- Senior Dog Rescue Groups and Sanctuaries — This list is organized by state and describes organizations that will have dogs as young as six or seven years and sometimes into their teens. A number of these groups will also take in younger dogs, in order to help in situations where an elderly person can no longer care for the dog. In addition to adoption, there will be opportunities for foster care and “hospice” care.
- Shelters, Other Rescue Groups — Also organized geographically, the list cites organizations that will have dogs of all ages, but have made a commitment to do all they can to adopt out the seniors who come their way. They will usually start their “senior” category at seven years. Both adoption and foster care are generally possible through these groups.
- Breed Rescue Groups –These organizations are focused on rescue of a specific breed and will have dogs of all ages, including seniors. And, of course, you can offer to foster, if you're not ready to adopt.
If you don't have time to browse lists, following are apps you can use. You can filter not only by zip code, but also by gender, size, breed, and age.
- Interactive Map of Senior Rescues — Dots on this map pinpoint the locations of senior dog rescues in the United States, and include a brief description and the opportunity to get driving directions via Google. Senior dog rescue groups are forming all the time, so the map may not be up to date.