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


Washington State


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.

Goldendale Happy Tails Rescue Happy Tails rescues, rehabilitates and provides sanctuary for Rottweilers. Everything else is secondary to that mission. "It's said that we're the largest Rottweiler Rescue and only true Sanctuary in the west. It sure feels like it when someone needs Rottweiler help. We've had as many as 63 Rottweilers in our care along with other farm animals, and these 100 lb + pooches love their groceries!" Telephone: 509.773.4100
Longview Humane Society of Cowlitz County in , WA. Phone: (360) 577 - 0151 E-mail hscc@cowlitzhumane.com

PAWS, Lynnwood, WA, is people helping animals. Statement: "We are the kind of people who delight in the company of an animal friend, who are awed by a majestic eagle in flight. Like you, we understand that animals enrich our lives. We also know they cannot speak for themselves and need protection. That is why PAWS brings together people like you to ensure animals are respected, safe and have a voice. PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people." 15305 44th Ave, Lynnwood, WA, Phone: 425.787.2500.


Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue is a non-profit referral organization dedicated to placing unwanted purebred dogs into suitable homes, and preventing unwanted purebreds from overloading the shelter system. Towards attaining those goals, we promote responsible dog ownership by educating the public in the selection, care and training of dogs. Founded as a non-political organization in 1987, SPDR works cooperatively with breeders, animal shelters, breed clubs, and individuals to accomplish SPDR's purpose. SPDR volunteers currently work with over 3500 dogs per year in need of new homes. Please remember that we serve ONLY the Puget Sound Area of Washington State, USA. If you are interested in adopting a dog through SPDR, call (206) 654-1117 and ask for an adoption application or go to the SPDR website.

Spokane The Spokane County shelter is often very full. Wonderful dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds are always available. Due to space limits, the dogs cannot be kept very long. If you are thinking about adopting, please visit the shelter soon.

Adoption Fee includes: pet license, microchip, rabies vaccine, 5-way or Rhinopan vaccine, sterilization.
Spokane County Animal Shelter
2521 N. Flora Road
Spokane, WA 99216
Phone: 509-477-2532


The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is the largest shelter in the state of Washington. Their mission is to protect and promote the well-being of animals and to nurture the relationship between people and animals.

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