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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., Almonzo, and FayFay serve the Sanctuary as therapy dogs and official spokesdogs. Ivy is training to join them.

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

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.

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Lenore, a sweet former hunting Beagle, came to us from a southern Ohio shelter in 2014. At about 8 years old, Lenny, as she is fondly called, has clearly been an outside dog. She came in with many intestinal parasites and lung worm, something new to us. Her parasites have been  aggressively treated, and she has recovered. She was recently spayed and had a malignant mammary tumor removed. Our vet is optimistic about her chances for a full recovery, and her first follow-up chest x-ray was clear with no sign of metastasis; she will have one more x-ray in three months just to be sure. Lenny also battled a stubborn UTI and continues to improve in her house training.

Lenny is a sweet dog who will do well with a person who does not work long hours and can spend lots of quality time with her. She is available for adoption or for a foster-to-adopt pending resolution of her health issues. If you are in NE Ohio and want to learn more about Lenore, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Sadly, Lenny's cancer has returned, this time in her lymph nodes. Two tumors were removed in July, and our vet reports that one was a moderately aggressive form of cancer. She will receive the best palliative care and remain with us as part of our hospice program for whatever time she has left. You can help us meet Lenny's medical costs by sponsoring her or by making a one time donation for her care.

Update: Sadly, Lenny's health has continued to deteriorate. An x-ray in August showed a large tumor in her lungs and a very enlarged liver. Lenny does not have much time left, but she is enjoying lots of love and ice cream.  
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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Lucas, a 10+-year-old Shar-Pei/Shepherd mix, arrived at the Sanctuary in April of 2015 very emaciated and gravely ill. He has come a long way in his time with us, but he still battles severe back pain and anemia. He has gained over 16 pounds and still has a few to go to reach a normal weight. Lucas is a loving, friendly fellow found wandering along the Shoreway in Cleveland by a good Samaritan and taken to Cleveland Animal Control. His health is so delicate that he will remain in his Forever Foster home to enjoy whatever time he has left. You can help us meet Lucas's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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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.
Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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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.
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Hoggy--a 15-year-old Malamute mix, came to us in August 2014 from Guernsey County where he was surrendered along with Iggy above by an owner who could no longer care for them; he was promptly diagnosed with kidney disease and has responded well to a special diet, lots of love, and medical care. Although sometimes a little grumpy. Hoggy enjoys life in his Forever Foster home and is very bonded to his foster mom. You can help us meet Hoggy's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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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.



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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

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Archie is a great old Boxer approximately 10 years old. He has personality plus and seeks out the company of people and other dogs. He came to us from a rural central Ohio shelter where he had received no interest. Unfortunately, Archie seems to have some health problems; his initial blood panel showed elevated liver and kidney enzymes. We are awaiting the results of a monthly follow-up exam and blood test to try to pinpoint his problems and his prognosis. Our vet has ruled out leptospirosis, which was a possibility. If Archie is healthy enough, he will be available for adoption. If not, he will enter our hospice program and become one of our Forever Foster dogs.

Update: Archie came to us with some serious health problems that have not resolved. On the advice of our trusted veterinarian, Archie has entered our hospice program where he will receive palliative care and lots of love for as long as he has a good quality of life. You can help us meet Archie's medical costs by sponsoring him or by making a one time donation for him.
Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha

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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.
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

You can sponsor FayFay 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 right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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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.
 Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha

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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.

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

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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.

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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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