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The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
Board of Directors/Staff
Mary Beth Collins--Director
Patricia Cosiano--Director
Haley Compton--Board President
Deborah Drossis, Esq.--Director
Sarah Keefer--Office Manager
Jean Kendzierski--Director
Donna Rumenik--Recording Secretary
Deborah Workman--Executive Director
In memory of Claire  Cloud, Trustee 2013

Advisory Board 2023
Cheryl Bollinger: Bridgewater Studio

Bill Brenner--Great Finds

Bruce Kalinowski: Meteorologist
Shandra Koler: The Sontag Foundation
Christine Lantzer: Woof Wise Dog Training

Joe Maduri: Deloitte & Touche LLP
Veterinarians of Tremont Animal Clinic
Martha Widdowson: Portraits by Martha
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Mission Statement

At The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, our mission is

To rescue senior dogs abandoned in shelters
To provide lifelong quality care for rescued senior dogs
To adopt appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes
To develop programs that match senior dogs and senior people to their mutual benefit
To foster an awareness of our lifelong responsibility to our companion animals
To strengthen the bonds between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things

As part of the Sanctuary's mission to respect all living things, we have served a vegetarian menu at our fund-raising functions since 2002. We do not believe that we should serve animals to save them. As of January 1, 2016, the Sanctuary has moved to a vegan menu at all functions. We have joined a growing group of animal protection agencies, individuals, environmental organizations, and others as endorsers of the Food for Thought program and encourage everyone to make compassionate choices. You can learn more about Food for Thought at

In addition, we support spay/neuter as the best solution to the overpopulation problem among companion animals and as an important part of health care for dogs of all ages. We, therefore, spay/neuter every senior dog before placement, and we require that all animals in the potential adopter's home be spayed or neutered as well. If a Sanctuary dog is too ill to be safely spayed/neutered, that dog will not be adopted out; he will remain in a Sanctuary-approved Forever Foster home for life. We believe that, while dogs can be too ill for spay/neuter surgery, age is not necessarily a reason to rule the surgery out. Before we alter any senior dog, our vet draws blood work to check overall health and takes x-rays if warranted.

We also firmly believe in the intrinsic worth of old dogs. To that end, we provide hospice care for dogs in end-stage illness, providing them with love and comfort for whatever time they have left. Our therapy dog program clearly demonstrates the worth of old dogs. We train appropriate old dogs to give back to the community that supports them. They share their joy and gentle natures with those in need of comfort in nursing homes, schools, colleges, hospitals, group homes, and libraries.

Although we cannot accept every old dog in need, we do not euthanize for space or time; all Sanctuary dogs have a place with us for life.

                                                                                           Angel, Sanctuary dog #1          Jade, Sanctuary dog #633           

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