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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, Ivy, and FayFay serve the Sanctuary as therapy dogs and official spokesdogs.

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

   
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 twsice 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.


 
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, he is not yet available as we continue to assess his health and his adoptability.

Update: At Jeb's age and with his health challenges, he will remain part of our Forever Foster program. he is enjpying 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.


      
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: Libby 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.




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.


   

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 recenlty 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.


 
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.

Photos 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.

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.

Photo 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.

Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


   
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.

Photos 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.

You can help us meet Ivy's medical costs by sponsoring her or by making a one time donation for her.

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

   
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.


 

Tony T., a 13-year-old Chihuahua/Min Pin mix, came to us from Dayton, Ohio, 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.

Photo on the left 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.


 

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.

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.

Photo on the left 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 now safe in her Forever Foster home where she is starting to relax and trust her caregivers. Lady Pepper will stays in touch with her adopted family, and her foster caregiver visits often sharing pictures and stories with her former family . She will be safe for life back at the Sanctuary.


   

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.


   

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 expereincing some back pain, so our vet recommended that she retire from active therapy work. She will remian 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. The picture on the right on his first night in his new Forever Foster home.


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


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 hime, 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 provoleged to have given her the ned 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 expereinced 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 knoew 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.

Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha


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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