old Pomeranian, came to the Sanctuary after spending six months in the Portage County Animal Protective League awaiting resolution of the court case when she and many others were seized from a hoarding/backyard breeder situation. Unlike Bernard, the other dog to come in from the same situation, Ivy seems happy and well-adjusted. her past does not seem to have affected her. As a result, she entered our therapy dog program, sailed through her training and testing to become our fourth therapy dog working weekly in an adult group home where they love her to pieces.
You can sponsor Ivy or make a donation to the Georgia Memorial Fund, a fund benefiting our therapy program in memory of our very first therapy dog Georgia.
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
JinJur, a beautiful 11-year-old Shepherd mix, is an energetic dog with personality to spare. Ever eager and curious, JinJur will lead you on many adventures. She loves adults and rides well in the car. She will be fine sharing her home with a friendly dog if she is properly introduced. JinJur is a dog with character, loyalty, and a sense of fun and adventure. If you would like to know more about adding JinJur to your loving home, please contact the Sanctuary.
JinJur was on WKYC Sunday morning news in September. Click to see JinJur's segment. JinJur on TV
Update: JinJur has been with her Sanctuary foster family for well over two years now. She is a difficult placement because she needs to be an only dog in an adult home and because she has serious allergies that respond only to a very expensive medication. It would be unfair to ask her to adjust to a new home at her age and after the length of time she has spent in her foster home, so she will stay for life as part of our Forever Foster program.
You can help us meet JinJur's medical costs by sponsoring her or by making a one-time donation for her.
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Almonzo (FKA Beethoven), came to us in March of 2014 from Cleveland Animal Control, a 6-year-old, sweet-natured Mastiff mix, seriously underweight at 88 pounds and heartworm positive. Almonzo gained weight quickly and began his heartworm treatment. By the time his treatment had ended, he weighed in at 120 pounds, and his foster caregiver had recognized his potential to serve the Sanctuary as one of our therapy dogs. He has now passed his therapy dog tests and has begun to give back to the community by sharing his calm, laid back attitude with those in need of some Almonzo therapy.
Update: Almonzo has retired from active therapy dog work because of his growing anxiety. But he will remain in his loving foster home as part of our Forever Foster program for life.
You can sponsor Almonzo or make a donation to the Georgia Memorial Fund, a fund benefiting our therapy program in memory of our very first therapy dog Georgia.
JJ, a 12-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.
Update: J.J. is experiencing some back pain, so our vet recommended that she retire from active therapy work. She will remain a loved member of our Sanctuary family for life, staying in the home she has shared throughout her years. Thank you, J.J. and Jolene, for the fine work you have done representing senior therapy dogs over the years.
You can sponsor J.J. or make a donation to the Georgia Memorial Fund, a fund benefiting our therapy program in memory of our very first therapy dog Georgia.
Photos of J.J. by Crazy Dog Studio
Bram, an 11-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.
Update: Bram is now approximately 19 years old, and his foster caregiver needed to move out of state to live with her son when her health failed. She did not feel that she could properly care for Bram, so he moved to another of our Forever Foster homes where he has settled in and made friends with his caregivers, with the other dogs in the home, and even with the cat.
You can help us meet Bram's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation for him.
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.
Recent Sanctuary Losses: Rest In Peace
DeeDee, an 8- to 10-year-old mixed breed, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when officers found her in a dumpster where she had apparently been discarded by a family that did not care for her. When she first arrived, she was completely shut down, so much so that we thought she was deaf. But she is gradually learning to relax and learning that her days of neglect and mistreatment are far behind her. Her first vet visit revealed some mild kidney disease that we will monitor closely. If DeeDee's health improves, she will be available for adoption to a loving family.
Update: DeeDee met her person last week and has gone on a foster-to-adopt. The adoption will be finalized as soon as her necessary medical treatment is finished. Congratulations, DeeDee. From a dumpster to a home in just over a month!
Update: Since DeeDee's kidney disease requires ongoing treatment and monitoring, she will become a Forever Foster in her foster-to-adopt home. The Sanctuary will oversee her medical care and pay all of the costs associated with keeping DeeDee healthy and happy for as long as possible.
DeeDee crossed the Bridge in May 2018 with her loving foster caregiver by her side when her kidney disease could not longer be controlled and her quality of life was gone. Go gently, DeeDee. We are so glad that you came to us and knew love and excellent care. Your foster caregiver misses you greatly as we all do. Go gently, DeeDee on the rest of your journey.
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Mollie Sue, a 10-year-old Retriever mix, was found wandering the streets of Cleveland. When no one claimed her, she came to the Sanctuary. Her health is a little better than we thought at first, so pending the approval of our vet, Mollie Sue may be available for adoption if she begins gaining weight since she has had a dental. She also has some arthritis with possible neurological complications that makes her slow of paw, and she has lost some of her vision and her hearing, but she is a sweetheart of a dog who has recently been diagnosed with kidney disease.
Mollie Sue crossed the Bridge in May 2018 when she became weak and her legs would no longer support her. She enjoyed a year in her loving Forever Foster home, possibly the best year of her life. Rest in Peace, Mollie Sue.
The photo of Molly Sue on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Ava, a beautiful 11-year-old Pit Bull, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control recently in sad shape. She has an old back injury that affects the way she walks, making her unsteady on her paws. Obviously used for breeding and then discarded, Ava has some medical problems that we are addressing. She had a second check up but still struggles with the intermittent after effects of a serious bout of pneumonia. She is friendly with the other dogs in her foster home and with everyone she meets. Since her health issues have not resolved, she has become part of our Forever Foster program and has a place in her loving foster home for life.
Ava was diagnosed with pyometra. Because her health was so delicate, our vet did not believe she was a good candidate for surgery, so she had not yet been spayed. Kidney disease, mammary tumors, and then pyometra proved to be too much for sweet Ava, and she crossed the bridge in the arms of her Forever Foster, surrounded by unconditional love.
Godspeed, Ava. We wish you could have had longer to enjoy the love in your new life.
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha
Russell, now about 14 years old, came to us in April 2014 from a rural Ohio county that had three seniors come in together. We had agreed to take two of them, but then we just couldn't leave Russell behind. He was very shy and unsocialized. Nevertheless, he was adopted by a young couple in October of the same year. He lived almost two years in his adoptive home and was successfully treated for thyroid cancer when we received a call that he had deteriorated dramatically in his behavior toward the husband even escaping once and running down a busy street, so he came back to us, shy and frightened. We aren't sure what happened in his adoptive home, but we are sure that it was no longer the best place for him. Because of his age and his fears, Russell will stay with us for life. He has relaxed into his new foster home, enjoying the quiet life and lots of walks and hugs.
Russell has developed some serious health issues, so he has entered our hospice program where he will receive the best palliative care possible for as long as possible. Please keep him in your thoughts.
In March of 2018, Russell's condition deteriorated rapidly, and when there was nothing else to be done to relieve his pain, he crossed the Bridge surrounded by the love of his foster family that had cared so lovingly for him. Go gently, Russell. We miss your sweet and gentle ways.
Agnes, a 10-year-old Cattle Dog mix, arrived on November 23 from Mahoning County where she was found as a stray in bad shape. Agnes has some mobility issues stemming from a past injury, possibly being hit by a car, that was never treated properly; she also has some arthritis and has had a badly needed dental. She settled into her Sanctuary foster home in record time, sharing the couch with the two other dogs that live there. Agnes is friendly to people and dogs and is just an all-around sweet dog.
Agnes has developed kidney disease, so we feel it in her best interests to remain in her foster home for life.
Agnes, fondly known as Ed by her friends, developed what was believed to be a tumor in her inner ear. When there was no relief for her symptoms, she was helped across the Bridge in the arms of her foster caregivers. She has left a huge hole in their hearts. Godspeed, Ed.
The photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Scooter Jack, a 12-year-old Shepherd mix from a suburban shelter, was our first arrival of 2017. When he came to us, he was gravely ill, and his prognosis was grim. After extensive testing, our vet discovered a very large tumor on his spleen that was pressing against his stomach, causing him to vomit and lose weight. Even though the surgery was risky in Scooter Jack's condition, our veterinary team believed it was the only way to save him. The tumor proved to be benign, but his recovery was difficult. After a rough week or two, Scooter Jack began to regain his strength and health. During the surgery, however, our veterinarian discovered a suspicious lymph node that could not be removed. Because his health remains delicate and because the threat of cancer cannot be ruled out, Scooter Jack will remain in the care of the Sanctuary and enjoy the love and comforts of his Forever Foster home for life. He enjoys several walks a day and has become a neighborhood favorite!
Scooter Jack enjoyed more than a year in the best foster home he could have hoped for. In March of 2018, his health failed him entirely, and he was helped to the Bridge by his foster caregiver and the loving staff at Tremont Animal Clinic. Rest in Peace, Scooter jack. We miss you and will never forget you.
The photo of Scooter Jack on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Theo, a 10-year-old gorgeous mixed breed fellow, was the companion of Charlotte (see adopted dogs 2013) in a very neglectful home. Deprived of medical treatment for his skin issues, Theo actually got much worse after leaving a rural southern Ohio shelter with his adopter. Because of severe neglect, he and Charlotte were removed from their adoptive home. A thorough medical exam revealed that he suffered from low thyroid, a condition easily treatable with inexpensive daily medication. In addition, Theo was also heartworm positive and has completed his treatment and regained his health. The before and after pictures speak for themselves.
Theo is now available for adoption and looking for that special home in NE Ohio to call his own. He would do best in an adult home as an only dog or perhaps with one cat. For more information on making Theo a part of your family, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Theo celebrated his second anniversary with the Sanctuary in October, so he will join our Forever Foster program. Theo has come a long way from the physically sick, emotionally damaged dog he was two years ago, as his before and after pictures show. But we do not believe it would be fair to him, after the progress he has made, to ask him to start over in a new home with a new family, so he will stay with his Sanctuary foster family for life.
You can help us meet Theo's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one-time donation for his care.
Photo of Theo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Morgan, a 13-year-old Yellow Lab, came to us recently in need of a safe place to stay after being attacked by the other dogs in her home. She has become part of our Forever Foster program since she is emotionally fragile and in need of stability. It took her some time to settle in and overcome her anxieties. It would not be in Morgan's best interest to have to move again. She is taking medication for her arthritis and her anxiety and is improving day to day.
You can help us meet Morgan's basic needs by sponsoring her or by making a one-time donation for her care.
Boopsie, an adorable 15-year-old Terrier mix, came to the Sanctuary in January with three other dogs when they were confiscated from a woman who could no longer care for them. Their living conditions were deplorable, and their medical care had been neglected for years. After her initial medical needs were met, Boopsie, despite her advanced age, was considered for adoption and had generated some interest. She is spry, inquisitive, and very affectionate. But she became ill recently, and a vet visit revealed a serious problem with her liver. We are awaiting the results of further testing to know exactly what her condition is and how to proceed. Regardless of the final diagnosis, Boopsie will receive the best treatment, including palliative care if it turns out that her condition is not treatable. She will remain in her foster home where she has become very attached to one of the other dogs in the home.
Boopsie was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and cancer. But just a few short weeks later, she also developed congestive heart failure, which could not be adequately controlled with medication. Godspeed, Boopsie, one of the sweetest dogs ever.
The photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Jeb, a 13-year-old Great Dane/American Bull Dog, has recently arrived at the Sanctuary from a shelter where he was treated as the special dog that he is. Jeb has some arthritis and some rear leg weakness. But his overall health screen was good. A super dog who know all of his commands and loves to bark if you whistle at him, Jeb is a real character. At his age and with his health challenges, he will remain part of our Forever Foster program. He is enjoying the company of the other dogs in his foster home, so he will stay for life, soaking in the love and good care offered by the Sanctuary.
Update: Jeb has been with the Sanctuary for over a year now, far outliving the several week prognosis he had been given proving that good care and lots of love are the best things in life!
Jeb's health finally failed him completely recently and his loving foster caregiver helped him cross the Rainbow Bridge. Jeb knew that he was loved until the end. Godspeed, Jeb.
Kiki, an adorable 17-year-old Shih Tzu, came to the Sanctuary when a rural Ohio shelter thought she was sick enough to be euthanized. One of their dedicated volunteers drove her to Cleveland to get a second opinion and was thrilled when our vet diagnosed a severe skin allergy and advanced dry eye. She started on medication and improved so much that she was adopted within the first six months, but after a year or so, her adopters fell on hard times and returned her to us. She went back to her original foster home shared with two Newfoundlands and another Shih Tzu with low vision. It was as if she never left, and she never will again. Kiki's health is starting to fail, but she is getting the very best care and more love than she knows what to do with.
Kiki developed kidney disease, which was controlled with a special diet and medication, but her health failed her completely in August 2017 and she crossed the bridge in the arms of her foster caregiver. Go with love, Kiki.
Photo of Kiki courtesy of Portraits by Martha
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 safe in her Forever Foster home where she has learned to trust her caregivers and to relax into her new life. Lady Pepper's foster family stayed in touch with her adopted family, and her foster caregiver visited often sharing pictures and stories with her former family until they passed . Lady Pepper is safe for life back at the Sanctuary.
Lady Pepper crossed the Bridge at nearly 20 years old after over half a lifetime of love with the Sanctuary's fosters and adopters. She lived a good life and left us all with many good memories. RIP, Lady Pepper.
Roy, a handsome 10+-year-old German Shepherd mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where he was very shut down and withdrawn, but the staff and volunteers there worked with him to help him come out of his shell. He is making great progress learning to relax and to enjoy being safe in a loving foster home. Roy has a few health problems; in addition to severe hair loss, he was very thin and diagnosed as hypothyroid. He is also anemic and will need to have some tumors removed when he is strong enough.
Update: Roy continues to struggle with health issues and some anxiety, but our vet is trying to stabilize him with medication changes. The good news is that his spirits are much improved. We hope that means that Roy is on the road to recovery.
Update: Sadly, Roy's health issues continued to worsen until his quality of life declined substantially. According to our vet, the tumor on his spleen was inoperable and had brown to a dangerous size. For six months, Roy knew the unconditional love of his foster caregivers. Here is what John had to say about Roy's last days: "Roy the senior foster dog stepped on a rainbow this week. He had been losing stamina (and continence), and apparently his spleen tumor had gotten pretty big. His last two meals were pure pot roast, his favorite." He was loved until the very end when he left us on April 19, 2017. Thank you John & Jane for showing him what it meant to be a cherished family member. Rest in Peace, Roy. We wish we had know you sooner.
Holiday photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Arriving on April 18: Bugsy, a portly, heartworm positive, Pug/Beagle mix who is reported to be cat and dog friendly. Stay tuned for an update on Bugsy when he arrives. He will visit our veterinarian upon arrival.
Sadly, poor Bugsy had multiple health problems in addition to heartworm disease, including pneumonia and a collapsed trachea. He was unable to breathe without oxygen, so he crossed the Rainbow Bridge when his quality of life was not acceptable and could not be improved. He wasn't with us long, but he knew that he was loved. Rest in Peace, Bugsy. We had hoped for so much more for you.
Angelo, a 7-year-old, low vision, Retriever mix, came the The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, when no one claimed him after he was picked up. A visit to our veterinarian revealed that he has a degenerative eye condition that will eventually result in blindness. He will start a regimen of supplements that may slow down the progress of the disease. Aside from intestinal parasites, Angelo seems healthy if a bit thin. When he gains some weight, he will be neutered and ready for his very own home.
After being with us a short while, Angelo deteriorated rapidly in his foster home, becoming unpredictable and demonstrating bouts of sudden rage that became increasingly dangerous, most likely due to a brain tumor. Angelo crossed the Rainbow Bridge in March when his quality of life was no longer acceptable. RIP, Angelo. We wish we could have found you sooner.
Tony T., a 13-year-old Chihuahua/Min Pin mix, came to us from Dayton, Ohio, in June 2014, when he was taken from a home that had become dangerous for him. Tony has a host of health problems, including a bad back, seizures, scaring from past trauma, and elevated liver enzymes. He is receiving aggressive treatment for his health issues. Because his health is so delicate, he will remain a Forever Foster dog, enjoying his foster home and the great care provided by the Sanctuary. You can help us meet Tony T's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Update: Tony T. enjoyed the comforts of his foster home for two and a half years. His health gradually declined until he could not longer walk or have the quality of life he deserved. He left us in January 2017 surrounded by people who loved him. Godspeed, little Tiger.
Whisper, a 10- to 12-year-old Shepherd/Chow mix, came to us early this year when her person passed away and she was found along with a cat in the home. She went to animal control where her chances were not looking good. She had chronically untreated dry eye, which will require lifelong treatment, and she is quite hard of hearing and a little arthritic. But through all of her troubles, she is an easy-going, sweet-natured dog who gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home and even with the cats. Whisper is very protective of the people she loves, so her adoptive family would need to be experienced with her breed and temperament.
Update: Whisper has become part of our Forever Foster family because of her emotional fragility and her several health issues. You can help us meet Whisper's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for his care.
Update: Whisper crossed the Rainbow Bridge in late 2016 after being diagnosed with an aggressive bladder cancer. You were very special to us all, Whisper, but especially to your foster family who love you unconditionally.
Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Mason, a 10-year-old Pomeranian mix, found himself alone and very frightened in Cleveland Animal Care & Control. He is now relaxing in a foster home just waiting for someone to adopt him. He is low vision but very friendly and independent. He got to know the other dog in his foster home right away. For more information about Mason, please contact us.
Update: Mason recently became completely blind and was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. He has now become part of our hospice Forever Foster program where he will receive love and palliative care for the rest of his life. He successfully came through a surgery for a tumor on his leg that was growing and interfering with his mobility.
Update: Mason's health deteriorated quickly at the end of 2016 as his heart simply gave out. He was released from his suffering by the people he loved most in the world. RIP, little mason. we miss you.
Peachie Keen, a senior Pomeranian mix from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She has now been spayed and had a much-needed dental. Peachie Keen is a very happy dog until someone reaches to pick her up. We are working on making her more comfortable, but she is not yet ready for prime time adoption.
Update: Peachie continues to be frightened when anyone, even people she likes, try to pick her up. She has been evaluated by a veterinary behaviorist who believes that she is very stressed and needs some gentle work. Peachie was also recently diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, so she has entered our Forever Foster program, staying in her foster home where she will receive the best care and lots of love for the rest of her life.
Update: Peachie Keen's heart condition continued to worse despite our best efforts to keep her comfortable. Her foster caregivers together with our veterinarian made the difficult decision to release her from her discomfort. She knew she was loved, and that is the most important gift we can give an old dog. Go gently, little PK, as she was know to her friends.
Howard the Hound, a 10-year-old Basset Hound that has been severely neglected. He is as sweet as can be. His first vet check was fairly good, but he has a lot of weight and strength to gain. He is safe, and we will post more information as it becomes available. He is shown here on his "freedom ride" from the kennel.
Update: Howard the hound became very ill soon after coming to the Sanctuary. After several vet visits, including two nights at the ER, we held Howard as he crossed the Bridge and left his pain and suffering behind. Godspeed, Howie. everyone who met you loved you, and we are grateful that you spent your last days with us.
Quincy, an old, deaf, and blind, heartworm positive Poodle came to us from the Wayne County Humane Society. His health has improved to allow his neuter and a much-needed dental, but because of his heartworm disease, he has entered our Forever Foster program to live out his life surrounded by the love of a foster family who adores him. Full heartworm treatment is far too dangerous for Quincy, so he is being given preventative and antibiotics (some call it the "slow kill" method) to keep the condition from worsening. You can help us meet Quincy's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Update: Little Quincy affectionately known as Mr. Q crossed the Rainbow Bridge in October 2016 when his health failed him completely and his quality of life deteriorated. Quincy was a part of his Forever Foster family for two years, much longer then we thought he would be with us when he first came in. We miss you, Quincy. Godspeed on the rest of your journey.
Amelia, a gentle 8- to 10-year-old Golden Retriever mix, was found in a park in Youngstown, Ohio, with no tags and no microchip. During her time at the pound, no one came looking for her. She was very thin, anemic, and sported a very bad haircut. Whatever happened to Amelia did not change her sweet nature and loving ways. Easy going and gentle, she gets along well with people, cats, and other friendly dogs. She weighs about 23 pounds but is slowly putting on a bit of weight. To learn how you can bring Amelia into your loving home, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Amelia is in a foster-to-adopt home where she has settled in nicely and shares her home with another senior dog. Her adoption will be finalized as soon as our vet determines that she is healthy enough to receive her rabies vaccine.
Update: Amelia has been diagnosed with kidney insufficiency and chronic UTIs; she will remain her Forever Foster home as a Sanctuary dog rather than being adopted so that we can monitor her health.
Update: Amelia developed congestive heart failure and crossed the Bridge quite suddenly on September 19, 2016. She is missed by her foster family and the entire Sanctuary family.
Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
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 13-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 visits nursing homes, group homes, college libraries during finals week, and an adult activities center. FayFay is one hard-working old gal.
Update: Our sweet FayFay crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 21, 2016, when her health failed completely. She left us doing her very favorite things: eating treats and basking in love. FayFay enjoyed life every minute and left behind so many people who miss her exuberance. Rest in Peace, FayFay. Yours was truly a life well lived.
You can make a donation in FayFay's memory to the Georgia Memorial Fund, a fund benefiting our therapy program in started in memory of our very first therapy dog Georgia.
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Gizmo is a sweet 12- to 14-year-old Chihuahua who is active and very friendly. He gets along well with other friendly dogs, and he loves to cuddle as well as play. He is as cute as can be and just as loveable. If you would like to learn more about how to bring Gizmo into your home, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Gizmo's health has deteriorated since he came to us, so he has joined our Forever Foster program where he will receive excellent medical care and lots of love. You can help us meet Gizmo's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Update: Gizmo crossed the Rainbow bridge this summer when his quality of life became unacceptable. Gizmo had been with us for quite some time and struggled with back issues, Cushings disease, and general poor health. He is greatly missed by his foster family and everyone who knew him.
Chipper, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, was sent from animal control to a local shelter where it was discovered that he was very sick with advanced kidney disease, so Chip came to the Sanctuary as a Forever Foster to enjoy whatever time is left to him. In his short time with us, he has gained almost 2 pounds, received regular sub-q fluids, and gets all the love and care any little dog could want. He feels good most days, and we are hopeful that he will have more time with us to enjoy his second chance than we feared at first. You can help us meet Chipper's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for his care.
Update: Little Chipper crossed the Rainbow Bridge shortly after his one-year anniversary with the Sanctuary when his kidney disease could no longer be controlled. He is greatly missed by his foster family and the entire Sanctuary family. We are privileged to have cared for him far beyond his life expectancy.
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Sheila, a 17-year-old Boston terrier mix, came to us thin and very ill. We were hopeful that she would have some quality time to enjoy her second chance at the good life, but sadly she was diagnosed with a primary lung tumor and did not have a long time left to live. But she spent the last three weeks of her life in a foster home, well-loved and cared for. Just a few days before she crossed the bridge, she played briefly with the other dogs in her foster home. Although she was with us for a very short time, we are privileged to have given her the end of life that she deserved. Godspeed, Sheila. We wish your journey here could have been longer.
Maynard came to us after he was taken from Cleveland Animal Care and Control by the Parma Animal Shelter so that he could be in quarantine for kennel cough before entering a Sanctuary foster home. Poor Maynard developed a life-threatening case of pneumonia and was hospitalized for a week to receive life-saving treatment. He then went into his Sanctuary foster home where he was loved and cherished for just three short weeks. Maynard's heart stopped shortly after what should have been a simple surgery to remove some large tumors on his foot that made walking nearly impossible. We wish Maynard had had more time to enjoy his newly found good fortune, but we are grateful that he experienced unconditional love and care in the short time he was with us. Godspeed, Maynard. We miss you.
Arthur (AKA Artie), a 10- to 12-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog mix, came to the Sanctuary from Summit County Animal Control in the midst of a wicked snowstorm in February of 2015 thanks to the dedication of their volunteers. A sweetheart of a dog, friendly to others, and a real joy to be around, Artie recently had a much-needed dental and a tumor removed. He has recovered and is available for adoption in NE Ohio. He would do best in an adult home with few or no stairs since he is slow of paw and a little arthritic. But He enjoys short walks and lots of cuddle time.
He is one of the friendliest, laziest, most loveable dogs we've had the pleasure of knowing. If you are interested in learning more about Artie, please contact the Sanctuary.
Update: Artie has developed spinal myelopathy which limits his movements; in addition, his arthritis has worsened, so he will stay in his Forever Foster home where he is loved by the humans and canines alike. You can help us meet Artie's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Update: Artie crossed the Rainbow Bridge in November 2015 when it became impossible for him to walk or even get up at all. A big old sweetheart of a dog, Artie is sadly missed by everyone who knew him, but especially by his foster caregivers Sharon and Dana. Rest in Peace, Arthur.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Lindy, a 13-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.
Update: Lindy's health continued to deteriorate, and she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January of 2016 in the arms of her foster caregiver. She was with us for over three years, much, much longer than we could have hoped. And she loved every minute of her time with us. Godspeed, Lindy.
Sanctuary dogs past and present enjoy the good life in their foster homes
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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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