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:
Request and 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 and your application is approved, we schedule a home visit.
If approved, you can make arrangements to pick up your new best friend as soon as possible after the home visit.
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 September 24, 2017, from 2-4 PM

 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.

Rambler Ann, a 9-year-old Border Collie/Pit Bull mix from Cleveland Animal Care and Control. She is easy-going and friendly, a joy to be around. She will be spayed in Septemeber and then she will be ready for her very own home.

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!


Grayson, a 7-year-old Poodle mix, came to us when he was not adopted from an area shelter. He is full of fun, friendly, and energetic. He needs the companyof active people and other dogs. He also enjoys time in his securely fenced backyard playing with his people and his dog friends. Grayson is healthy and happy, but he can be a bit oif a barker when he is excited. So he would not be a good fit for an apartment.

To learn more about Grayson, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photo courtesy of Portraits by Martha


Simon, a 10-year-old Beagle mix, arrived at the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control over a week ago. He seems healthy, if a little thin, with the exception of anemia, which had resolved when rechecked. He had a much needed dental and several benign lumps removed. Simon is one of the sweetest and most laid-back dogs we've had the pleasure of meeeting. If he is not adopted quickly, the Sanctuary will consider him as a therapy dog.

Photo on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha

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. He is a lap dog and likes nothing better than to sit on your lap all day long.

Vecchio was adopted by a couple who loved him dearly, but unfortunately their resident dog did not share their love for Vecchio and he returned to the Sanctuary where he awaits that perfect home.

Alvin, an adorable 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 that doesn't slow him down at all. Alvin has developed some mild kidney disease that is responding toa prescription diet. He is freindly to people and animals and will become your best frined quickly. 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.

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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