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, shock collars, or prong collars are not acceptable.

 Adoption procedure:
Request and 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 and your application is approved, we schedule a home visit.
If approved, you can make arrangements to pick up your new best friend as soon as possible after the home visit.
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.

For an application to foster or adopt, please contact the Sanctuary.

Come meet your new best friend at our Adoption Sunday Open House on August 26, 2018, from 2-4 PM

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!


Stay tuned for updates on us when we are ready for adoption.

Rubio, senior Shih Tzu from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, currently recovering from a serious bout of pneumonia. He will be ready for his very own home when he has fully recovered and his medical care is complete. He is shown here accompanying his foster caregiver at work.


Crystal, a senior Poodle/Bichon mix, came to us from a suburban police department when she was picked up as a stray and not claimed. She is a sweet little dog who adores her people and loves to share their company. Her medical care is now complete and she is looking for her new best friend. Crystal will make a wonderful companion and family member.

For more information on Crystal, please contact the Sanctuary.


My name is Zora. I'm a very "young" senior Shih Tzu mix. Our vet thinks I am just 5-6 years old, but the shelter thought I was older because I am very low vision. I am a sweet little gal, friendly with everyone I meet. I live with two dogs, one small and one big, and a cat. I will be spayed at the end of July, and then I will be ready to move in with you and start my new adventure.

The picture on the left was taken after she was groomed. For more information on Zora, please contact the Sanctuary.

My name is Elmer. I am a handsome senior Shih Tzu from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, so matted and filthy when I arrived that I had to be shaved down immediately. But I objected strenuously to having my face shaved, so I remained a mop-top until my surgery a couple weeks later to remove a lump from my eyelid. At that time, operation shave-down was complete, and I emerged a handsome little man. I am already neutered and available for adoption in NE Ohio.

For more information on Elmer, please contact the Sanctuary.

Louisa, a small, senior Poodle/Schnauzer mix, was literally transformed after being groomed. Her before picture on the left tells a sad story of neglect, but the picture on the right shows the beautiful dog that emerged. Her foster caregiver reports that she now prances on her daily walks, feeling much better and knowing that she looks good. Louisa is deaf, and she has had a much-needed dental. She is now available for adoption in NE Ohio to a family that will understand her special needs and love her unconditionally for life.

For more information on Louisa, please contact the Sanctuary.

Weebles, senior Chihuahua that was thought to have a broken elbow but later diagnosed as an arthritic shoulder, loves everyone she meets. She is friendly with other dogs her size and is just a joy to be around. Her medical needs have been met, and she is now ready to move into a loving home that will offer her unconditional love for the rest of her life.

For more information on Weebles, please contact the Sanctuary.

Chalupa, 8-year-old Lab/Hound. Energetic, strong, playful gal. Soulful eyes and a great personality. Inveterate counter surfer. Gets along well with other dogs and is a joy to be around. Healthy except for hypothyroidism controlled with an inexpensive daily medication. Chalupa is a great gal who would love a family that will spend time with her and allow her to continue to blossom.

For more information on Chalupa, please contact the Sanctuary.


Mia, a beautiful, 9-year-old Jack Russell mix, from Cleveland Animal Care & Control, picked up as a stray and remained unclaimed. She is a bit anxious around other dogs and would prefer to be the only dog in the home, just so she can soak up all the love and affection you have to offer. She loves riding in the car and giving kisses. Her health is good with just some mild allergies well controlled by medication. You can meet Mia at her very own special Adoption Sunday & Open House on January 21 from 2-3 PM.

For more information on Mia, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photos courtesy of Portraits by Martha


Gonzo, a senior, small mixed breed dog, possibly Maltese and Powderpuff Chinese Crested, arrived from Cleveland Animal Care & Control matted and filthy showing evidence of long-term neglect (picture at left). His vet visit revealed severe, infected mats and an abscess, probably from a bite wound. Because his blood work was good and he was heart-worm negative, he was neutered right away to remove his painful mats 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 exploring his securely fenced yard.

Gonzo was adopted and then returned to the Sanctuary six months later when he was not a good fit for the adopter's active and outgoing lifestyle. He will do best in a quiet home without a lot of visitors and with someone who will understand and respect his need to protect the people he loves. Gonzo is not immediately friendly with strangers, and he likes to bark at them and posture. But he is an excellent and devoted companion.

Because Gonzo does not do well in groups, he will not attend our Adoption Sunday Open Houses, but you can meet him by appointment.

For more information on Gonzo or to request an appointment to meet him, please contact the Sanctuary.


Chelsea, a senior Poodle, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care and Control when she was picked up as a stray and no one claimed her. She is full of spunk and energy and will entertain you for hours with her antics. She recently had a much needed dental and has been spayed. She is ready for the next chapter of her life in her very own home.

To learn more about Chelsea, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photo on the right courtesy of Portraits by Martha

Little Vecchio, a 10-year-old Yorkie mix, came to us from Cleveland Animal Care & Control earlier this year. As you can see from his before and after pictures, he was severely neglected. After he was cleaned up, a handsome fellow emerged. Vecchio has had a much needed dental and has been neutered. He is very low vision and hearing, so he needs a special home with lots of patience and love and few stairs. Once he relaxes, he is a sweet and loving little dog who will quickly become your best friend. He is a lap dog and likes nothing better than to sit on your lap all day long.

Vecchio was adopted by a couple who loved him dearly, but unfortunately their resident dog did not share their love for Vecchio and he returned to the Sanctuary where he awaits that perfect home.

Vecchio recently came through double hernia surgery and is again available for adoption. If you are looking for a sweet, cuddly little dog, Vecchio is your guy!

For more information about Vecchio, please contact the Sanctuary.

Alvin, an adorable 9-year-old Chihuahua mix, came to us from a shelter in NW Ohio early in 2017 when no one came for him. He had developed a bad case of kennel cough and was treated for intestinal parasites and giardia. He has some neurological issues that affect his gait, but that doesn't slow him down at all. Alvin has developed some mild kidney disease that is responding to a prescription diet, and his latest blood work shows no evidence of disease any longer. He is friendly to people and animals and will become your best friend quickly. He also likes respectful children. He is available to a loving home in NE Ohio.

For more information on Alvin, please contact the Sanctuary.

Photo on the right 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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