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 April 27, 2014, from 2-4 PM at our Adoption Sunday! Or call to schedule an appointment.


If you would like to meet these great old dogs, please contact The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs to arrange a meeting. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs also holds Adoption Sunday the last Sunday of every month from 2-4 PM at our Adoption & Education Center, 4681 Broadview Road, in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland. Drop by to meet our adoptable dogs. You just might find a new old friend! If there is a specific dog you are interested in, please call first to make sure she will be there.



 Jayne. We have a need for an immediate foster home in the Greater Cleveland, OH, area. To be considered, you will have excellent references; a home without children, cats, or small dogs; the ability to work within an established system; and live in a community without BSL. If this describes you, please call us at 216-485-9233 or send us a message. We are looking for a safe foster home for Jayne, an 11-year-old ElderBull with personality plus and lots of energy. Jayne has some anxiety from her experiences at animal control; her foster home will need to work with her and with a trainer that we will provide. Jayne is very friendly and outgoing and loves to ride in the car. She bonds quickly, gets along with friendly dogs her own size, and will quickly become your very best friend. Photos (except for center shelter photo) courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


Beethoven, just arrived 3/3/2014, from Cleveland Animal Control. A 5-year-old sweet-natured Mastiff mix, seriously underweight at 88 pounds and heartworm positive. As soon as Beethoven gains some weight, he will be treated for heartworm and neutered. He will then be ready to find a wonderful home where he can know unconditional love for the rest of his life. If you are interested in being considered to adopt Beethoven when his medical treatment is complete, please contact the Sanctuary.

Sweetart (Sweets at the shelter) is a lovely 9-year-old Chihuahua who is missing most of her teeth but has all of her good nature and love still in place. She arrived last week from a central Ohio shelter that works very hard to place all of its dogs. Sweetart is a little underweight with slightly elevated liver enzymes. As soon as she gains some weight and has a normal blood panel, she will be spayed and ready for her forever home where she will never have to go to a shelter or be hungry again. Surprisingly, just hours after posting little Sweetart on Facebook, she had an application to adopt. And no wonder, she is a sweet, gentle dog who will give back all the love she gets ten times over. For more information on Sweetart, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Sweetart is now in a foster to adopt home. Her adoption will be complete as soon as her medical care is finished. ***ADOPTED***



Joe Lion (AKA Joe Joe) and affectionately known as Mufasa, came to the Sanctuary in January from Cleveland Animal Control where he was left by his owners. Joe was very distraught, cried loudly, and refused to move. But all that is behind him now. Shown here in his foster home, he  is getting a whole lotta love and can forget his past and embrace his second chance at the good life. Joe Lion had a thorough vet check and will go back this week for another in order to be cleared for his neuter. Joe Joe is friendly with other dogs and is an all-around good guy. To meet Joe Lion or to learn more about him, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Joe Lion has an aplication to adopt pending! ***ADOPTED***



Blondie, a 10-year-old Lab/Setter mix, came to us from an area shelter. Aside from being an absolutely beautiful dog, she is friendly and loving and full of energy. She gets along well with the other dog in her foster home (a 16-year-old Forever Foster) although she is a little too energetic for him at times. She came in with elevated liver enzymes, but we discovered that she had been on Rimadyl for a month or better. She was taken off of the Rimadyl and put on a daily dose of milk thistle. In two weeks, her liver enzymes had come down significantly. So we have every reason to believe that she had a reaction to the Rimadyl, rather than an issue with her liver. Blondie is spayed and just waiting for her very own forever home where she can know unconditional love and care for the rest of her life. Are you interested in meeting this happy-go-lucky gal? Please contact the Sanctuary for more information.


Violet, a beautiful, friendly, hound mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Control. when she came in, she was in very bad shape with several badly infected mammary glands. Animal Control immediately sent her off to the vet for surgery and a spay. Violet is now healthy and happy and settling into her foster home nicely. She is affectionate and very vocal if she needs to go outside. Housetrained and easy going, Violet would love a home of her own where she will know unconditional love. She is very friendly with other dogs and is just a joy to be around. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Violet, please contact the Sanctuary.


Avalanche, a mild-mannered, middle-aged blind German Shepherd, came to us from Cleveland Animal Control when his care giver died, and he was left alone in his home. he was very depressed at first and developed a wicked case of kennel cough. His medical evaluation was good, and he will be neutered in early February and ready for his very own home. He has come out of his shell quickly in his foster home that he shares with two other friendly dogs and a cat who has become his best buddy. Avalanche is a very friendly dog who would do well in a loving household with friendly dogs or cats. We do not, however, recommend young children for Avalanche. If you are interested in learning more about him, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Avalanche will be adopted!


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, 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 is scheduled for a dental and a neuter the first of February. He will then be ready for his very own home, possibly with you. For more information on Henry James, please contact the Sanctuary.


Rocky, a sweet-natured 10-year-old Puggle, was found by animal control along with his friend DixieGirl (above). Rocky is a love and gets along with friendly animals after being introduced. He would love to curl up in front of the TV with you this winter after a romp in the snow! For more information about Rocky, please contact the Sanctuary.


Gizmo is a sweet 10-12-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.


Theo, a 10-year-old gorgeous mixed breed fellow, was the companion of Charlotte (above) in a very neglectful home. Deprived of medical treatment for his skin issues, Theo actually got much worse after leaving a southern Ohio shelter with his adopter. He was removed from his adoptive home along with Charlotte. A thorough medical exam revealed that he suffered from low thyroid, a condition easily treatable with inexpensive daily medication. In addition, Theo is also heartworm positive and will begin his treatment as soon as he regains his health. Look for updated pictures of Theo as his health continues to improve. He will be available for adoption when he has completed his heartworm treatment.


Little Pumpkin came to us from the City of Cleveland Kennel where she was frightened and alone. The day after she entered her foster home, she developed kennel cough that very quickly turned to a dangerous form of pneumonia. She spent four days hospitalized on IV's before she was well enough to return to her foster home. Now that she is out of the kennel and feeling good, she likes nothing better than to cuddle up with you and while the hours away. She is spayed and healthy now and ready for her very own home. If you are interested in bring Pumpkin into your loving home, please contact the Sanctuary.


Billie, a beautiful younger Coonhound (blue/red tick) thought to be senior by the sending shelter but actually only about 5 years old, according to our vet, arrived recently. She is a smaller dog weighing about 40 pounds, healthy, and happy. She has been spayed and is ready for her new home. Billie is a bit shy with men at first, so she will need experienced adopters who can allow her to adjust to her new home slowly, making her feel safe and loved. She gets along very well with friendly male dogs, but her introductions to female dogs need to be carefully supervised. Contact the Sanctuary for more information on Billie. You will be glad you did.


Zippy, an 8-year-old Rat Terrier, is a sweet-natured gal; healthy and happy. She loves to play and cuddle. 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 5-6 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. If you are looking for a lovable adult dog to share those long winter nights, Penny is your girl. 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


Priscilla, a beautiful Dachshund who is full of life, energy, and spirit, came to us from a rural Ohio shelter. She has only three teeth, but that does not stop her from enjoying her meals. At about 8 years old, Priscilla is friendly with people and other dogs. She has been treated for heartworm and is ready for her very own home. Priscilla is a comedian who loves life and makes those around her love life, too. She is irresistible. For more information on Priscilla, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Priscilla is still testing positive for heartworm. She will remain with the Sanctuary until she tests negative. At that time, she will be adopted by her loving foster caregiver. Good news for Priscilla.

Priscilla was on WKYC Sunday morning news. Click to see her TV debut. Priscilla 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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