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, shock collars, or prong collars are not acceptable, and we will not approve an application for people who use these devices.

 Adoption procedure:
Request and fill out the adoption application and return it to the Sanctuary.
We check your references, including veterinary reference, 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 and that you find a vet good with old dogs.
Once you have decided on the dog you are interested in and your application is approved, we will arrange a meeting at our Adoption & Education Center in Cleveland if you haven't already met the dog at an adoption event.
The final step is a home visit scheduled at a mutually convenient time.
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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See PetFinder for current dogs available for adoption.

All of our dogs have been altered and provided with necessary medical care; they have all lived in a foster home prior to adoption. Our dogs are indoor dogs. All new dogs are evaluated and treated for medical concerns and will be updated when they are ready for adoptioing for a home in which they will live indoors as 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 old dogs abandoned in Ohio pounds and shelters.
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.

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!  

We are experiencing issues with our web site and cannot currently upload photos. You can see our new dogs on PetFinder.

Scooby, a 11-year-old Boxer/Pit Bull mix, is a big, goofy sweetheart of a dog. When he arrived from City Dogs Cleveland (Animal Care & Control), he had deep wounds from an embedded collar. He was also very thin and infected with heartworm disease. Despite these issues, Scooby is lovable and friendly. Some of his favorite things are treats, car rides, snuggling, and going to the vet. Scooby will be available for adoption after his heartworm disease has been successfully treated. His dental and neuter are complete, and he recently underwent surgery for gastric torsion. He has recovered completely in his foster home. We will provide more information about Scooby as it become available. For more information on how you can help Scooby, please contact the Sanctuary.

Sadly, scooby crossed the bridge recently after his health failed him completely. But he enjoyed his time with his foster caregiver. We wish it could have been longer.


Adopted!!!  Adopted!!!
Cash, senior Min Pin from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. He is neutered and healthy although a bit over weight. In his foster home, he has begun losing weight due to a healthy, high-quality diet. Cash has personality plus and will be a welcome addition to the family lucky enough to adopt him.

Forever Foster      Forever Foster

Hector, an older Shepherd mix, came to the Sanctuary two months ago from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when no one came to claim him. He has the sweetest disposition we have seen in a long time. Hector is healthy and happy, but he does have degenerative spinal myelopathy, which will worsen over time. Despite this, he enjoys short walks and lots of cuddle time. Hector is available for adoption to a family that will understand his medical needs and love him for life.

Update: Hector's health issues seems to be growing worse, so he enter our Forever Foster program and will stay with his foster caregiver for life where he is happy, well-adjusted, and well cared for.

Pictures of Hector courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


Darla, 10-year-old Poodle mix, came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She had a much needed dental and lost 22 teeth! She is currently enjoying life in her foster home. She looks and feels much better after being groomed (photo on the left) and having her painful mats removed. Darla had surgery in mid-July to remove several mammary masses, which were benign.

Now that Darla's surgery is complete, and she is available for adoption. For more information on Darla, please contact the Sanctuary.

 Idgy, a senior Poodle from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. She is brand new and had a much-needed dental. We have learned that Idgy is blind and deaf but still a very sweet, friendly little gal. She went to her foster home for just a month and was quickly adopted. She now shares her home with darla, another sweet Sanctuary senior.

Adopted!!    Adopted!!
Doug, a senior mixed breed from Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Doug is a medium-sized dog, very friendly and sweet. He gets along well with the other animals in his foster home and has settled in well. He has a bit of anxiety in new situations, but he is leaning to relax and enjoy his life now in his forever home.

Adopted!!      Adopted!!

Gabe, an elderly Chihuahua, came to the Sanctuary from Cleveland Animal Care & Control in sad shape. Found wandering the streets blind, Gabe was taken immediately to an area animal hospital where he was treated for skin and eye issues, neutered, and had seven infected, rotten teeth pulled, leaving him with only one tooth. He is feeling much better now, but his left eye continued to give him trouble. We treated it aggressively in the hopes of saving it, but it proved to be very painful even with the needed eye drops. Gabe has had his eyes successfully removed, and he is much happier, now free of pain. Gabe is now happy, healthy, and well-adjusted in his loving forever home.


Dash, a 7-year-old Hound/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, came to us last year from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when he was picked up as stray and not claimed. He has been successfully treated for heartworm disease and is healthy and ready for the next step in his adventure. His previous foster-to-adopt home did not work out, and he is ready for a fresh start. An adult home with experienced handlers will be the ideal home for Dash. He seems to get along with other dogs and would do well with a dog that does not challenge him.

For more information on Dash, please contact the Sanctuary.

Precious, a petite 7-year-old Lab/Beagle mix, came to us after EMS was called to her home to help her elderly person. Sadly, her person passed away, sending Precious to Cleveland Animal Care & Control. Very friendly and devoted to the people who care for her, she loves to spend time napping in the yard or at the feet of her people. While Precious tolerates other dogs, she would be happiest as the only pet in the home so that she can bask in the attention of her people and be the center of their universe. She has been spayed and is healthy although currently eating a prescription diet for urinary crystals. She is ready for the next part of her journey to find a forever home where she can live surrounded by unconditional love.

Update: Precious is undergoing a 6-month evaluation to potentially become a therapy dog. She is not currently available for adoption.

Picture of Precious on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha

Forever Foster      Forever Foster

Prince, 13-year-old Chihuahua, was removed from his person's assisted living home because he became an escape artist. When the Sanctuary became aware of him, he had been living in his old home alone. His person went to care for him as often as she could, but Prince needed the warmth and security of a home. His situation was desperate, so the Sanctuary made room for him in a foster home that absolutely loves Chihuahuas. He was shut down and leery of his new people for quite some time when he arrived, but he is slowly coming out of his shell. We hope that Prince now knows that he is safe and will never be alone again.

Update: Because Prince is so bonded to his caregivers and so afraid of everyone else, he will be come part of our Forever Fpster program and will stay with his foster family where he is much loved for life.

Picture of Prince on the left courtesy of Portraits by Martha


Jax, a 6- to 7-year-old Chihuahua mix, happy and friendly, came to the Sanctuary covered in ticks and was, not surprisingly, diagnosed with anaplasmosis, a tick-borne disease. He has been neutered and completed his medical treatment. Running and playing with other dogs are two of Jax's favorite activities. In typical small dog fashion, he can be a little nippy if he is startled or pushed beyond his comfort zone. He will do best in a home with experienced small dog handlers, a fenced yard, and a friendly dog.

For more information on Jax, please contact the Sanctuary.

Picture of Jax on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


Bruce, a senior Bichon mix, came to us in April from Cleveland Animal Care & Control (picture on the left) when he was not claimed by an owner. He was in rough shape on arrival and went straight to an area animal hospital for much needed medical care and neutering. He developed bronchitis after a bout of kennel cough, but he is now in tip-top shape and looks and feels much better after being groomed. Bruce gets along very well with the two small dogs in his foster home. He will do best in an adult home with a small, friendly dog or two. He would also do well as an only dog.


Lady Bird, 9-year-old Lab/Beagle mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when no one came to claim her after she was picked up as a stray. She is ready for her very own home where she would prefer to be the only dog or share her home with one submissive, laid-back dog that will not challenge her. Friendly, sweet, lovable, and energetic; Lady Bird would enjoy daily walks and lots of enrichment activities. She has a tendency to guard her food, so separate feedings are a must if she shares space with another dog. But Lady Bird will be devoted to the person or couple lucky enough to adopt her.


Atticus (left) and Rooney (right), "young" seniors, are a bonded pair that are devoted to each other and need to stay together. They are friendly to everyone they meet and get along well with other dogs, but they absolutely cannot live with cats.  Both are neutered and healthy and will make the very best family members. They love to give hugs and be near the people who care for them.

Picture 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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