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



Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage
Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue was originally formed as a Rescue organization to help meet the needs of the Mat-Su Valley and its pet over population problems. The dogs and puppies taken in were literally saved from certain death and ADPR formed to help save their lives. Since its beginning in 2003, ADPR has rescued and placed over 1000 dogs a year. As an all-volunteer organization it hasn't been easy but thanks to hundreds of dedicated and compassionate volunteers ADPR has continued to grow and succeed. We strive to be advocates for dogs in our community and elsewhere and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. It is our goal to be an asset not only to our rescued dogs and puppies but also to our community.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral, Inc.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral, Inc.
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral is an all- breed dog rescue in that takes in dogs from shelters, private releases and other sources. HBPRR adopts to the best home for the dogs and has a wonderful success rate with adoptions. Senior dogs as well as puppies and small and big dogs, from the tiny Chihuahuas up to Mastiffs -- all can be found here. Homeward Bound provides each pet with veterinary care as appropriate; all animals are spayed or neutered, updated on their shots, microchipped, dewormed and have a health check before being released for adoption. A 501c(3) non-profit organization -- always glad to accept donations to help provide the best veterinary care; adoption fees do not cover the costs of medical care. All dogs are housed in foster homes rather than kenneled in order to keep them connected to family life. "We do not euthanize dogs based on age and will work hard to correct behavior problems of all animals we get in. We offer post adoption support to ensure the success of every family and pet."

A current listing of available dogs is posted on Petfinder.com or at http://www.hbprr.org

North Star Borough Animal Control

North Star Borough Animal Control, Fairbanks
The Division of Animal Control provides the essential services of animal care, rescue, and control for all domestic animals including livestock. All inquiries concerning wildlife are referred to the Department of Fish and Game. Animal control personnel field all complaints concerning domestic animal problems and answer all inquires concerning lost and found animals. In addition, they manage the redeeming and adoption of animals. See the list of available animals.

Gracie, an Alaskan Husky in the photo at the left, 8 years of age, was helped to find a home through the efforts of FAC. An energetic, playful, spry, healthy girl with a nice, thick coat, also quiet, housetrained, and leash trained, she became a favorite at the shelter and eventually moved onto a nice home. For some special dogs like Gracie, the shelter may be able to offer assistance to cover the costs of spaying and transportation to a new home. To find a wonderful dog like Gracie, call the shelter at (907) 459-1451.

Animal Shelter

Peg Price, a volunteer at Homer Animal Shelter in Homer, Alaska, writes: "Our shelter takes very special note of older dogs and cats that come to us. We volunteers often take them home and, even though we are not a no-kill facility, in my four years of volunteering, I've never known of a senior animal being euthanized. We have a very high adoption rate due to the wonderful, dedicated work of Sherry Bess, who is the director of the shelter and the area's animal control officer. I think we're a very unique shelter due to all the caring volunteers. We literally keep animals for months until we find them a home. Sherry herself often takes home animals with special needs and the older ones." As you might guess, since this organization is located in Alaska, they often take in Siberian Huskies who are being retired from racing.

Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter

....a group of volunteers dedicated to providing quality time to animals while they are at the Valdez Shelter and to increasing adoptions. Click on the link to find out more.

Animal Shelters throughout Alaska

There are bound to be senior dogs at any of the Alaska Shelters and Humane Societies. Click on the link at the left to check for the one nearest you.

Looking for a specific breed? Purebreds are available from almost every shelter and all-breed rescue agency. But you may also want to check breed-specific rescue groups.