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 at our special Holiday Open House & Adoption Sunday on December 17, 2017, from 1-4 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.

Mia, a beautiful, 9-year-old Jack Russel mix, has just arrived from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where she was picked up as a stray and remained unclaimed. We don't know much about her yet. She is anxious and nervous still, so we are giving her some time to decompress. We will update after she has settled into her foster home.


Wexford, a big hunk of a Cane Corso mix who loves everyone he meets--well, except apparently for his vet. From Cleveland Animal care and Control, he is 6-7 years old and currently bring treated for heartworm disease. He will be available for adoption when his treatment is complete.

Emily, a senior Chihuahua from Cleveland Animal Care & Control with some very big ears. She has developed some serious  health issues that we are aggressively treating and will be available for adoption if her health issues resolve.

Ava, a beautiful 11-year-old Pit Bull, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control recently in sad shape.  She has an old back injury that affects the way she walks, making her unsteady on her paws. Obviously used for breeding and then discarded, Ava has some medical problems that we are addressing. She had a second check up but still struggles with the after effects of a serious bout of pneumonia. She will be available for adoption when all of her medical needs have been met and her health has improved. She is friendly with the other dogs in her foster home and with everyone she meets.


Rambler Ann, a 9-year-old Border Collie/Pit Bull mix, came to us in July from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She is easy-going and friendly, a joy to be around. She has been spayed and will be ready for her very own home as soon as she completes her training.

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!



Petula, 13- to 14-year-old Poodle mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in September horribly matted and in very poor health. She is recovering and may be available for adoption if her health continues to improve. The photo on the left was taken when she arrived at Animal Control. In the center photo, she has been shaved down and the mats removed. The photo on the right shows her beauty after she was groomed and had a photo session with Portraits by Martha. Petula's health continues to improve, and she is very energetic and affectionate.

For more information on Petula, please contact the Sanctuary.


Sir Jonathon (FKA Poodle Man), is about 12 years old from Cleveland Animal Care & Control (picture on the left) and had his first vet check up which went well, but he has since developed an issue with his back that has responded well to medication. He has been groomed (picture on the right) and is ready for his very own home.

For more information on Sir Jonathon, please contact the Sanctuary.

Chelsea, a senior Poodle, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care and Control when she was picked up as a stray and no one claimed her. She is full of spunk and energy and will entrtain you for hours with her antics. She recently had a much needed dental and will be spayed in December. She will be ready for adoption when her medical tretament is compete in just a couple of weeks.

To learn more about Chelsea, please contact the Sanctuary.


Raven, a 13-year old Yorkie mix, also came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in September. She was quite thin with significant hair loss. In fact, her back was nearly bald, as you can see in the picture on the left. After several weeks of a good diet and medicated baths, she is starting to look and feel much better. Raven still has a ways to go, but we are confident that she will be healthy with a beautiful coat soon. In the photo on the right, she has begun to settle into her foster home and enjoy her meals.

For more information on Raven, please contact the Sanctuary.

Jett, a "young senior" Chihuahua/Dachshund mix at 6 to 7 years old, was thought to be a very frightened older dog when we took her from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. But it turns out that she is actually younger than anyone thought, quite healthy, and not afraid once she was out of the kennel and secure in her foster home. She is beautiful with the biggest ears we have seen in a long time. Jett loves to play with the other dogs in her foster home, so she would like nothing better than a home of her very own with a friendly dog or two as companions.

If you are looking for a younger senior dog to join your household, please contact the Sanctuary for more information on Jett.


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 meeting. The Sanctuary was considering him as one of their working therapy dogs, but he gets car sick when going any distance, so traveling for therapy dog visits would not be good for him.

If you would like more information on adopting sweet Simon, please contact the Sanctuary.

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.

For more information about Vecchio, please contact the Sanctuary.

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 to a prescription diet, and his latest blood work shows no evidence of disease any longer. He is friendly to people and animals and will become your best friend quickly. He also likes respectful children. He is available to a loving home in NE Ohio.

For more information on Alvin, 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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