Old dogs are less valuable to society than young dogs
Georgia, the Sanctuary's first therapy dog, with Bonnie, activities director, and Leona, resident, at Brewster Parke in Brewster, Ohio
Georgia, Gretchen, Burt, Vinnie, Annie Brown, Cato, Francesca, J.J., Delilah, FayFay, Almonzo, Ivy, Roxi, Simon, and Pollyanna--senior therapy dogs trained through the Sanctuary--have brought countless hours of joy to people throughout Northeast Ohio.
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Support the Sanctuary
We need your support. Your donations of time, money, and goods make our work possible. The senior dogs are counting on you. Let's work together to help them find unconditional love and care in their golden years. Please become a supporter of The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs today.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; your contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Donations: You can donate directly to the Sanctuary through PayPal; it is quick and secure, and you do not need a PayPal account to donate. Credit card donations are easy and convenient with PayPal. Click on the link below to use PayPal. If you encounter problems with PayPal, please contact us.
Fundraising: Long range plans for the Urban Sanctuary Initiative include foster caregivers living in Sanctuary apartments and providing foster care and end-of-life care for senior dogs in need, guaranteeing quality care for every dog that enters our program. Our ultimate goal is to establish a number of urban centers to house our foster programs, keeping senior dogs and senior people together in comfortable living quarters throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Senior dogs thrive in a loving home, and that is what we provide at The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. If you would like to be part of our fundraising efforts, please contact us.
The first phase of our plans has now been realized with the opening of the Adoption and Education Center in 2005 and our move to a more spacious facility in 2019 at 4860 Broadview Road in Cleveland, Ohio.
Our normal business hours have been suspended due to COVID-19. But we are open by appointment. Call 216-485-9233 to scehdule a convenient time to visit.
Adoption Sunday the last Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 PM unless Easter or Christmas causes a change.
The second phase of our expansion is now complete with the acquisition of a quarantine house where qualified people live and care for senior dogs that either come directly from pounds and shelters with a high incidence of contagious disease or dogs that needs additional socialization and care that may not be available in a traditional foster home. Our first tenants moved in on October 15, 2019. The first resident is Chalupa, a senior Lab/Basset mix that proved to be very difficult to place. She is happy and well-cared for by people who understand her special needs. Look for more updates on the Q House, as it is known, soon.
Volunteers: Although much of our vounteer work has been put on hold by COVID-19, we are looking for volunteers in the Northeast Ohio area and beyond who will help us raise funds to expand our sanctuary. We are especially interested in voounteers expereinced in web site development and virtual events. We will have a number of other volunteer opportunities available once COVID-19 is under control. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Sanctuary.
**Please note: Our dogs are in foster homes, so we do not have openings for dog walkers or kennel help currently.
Foster Families: We need more caring foster families in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio, area to attend to the needs of our rescues. Some dogs will stay with a foster family for just a couple of weeks. Others will need long-term foster care. If you have space in your home and your heart for a needy senior dog, please contact us. We provide all necessary medical care for our foster dogs; we will also provide food if requested. Your foster home could give a senior dog a chance at a new life. If you do not have a dog currently and would be willing to provide shelter for a senior dogs coming directly from a pound or shelter, please contact us. We have a special need for dogless foster homes. Please contact the Sanctuary for an application to foster a senior dog.
Wish List: If you can donate any of the following goods or services, each Sanctuary dog will thank you with all four paws! You will receive a non-cash donation receipt for tax purposes on all donated items if requested.
Please note that we can NO LONGER accept the following donations:
dry food (kibble) with the exception of unopened bags of prescription food for dogs with kidney disease or digestive disorders (see the note below)
blankets, towels, and sheets
used dog beds
used collars, harnesses, and leashes
used stuffed dog toys
But we do need the following.
Equipment & Supplies:
Freestanding metal or plastic shelving for storage
Large plastic storage bins
Toilet paper and paper towels
Hand sanitizer and wipes
Paper supplies: reams of paper, card stock, matte postcard paper, photo paper
Forever postage stamps
Ink jet cartridges, Brother 75 or 203
Mini van or cargo van (preferably 2013 or newer) to transport dogs to vet appointments and special events
Vitamins and supplements (Glycoflex 1, 2, and 3; Joint Max 3; Milk Thistle 175, 200, or 250 mg)
Canned Dog Food (especially Halo, Dave's, Eagle Pack, Zignature, American Journey, and other high quality brands)*
High quality treats (made in the USA; the old dogs really love soft Buddy Biscuits!)
Kongs, Buster Cubes, other interactive toys
Pet store gift cards
Grocery store gift cards (Giant Eagle, Heinens, etc.)
All natural USA-made bully sticks, hooves, elk antlers, no-hide chews, and other natural chews (no rawhide, please)
*Special Note About Dog Food: We appreciate donations of high quality canned food rather than kibble. We do not use senior kibble for our dogs in the belief that senior foods are more of a marketing tool than a nutritional benefit. (See Dr. Ken Tudor's informative articles on senior foods on www.pedMD.com in the blogs section). We also do not like to change our dog's primary kibble since it can cause digestive upset.
Experienced grant writers/web developers/virtual events organizers
Handy person to help with renovations in our storefront offices
updated July 22, 2020
Small items can be sent to The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, PO Box 609054, Cleveland, OH 44109. Others can be dropped off at the Adoption & Education Center, 4860 Broadview Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 by appointment.
Do you have an item you would like to donate that is not on our list? Call us. If we don't need it, we may know an organization that does.
Or simply contact us for more information on the many ways you can become involved in the activities at the Sanctuary. We want your help.
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