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 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. To access the foster or adopt application, click on the link below.

Come meet your new best friend on March 20, 2016, from 2-4 PM (one week early because of Easter Sunday)
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.

Lopez, 8- to 10-year old Bichon mix, as sweet as he is adorable. Having surgery to remove bladder stones and will then be ready for adoption. Very friendly and affectionate.

Squirt, 4- to 5-year-old Chuhuahua mix thought to be older because of an eye problem that has left him blind. He will be neutered shortly and then ready for his very own home. he is friendly and outgoing, a perfet gentleman.

Tidbit, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu, just arrived from an area shelter. He is a handsome fellow, glad to be in a loving home. His vet visit revealed a grade 5 heart murmur, a tumor on his conjunctiva, and a severe case of dry eye. The tumor will need to be removed after a couple of weeks on medication for dry eye. His hearing and vision are also seriously impaired. Tidbit is a special needs dog, and we will reevaluate him after his surgery and decide if he should be adopted or placed in our Forever Foster program.

Jeb, a 13-year-old Great Dane/American Bull Dog, has recently arrived at the Sanctuary from a shelter where he was treated as the special dog that he is. Jeb has some arthritis and some rear leg weakness. But his overall health screen was good. A super dog who know all of his commands and loves to bark if you whistle at him, he is not yet available as we continue to assess his health and his adoptability. We will update on Jeb as we learn more about him.

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!


Bizzy, a sweet Dachshund/Beagle mix, came to us recently 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 Bizzy's background. Bizzy 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 her skin due to long untreated allergies. Once it had cleared, she was spayed and had some benign lumps and bumps removed. She is now ready to look for her very own home. Bizzy would very much prefer to be the only pet in the house although she might be able to learn to get along with another laid back dog, but she would not be a good fit for a home with cats. She is exceptionally friendly, energeetic, and playful and will make a wonderful, comical, and devoted companion.

If you are interested in being a foster-to-adopt home for Bizzy or in more information, please contact the Sanctuary.

The photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

Lucy D, a 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was surrendered to a NE Ohio shelter, and she arrived at the Sanctuary on November 6. Shortly afterward, she developed a stubborn case of kennel cough that quickly turned to pneumonia. We are happy to report that she responded to aggressive treatment and is recovering nicely. She also has a tumor on her upper jaw that our vet believes is benign, but it will be removed in mid-December when she is spayed and has a much-needed dental. Lucy D will be placed up for adoption if her health permits; if not, she will have a loving foster home with us for whatever time she has left. We will update Lucy next week when we know more about her health. Her shelter picture is on the left. The other two pictures were taken shortly after she arrived.

Update: Our vet has estimated Lucy D's age at closer to 10 years olf than to 15 as the shelter stated. She has lots of energy and loves to play with her toys. She has had her surgery and the good news is that her tumors both in her mouth and in the mammary chain were all benign. She has been spayed and is now officially looking for her very own home. For more information on Lucy D, please contact the Sanctuary.


Bunny (known as Tootsie in the shelter) is an older Chihuahua who found herself alone in a NW Ohio animal shelter after a rescue took the dog she was surrendered with but did not have space for Bunny. She just arrived at the Sanctuary on November 5 and will have her first vet visit next week. We will know more about her age and her health then. Her shelter picture is on the left; the middle picture was taken on her freedom ride to Cleveland, and the picture on the right was taken in her foster home. Bunny is a little frightened, but she is starting to warm up and relax a little. She is sharing her foster home with Milo, another little Chihuahua with the Sanctuary (see below in adoptable dogs).

Update: Bunny has developed a stubborn case of kennel cough and is being treated aggressively so that it does not become pneumonia. Please keep her in your thoughts.

Update: Bunny has recovered from kennel cough, and her true personality is emerging. She is an affectionate dog with a sunny disposition despite her often serious look. She is now ready for her very own home. For more information on Bunny, please contact the Sanctuary.

Macie, a senior Lab mix from Morrow County, arrived November 27. She is a sweet old gal who had multiple mammary tumors that have now been removed and she has been spayed. Happily, her mammary tumors were all benign, and she has been given a clean bill of health. Macie is an easy-going dog, gentle and affectionate. She gets along well with dogs, cats, and people. She is a true gem, a loving and loyal old gal just waiting for a home of her very own.

For more information on Macie, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photos of Macie courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


Gonzo, a senior, small mixed breed dog, possibly Maltese and Powderpuff Chinese Crested, arrived recently from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. His vet visit revealed severe, infected mats and an abscess, probably from a bite wound. Because his blood work was good and he is heart-worm negative, he was neutered right away so that his painful mats could be safely removed while he was under. His remaining tooth was also removed, but that does not stop him form eating soft food with gusto! He is a friendly, sweet fellow who loves to cuddle but also has some energy and likes to run around his fenced yard exploring. His shelter picture on the right and his picture after being groomed are strikingly different. he is much more comfortable and happy now.

For more information on Gonzo, please contact the Sanctuary.

Milo, 8-year-old Chihuahua, from Cleveland Animal Care and Control, has been successfully treated for skin problems from long-neglected allergies. His health is much improved, and his fur has grown back. In fact, it is hard to recognize the dog that he once was in his pound picture on the left. He gets along well with other dogs unless he is busy being a lap dog; then he can be a little protective of his people. He is shown on the right in the arms of his foster caregiver, relaxed, happy, and handsome.

For more information on Milo, please contact the Sanctuary.


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.

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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