ADOPTION POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
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.
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.
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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.
To access the foster or adopt application, click on the link below.
Come meet your new best friend on February 26, 2017, from 2-4 PM
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.
Eight new dogs arrived in January 2017. Some, like Cognac and Alvin (see below), are ready for adoption; others need medical care; and a few will likely become Forever Fosters. We will update as more information becomes available.
The first to arrive was Scooter Jack, a 12-year-old Shepherd mix from a suburban shelter, was gravely ill when he came to us. After extensive testing, our vet discovered a very large tumor on his spleen that was pressing against his stomach and causing him to vomit and lose weight. The benign tumor has been removed, and Scooter Jack is recovering in his foster home where he is likely to remain as a Sanctuary Forever Foster.
Boopsie (upper left), a 15-year-old mixed breed, arrived with Polie (upper right), Twisty (lower left), and Sydney (lower right), 12-year-old Pomeranians, when they were confiscated from the home of a woman who could no longer care for them. They had been living in deplorable conditions without veterinary care for many years. Each has some health issues that our veterinarian is addressing, primarily urinary tract infections and bad teeth. Only Boopsie has been previously spayed, so all the others will be spayed and have their teeth cleaned as soon as the UTIs have cleared. They are all enjoying the love and care of their foster homes and have settled in nicely.
Angelo, a 7-year-old, low vision, Retriever mix, came the The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, when no one claimed him after he was picked up. A visit to our veterinarian revealed that he has a degenerative eye condition that will eventually result in blindness. He will start a regimen of supplements that may slow down the progress of the disease. Aside from intestinal parasites, Angelo is healthy if a bit thin. When he gains some weight, he will be neutered and ready for his very own home. Everyone who meets him falls in love with his affectionate and playful ways.
DeeDee, an 8- to 10-year-old mixed breed, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control when officers found her in a dumpster where she had apparently been discarded by a family that did not care for her. When she first arrived, she was completely shut down, so much so that we thought she was deaf. But she is gradually learning to relax and learning that her days of neglect and mistreatment are far behind her. Her first vet visit revealed some mild kidney disease that we will monitor closely. If DeeDee's health improves, she will be available for adoption to a loving family.
Update: DeeDee met her person last week and has gone on a foster-to-adopt. The adoption will be finalized as soon as her necessary medical treatment is finished. Congratulations, DeeDee. From a dumpster to a home in just over a month!
Update: If DeeDee's kidney disease does not resolve, she will become a Forever Foster in her foster-to-adopt home. The Sanctuary will oversee her medical care and pay all of the costs associated with keeping DeeDee healthy and happy for as long as possible.
Professor Ralphie is not yet ready for adoption. Professor Ralphie 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 continues to improve, but he is not yet ready for adoption. 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!
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Cognac, a 10- to 12-year-old Sheltie mix, found herself in Cleveland Animal Care and Control with no owner coming to claim her. On arrival she was thin and distrustful, but she has settled into her foster home and is gaining in trust and confidence every day. She enjoys time spent with her people and with friendly dogs. We aren't sure how she feels about cats, so a cat-free home would be the best for her. Cognac's health is good, and we hope that she will be adopted into her very own home soon.
For more information on Cognac, please contact the Sanctuary.
Alvin, an 9-year-old Chihuahua mix, came to us from a shelter in NW Ohio when no one came for him. He has developed a bad case of kennel cough and is being treated for intestinal parasites and giardia, but he is otherwise healthy and happy. He is looking for a loving home in NE Ohio.
For more information on Alvin, please contact the Sanctuary.
Cassidy, a 7- to 8-year-old Terrier is a bundle of love and energy. She was treated for a very serious urinary tract infection, which is now gone. She has also been spayed and had a dental in which she lost five teeth. But she is now healthy and happy and ready for her very own home.
For more information on Cassidy, 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.
Agnes, a 10-year-old Cattle Dog mix, arrived on November 23 from Mahoning County where she was found as a stray in bad shape. Agnes has some mobility issues stemming from a past injury, possibly being hit by a car, that was never treated properly; she also has some arthritis and has had a badly needed dental. She settled into her Sanctuary foster home in record time, sharing the couch with the two other dogs that live there. Agnes is friendly to people and dogs and is just an all-around sweet dog.
For more information on Agnes, 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.
For more information on Roy, please contact the Sanctuary.
Holiday photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.
Mister and Chica Louise, a bonded pair of 12-year-old Chihuahuas, have been together their entire lives, and they need to stay together now. After losing the only home they have ever know, they came to the Sanctuary a bit shy and frightened. But it didn't take long for them to realize that they were safe and still had each other. Typical Chihuahuas, Mister and Chica Louise warm up to people fairly quickly once they realize they can trust them. They have both had dentals and complete health checks, and they are ready for their forever home where they will be cherished for life.
For more information about Mister and Chica Louise, please contact the Sanctuary.
Lilo, a very sweet, laid back, 8- to 9-year-old Shih Tzu mix, came from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where she arrived so covered in painful mats that she had to be completely shaved down. She has visited our vet and received a clean bill of health except for being a little underweight. She has gained some much-needed weight and has been spayed, so she is now ready for her very own home.
For more information on Lilo, please contact the Sanctuary.
Photo 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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