Special Note: All Sanctuary dogs are spayed or neutered before being adopted. All dogs living in the potential adopters' home must also be spayed or neutered.

Our adoptions are local, at most 100 miles from Cleveland, closer for certain dogs.

 Adoption procedure:
Fill out the adoption application and return it to the Sanctuary.
We check your references, review your application, and contact you by phone for an interview.
We will arrange a meeting at our Adoption & Education Center in Cleveland with the dog of your choice.
Once you have decided on the dog, we schedule a home visit.
If approved, you can make arrangements to pick up your new best friend as soon as possible.
Adoption Fee (non refundable): $125.
Ask us about our senior dogs for senior people adoption program.

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Please Adopt Us!
The dogs featured on this page are available for adoption from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. All have been altered, provided with necessary medical care, and lived in a foster home prior to adoption. Our dogs are indoor dogs, looking for a home in which they will be indoor, valued family members.
Please do not post our adoptable dogs without our written permission. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs does not euthanize our dogs for space. A senior dog in our program has a place for life.
Click below to download an adoption/foster application. You must have Adobe Reader to open and print this file. Adobe Reader is available as a free download at Dogs featured on this page are not in need of foster caregivers unless specified. But we welcome your application to foster a deserving senior dog. Without our fosters, we cannot save abandoned old dogs.
So please consider fostering. You will save a life. To foster or adopt, click on the application link below.

Come meet your new best friend on October 25, 2015, from 2-4 PM at our Adoption Sunday! And check out our senior dog on WKYC (TV 3 Cleveland) on Adoption Sunday morning about 9:20. Can't make Adoption Sunday? Call to schedule an appointment.

 New to the Sanctuary

These dogs have arrived recently and will be updated periodically and moved to the adoption section when their vet visits are complete and they are available. For more information on any of our new dogs, please contact the Sanctuary.

Scroll down for our adoptable dogs.

Peachie Keen, a senior Pomeranian mix from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Very frightened and in need of a dental. More information about Peachie will be available later.

Sherlock, 10-year-old Lhasa, from a NW Ohio shelter, being treated for a skin infection. He has been neutered and is ready for his very own home.

Milo, 8-year-old Chihuahua, from Cleveland Animal Care and Control, being treated for a skin problems from long-neglected allergies. His health is much improved, and he has an application for adoption already.

Ginny (formerly known as Ruthie at the pound) came to us on Easter in 2015 from the Jackson County Dog Pound where she has been picked up as a stray. A cute little 7-year-old Puggle, Ginny sadly has a long way to go to health and adoptability. She went through a false (thankfully!!) pregnancy and was heartworm positive. She has just completed her heartworm treatment. The next step in her journey will be to be spayed, and then she will be ready for adoption. But her foster family has fallen in love and will adopt her as soon as she is ready. So Ginny is spoken for.

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 Forever Foster page 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.

All of our senior dogs require medical treatment, sometimes extensive. If you would like to help us with the high cost of rescuing senior dogs, please consider making a donation to support our work. You can mail your donation to PO Box 609054, Cleveland, Ohio 44109, or you can click the link below to donate through PayPal. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged. Thank you for caring about abandoned old dogs. Old Dogs, Great Friends!



Ruth, a senior Chihuahua from Lucas County, came to the Sanctuary in March of 2015. She is a small, gentle dog and will be available for adoption following completion of her heartworm treatment and surgery for cherry eye. She prefers a home as the only dog or with just one or two other friendly, low-key dogs.

Update: Ruth has successfully completed her heartworm treatment and has had her surgery to correct her cherry eyes; she is now available for adoption. If you are interested, in Ruth, please contact the Sanctuary. Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.



Murdock, a 10-year-old blind Lab from a hoarding case in Pike County, came to us in January of 2015 after living in an outside pen and being confiscated by the warden. Knowing his background, we assumed he would be timid, shut down, and poorly socialized. Boy, were we wrong! Murdock is loving, outgoing, and inquisitive. Everyone he meets is his friend: cats, dogs, people. His blindness does not slow him down at all as the occasional head thunks you hear when he runs into a barrier at full tilt make clear. He even enjoys his warm towel after a bath!

Murdock is healthy and happy and looking for his very own home where he can share his irrepressible joy with the world. For more information on Murdock, please contact the Sanctuary. Photos of Murdock courtesy of Ruff, Pet Photography.

Arlo, a 10-year-old Doberman/hound mix, is a lively fellow, full of good cheer. He came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control with two large tumors that were removed and were, thankfully, benign. Aside from some skin issues caused by allergies, Arlo is a healthy dog who enjoys the love and devotion of his people. He would do best in an adult home with people who will take him for frequent short walks and shower him with attention and affection. He loves the fenced yard in his foster home, but it is not a necessity. Arlo is loyal and devoted to the people who love him.

For more information on Arlo, please contact the Sanctuary.


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.

If you would like to make Whisper a part of your loving family, please contact the Sanctuary. Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


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.

For more information on Libby, please contact the Sanctuary. Photos of Libby 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.


In addition to the dogs offered for adoption, the Sanctuary cares for Forever Foster dogs in permanent Sanctuary homes. They are not available for adoption, but you can sponsor one of them if you would like to help us with the ongoing costs of our hospice and permanent foster dogs. Click here to go to the Forever Fosters page. If you are interested in fostering an adoptable dog or a permanent foster dog, please contact the Sanctuary. Your work will save the life of an abandoned old dog.

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