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.  Fenced yards are required for some dogs but not all. Invisible fences are not acceptable.

 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.
All adopters must have a vet reference demonstrating an acceptable standard of care for present and past animals.
If you are a first-time pet owner, we will work with you to be sure that an adopted dog gets good care.
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 see the Adoption Policies and Procedures to the left of this page.
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.
Dogs featured on this page are not generally 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 or adopting a senior dog. You will not only save a life but you will also gain a devoted friend.

For an application to foster or adopt, please contact the Sanctuary.

Come meet your new best friend on April 30, 2017, from 2-4 PM
Can't make Adoption Sunday? Call to schedule an appointment.

 New to the Sanctuary

These dogs have arrived recently or are still under evaluation and will be updated periodically. They will be moved to the appropriate section (adoption or forever foster) when their vet visits and behavioral evaluations are complete. For more information on any of our new dogs, please contact the Sanctuary.

Pebbles, a senior Shih Tzu mix, is a sweetheart of a dog. She came to us with multiple health issues that have now been addressed. She has just been spayed and will be ready for her new home as soon as she heals. She has some issues with her rear legs, possibly from past trauma. She gets around fine but has a charming little wobble when she walks.

Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha



Mollie Sue, a 10-year-old Retriever mix, was found wandering the streets of Cleveland. When no one claimed her, she came to the Sanctuary. Her health is a little better than we thought at first, so pending the approval of our vet, Mollie Sue may be available for adoption if she begins gaining weight since she has had a dental. She also has some arthritis with possible neurological complications that makes her slow of paw, and she has lost some of her vision and her hearing, but she is a sweetheart of a dog who will either be placed for adoption or enter our Forever Foster program.

Professor Ralphie is not yet ready for adoption. He has shown some behavioral issues as he adjusts to life in a loving home. A force-free trainer is working closely with him. Stay tuned for updates on Professor Ralphie.

Update: Professor Ralphie has been with us for nearly a year now. He has improved somewhat in his behavior to others, but he still has a long way to go. He spent a couple of weeks in a local boarding facility when his foster caregivers had a death in the family, and the staff reported that he was friendly and played well in some carefully selected play groups. That is progress, and we hope Ralphie will continue to make strides in adapting to his new life. We will continue to update on his progress.

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!


Little Vecchio, a 10-year-old Yorkie mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control earlier this year. As you can see from his before and after pictures, he was severely neglected. After he was cleaned up, a handsome fellow emerged. Vecchio has had a much needed dental and has been neutered. He is very low vision and hearing, so he needs a special home with lots of patience and love and few stairs. Once he relaxes, he is a sweet and loving little dog who will quickly become your best friend.

For more information on Vecchio, please contact the Sanctuary.

Update: Vecchio has an adoption application pending a home visit.

Polie (left) and Twisty (right), 12-year-old Pomeranian siblings, came to the Sanctuary with Boopsie (Forever Foster) and Sydney (adopted), when they were confiscated from the home of a woman who could no longer care for them. They had been living in deplorable conditions without veterinary care for many years. Each has some health issues that have been addressed, primarily urinary tract infections and bad teeth. They have been spayed, had dentals, and are ready for their very own home. They have some lingering house training issues because of their past, so they will require patience and a consistent routine to help them complete their house training.

Polie and Twisty were placed in separate foster homes on arrival, but Polie developed severe anxiety without her sister. Polie's anxiety resolved when she was moved to the same foster home as Twisty. As a result of their strong bond, they will need to be adopted together.

For more information on Polie and Twisty, please contact the Sanctuary.

Alvin, an 9-year-old Chihuahua mix, came to us from a shelter in NW Ohio when no one came for him. He had developed a bad case of kennel cough and was treated for intestinal parasites and giardia. he has some neurological issues that affect his gait, but he is otherwise healthy and happy. Alvin has developed kidney disease and is being evaluated for his adoptability. He may enter our Forever Foster program if his health does not improve. But for now, he is available to a loving home in NE Ohio.

For more information on Alvin, please contact the Sanctuary.

Blanche, a 12-year-old toy Poodle, is a sweet bundle of love. She has been successfully spayed and has had some mammary tumors removed. She is a real love and absolutely adorable, but she prefers to be the only dog in the home or top share her home with a smaller more submissive dog. Her loves to be carried and to sit in your lap. The person lucky enough to adopt her will have a devoted friend.

For more information about Blanche, please contact the Sanctuary.


Agnes, a 10-year-old Cattle Dog mix, arrived on November 23 from Mahoning County where she was found as a stray in bad shape. Agnes has some mobility issues stemming from a past injury, possibly being hit by a car, that was never treated properly; she also has some arthritis and has had a badly needed dental. She settled into her Sanctuary foster home in record time, sharing the couch with the two other dogs that live there. Agnes is friendly to people and dogs and is just an all-around sweet dog.

For more information on Agnes, please contact the Sanctuary.

Roy, a handsome 10+-year-old German Shepherd mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where he was very shut down and withdrawn, but the staff and volunteers there worked with him to help him come out of his shell. He is making great progress learning to relax and to enjoy being safe in a loving foster home. Roy has a few health problems; in addition to severe hair loss, he was very thin and diagnosed as hypothyroid. He is also anemic and will need to have some tumors removed when he is strong enough.

Update: Roy continues to struggle with health issues and some anxiety, but our vet is trying to stabilize him with medication changes. The good news is that his spirits are much improved. We hope that means that Roy is on the road to recovery.

Update: Sadly, Roy's health issues continued to worsen until his quality of life declined substantially. According to our vet, the tumor on his spleen was inoperable and had brown to a dangerous size. For six months, Roy knew the unconditional love of his foster caregivers. Here is what John had to say about Roy's last days: "Roy the senior foster dog stepped on a rainbow this week. He had been losing stamina (and continence), and apparently his spleen tumor had gotten pretty big. His last two meals were pure pot roast, his favorite." He was loved until the very end when he left us on April 19, 2017. Thank you John & Jane for showing him what it meant to be a cherished family member. Rest in Peace, Roy. We wish we had know you sooner.

Holiday photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

Shadow (FKA Bizzy), a sweet Dachshund/Beagle mix, came to us in January from an Ohio dog pound where she found herself when her family was evicted and she was left to fend for herself on the cold streets. A kind neighbor found her and took her to the pound but not before she learned some of Shadow's background, including her real name that she responds to with enthusiasm. Shadow is about 7-8 years old and has had at least 5 litters of pups.

When she arrived, she had a nasty yeast infection of the skin due to long untreated allergies. Once it had cleared, she was spayed and had some benign lumps and bumps removed. Shadow is being considered for our therapy dog program did well in her first two training courses. She also excelled on a trial visit with a group of seniors recently.

After a long and carefully orchestrated introduction, she has learned to live peacefully with the other dogs in her foster home, but she absolutely despises cats, screaming long and loudly whenever she sees one. She is exceptionally friendly with all people, energetic, and playful. If she does not become a therapy dog working for the Sanctuary, she will be available for adoption. Either way, Shadow is a wonderful, comical, and devoted companion.

If you are interested in more information about Shadow, please contact the Sanctuary.

The photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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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