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.

We do NOT do on-site adoptions. You must follow the protocol below.
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 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 or scan and return by email. Dogs featured on this page are not in need of foster caregivers unless specified.
Not ready to adopt? Please 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 March 29, 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

Murdock, a 10-year-old blind Lab from a hoarding case in Pike County. Loving, outgoing, and inquisitive. Friendly with all friendly dogs. Murdock is available for adoption now. More details soon.

Ruth, senior Chihuahua from Lucas County. She is a gentle dog and will be available for adoption following complettion of her heartworm treatment and surgery for cherry eye.

Arthur (AKA Artie), 10- to 12-year-old Bernese Mpountain Dog mix from Summit County Animal Control. Sweertheart of a dog, friendly to others and a real joy to be around. He will be availble for adoption following his dental.

Ivy & Bernard, 11-year-old Pomeranians rescued from a hoarder/cruelty case by the Portage Animal Protective League. They are still being evaluated, so check back when more information is available on them.


Stan Lee, a 12- to 14-year-old Shepherd/hound/Doberman mix confiscated by Cleveland Animal Control when the temperatures dropped below zero. Stan Lee had been chained outdoors his entire life; regardless of his past, he is friendly, inquisitive, and even a little goofy. He showered our vet and volunteers with kisses on his very first day out of animal control. Stan Lee will be available for adoption when he gains some weight and his health stabilizes.

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!



Whisper, a 10- to 12-year-old Shepherd 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.

If you would like to make Whisper a part of your loving family, please contact the Sanctuary.


Edison, 7-year-old Boxer mix, came to the Sanctuary from an area shelter when he was found running the streets of a Cleveland suburb. Edison was adopted by a Sanctuary board member and her mother. Sadly, both recently passed away from cancer leaving Edison with no choice but to return to a Sanctuary foster home. Friendly and easy-going with people and friendly dogs, Edison will make an excellent companion for a person or family looking for a younger senior. Edison shares his foster home with several dogs and gets along well with them. He loves having a playmate, and he loves to cuddle and sit next to you on the couch.

Edison is eager for his very own home again. For more information on Edison, please contact the Sanctuary.


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.



Maisie, a beautiful 8- to 10-year-old Collie mix, came to us with a sad story. She found herself in Cleveland Animal Control after her owner died and was not discovered for three weeks. Her vet check up was surprisingly good, given all that she has been through. She needs to gain at least 25 pounds, and she is well on the road to that goal now. The first day or two in her foster home, she would not eat, but her appetite is back, and she is eating with enthusiasm. She enjoys the company of cats, but she can be selective about other dogs. She currently shares her home with a laid back, easy-going dog, and they get along fine.

Maisie dotes on attention, absolutely loves her dog bed, and follows her foster caregiver around the house. If you are interested in learning more about sweet Maisie, please contact the Sanctuary.


Lenore, a sweet former hunting Beagle, came to us from the same southern Ohio shelter as Spike (see adopted 2014). At about 8 years old, Lenore 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. Lenore also battled a stubborn UTI and continues to improve in her house training.

Lenore 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.



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.



Iggy--a 15-year-old Schnauzer mix originally named Piggy-- came to us from Guernsey County where he was surrendered  by an owner who could no longer care for him; he was very thin and in need of medical care and lots of TLC. Iggy is a loving and sweet dog who gets along well with people and other dogs, but he absolutely does not love cats and cannot live peacefully with them.

Iggy would love to curl up on your warm couch this winter and spend time just being your best friend. For more information on 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 had bad teeth and a raging ear infection made worse by a large polyp in one of his ears. He also had some vision issues, including glaucoma in his left eye, and elevated liver enzymes. He responded well to milk thistle and good food, and his liver enzymes went down. He has now  been neutered, had a much-needed dental, and had his ear polyp removed. His eye has responded well to medication, so we are checking his pressures regularly and monitoring it. We will not remove his eye unless his pressures spike and cannot be controlled.

Captain is now ready for his very own home. He is an easy-going dog and gets along with other dogs (and cats) as long as the other dogs don't challenge him or disturb his nap. He loves to sleep and go for short walks. He would make an excellent companion to a couple or a person looking for a low energy, devoted best friend. For more information on Captain, 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.

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.



Zippy, a 9-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. Zippy is playful and thrives on attention. She gets along well with other dogs, especially if they will play with her.

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.


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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