The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
                 a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and lifelong care of old dogs for 15 years

Deadline for entries to the 13th annual photo contest is September 1! Winning photos will be featured in Graying Muzzles 2016. Full details click here.

If you shop Amazon (and who doesn't these days?), the Sanctuary can earn 1% on every purchase you make. Please visit the link below each time you shop. You can bookmark it for easy reference. Help us help old dogs by doing what you already do!

Adoption & Education Center
Drop in Hours
Wednesday: 6-8 PM
Thursday & Saturday:10 AM-2 PM

Adoption Sunday: 2:00-4:00 PM the last Sunday of each month. Come by and meet our dogs!
All of our dogs are in foster homes. To meet a dog, either come to Adoption Sunday or call for an appointment.


Murdock says, "Meet me and all of my wonderful friends at  Adoption Sunday on August 30, 2015, from 2-4 PM
at the Adoption & Education Center, 4681 Broadview Road, Cleveland!"

Did you know that Sanctuary dogs have a place with us for life?

Sometimes dogs come to us so ill or so emotionally damaged that rehoming them is not in the dog's best interests. In our Forever Fosters program, our hospice foster homes provide Sanctuary-sponsored care and lots of love for these dogs for the rest of their lives. You can be a part of this exciting program by sponsoring one of our wonderful senior dogs like Lindy or Archie. Read their stories and the stories of our other permanent dogs on the  Forever Fosters: Sponsor a Senior Dog page.



Donate to this organization through Drs. Foster and Smith
Drs. Foster and Smith: Pet Supplies - Dog Supplies - Pet Meds


November comes and goes, but every month is Adopt-A-Senior Dog Month at The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.


Special thanks to the 1st grade class of St. Ambrose in Brunswick, Ohio. For the last few years, they have collected donations for senior dogs and made adorable cards and posters from each student. In 2014, in addition to the donations of money, gift cards, food, toys, treats, and cleaning supplies, the children hand-decorated collars for all the dogs. How wonderful to see children being shown the importance of old dogs. Thank you to their teachers and the administrators who support this important project year after year. Sanctuary dogs FayFay and Mango model two of the brightly colored and beautiful collars.


Special thanks to Carmen Giannini-Kemper for her generous donation in memory of Louie (below right), a sweet little dog that Carmen and Bill adopted from the Sanctuary several years ago. Carmen's words speak eloquently of the beauty of our relationship with the senior dogs who share our lives: "Thank you for opening my heart to the deep joy that senior dogs bring. Our relationship with Louie was life changing . . . . It is truly a blessing of love and joy to have these dogs in our lives."  Thank you, Carmen, for your generosity and for your dedication to the cause of helping senior dogs.

Sadly, Carmen passed away on April 18, 2009, leaving her husband Bill, her two dogs Romeo (below left with Carmen in March 2009, the day they proudly passed the Delta Society therapy dog test) and Chase, and a host of family and friends who miss her greatly. Carmen's dedication to old dogs and her belief in their worth will live on thanks to her generosity and the generosity of the many people who have donated in her memory. The lives of many, many old dogs will be saved as a result, just as Carmen wished.



Please join us in our work with senior dogs. Your donation is completely tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Without your generosity, we cannot continue our work to save senior dogs.

Click above to donate to the Sanctuary through our secure PayPal account.


THE SANCTUARY FOR SENIOR DOGS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and lifelong care of senior dogs abandoned in shelters and pounds. All of our dogs live in Sanctuary-approved foster homes until a permanent home can be found. Senior dogs too ill to be adopted stay in a Sanctuary hospice foster home for life. All senior dogs are spayed or neutered prior to placement.

Your generous donation allows our work with the abandoned senior dog population to continue and to grow. Without your support, our work would not be possible. Please give generously. Dogs like Oscar and Mandy are counting on you. Click the link above to donate through PayPal. Visit our Support the Sanctuary page for other ways of donating and helping. Or visit our Sponsor a Sanctuary Senior Dog to make your pledge of monthly support to help meet the ongoing needs of a sanctuary senior dog.

All Sanctuary dogs live in foster homes with families to care for them and love them; we do not house our senior dogs in a shelter. At times, senior dogs may enter short-term boarding until space opens up in our foster care system.

You can meet our Sanctuary dogs and your next best friend at our Adoption & Education Center in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland on the last Sunday of each month between 2 & 4 PM. If you want to meet one special dog, call us first to see who is scheduled to attend.

To meet a special Sanctuary senior dog at any other time, just call or e-mail and we will gladly set up an appointment.

Visit our Adoption & Education Center
4681 Broadview Road, Cleveland, OH 44109
Detailed directions are on the Upcoming Events page

Visit us at 4681 Broadview Road in the historic Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. We usually have at least one friendly senior dog with us, sometimes a foster looking for a new home, sometimes a therapy dog just waiting to give some love and affection, sometimes a dog adopted from the Sanctuary. No dogs are housed at the Adoption and Education Center.

The Sanctuary is part of i-Give.com. We have raised over $3200 to date from i-Give.com, an online shopping mall that donates a percentage of your purchase to the Sanctuary. If you shop the Internet, please join i-Give and let your shopping help raise money for the Sanctuary. Click the Save A Dog link below  to go directly to the Sanctuary's i-Give site.

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Last Updated: August 12, 2015