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


San Francisco and the Bay Area, CA

San Francisco

Grateful Dogs Rescue, a non-profit organization, was founded over ten years ago by Michelle Parris, a former SF Animal Care & Control (SF ACC) volunteer. She made it her mission to rescue SF ACC shelter dogs that were not put up for adoption to the general public for various reasons that she felt could be addressed with a little extra effort or medical attention. Rather than let these dogs be euthanized, Grateful Dogs Rescue saves as many as possible by fostering them until a loving home is found. Many of those who volunteer for Grateful Dogs Rescue continue to donate their time by working with the animals at SF ACC. For information on currently available dogs, please see the list of available dogs. Agency/Location/Contact info: Grateful Dogs Rescue, San Francisco, CA.; Telephone: 415.587.1121. E-mail: info@gratefuldogsrescue.org
Nina, the Blue Heeler in the photo at the left, was recently placed in an adoptive home; but more seniors -- as lovely and nice as she -- are available.
San Francisco

San Francisco Animal Care & Control
San Francisco's Animal Care & Control staff really knock themselves out to find a home for every dog that comes their way. San Francisco Animal Care and Control, 1200 15th Street (at Harrison), San Francisco, CA 94103. Telephone: (415) 554-6364. Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control (FSFACC) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for this shelter. Ninety-five percent of all donations made to FSFACC are used to support the shelter and various community-oriented humane programs.

San Francisco

San Francisco SPCA
The SF SPCA Adoption Center has two locations:

MISSION CAMPUS Maddie's Pet Adoption Center at the Caroline Read Center, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.522.3500 Mon –- Fri, 1 – 7pm; Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm

PACIFIC HEIGHTS CAMPUS Pets Unlimited Care Center, 2343 Fillmore Street ,San Francisco, CA 94115. 415.568.3058 Wed – Fri, 1 – 7pm* Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm* Closed on Monday, Tuesday and major holidays.

San Francisco Muttville 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 charged with that sometimes challenging responsibility. Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adoptive homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable foster homes for these dogs.
San Francisco Rocket Dog Rescue -- Founded in 2001 by Bay Area animal activist Pali Boucher, Rocket Dog Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation supported completely by donations. This all-volunteer, home-based organization guarantees that your donations are completely focused on saving dogs. Rocket Dog Rescue places non-aggressive dogs into temporary foster homes where they are socialized, spay/neutered, vaccinated, and treated for any medical or behavioral conditions that would otherwise limit their adoptability. Here are three of the wonderful dogs currently available for adoption from Rocket Dog Rescue. If you don't see the dog of your dreams here, try Rocket Dog Rescue's twice-monthly, Sunday-afternoon adoption fairs in Noe Valley and the Castro District.
San Francisco Bay Area

Hopalong and Second Chance 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.

San Francisco Bay Area

Smiley Dog Rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. Whenever possible the group also assists dogs who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.

San Francisco Bay Area

Virtual Pet Adoptions
San Francisco Bay Area listings of pets available for adoption and of adoption events and venues.

Marin County

Marin Humane Society's Pet Partnerships Program, Novato, CA
Pets who are abandoned, surrendered or strays get a broader opportunity to find a new home in northern California, thanks to the Marin Humane Society's "pet partnerships program." In this most compassionate of commitments, the society accepts animals from 29 different sanctuaries, adoption agencies, and rescue organizations in northern California. Hundreds of animals get increased visibility and a better chance of finding a new home.

Marin County

Dogs on Death Row, Larkspur, CA -- This organization rescues dogs in imminent danger of being euthanized -- by arranging for financial sponsors, foster homes, or medical care that will ultimately make those dogs adoptable. Another major objective of the organization is to create awareness of the need to eliminate the use of gassing and heart-prick methods of euthanizing -- both of which are inordinately painful to the animals and inhumane.

Marin County

Small Dog Rescue, Inc.
This 501(c)-3 non-profit organization is based in San Rafael, CA and serves the San Francisco Bay Area. The group is staffed by a small group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers who rescue small dogs under 20 pounds. We receive no commercial or government funding. Most of our dogs come from animal shelters all over central California, where thousands of dogs are euthanized every month. Because the shelters are oftentimes very full, many loving, adoptable dogs are euthanized. After the dogs are rescued, we place them in foster homes until we can find them a permanent home. Because we have already placed them in a home environment, we can tell you about their habits and house manners and whether they get along well with other dogs, cats, and children. Our dogs also have a thorough check up by our veterinarians before being placed and are bathed, groomed and have flea treatments to get them ready for their new home. For more information, please check the Small Dog Rescue website.

East Bay East Bay and Contra Costa cities are listed on a separate page -- click here.
You may also wish to check the list of breed rescue agencies.