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


East Bay/Contra Costa County, CA -- (Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Fremont, Hayward, Lafayette, Martinez, Oakland, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Leandro, San Ramon, Sunol, Tracy, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, etc.)

Fiona is a 7-9 year old Retriever/Spaniel mixed with a splash of Setter located in Clayton, CA. She ended up in the shelter after being picked up as a stray. Fiona is a wonderful dog, happy and enthusiastic, yet also in need of some confidence and a sense of security. A lot of things seem pretty new to her and she can get a bit overwhelmed. She is good with other dogs of all sizes and is learning to not get so excited when around them. Fiona absolutely adores kids, is an active senior but settles down and is mellow in her home. At just 40 lbs., she is in need of lots of groceries. For more information on Fiona, please contact Tails of Gray Senior Dog Rescue (Clayton, CA) at info@tailsofgray.org.
Pictured above: Scooter, a male Chihuahua/Schipperke Mix, 6-8 years, 10 lbs. Scooter was recently adopted into a fabulous new home. The Alameda Animal Shelter is a small, city-run shelter. The shelter's volunteers work very hard to make sure the dogs, cats and rabbits get the exercise and attention they need to remain healthy and happy during their stay with us. Because Alameda has an older population, many of the animals are surrendered to the shelter because their guardians are no longer able to care for them.

Alameda Animal Shelter
1590 Fortmann Way
Alameda, CA 94501
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday from 11 to 4 and Saturday from 10 to 4

Antioch Adopt-a-Pet, Antioch, CA. Corner of 2nd & L Street, Phone: 925.779.6989

Berkeley Animal Care Shelter, 2013 Second St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Phone: 510-981-6600. E-mail: afunghi@ci.berkeley.ca.us Dedicated staff and volunteers will help you find the right senior for your family at this shelter, which, although it cannot place every animal who enters, does its very best to do so.


Home At Last Animal Rescue, Berkeley, CA
Millions of cats and dogs are killed at municipal shelters each year. We rescue as many as we can from these shelters and then provide the animals with housing, socialization, rehabilitation, medical care and medical care. Once the animals are adoptable, we hold adoption events to find our animals loving, permanent homes. Telephone: 510-237-1625

Berkeley The Milo Foundation, Berkeley, CA. Telephone: (510) 548-9301. E-mail: milo@pacific.net

The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society is a private non-profit located in Berkeley, CA, devoted to finding forever homes for dogs and cats of all ages. The 'Golden Paws Program' promotes awareness and adoption of senior animals. Through the Golden Paws Program, senior people can adopt senior pets for half-price. All senior pets receive 20% off vaccines at our hospital for life, among other perks and freebies!

"Funny" -- a female Lhasa Apso / Border Terrier, 6 years old, in the photo at the left, turned out to be the perfect dog for a senior retired person.


Fremont/Tri-City Animal Shelter at: (510) 790-6640. Shelter address: 1950 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536.


Furry Friends Rescue, Fremont, CA
A non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and finding homes for companion animals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Furry Friends Rescue, P.O. Box 7270, Fremont, CA 94537-7270. E-mail: info@furryfriendsrescue.org Phone: (510) 794-4703

Hayward Hayward Animal Shelter -- 16 Barnes Court (near Soto/Jackson Street) in Hayward.
Hours: Tuesday - Noon to 6 PM; Wednesday - Noon to 7 PM;Thursday and Friday - Noon to 6PM; Saturday - 11 AM to 5 PM. On the last Saturday of the month, the Animal Shelter front counter is closed. The Shelter is open from 11AM to 5PM for lost animal viewing only. Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays

Hopalong Animal Rescue, San Francisco & Oakland, CA
This group works primarily with shelters in the Bay Area, taking in animals and seniors who would ordinarily be euthanized right away.


Oakland Adoption Center of the East Bay SPCA, Oakland, CA
March 2004 kicked off the Silver Muzzle Club...their motto "experience counts". Check out the website -- under Adoption Animals you will see a key for the Silver Muzzle Club. Two kennels and four cat cages are dedicated to animals over 8 years. They will have a few more amenities since older dogs to stay at the shelter a little longer. Members of the Club will come from the local Alameda county municipal shelters as space becomes available. There are opportunities for folks to support these animals through special giving. Also, check out the onlin East Bay SPCA store...there is Silver Muzzle Club gear you can purchase to help support the program.


The East Bay SPCA has adoptable cats and dogs and also offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and vet services. Our "Silver Muzzle Club" program allows us to have up to three senior dogs and six senior cats at a time available for adoption. Email: info@eastbayspca.org Phone Numbers:(510) 569-0702 (Oakland) or (925) 479-9670 (Pleasanton)

Pinole Pinole, CA -- Contra Costa Animal Services
All adoptable animals at the Pinole shelter can be viewed on the website. Pinole Shelter: 651 Pinole Shores Drive, Pinole CA 94564. Main Desk: 510-374-3966 Volunteers: 510-724-1036 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays 'til 7:00 p
San Leandro

San Leandro/Fairmont Shelter is located at 2700 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro, CA. Telephone: 510-667-7707.

San Ramon/Sacramento PROS Pug Rescue Bay to the Borders, San Ramon, CA. (925)974-7847. email: rescue@pugpros.org
Tracy East of Eden Rescue, Tracy, CA., Telephone: (209) 815-5186. E-mail: eoerescue@sbcglobal.net
Walnut Creek Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA
ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.

You may also wish to check the list of breed rescue agencies.