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



Pennsylvania SPCA

The Pennsylvania SPCA is dedicated to rescuing animals from abuse and neglect, providing lifesaving care and treatment, and reducing pet-overpopulation through low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics and public awareness initiatives. Through these efforts, the organization prevents cruelty towards animals and promotes respect for their welfare, thus enhancing the lives of people and their companion animals throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania SPCA will NOT kill any animal to make room for another. You can help their efforts by adopting, fostering, volunteering, and donating.

Animal Friends' Golden Age Retriever Program.... matching seniors with seniors.... Pittsburgh, PA

Animal Friends is Pittsburgh's only No-Kill shelter. Consequently, the life of every animal who enters the shelter is valued, and not just the lives of those who are young, healthy and easily adoptable. Because Animal Friends makes a commitment to every animal regardless of age or medical condition, they often have senior animals in need of a quiet, calm, mature home. The Golden Age Retrievers program matches senior citizens with senior animals. It is a win-win situation for all. Pets (especially older ones) enrich our lives, and results of scientific studies are showing that companion animals improve our minds and bodies as well. But, it is not only older folks who are experiencing the rich rewards of life with an older cat or dog. All ages are realizing the powerful bond that can be formed with an older animal. Be sure to read about "Beethoven" (in the photo at the left), a senior who was adopted through Animal Friends, and who is now a therapy dog.

The Golden Age Retrievers program offers adopters over the age of 50 a number of "perks," including an adoption starter kit and any support necessary to turn the adoption into a lifelong relationship. In 2003, 170 senior citizens took advantage of the Golden Age Retrievers program, resulting in the adoptions of 108 dogs and 62 cats! Click for: address, hours, and contact information.

Lancaster Operation Scarlet, Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue of Lancaster, PA; Telephone: 717-397-6362; E-mail: opscarlet@paonline.com
Nazareth Happy Dog Rescue is a small rescue offering personalized service to our adopters as well as four years experience fostering/adopting dogs out for other rescues. We will do our best to match you with a dog that is compatible with your family's lifestyle. Our goal is to find the best match for both dog and adoptive family. HDR@yahoogroups.com
Philadelphia Faith's Hope focuses on special needs and senior dogs, 215-333-6274, faithshope@comcast.net.

The Lyons Den Rescue, Inc., is a 501(c)3 rescue group that normally has around six or seven dogs. Operates through foster homes. All dogs are completely vetted prior to placement. Requires a pre-adoption application, home visit and vet reference prior to adoption. Please visit the website.


The West Shore Shelter of the Humane Society of Harrisburg, Inc. is a non-profit shelter that is trying desperately to be a "no-kill" shelter. Shelter hours are 12-8 weekdays and 11-4 week-ends (no appointment needed). The address is 710 Eppley Road, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055.

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.