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. Please be responsible. Spay or neuter your companion animal.

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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The dogs featured on this page are available for adoption from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. All of our dogs have been altered, provided with necessary medical care, and have 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 see our adoption procedures to the left.
Please do not post our adoptable dogs on any other web site, in any e-mail, or on any Internet list serv 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 Please print the application and return it to the Sanctuary by mail. You can also scan the completed application and return it to us by e-mail. Please note that you cannot type on the form and send it back electronically. Dogs featured on this page are not normally in need of foster caregivers. We do need additional fosters, however, in order to be able to bring in more abandoned old dogs.
Not ready to adopt? Consider fostering. You will save the life of an abandoned senior dog. To foster or adopt, click on the application link below.

Come meet your new best friend on October 26, 2014, from 2-4 PM at our Adoption Sunday! And check out our senior dog on WKYC (local channel 3) on Adoption Sunday morning about 9:20. Can't make Adoption Sunday? Call to schedule an appointment.

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!



Spike, a 14-year-old Shih Tzu with limited vision and hearing but no limit on his sweetness, arrived along with Lenore (below) from a rural Ohio shelter. He has had his first vet visit and is healthy and scheduled for a neuter and a badly-needed dental the week of October 20. When his neuter is complete, he will be looking for a special home where he can be the center of attention. he is friendly to other dogs and currently shares his foster home with two large dogs who became his friends once he settled in and understood that he was safe. The picture on the left shows Spike when he arrived at the shelter, dirty, full of mats, and quite sad. But the shelter sent him off to a groomer and cleaned him up. The result? A handsome and much happier little dog. Spike would be perfect for the family who wants a dog to cuddle up while they watch TV or read a good book. But don't let him fool you; he also enjoys a crisp walk and some time in the sunshine. For more information on Spike, please contact the Sanctuary.


Lenore, a sweet but slightly nervous Beagle, came to us from the same southern Ohio shelter as Spike. At about 8 years old, Lenore has clearly been an outside dog, probably a hunting dog. She came in with many intestinal parasites and lung worm, something new to us. Her parasites are being aggressively treated. She was spayed and had a malignant mammary tumor removed recently. Our vet is optimistic about her chances for a full recovery, but she will need a chest x-ray in three months to be sure there has been no metastasis. She also is battling a stubborn UTI and learning about house training. Lenore is a sweet dog who will do well with a person who does not work long hours. 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.



Alfred, a 7- to  10-year-old Spaniel mix, came to us in September from Cleveland Animal Control when no one came to claim him. He is shown on the left during his stay at animal control and on the right a much happier fellow enjoying a car ride. He is a small dog, currently only 20 pounds but looking to gain another 5 pounds for good measure. Alfred has been neutered and had his medical needs met. He is a friendly guy who gets along well with everyone he meets, including friendly dogs and cats. He is just waiting for his perfect home so he can relax and enjoy the rest of his life. He can be a bit vocal in new surroundings or when you come home after being away, but he settles down quickly and is happy to share your company. If you would like more information about Alfred, please contact the Sanctuary. You will be glad that you did.



Oggy and Iggy--originally named Hoggy and Piggy-- two senior boys from Guernsey County, came in together very thin and in need of medical care and lots of TLC. Oggy has been diagnosed with kidney disease and is receiving aggressive treatment for it. He has gained several pounds, and his kidney enzymes are slowly coming down. Iggy was recently neutered with a large testicular tumor removed as well. Both boys are reportedly 15 years old. Oggy loves everyone and everything, but Iggy absolutely does not love cats and cannot live peacefully with them. For more information on Oggy or Iggy, please contact the Sanctuary.


Captain, a handsome, laid back, friendly, old Spaniel mix, came to us in deplorable shape from the City of Cleveland Kennel. At about 10 years old, Captain has bad teeth and a raging ear infection made worse by a large polyp in one of his ears. He also has some vision issues, including glaucoma in his left eye, and elevated liver enzymes. He has started on medications to cleanse his liver, and he will be rechecked in a month at which time our veterinarian hopes to remove his blind, painful eye, neuter him, clean his teeth, and remove the ear polyp. Please send Captain your thoughts and prayers for a good outcome and a fast recovery. Donations to help defray the high costs of Captain's medical needs are appreciated. Captain will be ready for adoption when he is healthy.


Fawn, a 9-year-old, tiny little 5-pound slip of a gal, came to the Sanctuary from the Richland County Dog Shelter. She is very shy and frightened but loves to be held and cuddles. She is thin and in need of picking up a little weight. But she was healthy enough to be successfully spayed and have a much-needed dental and hernia repair. Her geriatric blood screen was normal, and she does not show evidence of any further health issues. She is now healthy and happy (although still a little shy) and is ready for her very own home. She would do best in a quiet adult home with people who will go slowly with her until they have gained her trust. Once she trusts you, she is your best friend and faithful lap dog. For information on adopting Fawn, please contact the Sanctuary.



Russell, a 10-year-old hound who came to the Sanctuary with Sabrina and Isadora from rural Jackson County, Ohio, is a very shy guy, but he is trusting and affectionate and slowly coming out of his shell. He had an excellent health check up: He is heartworm negative, and his geriatric blood screen was completely within normal range. Recently neutered, Russell is continuing his journey to self confidence and a loving forever home. If you are in NE Ohio (or nearby) and you are interested in adopting sweet Russell, please contact the Sanctuary. He will be a devoted companion with so much love left to give to the right person or family.



Henry James is a fine and distinguished fellow, just as his name suggests. But it was not always so for him. In fact, when he came in to Cleveland Animal Control in December of 2013, no one was sure if there was really a dog beneath all of the mats and dirt. But there was, and a handsome one at that. Henry James is about 9 years old and one of the friendliest and most loveable dogs we have met. He is full of life and loves his people and other dogs. His health exam was good, and he had a dental and was neutered in February. Henry James has some vision problems, but he can see and none of that stops him form enjoying his life. For more information on Henry James, please contact the Sanctuary.



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. He is now available for adoption and looking for that special home in NE Ohio to call his own. For more information on making Theo a part of your family, please contact the Sanctuary.



Zippy, an 8-year-old Rat Terrier, is a sweet-natured gal; healthy and happy. She loves to play and cuddle. She recently was successfully treated for a sinus condition that caused frequent and violent sneezing. If you are looking for the perfect companion, don't over look Zippy. She is looking for love and stability in her life. For more information on Zippy, please contact the Sanctuary.



Mango (AKA Madge), an 8-year-old Rottie mix, is a petite girl weighing only 40 pounds. She was seized in a hoarding case in March of 2011; she then spent two years and one day in a shelter waiting for the court case to be settled. A little shy at first, Mango warms up quickly and often gives quick little kisses to those she trusts, but she remains wary of and a little anxious in new situations. She loves to explore her securely fenced yard and pass the time with other friendly dogs. If you have the patience to help Mango gain confidence and feel secure in your quiet, low-key home with at least one other friendly dog, she will quickly become your very best friend. For more information on Mango, please contact the Sanctuary.



When Penny, a Miniature Pinscher, was adopted recently from an area animal shelter, she promptly ran away, ending up unclaimed in a different animal shelter. That's where we found her, abandoned and afraid. A young senior, Penny was listed as 7-8 years old, but our vet has aged her a bit younger, possibly 6 years. Penny is a sweet-natured dog who loves to cuddle and who gets along well with most friendly dogs although she can be a little protective of her food and toys. Penny would de best in a home with one other friendly dog. She would not do well as an only dog or in a home with dogs that are pushy or in her face. If you are looking for a lovable adult dog to share your loving home, Penny is your girl. Penny has been with the Sanctuary for quite some time, and she is ready for a home that she can call her very own. For more information on Penny, please contact the Sanctuary.  

Penny visited WKYC Sunday morning news in October. Click here to see her segment. Penny on TV



JinJur, a beautiful 8-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


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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