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 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 January 29, 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.

Three new dogs in three days. Meet Cassidy, Blanche, and Ozzy. They will all be at the Holiday Open House even though they are not quite ready for adoption until their medical workuos are complete. But come meet them any way, and place an early application if you fall in love.

Cassidy, a 7- to 8-year-old Terrier is a bundle of love and energy. She is currently being treated for a urinary tract infection and will be spayed and have a much needed dental as soon as she is healthy enough.

Blanche, a 12-year-old toy Poodle, is a sweet bundle of love. She is scheduled to be spayed and have some mammary tumors removed just before the holidays. She is a real love.

Ozzy, a 10-year-old Chihuahua, is an easy-going guy. He gets along well with everyone he meets including other friendly dogs. He will be neutered soon and ready for adoption into your loving home.

Agnes, a 10-year-old Cattle Dog mix, is brand new to the Sanctuary. She arrived on November 23 from Mahoning County where she was found as a stray in bad shape. Agnes had been in tempory foster for three weeks where she responded well to love, good food, and care. She has some mobility issues stemming from a past injury, possibly hit by a car, that was never treated properly; she also has some arthritis and is badly in need of a dental. She has settled into her Sanctuary foster home in record time. She will have a dental early in December if her blood work supports it.


Roy, a handsome 10+-year-old German Shepherd mix, arrived at the Sanctuary recently from Cleveland Animal Care & Control where he was very shut down and withdrawn, but the staff and vounteers there worked with him to help him come out of his shell. He is making great progress learning to relax and enjoy being safe in a loving foster home. Roy has a few health problems; in addtion 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 stablize 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.

Holiday photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


Howard the Hound, a 10-year-old Basset Hound that has been severely neglected. He is as sweet as can be. His first vet check was fairly good, but he has a lot of weight and strength to gain. He is safe, and we will post more information as it becomes available. He is shown here on his "freedom ride" from the kennel.

Update: Howard the hound became very ill soon after coming to the Sanctuary. After several vet visits, including two nights at the ER, we held Howard as he crossed the Bridge and left his pain and suffering behind. Godspeed, Howie. everyone who met you loved you, and we are grateful that you spent your last days with us.

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!

**Foster-to-adopt**      **Foster-to-adopt**

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.

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!


Mister and Chica Louise, a bonded pair of 12-year-old Chuhuahuas, 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 faitly quickly oncce 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 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 right courtesy of Portraits by Martha.


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.

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 right. 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 left in the arms of his foster caregiver, relaxed, happy, and handsome. He has come a long way from the frightened, sick little dog we brought it. he will make a womderful addition to the right home.

For more information on Milo, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photo in the center 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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