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 November 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

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.

Arriving November 27. Macie, senior Lab mix from Morrow County. Sweet old gal in need of medical care and TLC. Stay tuned for updates. She has her first vet appointment on Saturday, November 28.

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. She has a tumor on her upper jaw that will be evaluated by our vet early next week. We hope it is nothing serious, but Lucy D will have a loving foster home with us for whatever time she has left if she cannot be placed for adoption. 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: Lucy D developed pneumonia shortly after she arrived. It is being treated aggressively, and she is responding well to treatment.

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.
Peachie Keen, a senior Pomeranian mix from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She has now  been spayed and had a much-needed dental. Peachie Keen is a very happy dog until someone reaches to pick her up. We are working on making her more comfortable, but she is not yet ready for prime time adoption.

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!



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.

Autumn is a tiny, 10-year-old Yorkie from Cleveland Animal Control. She came to us with a fractured leg that has since healed. A loving dog that bonds quickly with those who love her, she has been spayed and had a much-needed dental and is now just waiting for her very own home. For more information on Autumn, please contact the Sanctuary.

Mason, a 10-year-old Pomeranian mix, found himself alone and very frightened in Cleveland Animal Care & Control. He is now relaxing in a foster home just waiting for someone to adopt him. He is low vision but very friendly and independent. He got to know the other dog in his foster home right away.  For more information about Mason, please contact us.

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.


Ruth, a senior Chihuahua from Lucas County, came to the Sanctuary in March of 2015. She is a small, gentle dog and will be available for adoption following completion of her heartworm treatment and surgery for cherry eye. She prefers a home as the only dog or with just one or two other friendly, low-key dogs.

Update: Ruth has successfully completed her heartworm treatment and has had her surgery to correct her cherry eyes; she is now available for adoption. If you are interested, in Ruth, please contact the Sanctuary. Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


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.


Whisper, a 10- to 12-year-old Shepherd/Chow 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. Whisper is very protective of the people she loves, so her adoptive family would need to be experienced with her breed and temperament.

If you would like to make Whisper a part of your loving family, please contact the Sanctuary. Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha.

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. Photos of Libby 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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