Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward



Milagro Senior Pet Refuge Inc., Phoenix, AZ, is a 501C3 non-profit charitable organization -- a small but ambitious boutique project dedicated to the rescue of medically challenged, abandoned senior pets. Through no fault of their own, these older pets find themselves tragically discarded and facing an uncertain future. Milagro finds these sweet seniors and brings them home to stay, to be treated with the love they deserve and as the precious gifts they are. Milagro does not have a facility; we are a collection of pre-approved guardian homes who provide peaceful, loving home hospice environments where the seniors are safe and treasured for the duration of their twilight years.

Milo Foundation, Willits, CA -- Patterned on "Best Friends" in Utah. Room for 300 animals. E-mail: milo@pacific.net. Telephone: 707.459.4900. Fax: 707.459.9400. P.O. Box 500, Willets, CA 95490

Muttville, San Francisco, CA, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them foster homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do. Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable foster homes for these dogs. Ultimately, Muttville will have its own facility to house dogs that are not yet placed, or that are unlikely to be placed.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, "Caring for Dogs Left Behind," Pacific Grove, CA
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in October 2009. Peace of Mind is dedicated to finding new loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them due to illness, death, or other challenging circumstances, and to finding homes for senior dogs in animal shelters. We have a lifetime commitment to all the dogs that come into our care. They will either live out their lives in one of our foster homes or will be adopted into a wonderful, permanent home.

P.O. Box 51554 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: (831) 718-9122 E-mail: info@peaceofminddogrescue.org

"Munchkin" -- in the photo at the left; now adopted.


Elfie's Refuge, Brooksville, FL

"At Elfie's Refuge we have two objectives - One - We provide life-long sanctuary and hospice care for small dogs that are blind, crippled, disabled or terminally ill - dogs that would not be considered adoptable and would otherwise be euthanized. Two - We attempt to take in adoptable dogs that are in danger in public or private shelters. Our goal is to spay or neuter, if needed, provide immediate medical care, and seek out carefully screened homes for these pets. For more information, please pay a brief visit to our website." Phone: 561-755-3118 Email: elfiesrefuge@yahoo.com

Vintage Paws is a 501(c) 3 non-profit senior dog sanctuary located in Sarasota, Florida. "Our mission is to provide a sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives with dignity, surrounded by the loving care they deserve. Due to the present issue of limited space, Vintage Paws currently accepts a small number of senior dogs on a case-by-case basis. These are dogs whose owners have passed, whose owners can no longer care for them, dogs who have been abandoned at a shelter, or otherwise deemed unadoptable due to age or illness."


Home for Life, Stillwater, MN
Special needs and senior animals whom nobody seems to want can live out their days with compassionate, good quality care at this facility located in Stillwater, MN 55082 , toll-free: 1-800-252-5918 / Fax: 612-223-5963. Home For Life® has also acquired 40 acres in Star Prairie, Wisconsin, and begun construction of buildings that will house approximately 200 animals. Completion in April 1999.


Hearts United for Animals, Auburn, NE
Located on a 40-acre tree farm, currently housing 150 dogs. Statement from the organization: "Hearts United for Animals is a no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. We take the creatures who are lost, afraid, hungry or ill and comfort them, give them a warm soft bed, good food, medical care and most of all, love. Hearts United for Animals not a typical shelter. There are no cages. The dogs share large fenced fields where they romp and play with friends. We know and love every one of our dogs. Every dog that is adopted from Hearts United for Animals has been altered, is current on all vaccinations, is heartworm negative and is on heartworm and flea preventative.


Santa Fe, New Mexico - Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary Efforts of this group are focused on dogs, who live safe and free while they recover physical health and emotional harmony. All are spayed or neutered, receive appropriate veterinary care, and excellent nutrition. No cages, no chains. "Bridging the Worlds" refers to a path that bridges the human and animal realms. A path to human/animal relationships of mutual respect, true communication, and mutual aid. Everyone who has ever loved an animal has crossed that bridge.


Oasis Sanctuary, North Branch, NY, is a safe haven and place of recovery for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. Rescued animals are given everything they need: medical care, food, shelter and love until forever homes can be found. Unadoptable animals make Oasis their home for the rest of their lives. 130 Dyker Road, North Branch, New York 12766.


The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs (SSD), Cleveland, OH, is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and life-long care of senior dogs. The founder writes, "We currently have a small, in-home sanctuary and a small foster network. Our long-range plans include a live-in sanctuary for senior dogs and senior people, but our short-range goal is to acquire some urban property (perhaps at sheriff's sale) and use the homeless women population to help us foster more senior dogs. We have a website and we are on petfinder.org. Usually we have more requests to take dogs than we can possibly handle, so we have developed a policy of taking dogs from kill shelters first, followed by dogs from no-kill shelters who are not being adopted or who are not doing well in a traditional shelter environment. If we have room, we will take turn-ins, but we do request a donation of $75 unless the family is relinquishing the dog because of hardship."


Free to Live, Edmond, OK -- A non-profit animal sanctuary for stray, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats. It is the only sanctuary of its kind in Oklahoma. Animals who are not adopted live out their lives with excellent shelter, food and medical care. Euthanasia is not practiced.


South Paw Rescue and Sanctuary, Hilham, TN, is a small animal rescue founded in 2007. We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing puppy mill, abandoned, and unwanted small animals. Our volunteers are located throughout the United States and Canada. We are funded solely by charitable donations with 100% going directly to the care and medical needs of the animals we rescue. We are a 501(c)3 status non-profit organization.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is a Forever Foster Home based Sanctuary in beautiful Mount Juliet TN, generally housing aproximately fifteen senior dogs at the Sanctuary and others in temporary and Forever Foster Homes. While providing lifetime homes for senior dogs, OFSDS strives to raise awareness of the joys and challenges of living with older dogs. An all-volunteer-run, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. "We do not concern ourselves with the quantity of time that they have left, rather the quality of the life that we can provide them for that time."


Best Friends, Kanab, UT
Located in southern Utah, north of the Grand Canyon, this is the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned companion and domestic animals. The organization's aim is to "bring about a time when no homeless, unwanted animals are destroyed in shelters and when every dog or cat ever born can be guaranteed a good life in a good home."


Old Dog Haven, Arlington, WA -- Doggie Assisted Living and Hospice & Senior Dog Placement Assistance


SAINTS -- Senior Animals in Need Today Sanctuary, Mission, BC, Canada
Mission Statement: We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have no where else to go. We provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow. Because of their infirmities and physical challenges, many homeless senior and special needs animals have very little chance of finding a new home. At various shelters throughout B.C., dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find these special animals a place to finish their journey in comfort and in love. SAINTS exists to help senior and special needs animals when all else fails. If we can, in time, find them a special home of their own, then we do. If that very special home never comes, they will be safe and cherished until the end of their days. We pledge to love them, to care for them, and make their dreams come true. We promise each of them that they will never be alone again...