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


Rescue Groups with a Special Focus on Helping Senior Dogs
Nationwide -- United States
The Grey Muzzle Organization -- Formed in 2008, and focused on supporting rescue groups and shelters that help senior dogs, The Grey Muzzle Organization provides funding for senior dog programs nationwide. If you are a shelter or rescue group, you may qualify for a grant. To find out more about applying for a grant, see the website. For individuals wishing to support The Grey Muzzle Organization through donations of money or equipment, please read more.....
Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary [FLPS] in Scottsdale, AZ, is dedicated to matching rescued senior animals with loving families to provide a meaningful and caring second chance at life. FLPS is one of only two senior animal rescues in Maricopa County, AZ. Formed in 2012 as a non-profit 501[c][3] organization, the focus of FLPS is to promote the rescue, adoption, and well-being of senior animals. FLPS also provides public education regarding the value of adopting a senior pet. FLPS has a fluctuating list of sweet senior dogs (and cats) available for adoption. Please check for updates.
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

Currently available for adoption, in the photo at the left: "Munchkin" -- for more information, click here.

Lily's Legacy Senor Dog Sanctuary, Forest Knolls, CA
Provides senior, large breed dogs, seven years or older, a safe and loving home-like setting in which they can receive personal attention, food, medical care, exercise, and behavioral training. This includes all dogs, regardless of medical condition, as well as those needing hospice care. Lily's Legacy Goals: (1) Provide an alternative to euthanasia for senior, large breed dogs in northern California. (2) Provide an alternative to abandonment of senior, large breed dogs in northern California. (3) Place senior, large breed dogs into loving homes. Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation.

Tails of Gray, Clayton, CA
"We save the lives of innocent senior dogs left homeless for any reason, providing quality medical care and placing them into loving, responsible and permanent homes. It is our belief that the life of each senior dog is important." Tails of Gray is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. See available dogs.


Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, Wilmington, DE
The mission of Senior Dog Haven & Hospice is to rescue and re-home senior dogs and to offer hospice care to senior dogs in need. We are a small, dedicated group of fosters and volunteers. We strive to improve the lives of senior dogs who find themselves without a family to care for them anymore. We do not have a facility. Our dogs live in our homes as members of our families, not in crates or kennels. We provide care, comfort, companionship and, most of all, unconditional love. Our website is currently under construction, but please visit us on petfinder and facebook or email us at SDHH_Rescue@yahoo.com


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

Paws 4 You Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization based in Miami, Florida. "Our top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services. On average 100 animals are destroyed every day at this county shelter! Rescued animals vary from being sick, injured, homeless and surrendered to simply lost. We give these animals a safe environment, professional medical care, training, support, hope and lots of love. Our animals are sterilized, vaccinated and ID micro-chipped to prevent future loss. Some require major surgery to repair broken limbs, while others may need rehabilitation time and specific medical care for conditions ranging from respiratory illnesses and skin infections to cherry eyes and heartworm." Paws 4 You Rescue also offers a Seniors 4 Seniors program that is outstanding.

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."


Young At Heart Pet Rescue, Palatine, IL, was formed in 2005 to aid in the rescue and rehoming of older dogs and cats in the Chicagoland area. 100% of the animals rescued come from municipal pounds with high euthanasia rates for older animals. Goals: to find a new home for every adoptable older animal that comes through our door, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets, and to decrease the euthanasia rate for older, adoptable dogs and cats in Illinois. Each dog or cat rescued receives the best veterinary care; animals are not turned away if they need a little extra medical attention. All are vaccinated, tested for infectious diseases, are microchipped, spay/neutered, and the majority receive a geriatric screening and a dental. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization with an all-volunteer staff, so all donations go directly to the care of the animals. The generosity of pet-lovers supports the mission o this organization and the rescued animals. E-mail: info@yahpetrescue.com phone: 847-529-2025 address: Young At Heart Pet Rescue, PO Box 1293, Palatine, IL 60078

Pets for Seniors, Peoria, IL
Organized in late 1999, this group of volunteers specializes in matching senior humans (age 62 and older) with senior pets. For information, e-mail: pfs@ocslink.com or call (309) 446-9721.

House with a Heart - Pet Sanctuary is located in Laytonsville, MD. We received our 501c 3 nonprofit status in December of 2006. Mission: to care for senior dogs that have been turned into shelters either by owners or as strays and give them a loving and safe place to live out the rest of their lives. Also care for the pups of those who wish to pre-plan for their pet's care when they are no longer able to be there for them. Phone for more information: 240-631-1743. Additionally, HWAH provides care for pups whose owners are unable to give their pets the time and attention they may need at the end of their life. Owners can arrange for "Hospice Care" for their older pup by contacting Mindy Felinton, Attorney at Law. www.felintonlaw.com For more information about House with a Heart's programs, see the website.
The St. Louis Senior Dogs Project, St. Louis, MO, has been around since 2002 and now rescues and places more than 500 dogs a year, most of them over the age of 5. The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are an all-volunteer organization that rescues dogs of all ages, but especially dogs five years of age and older, actively promoting their adoption. We spay/neuter all dogs, bring them up to date with shots, worm, microchip and test for heartworms. We provide our dogs with all necessary veterinary care, including treatment for such things as heartworm disease, kennel cough, pneumonia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, fleas and ticks. Visit the website and the blog.

7 Bells Sanctuary, Cole Camp, MO -- A senior dog rescue that operates a program called "Senior Pets for Senior Homes." The program sends senior dogs out into the field to visit senior care centers. The senior adults in the care centers become acquainted with the dogs, and the dogs become familiar with medical equipment and not fearful of it. The group's goal is to encourage permanent adoption of the pets into senior homes or homes with a low-energy lifestyle.

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors, Chesterfield, MO
"It is our mission to place older dogs in the loving homes of older people in the St Louis area and to continue to assist whenever needed. However, we do adopt to all ages, depending on the needs and age of the dog." David and Diane Pierce,1109 Babler Forest Court, Chesterfield, MO 63005 Phone: 636.458.1892. E-mail: info@seniordogs4seniors.com "We are happy to talk to you about our foster dogs. We are honest about the good behavior and behavior needing improvement. All adopters get a two week trial period to make sure that it is a good match."

New York
Goshen, NY, Humane Society
This shelter matches senior citizens with senior companion animals carefully and with concern for the well-being of all.
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs (SSD), Cleveland, OH, is dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and life-long care of senior dogs. The founder, Deborah Workman, lists the objectives of the organization:

To rescue senior dogs in need
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.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs also has a Senior Dogs for Senior People program.

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon (SDRO) rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes senior dogs. Every day shelters take in unwanted and homeless older companion pets. Many face certain death. That's where SDRO comes in. Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon takes in these unfortunate dogs and places them into new, loving homes. But, your help is needed to continue this work: needed are people willing to foster a homeless dog temporarily until a new home is available. SDRO hopes you will open your home and heart to an older pet and give the best gift of all - the gift of life!

Old Dog Haven, Arlington, WA, is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to placing senior dogs in foster or adoptive homes. All too many dogs of advanced age are given up to shelters when they are of no longer of use or too much trouble to their families. In many cases, they are left behind when an elderly person dies or needs to move into a residential care facility. Instead of living their last years as cherished members of a loving family, these animals are dumped at shelters where their chances of adoption are almost nil; or else they may be passed around from one family member to another, often to be left ignored in the yard. Many of these dogs are in poor physical condition as well, making them even less appealing to prospective adopters. The goal of Old Dog Haven is to ensure that the last years of unwanted senior dogs are happy and that they live their last days in safety and at peace, knowing they are loved. If you subscribe to this concept and would like to help in this mission by fostering or adopting a senior dog, please visit the Old Dog Haven web site.


SAINTS -- Senior Animals in Need Today Sanctuary, Maple Ridge, 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..."

Breed-Specific Senior Dog Help
Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Assistance League: Seniors/Special Needs
The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League's home page is dedicated just to senior and special need Malamutes looking for a final loving home to spend their latter years. These are wonderful Malamutes whose only sins are that they grew old or became ill.


Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland, Inc. has a special program dedicated to seniors named after Winston, the founding dog of Beagle Maryland, an older gentleman who never made it out of foster care, but found himself loved nonetheless. In Winston's memory, Beagle Maryland has established the "Friends of Winston," a senior dog foster program to create a network of families willing to take older dogs into their homes and provide them with love until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge in their own time. We support each other and the dogs and form a unique sort of family.

Please consider opening up your heart and home to one of Winston's friends. They don't require the non-stop attention of one of our younger dogs -- they just want to cuddle with you when movie time rolls around. And they are fine spending their day home alone; that means that they can sleep undisturbed! It may be difficult to think that they will be gone sooner than a younger dog, but the rewards are ample compared to the pain. Each of these dogs has a story of abandonment. Can you help us make sure that their end is happy? There are always seniors waiting for their forever family and a soft bed. Please come visit them on our website.

Boston Terrier
Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue's "Senior to Senior" Program - Making the Golden years Golden for each other"
A program designed to bring rescued Senior Boston Terriers and Senior People together in Illinois - Indiana - Michigan - Ohio. Senior people and senior pets make excellent companions for each other! To allow more senior people (60 years of age or older) to adopt senior dogs (6 years of age or older), the placement fee is reduced for those who qualify. All rescued Bostons are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and all known medical conditions are addressed and treated as appropriate before placement. All placements are done by application. Apply for the Senior to Senior Program via the placement application on the website.
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue (CTDR) The mission of Central Texas Dachshund Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Dachshunds and most Dachshund mixes that need a second chance at life and love. Most CTDR dogs come from Texas animal shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized. Animals from the public are also accepted, if space is available in an appropriate foster home. Some of the Dachshunds accepted into the program have had a good life, but have fallen on hard times because their human has passed away or because they've escaped their yard and become lost. But some of the Dachshunds have been abused, abandoned and neglected and require time and patience to bring them back to happy, healthy, loving pets.
Senior and Special Needs Dobermans
Statement from the organization: "We are an organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans. That need may be financial or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury. We will also aid in rehoming and fostering senior Dobermans. These Dobermans may be shelter rescues or they may already be much loved companions with a special need. Financial aid may be through donations or through avenues such as online auctions. Every precaution will be taken to assure that the need is real."
Golden Retriever

Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue, Knoxville, TN has long been recognised as a group always willing to take in a senior Golden in need. Even if our doors are closed, there is always room for a senior. We help homeless and displaced Goldens from Tennessee, SW Virginia, SE Kentucky, and NE Alabama to relocate to permanent, loving homes all over the country. Heartland is a 501[c]3 organization, established in August 1998. Heartland has helped nearly 700 dogs have a second chance at life. Our first priority is finding the right home for the right dog. E-mail: 4infogoldnresq@heartlandgoldenrescue.org or call 865.765.8808.

Senior Greyhounds
Greyhound Pets of America Senior Sanctuary of Florida is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to placing senior greyhounds over the age of seven either in permanent foster homes or hopefully with new adoptive families.
Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer

New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network Inc.
New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network (NJSRN) is a group-run rescue and rehoming service for Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes. NJSRN does not maintain a kennel or adoption facility. Its members and volunteers are located throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, and the dogs in its care live with its members and foster volunteers until they are placed. NJSRN has been rehoming Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes since 1997 and has placed nearly 1,700 dogs into permanent, loving homes. NJSRN adheres to the American Miniature Schnauzer Club's minimum rescue requirements and is the only Miniature Schnauzer rescue group in its service area that does. Hotline: 732-829-8242; E-mail: info@njsm.org

Spaniel -- Springer and Other

Senior Spaniel Rescue, Inc. (SSRI), Las Vegas, NV, helps older English Springer Spaniels find foster and forever homes where they are loved and cared for. When life-altering events happen and people who can no longer care for their Springers must give them up, SSRI provides adoption referral assistance. All too often there are senior English Springer Spaniels who have lost their homes because their families have tired of them, become ill, moved to an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs, or have passed away. We are a group of people who love our Springer Spaniels and want to help displaced Senior Spaniels find good new homes. Senior Springer Rescue, Inc. (SSRI) works with other rescue organizations and shelters to place senior Spaniels. Although we specialize in English Springer Spaniels, we occasionally help with the placement of other Spaniel breeds.


Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization that takes in and rehomes purebred Weimaraners, doing so throughout the states of NJ, PA and DE. "We take in Weimaraners of all ages. For information on adopting a senior Weim, please visit The Senior Center on our website. We run a half-off adoption fee special for senior dogs every November during 'Adopt a Senior Dog Month.' " Photo is of "Blue," a 10-year-old female Weim belonging to Julie F. Potthoff, President of Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. Special note: Any senior citizen (age 65 and up) who adopts any Weimaraner 8 years of age or older from Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc., will be entitled to a free senior panel blood test once a year on their adopted Weimaraner, for the life of the dog. The rescue will pay for your Weimaraner to have a full senior panel done once a year in order to insure the dog's health.

Senior Dogs for Senior People

Many shelters and rescue groups help senior dogs by featuring a "seniors for seniors" program. Anyone over a specific age (beginning at 50 to 55, in many cases) can adopt a senior animal and receive significant discounts covering adoption fees, food and supplies, and ongoing veterinary care. You can find a "Seniors for Seniors" program in your community or for a specific breed by contacting your local shelter or humane society, or by using an Internet search engine (such as www.google.com) and the search term "senior dogs for senior citizens" plus your city and state. For a specific breed, add the name of the breed.