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Alabama Animal Rescue
Animals advertised on Alabama Animal Rescue site are at local veterinarians office, in a foster home or in a shelter in Alabama. All adoptions through AARescue must be approved. We take pet adoptions very seriously. These precious animals have been through a lot so, we try to make sure the next home will be permanent and long lasting.

Metro Animal Shelter, Tuscaloosa
Metro Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization funded by the City of Tuscaloosa, the City of Northport, and the Tuscaloosa County Commission. Along with these funds, we also receive donations, redemptions and adoption fees. All animals regardless of their age are taken in by us. We are proud to be a member of the Humane Society of the United States as well as the American Humane Association, the Alabama Humane Federation, and the Alabama Animal Control Association.

SOS Animal Shelter, East Enterprise, AL

Two by Two Rescue, Birmingham, AL, is an all volunteer organization. We receive no state funding or other assistance, all expenses are covered by donations, adoption fees and our own pockets. Our goal is to help animals in need until they can find their forever homes. All animals, if old enough, are spayed/ neutered, up to date on vaccinations, placed on heartworm prevention, treated for heartworms if positive, and socialized. We have very limited space, and we must keep the limited space we have available for animals in need. We are always looking for FOSTER HOMES so we can save more animals.


Friends of the Valdez Animal Shelter ….a group of volunteers dedicated to providing quality time to animals while they are at the Valdez Shelter and to increasing adoptions. Click on the link to find out more.

Homer, Alaska, Animal Shelter
Peg Price, a volunteer at Homer Animal Shelter in Homer, Alaska, writes: “Our shelter takes very special note of older dogs and cats that come to us. We volunteers often take them home and, even though we are not a no-kill facility, in my four years of volunteering, I’ve never known of a senior animal being euthanized. We have a very high adoption rate due to the wonderful, dedicated work of Sherry Bess, who is the director of the shelter and the area’s animal control officer. I think we’re a very unique shelter due to all the caring volunteers. We literally keep animals for months until we find them a home. Sherry herself often takes home animals with special needs and the older ones.” As you might guess, since this organization is located in Alaska, they often take in Siberian Huskies who are being retired from racing.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral, Inc.
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue and Referral is an all breed dog rescue in Fairbanks, Alaska that takes in dogs from shelters, private releases and other sources. HBPRR adopts to the best home for the dogs we get and has a wonderful success rate with our adoptions. We have several senior dogs as well as puppies and go from the tiny Chihuahua’s up to Mastiffs. Homeward Bound provides each pet with veterinary care as appropriate, all animals are spayed or neutered, updated on their shots, microchipped, dewormed and have a health check before being released for adoption. We are a 501 (3)c non-profit organization and are always glad to accept donations to help us provide the best care for the dogs we take in as our adoption fees do not cover all medical care we provide for our dogs. All our dogs are housed in foster homes to keep them connected to family life instead of kenneled. We do not euthanize dogs based on age and will work hard to correct behavior problems of all animals we get in. We offer post adoption support to ensure the success of every family and pet.

Alaska Dog & Puppy Rescue was originally formed as a Rescue organization to help meet the needs of the Mat-Su Valley and its pet over population problems. The dogs and puppies taken in were literally saved from certain death and ADPR formed to help save their lives. Since its beginning in 2003, ADPR has rescued and placed over 1000 dogs a year. As an all-volunteer organization it hasn’t been easy but thanks to hundreds of dedicated and compassionate volunteers ADPR has continued to grow and succeed. We strive to be advocates for dogs in our community and elsewhere and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership. It is our goal to be an asset not only to our rescued dogs and puppies but also to our community.


Arizona Homeless Animals Rescue Team (AZ-HART)
Begun as a haven for abandoned and stray cats, this organization has expanded to help dogs, too, and seniors are definitely among them.

The Cottonwood Shelter always has some wonderful, mature dogs. Because they can accept only a certain number of animals, they must euthanize when the shelter becomes full. Telephone: 520 634-7387. Visit: 1502 W. Mingus Ave. Cottonwood, AZ. E-mail:

R.E.S.C.U.E. (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education)
Covering Phoenix Valley, including Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa.

Arizona Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Mesa, AZ. AzARS is a privately run, non-profit organization placing dogs and cats into new homes in accordance with their polilcies and standards. Arizona Animal Resuce & Sanctuary is a proud member of Maddie’s Fund. Maddie’s Fund is active in Maricopa County through Maddies Pet Resuce Project and Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project. Funded in November 2002 Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project is working with Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project in Maricopa County to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats countywide within ten years. Telephone 480-503-DOGS (3647), E-mail:

Yavapai Humane Society, Prescott, AZ has been serving western Yavapai County and the Prescott area since 1972. Our mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets. We operate a shelter that has around 270 animals at any one time. We are proud of our no-kill ethic and our live release rate is currently the highest in Arizona, 94%. We offer free adoptions through our Senior for Senior program when a senior (59+) adopts a senior dog or cat (5+).1625 Sundog Ranch Rd., Prescott, AZ 86301 Phone: (928)445-2666

Valley Cats and Dogs, Gilbert, AZ – A group of professionals joined together to aid cats and dogs who have been abandoned, neglected or otherwise placed in harm’s way. Mission: To provide a sanctuary for the temporary housing of adoptable cats and dogs and a refuge for hard-to-place or unadoptable cats. To promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying and neutering and vaccination of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Phone: 480.898.3647; E-mail:

Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary [FLPS] in Scottsdale, AZ, is dedicated to matching rescued senior animals with loving families to provide a meaningful and caring second chance at life. FLPS is one of only two senior animal rescues in Maricopa County, AZ. Formed in 2012 as a non-profit 501[c]3 organization, the focus of FLPS is to promote the rescue, adoption, and well-being of senior animals. FLPS also provides public education regarding the value of adopting a senior pet. FLPS has a fluctuating list of sweet senior dogs (and cats) available for adoption. Please check for updates.


AR*RUFF (Arkansas Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends), Benton, AR, Email: Phone: 501-316-7247

Fayetteville, Arkansas, Animal Services and Animal Shelter
There is a strong commitment from the staff and volunteers at this shelter to helping find homes for all animals, regardless of age. They make a special point of advertising the advantages of adopting an older animal.

Arkansas Mountain Home Pets, Inc. is the result of many years of rescue work in Louisiana and Arkansas. As a registered non-profit corporation, the goal of the group is to be the primary resource for rescued, lost and found pets in the area. Working mainly with Yorkshire Terriers and Chihuahuas (and other small breeds as room permits), but also able to help seniors and special needs dogs. A Seniors for Seniors program places special senior dogs with senior citizens.

Ozark Humane Society, Harrison, AR
“We are a no kill shelter, currently have 180 dogs, and would be delighted to have our seniors and long-time residents adopted into a loving, new home.” Please visit the adoptable animals listed on the website. Telephone 870-741-3050. Email:


Northern CA

San Francisco and the Bay  Area

Muttville is among the best-known senior dog rescues (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 who do. 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. Muttville has its own uniquely wonderful facility to house dogs that are not yet placed, or that are unlikely to be placed.

San Francisco Animal Care & Control
San Francisco’s Animal Care & Control shelter does euthanize dogs, but only when there are absolutely no other alternatives. The staff there really knock themselves out to beat the deadline and find a home for every dog before his time is up. Last time we looked at the website, there were several loving seniors waiting for a home. 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 SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA takes in dogs from San Francisco Animal Care and Control as well as from other shelters and rescue groups throughout northern California. Now allied with a facility in Pacific Heights known as “Pets Unlimited,” you will find dogs of all ages, including seniors at each of these facilities.. When you adopt a dog from either campus, you’ll get a free first medical exam from a local veterinarian, temporary identification tags, and a medical assistance plan. Maddie’s Pet Adoption Center at the Caroline Read Center, 250 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415.522.3500 . PACIFIC HEIGHTS CAMPUS, Pets Unlimited Care Center, 2343 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115. 415.568.3058. HOURS Mon – Fri, 1 -7pm. Sat –and Sun, 10am –-6pm. Closed on major holidays.

Grateful Dogs Rescue
Grateful Dogs Rescue is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to finding homes for dogs from the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control who are too old, sick, injured, or frightened to be made available for immediate adoption. The group provides foster homes and veterinary care for these special needs dogs until they are rehabilitated and ready for a new home. Phone: 415.587.1121; E-mail:

RocketDog Rescue
Rocket Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving lives at the speed of light!
It is is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with no paid staff, supported entirely by donations. A hard-working group of volunteers saves dogs from death at overcrowded shelters. Rocket Dog Rescue holds adoption days the first and third Sundays of each month. First Sunday of the month at: Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th Street, between Noe/Castro. Third Sunday of the month at: 18th and Castro. Hours: 12-4. Help is offered to anyone needing to give up a dog or needing discounted vet care, etc. Foster homes and volunteers also welcome. Telephone: 415.642.4786. Telephone: 415.642.4786. E-mail:

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

East Bay

Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortman Way, Alameda, CA 94501. Telephone: 510-748-4585.

Berkeley Animal Care Shelter, 2013 Second St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Phone: 510-981-6600. E-mail: 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.

Berkeley, CA — Home At Last Animal Rescue
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

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!

Willits, CA — Milo Foundation — Milo Foundation, Berkeley, CA. A 283-acre sanctuary near Willits, CA. Adoption Store in Berkeley is open Wednesdays to Sundays for adoptions, fostering, volunteering, donations. Telephone: 510-548-9301 Fax: 510-868-1822. Milo Pet Adoption Store, 1575 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707.

Oakland, CA — 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: Phone Numbers:(510) 569-0702 (Oakland) or (925) 479-9670 (Pleasanton)

Oakland, CA — Oakland Adoption Center of the East Bay SPCA
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.

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

Fremont, CA — Furry Friends Rescue,
We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and finding forever homes for companion animals in the San Francisco Bay Area. All dogs and cats are home fostered by volunteer homes. We rescue dogs and cats of all ages (babies-seniors), all breed types, special medical or behavior needs. Also see information on our Golden Dogs program — specializing in placing dogs of 8 years+. Join us on FaceBook & Twitter!

Walnut Creek, CA — Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

Marin County and North

Larkspur, CA — Dogs on Death Row — 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.

Novato, CA — Marin Humane Society’s Pet Partnerships Program
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.

San Rafael, CA — Second Chance Rescue,
Second Chance Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit, grass-roots group dedicated to saving dogs and puppies of all types/sizes/ages from high-kill shelters. They do not accept dogs from private parties. They specialize in mixed breeds (one-of-a-kind dogs!) and exist 100% on donations. All rescuees are spayed/neutered before adoption. Foster homes provide the temporary care and TLC until each dog finds the perfect permanent home. Many small dogs (under 20 lbs.), some of them “seniors.” Young puppies are always available. Prospective adopters should apply on-line or phone to get an application and a list of currently available dogs and pups. Telephone: (415) 721-1721; or visit the website. Mailing address: PO Box 2958, San Rafael, CA 94912-2958.

San Rafael, CA — 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.

Sonoma, CA — Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter
Waives all adoption fees for any Senior over 65 when adopting an adult cat or dog. This group is great at finding good, stable homes for their older cats and dogs, and provides the benefits of pet adoption to senior citizens without the upfront expense.

Petaluma, CA — A Leg Up Rescue is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from life-threatening situations. All of these companion animals were either in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused, or taken from the public (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by “bunchers.” We do not have a shelter or kennel. We place the pets in wonderful and compassionate foster homes so they may begin to develop exceptional house behavior. Prior to being placed in responsible and loving homes, all of the animals receive comprehensive health examinations, spay or neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, heartworm medication (if age appropriate), microchip and the chip is registered, just to name the routine treatment. If any additional medical issues need to be addressed we tend to those as well (hernias, surgeries, dental issues, etc.). Our screening and placement procedures speak to a high standard, as it is our goal to ensure a quality match between dog and guardian. We perform a routine home visit prior to adoption, require adoption contracts and fees, and make it our policy to be a valuable resource for adopters for the life of the relationship. After all, adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment. We want to be there to help. A Leg Up Rescue, 925 Lakeville Street, Suite 265, Petaluma, CA 94952 Phone: 707-591-5417 Fax: 415-329-1510. E-mail:

Petaluma, CA — North Bay Canine Rescue
–Dedicated to rescuing dogs from crisis situations, some of which include euthanasia by animal shelters, neglect and other forms of abuse, or “free to a good home” ads, which result in dogs being bounced from one home to another, or being acquired by animal brokers (“bunchers”) and sold to research laboratories where they are used for testing, then discarded (“cruelty industries”). Dogs rescued by North Bay are spayed and neutered prior to placement and are placed only after home checks, medical evaluations, vaccinations, “return to rescue” agreements, contracts, and adoption fees. Dogs are fostered in a home environment, rather than a kennel, if at all possible. This group takes pride in their promise that, “. . . at any time and for any reason in the dog’s life, if the need arises, he or she has a safe place with us (‘return to rescue’ policy).” Telephone: (707) 795-7575. Fax: (707)769-9667. Snail Mail Address: North Bay Canine Rescue & Placement P.O. Box 4522 Petaluma, CA 94955

Petaluma Pet Pals is a 501c3 (State ID: 2227763, Fed ID: 68-0437-271) Address: P.O. 750934, Petaluma, CA 94975-0934. Devoted to fundraising for rescue and spay/neuter surgery. Phone: 707-762-3783

St. Helena, CA — We Care Animal Rescue
1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena. Telephone: 707.963.7044.
We Care Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization established in 1982. Our shelter serves as a refuge for homeless cats and dogs in the Napa Valley. We foster and promote the general welfare of animals by caring for homeless cats and dogs, finding homes for them and educating the public on animal welfare in the Napa Valley. We are funded entirely by private donations and fundraising efforts. At out shelter in St. Helena where we provide nurturing care for up to seventy-five animals, we abide by a ‘no-kill’ philosophy.

Peninsula and  South Bay

San Mateo, CA — The Peninsula Humane Society (PHS/SPCA), a private, non-profit guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. As an ethical choice, we accept all animals in need of care and often provide a second chance to the neediest animals: those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called “no kill” agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals. We also serve as our County’s provider of animal rescue and control services and, as such, have no control over the number of incoming animals. Our record is outstanding. Since 2003, we have placed into homes 100% of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats. E-mail: Phone: (650) 340-7022. Time is always of the essence in getting a senior dog out of this shelter because the demand for space is so high. The Peninsula Humane Society is at 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94401. Phone: (650) 340-7022.

Milpitas, CA — Humane Society Silicon Valley
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, nonprofit organization offering high-quality adoptions, medical services, education programs and pet care services to enhance the human-animal bond. In April 2009, we opened our new Animal Community Center in Milpitas that features an Adoption Galleria, Medical Center specializing in affordable spaying/neutering, a Veterinary Hospital with a public viewing alcove, a Pet Store and Pet-Friendly Cafe, Doggie Daycare, Boarding and Grooming, a Dog Park and Training Center, and an Education Center featuring programs for children, teens and families.


Redwood City, CA — Pets In Need
Based in Redwood City, CA, this wonderful organization hosts an excellent web page with very helpful information on adoptions.

South of San Francisco and Monterey Peninsula

Pacific Grove, CA — Animal Friends Rescue Project, is dedicated to finding lifelong, loving homes for stray, abandoned, and abused cats and dogs. We rescue animals that are at risk of being euthanized at local animal shelters. We serve as a safety net for senior animals, animals with medical needs, underage animals, and nursing or pregnant animals as well as for animals that have just been in a shelter too long. Telephone: 831-333-0722, E-mail:

Pacific Grove, CA — Peace of Mind Dog Rescue was founded to provide peace of mind to dog guardians by finding new permanent loving homes for dogs whose person can no longer care for them due to illness, death, or other challenging life circumstances, and to relieve the suffering of senior dogs who end up in animal shelters and have a poor chance of getting adopted from the shelter. Every day, dogs are moved from everything and everyone familiar to them to concrete cages in loud, crowded animal shelters because their guardians have died or simply cannot care for them anymore. This is a heartbreaking tragedy that our programs strive to prevent. P.O. Box 51554 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: (831) 718-9122 E-mail:

Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority
Mission Statement: Through community involvement, education, adoption, and humane law enforcement, we work to preserve the well being of all animals and bring an end to the homeless animal crisis., . Telephone: (831) 454-7303. E-mail:

Northern CA — Other Locations Outside the SF Bay Area

Anderson ValleyAnimal Rescue of Anderson Valley is located in the redwoods of Northern California, about 2 1/2 hours north of San Francisco. Telephone: 707.895.3785. E-mail:

Eureka, CA — Friends for Life
Friends For Life Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the suffering and killing of homeless companion animals in Humboldt County and beyond through programs designed to (1) place homeless companion animals in permanent, loving, adoptive homes, (2) reduce the number of dogs and cats being born, and (3) enrich the human-animal bond. E-mail: or call 707-442-5999 for more information. Please visit our website.

Grass Valley, CA — Mixed Mutts Mixed Breed Dog Rescue All dogs adopted through Mixed Mutts are neutered, brought up-to-date on shots, microchipped and heartworm tested prior to adoption. While in foster care, all dogs are kept current on heartworm preventative and flea preventative. Because we want to match the best family for the dog, best dog for the family, we try our best to get to know the dog’s quirks, likes and dislikes. They are taught indoor etiquette and are housebroken if not that way when they come in. Dogs adopted through Mixed Mutts are adopted out only to homes where the dog will be part of the family. Adoption fees vary depending on age and needs of the dog. When placing a dog, a donation is requested. Telephone: 530.268.9317. E-mail:

Grass Valley, CA — Nevada County Animal Control, 14647 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA. Phone: 530-273-2179

Jackson, CA — Amador Animal Shelter, . Telephone: (209) 223-6378. For special attention to your request to adopt a senior, contact volunteer Jim by phone: 209.296.6856 or e-mail:

Oroville, CA — North West SPCA
Please visit the website to find out about the currently available senior canines, and to find out the shelter’s exact location and hours of operation.

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.m.

Redding, CA — City of Shasta Lake Shelter
The City of Shasta Lake Shelter is located near Redding, CA. We are a very small facility, with only ten dog kennels and nine cat kennels. Not many people know of our shelter, so we are hoping to provide more exposure for our highly adoptable animals. Thank you for viewing and considering one of our pets. They all need a “second chance”.

Redlands, CA — Redlands Animal Control/Shelter
We are a small shelter with just 28 dog kennels and one catery. On average, we house 60+ dogs (sometimes up to 85 dogs) and 80+ cats. Our volunteer group – REDlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) ( helps the shelter by finding adopters, assisting in rescues and taking animals to offsite adoption events. Address: 504 N Kansas St. Redlands, CA 92373; Ph: 909-798-7644).

Sacramento, CA — Sacramento SPCA
The Sacramento SPCA is a non-profit organization located at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento. Shelter Hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday — 11am – 4pm; Wednesday & Thursday — 1pm – 6pm. Closed Mondays and some holidays. Phone Number: (916) 383-PETS (7387). The shelter has many wonderful pets who need loving homes — many of them seniors. Also needed are volunteers and foster homes. Please call or E-mail if you are interested. Make a difference in an animal’s life! E-mail:

Sacramento, CA — Friends of Auburn-Placer County Animal Shelter
Telephone: 916-663-3335. Friends of Auburn – Placer County Animal Shelter.

Lake Tahoe/Reno — Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation
Lake Tahoe, CA /Reno, NV — Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation is a small group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing companion animals. They state, “We have no shelter and rely solely on foster homes and adoptions to save lives. We rescue animals that are in imminent danger of euthanasia, usually directly from the euthanasia holding rooms of local shelters. We have rescued over 500 animals from certain death since March of 1999, but millions more were not so lucky and died–unloved and unwanted–in shelters across the country. We hope that you can help us turn the tide of suffering and death.” Telephone: (775) 833-2319. E-mail:

Vallecito, CA — Calaveras Humane Society
The mission of the Calaveras Humane Society is to promote an excellent quality of life for the animals of our county. Our vision is to work for the day when every adoptable animal will have a forever home and when sterilization is a routine part of dog and cat care. WHO WE ARE: We are an all-volunteer force of citizens who simply care about the destiny and comfort of pet animals. We try to pick up where the county government leaves off. WHO WE ARE NOT: We are not the government, nor are we funded by them. We rely totally on donations and on fund raisers. In fact, we provide most of the animals’ food, the shelter’s labor, and the medicines needed to prepare an animal for adoption by the community, at no charge to the county government. This is truly a labor of love and duty. Phone: 209.736.9417.

Willits, CA — Milo Foundation — Milo Foundation, Berkeley, CA. A 283-acre sanctuary near Willits, CA. Adoption Store in Berkeley is open Wednesdays to Sundays for adoptions, fostering, volunteering, donations. Telephone: 510-548-9301 Fax: 510-868-1822. Milo Pet Adoption Store, 1575 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707.

Southern CA

Animals Requesting Friends (ARF), San Luis Obispo, CA
is the volunteer arm of the San Luis Obispo County Shelter. The volunteers look after the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that find their way to the County shelter. Phone: 805-781-4413. E-mail:

Barkie Buddies, Burbank, CA, works with the local shelter, finding those special dogs who need a bit of extra help in getting out of the shelter and into new loving homes. If you’d like to help by offering a foster home or if you would like to adopt a dog in need, call Elaine Edford at Barkie Buddies Rescue: 818.709.7061. E-mail:

Wagging Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life. Wagging Dog Rescue is a grassroots nonprofit that champions the rights of animals worldwide and works to create a better future for all lives. We rescue orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in SoCal and ’round the globe who have no other options and are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, stand against discrimination – in all forms – and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a more compassionate future. WDR came about in November 2011 after our Founder, Cassandra, spent some time volunteering at her local municipal animal shelter. Finding the volunteer program to be inefficient and seeing too many good family pets put down simply because of a lack of options when the shelter ran out of kennel space, she resolved to focus her energy on saving as many dogs as possible, one dog at a time. Euthanasia is not an acceptable form of population control. Cassandra began to recruit like-minded people to her cause, and Wagging Dog Rescue was born. E-mail:

Beagles & Buddies, El Monte, CA
Beagles & Buddies focuses on the rescue of purebred Beagles and Beagle mixes along with other small dogs from pounds, humane societies and the street. Each rescued dog receives a medical exam and treatment. All vaccinations are updated based on the history available for the dog. Beagles & Buddies spays or neuters all dogs to assist in the fight against pet overpopulation. Beagles & Buddies finds safe, new homes for almost all of its dogs. In accordance with their no-kill policy, any dog that is not adopted remains at their sanctuary. For available dogs, see the website. Telephone: 626 444-9664. E-mail:

The Bill Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA
P.O. Box 5202 Beverly Hills, Ca. 90209-5202 Phone: 310-860-0171. Email:

Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, Los Angeles, CA, always has a few seniors up for adoption and works hard to find homes for them. Address: 4275 N. Elton Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Phone: (626) 962-3577. Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Closed Sundays and Holidays. Directions: Exit 605 Freeway at Ramona. Shelter is located off Ramona, between Maine and Puente Aves.

The Brittany Foundation, Los Angeles, CA This agency has many seniors and special needs dogs in need of sponsorships and/or foster homes. Any help is always greatly appreciated. Please visit the website. Phone: 818-709-5706. Email:

Connect A Pet Rescue, Los Angeles, CA, is dedicated to helping animals in two ways: (1) through the rescue of abused, abandoned, injured dogs and cats and placement into loving homes that will last their lifetime; (2) by offering people a place to show their rescued animals after they do the angel work of saving an animal off the streets somewhere. Address: 8023 Beverly Blvd., PO Box 5-282 LA,CA 90048. Phone: 310-503-4719

Diamonds in the Ruff, Los Angeles, CA, is a registered non-profit 501c3 oganization that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs (all breeds). Our main focus is dogs in the LA area (whether homeless or shelter dogs), although we make it a priority to help all dogs in need! Phone: (310) 699-2747. Email:

Friends of Animals, Los Angeles, CA
E-mail Friends of Animals Foundation, P.O. Box 34-1230. Los Angeles, CA 90034.

The Amanda Foundation, Los Angeles, CA — In Latin the name “Amanda” means worthy of love, so our charity is named not for a person but for our philosophy towards our Dog and Cat companions. They are worthy of our love and protection. For over 30 years our mission has been to rescue as many loyal pals from the shelters and then find them loving new homes. At the same time we endeavor to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter in order to reduce pet overpopulation.

The Lange Foundation, West Los Angeles, CA — Dedicated to saving impounded companion animals, and preparing them for a journey to a new, safe, loving world. Lange Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax deductible organization. At: 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Kennel Hours: 11am-5pm 7 days a week. Phone: 310-473-5585. Email:

K-9 PALS, Santa Barbara, CA, is the all volunteer non-profit organization working on behalf of the dogs of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. Our mission is to promote adoptions, provide humane care, and to strive to eliminate the euthanasia of shelter dogs for reasons other than serious health or behavior problems. Telephone: (805) 681-4369. E-mail:

Pet Orphans Fund is located at 7720 Gloria Avenue, Van Nuys (Los Angeles), Californi 91406.. It is a private humane shelter with a mission to find new, loving homes for dogs and cats relinquished by their families. Adoption process includes a home visit, application, and adoption fee. Telephone: 818-901-0190.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Encinitas, CA, always has senior pets at its facility, many of which come from other shelters through the Second Chance Program. To find out how you can lend your support by sponsoring an animal, volunteering, or making a donation, please visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 Phone: (760) 753-6413 E-Mail:

San Diego — Chula Vista Animal Care Facility — If you adopt a dog from one of the San Diego County shelters such as Chula Vista, your adoption fee of $60 includes a microchip, a free vet exam in San Diego County, all shots, and a free license for a year in San Diego.To see currently available dogs in San Diego county, and for information on location and hours of operation, please visit the website.

San Diego — Thrive Animal Rescue — “Our mission is to save abandoned dogs from the loneliness of shelter life and to place them into loving families and forever homes.”  There are always seniors in need of placement.

San Diego Special Needs Rescue is dedicated to rescuing small dogs from life-threatening situations…. in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused. Dogs are also accepted from individuals (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by “bunchers.” E-mail:

San Diego, CA — Camp Pendleton Animal Control
There are always quite a few older dogs at Camp Pendleton Animal Control in San Diego, CA. Lab mixes of age 10 and up seem to be the most numerous and in the most need. The rescue group Help for Homeless Pets tries to get as many as possible out of the shelter and into new homes. Please call Camp Pendleton at (760)725-8120 or Help for Homeless Pets at (760)789-4483.

San Diego/El Cajon, CA Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue is a 501c(3) helping senior dogs in southern California shelters and supporting elderly humans who can no longer care for their pets or have passed away. We’re a foster-based organization providing temporary foster care while our senior dogs are looking for their furever homes or hospice care for those with terminal or age- related issues. We sponsor a Seniors for Seniors program and Companion/Therapy program. Adoptions include necessary medications/supplements for one month, dog bed, bag of food, and collar. Telephone: 619-212-5623

Wagging Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. “We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life. Phone: 310-853-0757;


Denver Dumb Friends League
In addition to re-homing companion animals, the DDFL offers on their website an outstanding collection of articles on coping with common behavior problems. (Click on “Tips and Information” to access the articles).

Dreampower, Colorado Springs, CO, rescues adoptable companion animals, offering suitable foster homes until permanent homes can be found. Dreampower is a no-kill organization. Commitment is for the lifetime of the animal. Telephone: (719) 390-7838 Alicia Christie, Dog Coordinator, Dreampower Animal Rescue (719) 390-7838 E-mail:

Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue mission: Foster and place adoptable shelter dogs into permanent homes; assist in increasing adoptions of shelter dogs by promoting awareness and working with area shelters; and to educate our community to be responsible dog owners. Telephone: 719-264-6460 or 719-260-0668 E-mail:

Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder, CO, 2323 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301. Telephone: (303) 442-4030 E-mail:

Denver, Colorado — ALL BREED RESCUE NETWORK — Our purebred dog rescue network is over 20 years old and has about 120 different purebred rescue groups on our rescue referral list, many of which take in senior dogs. There are stringent guidelines to being and staying on our list. All Breed Rescue Network’s vision is ending euthanasia of adoptable dogs in Colorado, and our mission is to provide a vehicle for the fostering and rehoming of abandoned purebred dogs, to assist in increasing the adoption of shelter dogs by promoting awareness and working with shelters, and to educate the community regarding responsible dog ownership including the spay/neuter of companion animals. The phone number to the ABRN hotline is (303) 989-7808.

Table Mountain Animal Center, Golden, CO
There are always mature dogs looking for homes at the Table Mountain Animal Center: Please call TMAC: 303-278-7575.

Colorado Animal Rescue, Glenwood Springs, CO
2801 County Road 114, Phone: (970) 947-9173

Denkai Animal Sanctuary, located near Grover, Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful and serene Pawnee National Grasslands, is home to more than 100 horses, dogs, cats and other animals on any given day who come from shelters, rescue groups and owners no longer able to care for their pets from around the United States. The Sanctuary has quickly become a destination for several hundred visitors and volunteers each year including local youth at risk who have found sanctuary themselves in the kindness offered to them. Denkai Animal Sanctuary is unique in that it aims to provide a combination of services for animals in need, at-risk youth, and environmental awareness. Founded in May of 2004 by Floss Blackburn, Denkai Animal Sanctuary began with 25 animals on 15 acres with minimal facilities and a few volunteers. The sanctuary is now situated on 640 acres and includes numerous outbuildings and several acres of pasture. Since inception, volunteers have logged more than 200,000 hours helping the animals and children at Denkai. Denkai has actively operated using sustainable energies, such as wind and solar. Denkai has doubled its fundraising income in the past year, largely through our website. Individuals who have heard about our organization can log onto our website to learn more about our efforts, and can easily make monetary donations through Network for Good. See adoptable animals.


Animal Haven, Inc., is a small, private shelter that was incorporated in 1948, dedicated to rescuing and re-homing adoptable animals of all ages. Serving the Greater New Haven area, the group has made a commitment to always have on hand and ready for adoption at least two seniors in need of new homes. Animal Haven, Inc., 89 Mill Road, North Haven, CT 06473. Telephone: 203-239-2641. E-mail: Petlist

Bridgeport Animal Shelter — There is often pressure on this shelter to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. The staff does all they can to avoid this. Seniors are always available. Please hurry to the Bridgeport Shelter and take home one of these great dogs if you possibly can! The shelter is at 525 Asylum Street, Bridgeport. Telephone: 203-576-7727. Hours: 10 to 4 Monday through Saturday; 11 to 3 Sunday. Website is at

Bloomfield, CT — The City of Hartford Animal Shelter
Everyone at this shelter is dedicated to helping the animals that are brought in by Hartford Animal Control. ALL DOGS ARE IN AN URGENT SITUATION because they have only ten days to be adopted. If they are not adopted within that short period, they are automatically euthanized. The countdown starts as soon as they enter the shelter. All the dogs are strays, and consequently have no records — no vaccination records, no spay/neuter information. Please check the website or Facebook page to see dogs currently available for adoption….or just come down to see them in person. You can put a dog on hold for adoption, but you must do it in person. The “LEGAL DAY OF ADOPTION” is the first day the dog can be adopted and the day the dog can be put to sleep if no home is lined up for the dog. Don’t waste a minute! Telephone: 860-757-4395. Email:

Connecticut Humane Society
…. with branches in Newington, Bethany, Waterford, and Westport, tries their best to help senior dogs. There are always some needing adoption at their locations. Visit the site to find the address of the one nearest to your home.

The Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter is a division of the New Haven Police Department. The goal of the animal shelter and its staff is to service the community as effectively as possible. Members of this unit care for all animals with compassion, using the safest and most humane treatments. Through its partnership with the City of New Haven Humane Commission, The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., and The North Shore Animal League, the shelter sponsors several off-site adoption events throughout the year. Adoptions at the shelter occur year-round. The Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, Inc., is a vital non-profit organization that provides numerous essential services in support of New Haven’s animal shelter community, particularly in terms of promoting animal adoption, raising funds to help cover the costs of sheltering animals, and providing animal socialization. Find out how to become a volunteer. Address: 81 Fournier Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. E-mail: Phone: 203-946-8110.

West Cornwall, CT (near Torrington, CT) — The Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals is a no-kill shelter in West Cornwall, CT (in the hills of Litchfield County). There is generally always a senior dog in residence, as there is no age discrimination. All dogs are rescued from area pounds and must pass a temperament test before being placed for adoption. Located on Rt. 128 in West Cornwall, CT. Hours are Wed-Fri, noon – 4pm and Sat/Sun, 11am – 4pm.

West Haven, CT — West Haven Animal Shelter will usually be housing a senior or two. Please see the website or hone: 203-937-3642 (leave message if no one answers). E-mail:

Norwalk, CT — PAWS is a 501(3)(C)non-profit, no-kill animal shelter incorporated in 1962. Located in Norwalk, CT, and dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless cats and dogs. E-mail:, Telephone: 203-750-9572. Please visit the website.

Senior Pets makes the following statement: “We realize that companion animals are essential to keeping people healthy and vibrant and to reducing blood pressure and stress. Often older people need and want animals to give them love and companionship throughout their golden years. We recognize that pets can be expensive if one is on disability, Social Security, or limited income. We at Seniors Pets will work with shelters to provide you a loving pet that fits you…for people 55 years or older. Senior Pets works with the following shelters in locating senior pets for senior citizens: Milford Animal Control, Silver Sand Beach, Conn. State Park; Stratford Animal Shelter, 9 Frog Pond Lane, Stratford, CT; West Haven Animal Shelter, 7 Collis St., West Haven, CT.

Valley Dog Rescue E-mail List and Website — a forum for rescuers in New England, Eastern NY, NJ and the rest of the Northeast

Sadie Mae Foundation Animal Rescue League Inc., Manchester, CT, is a non-profit (501c3) rescue organization. We are a small group of individuals, dedicated to rescuing animals from local shelters when they have run out of time and are in danger of euthanasia. The Sadie Mae Foundation partners with local pounds and shelters that must use euthanasia for various reasons, such as overcrowding. On occasion we will offer assistance to long distance pounds and shelters. We rescue as many animals as we are able to, regardless of breed, age or those with special needs.


Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Delaware Humane Association, Wilmington, DE
The Delaware Humane Association has developed a comprehensive Strategic Plan to guide the organization in achieving its vision of securing a safe environment for all companion animals. Various aspects of the Strategic Plan focus on DHA’s efforts to act as a voice for companion animals and to enhance their welfare through the four-fold mission of providing temporary shelter, spay/neuter services, humane education programs, and adoption/placement resources.

Faithful Friends, Wilmington, DE, was founded in 2000, as Citizens for the Protection and Care of Animals, by a group of local animal lovers who believe there is a better way to address the problem of pet homelessness than mass euthanasia. Mission: to end the routine killing of dogs and cats through rescue and adoption of homeless pets, affordable spay/neuter programs that target the neediest pet owners in our community, and outreach programs that prevent pet relinquishments. 3 Germay Drive, Suite 4, Wilmington, DE 19804. Phone: 302.427.8514.
Senior Dog Haven & Hospice, Wilmington, DE
The mission of Senior Dog Haven & Hospice is to rescue and re-home senior dogs and to offer hospice care to senior dogs in need. We are a small, dedicated group of fosters and volunteers. We strive to improve the lives of senior dogs who find themselves without a family to care for them anymore. We do not have a facility. Our dogs live in our homes as members of our families, not in crates or kennels. We provide care, comfort, companionship and, most of all, unconditional love. Our website is currently under construction, but please visit us on petfinder and facebook or email us at


Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Hedgesville Hounds Metropolitan Washington, DC Area. The Hedgesville Hound group was formally established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) organization comprising people who, combined, have several decades of experience. Together we placed more than 120 wonderful dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes in wonderful homes across the Maryland and D.C. Metropolitan area in 2006. “Hedgesville Hounds” exist everywhere. They are dogs of every breed, every size, and every age who by circumstance, ignorance, or cruelty and neglect, were put at risk. Sometimes they are cats, and even rabbits. Our effort has been quite simple: to give them a voice. And a little help with arrangements. And then let these wonderful creatures do the rest.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Northern Virginia/Washington DC
A volunteer from HART writes: “We are a group that prowls the area shelters, accepts owner surrenders, strays, etc., and places every dog eventually. As of October 2000, we had already doubled our 1999 placement of 500 dogs. We accept puppies and very young dogs into our program, but the majority of our dogs are older. We try to take as many as possible from the shelters, as their short time has run out. Like most rescue groups, we struggle to raise enough funds and awareness to get our work done.”

Washington Animal Rescue League
The Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C., is a small, restricted admission, private, no-kill shelter that frequently has senior dogs available for adoption. The Washington Animal Rescue League is located at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, D.C. Telephone: (202) 726-2556. Liz DiSimone, Adoption Manager.

Washington Humane Society DC Shelter
Always does its best for the seniors that are left in their guardianship. Please visit the shelter at 1201 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. Telephone: 202-576-6664 (24 hours)


Elfie’s Refuge, Brooksville, FL

“At Elfie’s Refuge we have two objectives – One – We provide life-long sanctuary and hospice care for small dogs that are blind, crippled, disabled or terminally ill – dogs that would not be considered adoptable and would otherwise be euthanized. Two – We attempt to take in adoptable dogs that are in danger in public or private shelters. Our goal is to spay or neuter, if needed, provide immediate medical care, and seek out carefully screened homes for these pets. For more information, please pay a brief visit to our website.” Phone: 561-755-3118 Email:

Umatilla, Florida
Max’s Pet Connection is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of all small breed dogs and mixes. “We rescue abandoned, neglected, and abused small dogs. They are rehabilitated and adopted out to loving homes. We are a no kill rescue and do not euthanize to make room for new dogs.” Max’s Pet Connection telephone: 352-669-2855; 352-575-1959; 352-748-0815 E-mail:

Puppymill Rescue
This Hollywood, FL-based group rescues dogs being retired from puppy mills, rehabilitates them, and makes them highly adoptable. Many of the dogs are in the “senior” category. It’s a wonderful program deserving of attention and support.

Pet Rescue By Judy
Pet Rescue By Judy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue of cats and dogs. Our Shelter is located at 401 South Laurel Ave. Sanford, FL, 32773. Many of our animals come to us with medical needs. They are doctored to the best of our ability and resources. Obviously, our most urgent goal is to rescue animals that are abandoned or in distress, update their vaccines, and find good new homes for them. But we attempt to be more proactive than that. It is our heartfelt desire to prevent any animal from the need to be “rescued.” With that vision in mind, we take a three-prong approach through the education of pet owners and the general public about: proper care of animals, including correct diet of good quality food, fresh clean water, daily exercise, and lots of love; spaying and neutering companion animals (dogs and cats) in order to prevent euthanasia and over-population; low-cost spay/neuter clinics and wellness centers in local communities. We offer a Senior for Senior reduced adoption donation of 50% of the required donation on all adoptions for seniors 55 and older. Our shelter is located at 401 South Laurel Ave., Sanford, FL 32773. Please visit the website or E-mail us:

Paws 4 You Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization based in Miami, Florida. “Our top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services. On average 100 animals are destroyed every day at this county shelter! Rescued animals vary from being sick, injured, homeless and surrendered to simply lost. We give these animals a safe environment, professional medical care, training, support, hope and lots of love. Our animals are sterilized, vaccinated and ID micro-chipped to prevent future loss. Some require major surgery to repair broken limbs, while others may need rehabilitation time and specific medical care for conditions ranging from respiratory illnesses and skin infections to cherry eyes and heartworm.” Paws 4 You Rescue also offers a Seniors 4 Seniors program that is outstanding.

Vintage Paws is a 501(c) 3 non-profit senior dog sanctuary located in Sarasota, Florida. “Our mission is to provide a sanctuary for displaced senior dogs to live out their lives with dignity, surrounded by the loving care they deserve. Due to the present issue of limited space, Vintage Paws currently accepts a small number of senior dogs on a case-by-case basis. These are dogs whose owners have passed, whose owners can no longer care for them, dogs who have been abandoned at a shelter, or otherwise deemed unadoptable due to age or illness.”


Athens, GA — Athens-Clark County Animal Control
45 Beaverdam Road Ext., Athens, GA. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.); 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Sat.) Telephone: 706-613-3540.

The Atlanta Dog Squad is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to placing abandoned and unwanted retrievers in new homes. We rescue, foster and find permanent homes for Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling, Flat-Coated and Curly-Coated Retrievers, as well as retriever mixes.Atlanta Dog Squad is registered with the IRS as a charitable organization under code section 501(c)(3). E-mail:

Best Friends in Atlanta — Best Friends in Atlanta works collaboratively with area shelters, animal welfare organizations and individuals to save the lives of pets in shelters in the region. The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is a lifesaving hub for animals and a base for local programming and coalition-building to help the metro-Atlanta area in its final push to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, while strengthening the movement in the Southeast. Together, we will Save Them All.

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF), Atlanta, GA Phone: 678-318-1886. Their “Silver Paws” program matches older dogs with senior citizens. They pay for all medical care and offer to board the dogs when needed.

Atlanta, GA — PetOrphans
Pet Orphans is a pet adoption referral website for homeless animals in the Atlanta area. The Pet Orphans website is a service provided by SPOT-Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together, Inc. in order to help independent rescue groups find great homes for their purebred and mixed breed orphaned family dogs and cats. All of the pets pictured on the Pet Orphans website are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and heartworm tested (dogs) or combo tested (cats) prior to adoption.

Atlanta, GA — Small Dog Rescue & Humane Society (SDR) is a no-kill, all volunteer-organization dedicated to providing permanent homes for homeless dogs. Most of the dogs in our rescue live at foster homes until adopted. Small Dog Rescue does not receive any funds from local, state or federal agencies. All funding is provided by donations from the public and adoption fees. The standard adoption fee is $250. All dogs adopted from Small Dog Rescue are spayed/ neutered, current on their vaccinations, dewormed, heartworm tested (and treated, if necessary) and placed on heartworm preventative. The adoption fee covers the vet costs and helps pay for major medical treatments such as heartworm treatment, eye surgery and tumor removal for dogs that need such treatment. SDR takes in many dogs that others will not adopt or rescue like senior dogs and abused or un-socialized dogs based on our foster capacity.

Atlanta, GA — SPOT Society
Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT), a program of the Southern Hope Humane Society, has a mission to reduce the number of animals impounded and killed in Atlanta area animal control facilities by: funding and providing low to no cost spay/neuters for pets of disadvantaged residents of the metro area (targeted geographical areas for spay/neuter programs include the metro Atlanta area and rural communities with no low-cost spay/neuter resources); providing community education/counseling services to individuals regarding the effects of pet overpopulation on the community, the benefits of spay/neuter, tenets of responsible pet guardianship and the importance of pet identification; promoting companion animal adoption.

Augusta, GA — Columbia County Humane Society, a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare group. Plans for a shelter are in the works, but currently, all animals are in foster homes. There’s a $95 adoption fee for all animals. All potential dog adopters must have a fenced-in yard. Visit the website, telephone 706-860-5020, or E-mail:

Bainbridge, GA — The Bainbridge Humane Society ALWAYS has many, many dogs — seniors, pups, Chihuahua mixes, Doxies, Corgis, Mini Aussie, Rat/Jack, Bassets that are very sweet among many of our other assorted dogs and cats that are in need of adoption. Most animals come to us when they are surrendered by a family that gives such reasons as: moving, divorce, death, and other challenges of life. Many are in good health, ‘though some may need attention; but they are almost all super friendly and ready for a second chance to LIVE. We try very hard to arrange/request transport either by ground or through Pilots N Paws. We have so many that need rescue. Call the shelter: 1-229-246-0101 or visit the website.

Canton GA — Cherokee County Animal Shelter, 1015 Univeter Rd. Phone: 770-345-7270. E-mail:

Duluth, GA — Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, Inc. (SHF) is a small group of volunteers registered as a non-profit animal welfare organization. Our mission is to rescue and find new homes for dogs and cats. We have no paid staff members and receive no government funding. All donations are 100% tax deductible. We accept cats and dogs on a space-available basis and operate on a no-kill philosophy. Pets are housed either in our licensed shelter or in a foster home until ready for adoption. All pets offered for adoption are healthy, spayed or neutered, and fully vetted. General info 770-217-3699; E-mail:

Jonesboro, GA — Clayton County Humane Society
Many fine dogs await their fate here (hoping it will be a loving home). All have very limited time before they are “dispatched.” Staff and volunteers work hard to provide loving care and to find a new home for each, but your help is desperately needed. Please visit the shelter to find your new dog and/or donate to support the efforts of the dedicated people working at this shelter. Contact Claudia —

Kennesaw, GA — Mostly Mutts
Mostly Mutts is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, pulling dogs from local animal shelters each week. Mostly Mutts houses, rehabilitates and vets the dogs, then adopts them to families who pass a carefuk screening process. The group has a strong focus spay/neuter through their “Stop ‘LITTERING’ Spay/Neuter ” campaign. Email: Phone: 770-325-7300

Lawrenceville, GA — Gwinnet Humane Society,
A foster home/humane organization that accepts owner-surrenders and rescues from kill-shelters. You’ll always find a few seniors here.

Lilburn, GA — Alcovy Pet Rescue is dedicated to providing abandoned and neglected cats and dogs with a safe and caring environment while tirelessly searching for adoption opportunities. We are a group of volunteers who have united together for the sole purpose of saving homeless and abused animals. All animals are examined by our veterinarians and given all vaccinations and a spay/neuter. Formed in 2005; a 501c3 non-profit rescue. We welcome any tax deductible donations. For more information please E-mail:

Marietta, GA — Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue, , is a domestic non-profit organization licensed through the Georgia State Department of Agriculture. The group consist of all volunteers dedicated to finding wonderful homes for rescued pets and to reducing the pet population. All rescued pets are spayed / neutered, vaccinated and heartworm tested prior to adoption. We are working to secure a happy healthy future for all beloved pets.

Marietta, GA — Cobb County Animal Control is a great place to find that addition to your family. Adoption fees are $30 for puppies, $40 for dogs more than one year old, $30 for kittens, and $40 for cates more than one year old. Our website provides access to several educational videos that will tell you how to adopt and also such useful information as how to protect your animals from the intense heat of summer and how to provide proper identification for your pet.

McDonough, GA — Henry County, GA ShelterHenry County Animal Control is dedicated to reducing the numbers of healthy adoptable animals that are euthanized at our facility. Every day we hear a list of reasons why owners are surrendering their pets — they dig, they claw the furniture, allergies, we have a new baby, etc. In an effort to keep these otherwise healthy and wonderful pets from becoming yet another animal shelter statistic, here at the shelter, we have begun offering pet owners “do-able” solutions to common pet related problems.

Newnan, GA — Newnan-Coweta Humane Society
Coweta County Animal Control, Telephone: 770-254-3735. Or voice mail: 770-253-4694. Address: 91 Selt Road Newnan, GA 30263. E-mail: Donna Rossi dfrossi @ (remove spaces in address before sending)

Powder Springs, GA — Southern Hope Humane Society was originally a rescue group that fostered homeless animals in private homes. In 2003, SHHS assumed responsibility for running a local county animal control facility — Fulton County Animal Services. Southern Hope Humane Society (the foster home program) is and always will be a no-kill organization. Fulton County Animal Services, unfortunately, is not no-kill at this time. Please visit the websites (linked by the organizations’ names above) to see available dogs. Southern Hope Humane Society, Powder Springs, GA 30127. Call:770-445-7294


Animal CARE Foundation

Hawaii Dog FoundationHawaii Dog Foundation is an all-volunteer, no-kill rescue group that finds safe, loving homes for Oahu’s stray and unwanted dogs.  “Our dogs all live in foster homes with families, so there is no shelter that you can visit.  Instead, we hold Adoption Events / Meet & Greets on a regular basis so that you can come and meet our dogs.”


Boise, ID — Idaho Humane Society
The Idaho Humane Society often takes in senior dogs and gives their best to find homes for them. Visit the website or call the shelter at (208) 342-3508.

Colville, ID — Colville Pet Rescue
Colville Pet Rescue works to adopt dogs and other pets from the local shelter and to place them into homes, emphasizing appropriate and humane treatment of the animals that are adopted.

Idaho Domestic Animal Welfare Group, Nampa, ID. Telephone: (208) 283-9513. E-mail: findadog @ (remove spaces in address before sending)


Pets for Seniors, Peoria, IL
Organized in late 1999, this group of volunteers specializes in matching senior humans (age 62 and older) with senior pets. For information, e-mail: or call (309) 446-9721.

The Hinsdale Humane Society, Hinsdale, IL, is a 53-year-old not-for-profit agency dedicated to the care and adoption of unwanted and abandoned animals and the offering of humane education programs to prevent suffering and neglect. Our Friends for Life Program places animals six years of age or older with seniors 65 years of age or older at no charge. Hinsdale Humane Society, Hinsdale, IL. Telephone 630-323-5630; Email:

Village of Oak Park Animal Control, 123 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL. This shelter is very pro-active on behalf of their adoptable animals, including the seniors. Volunteers and staff take time to get to know the animals and share their insights with prospective adopters. Phone: 708-358-5480; email:

Robinson, IL — Crawford County Humane Society at 618-544-8698. E-mail:

Save-A-Pet, 31664 North Fairfield Road in Grayslake, IL. E-mail:, phone: 847-740-7788, ext. 100. Save-A-Pet is a no-kill shelter.

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is Chicago’s largest no-kill humane organization. Our work is focused on alleviating our city’s tragic pet overpopulation problem through spay/neuter and pet adoption. PAWS Chicago envisions a no-kill Chicago–a city in which pets are not destroyed due to homelessness.

Rockford, IL – Winnebago County Animal Services –Winnebago County Animal Services is dedicated to finding forever loving homes for all the cats and dogs that come through our facility. We often have senior pets available for adoption. Call 815-319-4100 for information, visit our website, or better yet come and visit us at 4517 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.

Waterloo, IL — Humane Society of Monroe County
The Humane Society of Monroe County was founded in 2002 by a small group of people with an interest in helping those animals who lack the love and care of a good home. HSMC is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization supported entirely by donations. The Mission of the Humane Society of Monroe County is to make a difference in the lives of animals.


Animal Rescue Fund is a no-kill animal shelter that provides animals with a home-type environment while they await adoption. Animals stay in rooms, not cages and kennels, and have access to the outdoors throughout the day. For more information on adopting or donating, please contact Nikki at

Fishers (Indianapolis), INDIANA — Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership
Please see the website of the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, and be sure to search for the seniors. There is usually at least one posted.

CILRA (Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose goal is placing rescued, purebred Labrador Retrievers in suitable, loving homes throughout Indiana, Illinois, and surrounding midwestern states. E-mail: Toll-free: 1-888-882-1900 Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption, Inc. RR2 Box 110A Ladoga, IN 47954 (765) 942-0217 Fax (630) 415-1973

Danville, INDIANA –The Jericho Society is a non-for profit 501 C organization founded by Henry Sakowitz in l984 as an organization dedicated to non-euthanizing alternatives for pet population control. The Jericho Society is one of the very few no-kill shelters located in Indiana. For over 15 years it has operated a kennel and “cattery” that provide room, board and medical care for unwanted dogs and cats. Many of these animals are available for adoption. The kennel currently houses 127 dogs and cats. All animals are spayed and neutered upon acceptance to the facility.

Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels, Inc., northwest Indiana
Rescuing toy dogs from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Focusing on the rescue of the Yorkshire Terrier, but no paw too small. Offering a “seniors for seniors” program. Volunteers and members available statewide. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Always in NEED of volunteers and foster homes.

New Hope Pet Rescue, Syracuse, IN, is a group of three women doing their part to address the ever-growing pet overpopulation problem. In addition to keeping dogs and cats in our own homes, we have enlisted several other foster homes. We are a nonprofit organization. All of our dogs are wormed, flea free, heartworm tested, spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and heartworm prevention. Email:


Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center — “… a city -funded shelter where we try to place the animals who overflow the capacity of the Center with rescue organizations. The Center’s Director, Misha Goodman, is wonderful, and the animals here are treated very well. They have medical treatment, grooming and many go to obedience school. The dogs are given two scenic walks a day along the Iowa River by loyal volunteers, indoor kennels with beds and toys, large outdoor kennels, too, on a daily basis, as well as play time with other dogs. Unfortunately, we reach capacity and are a low-kill facility, doing everything we can to place dogs into new homes and failing that, with rescue organizations. We have dogs of all breeds; many appear to be purebred and may appeal to people looking for a particular type of dog, and often many senior dogs looking for a loving friend. We have a great website that shows pictures, stats of each dog, and even some movies of them.”

Cedar Falls, Iowa — Agape Fosters is NOT a shelter. They are a small group of foster homes committed to assisting and placing homeless animals into loving, responsible, lifelong homes. Agape Fosters is also committed to educating folks on the need for spay/neuter, regular preventative vet care, where and where not to get a companion animal, and how to choose the animal that is best suited to join your family. E-mail: Telephone: 319-345-6509

King’s Harvest Ministries Pet Assistance Program, Davenport, IA, has been established to assist the homeless/poor of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas care for their animals. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers working to help control the pet population, prevent dumping of unwanted animals and reduce additional burdens from families that are already struggling to make ends meet. Our Mission: Helping pets of the homeless, giving hope to the hopeless. Contact person: Sharon Shipley 563.468.9795 Web site under construction:

Animal Lifeline of Iowa
A no-kill, special needs shelter that is always open to helping senior animals.

Animal Advocates of Iowa
Special page for “Old Folks”

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern SD, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

Washington, IA — PAWS & More Animal Shelter
There are some wonderful dogs to be visited (and adopted, of course!) via the PAWS & More Animal Shelter website.




Plaquemine — SOS Rescue (Save Our Strays Rescue), Plaquemine, LA. Phone: 225-687-7994

Shreveport — Animal Welfare, Inc. is a 501 c 3 organization set up in 1979 to help pets, pet owners, and the community. Our Spay/Neuter Voucher Program helps pet owners pay to get their pets spayed and neutered. Our adoption program features many great pets — all spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, on heartworm prevention, tested for FeLV, crate trained, and some are house trained. The first step to adopt is to fill out an application. Animal Welfare, Inc., P. O. Box 4797, Shreveport, LA 71134. Phone: 318-221-0053.

ThibodauxHOPE for Animals — What started as a chapter of the SPCA later transformed into the Humane Organization for the Protection and Education for Animals. HOPE for Animals is a no-kill, non-profit rescue group based in Thibodaux, Louisiana. We strive to educate the community on animal welfare issues. Through donations and fundraisers, we maintain an adoption program in which we rescue, care for, and re-home approximately 200 dogs and cats a year. Our ultimate goal is to see the day when all animals have a home, but until then, we will continue our efforts to care for homeless pets and promote responsible pet ownership. Please visit our website. Phone: 985-447-9454. E-mail:


Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Fryeburg, Maine

Valley Dog Rescue E-mail List and Website — a forum for rescuers in New England, Eastern NY, NJ and the rest of the Northeast


Bowie, MD SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County
We are a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization dedicated to local animal welfare. We run an active rescue-and-adoption program, a progressive spay/neuter program, and our county’s only independent humane investigation program. Because we make a lifetime commitment to the animals we place, they often come back to us later in life when their owners cannot or aren’t willing to keep them. We often need help placing these special pets and spreading the word about them.” 301-262-5625,

CompAnimals Senior Pet Rescue, Elkton, MD
Call 410-392-2269 or E-mail

Frederick County Animal Control, 832 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. Phone: 301-694-1546

The Humane Society of Southern Maryland, Inc.
Founded in 1997, this group has a multi-faceted, well-formulated animal welfare program. They help as many dogs as they possibly can, and, among those dogs are seniors, of course.

Pet Network
The Rapphannock Humane Society encompasses Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline counties. The Pet Network website presents directions for locating the shelters in each county. You can use the Shelter Links for information about other animal shelters and rescues that may be able to help you find or place a pet.

Prince George’s County, MD, Animal Management Division
Always work hard to place the seniors who wind up at the shelter.

Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League, Southern MD
Telephone: 301-863-8207 E-mail: llgc @
(remove spaces in address before sending)Reach Out Rescue and Resources, Westminster, MD
“We are a small group of rescuers with a big amount of passion for dogs. In shelters we know that the last to be adopted or saved are the black dogs, senior dogs and hounds. So we are dedicating this Rescue to trying to help this group of dogs.” Please see dogs that are currently available. And, if you don’t find one on their site, you can contact them to tell them more about yourself and the kind of dog to whom you’d like to give a home.

All Paws Rescue — Accord, MA
Veterinarian-approved, family-friendly dogs and pet adoption advice are offered via the All Paws website. You may also inquire via E-mail about All Paws or any of the dogs available for adoption. All Paws Rescue P.O. Box 569 Accord, MA 02018-0569.

Canine Connections, Inc.
Canine Connections, Inc.,
Making a Difference for Homeless Animals. PMB #242 ,18 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021. Telephone: 781-793-7879 E-mail:

Manchester Animal Shelter (Friends of) is a volunteer organization which runs the Manchester Animal Shelter located at 490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester, NH 03102. Phone: 603-628-3544 E-mail: Shelter Manager: Ken Murphy. A no-kill shelter; all pets altered prior to adoption.

Taunton Animal Shelter Taunton, MA
A heart-warming statement from the Taunton Shelter: “The Taunton Shelter is a very large facility and fortunately can accommodate over 40dogs. We do not euthanize older dogs, only if dying or very ill. Our success rate is great placing these pooches. They do deserve a second chance. We think many of them go unclaimed because owners assume they’ve gone off to die. If the dogs are healthy, we spay or neuter them before putting them up for adoption, especially the purebreds. We have a special fondness in our hearts for the seniors.” Telephone: 508-822-1463. Address: 821 West Water St., Taunton, MA 02780

Thomas J. O’Connor Shelter — Chicopee, MA
Telephone: (413) 781-1485

The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Pittsfield, MA, is Pittsfield’s municipal shelter, and is managed by The Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity. “We are dedicated to re-uniting stray animals from Pittsfield with their owners, providing shelter and veterinary care for animals in need, and finding loving homes for adoptable, homeless animals. We are a no-kill shelter and often have senior dogs and cats available for adoption or hospice foster.” Phone: 413-448-9800. E-mail:

A Place for Us — South Egremont, MA
This facility is actually a loving home environment for dogs (usually one, no more than three at a time) who have come from local shelters and who need to find permanent homes. Before arriving, dogs are spayed or neutered, then, after about two weeks of adjusting to home life, are offering for adoption. By that time, the dogs’ personalities and habits are known, and a good match can be made between dog and adopter.

Northeast Animal Shelter — Salem, MA
This organization has never practiced euthanasia and has placed more than 73,000 animals since its founding in 1976. They are at 204 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Telephone: (978) 745-9888.

PoundHounds Inc. — Hopkinton, MA
PoundHounds is an all-breed volunteer rescue organization that facilitate the placement of abandoned or surrendered dogs currently in non-profit shelters or town-run pounds in Massachusetts. They contact, or are contacted, by pounds and shelters about dogs that need to be placed. Because many of these pounds have no budget or charter to work with dogs that are sick, injured, or have behavior problems, they will assume this responsibility and provide rehabilitative care, including medical treatment, boarding, or training, depending on the dog’s requirements. They then try to place the dog through advertising, referrals, and participation in pet adoption events. Their goal is to find the best homes for the dogs in their care. PoundHounds Adoption Hotline: 508-435-5029. E-mail:

Valley Dog Rescue E-mail List and Website — a forum for rescuers in New England, Eastern NY, NJ and the rest of the Northeast

The Quincy Animal Shelter, Quincy, MA is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization taking care of the homeless cats and dogs of the city of Quincy, MA. Every animal receives age-appropriate vaccinations and is spayed or neutered before going to a forever home.


Animal Placement Bureau, Grand Rapids, MI
The Animal Placement Bureau is a volunteer foster care network with no paid staff and no sheltering facility. All of the dogs in the care of this group live with our volunteers and become as much a part of their family as their own dogs. APB is recognized federally as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose primary goal is to place homeless dogs into loving, lifelong homes. APB is funded solely by private donations and fundraisers and does not receive any state, local, or federal funding. Major expenses are the result of the extensive medical care we provide for each dog in our care including wormings, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries.

Guardian Angel Animal Rescue, Livonia, MI
Guardian Angel Animal rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and cats and providing them with care in loving foster homes until wonderful adoptive homes can be found. Phone: 734-332-9459; Email:

Jethro’s Place Animal Sanctuary, Ferndale, MI,
has a wonderful website that features the senior dogs currently in their guardianship. The sanctuary makes every effort to find homes for these dogs, who are already housetrained, current on their shots, and have had their health checked by a veterinarian. Please visit the website and click on “Adopt a Senior Pet” to see photos of the dogs and to find out more. Phone: 800-459-3886. E-mail:

Owosso, MI — Shiawassee Humane Society
Adopt a Kennel Program: If you have always wanted a dog or cat, but can not have one where you are living, why not adopt a kennel? For only $1.00 a day, you can help provide medical treatment, food, shelter, and one on one attention to the occupant of the Kennel you sponsor. You may sponsor for any amount of days you would like. We will attach a card to the kennel with your name, and how many days the cage is going to be sponsored. Please call the Shelter for more Info. 989-723-4262

Pet Resource Network, Kalamazoo, MI
A tax-deductible charitable organization run by volunteers. They write: “Currently we house over 70 dogs and puppies. Some of these animals are at our kennel and get very little run time outside. In order for the animals to get adequate exercise, we are raising funds to fence in two areas at our kennel, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. We have quotes ranging from $8,000 to $11,000. If you can help us meet this goal, please send a contribution.” Box 3034, Kalamazoo, MI 49003. Phone: (616) 388-2180 E-mail:

Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter, Mason, MI
F.I.C.A.S. (Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter) is a non-profit organization that tries to find loving homes for animals at the shelter. Please visit F.I.C.A.S. at


Home for Life, Stillwater, MN
Special needs and senior animals whom nobody seems to want can live out their days with compassionate, good quality care at this facility located in Stillwater, MN 55082, toll-free: 1-800-252-5918 / Fax: 612-223-5963. Home For Life® has also acquired 40 acres in Star Prairie, Wisconsin, and projected completion in April 1999 of construction of buildings that will house approximately 200 animals.

The Callaway Hills Animal Shelter, Jefferson City, MO, is a privately owned and operated no-kill shelter located about 10 miles north of Jefferson City. We usually house well over 100 animals at any time, and we have several wonderful older dogs who have lived at the shelter all or most of their lives. These dogs are well treated at the shelter, but they have no idea how good life can be in a home of their own, with their own person to love. How wonderful it would be if they could find out, and how rewarding it would be to show them what a loving home is really like! Please visit our website for more information about our adoption terms and conditions, and to see all of our pets for adoption. You can also call us at (573) 896-40 49, or e-mail for more information.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

Top Dog Foundation

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health; that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized

Vision: That every senior dog; homeless, abandoned, or labeled “un-adoptable” and scheduled for expiration because of age, and health, will have a loving and permanent home . . . that their transition from this life will be in the arms of someone who loves them.



Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter, Kansas City, MO
Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944. Mission: to provide for the well-being of unwanted companion animals; to place as many animals as possible in responsible homes; to educate the public on the humane treatment of pets; to offer cemetery services; and to help reduce pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering adopted pets.

Heart of America Humane Society, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Ottawa, KS
Two strong advocates for senior dogs — Tim Chancey and Cindy Livingston, both members of the Heart of America Humane Society — pay special attention to the seniors at the Lee’s Summit, MO, and Ottawa, KA, shelters — often taking them to their own homes for fostering (and sometimes forever). Please visit the Heart of America Humane Society site where you can view the currently available dogs — a number of them seniors.

The St. Louis Senior Dogs Project, St. Louis, MO, has been around since 2002 and now rescues and places more than 500 dogs a year, most of them over the age of 5. The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are an all-volunteer organization that rescues dogs of all ages, but especially dogs five years of age and older, actively promoting their adoption. We spay/neuter all dogs, bring them up to date with shots, worm, microchip and test for heartworms. We provide our dogs with all necessary veterinary care, including treatment for such things as heartworm disease, kennel cough, pneumonia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, fleas and ticks. Visit the website and the blog.

7 Bells Sanctuary, Holden, MO — A senior dog rescue that operates a program called “Senior Pets for Senior Homes.” The program sends senior dogs out into the field to visit senior care centers. The senior adults in the care centers become acquainted with the dogs, and the dogs become familiar with medical equipment and not fearful of it. The group’s goal is to encourage permanent adoption of the pets into senior homes or homes with a low-energy lifestyle.

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors, Chesterfield, MO
“It is our mission to place older dogs in the loving homes of older people in the St Louis area and to continue to assist whenever needed. However, we do adopt to all ages, depending on the needs and age of the dog.” David and Diane Pierce,1109 Babler Forest Court, Chesterfield, MO 63005 Phone: 636.458.1892. E-mail: “We are happy to talk to you about our foster dogs. We are honest about the good behavior and behavior needing improvement. All adopters get a two week trial period to make sure that it is a good match.”


Senior Dog House & Rescue, Mainly Flathead and Lake Counties including the cities of Bigfork, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Polson
The Senior Dog House and Rescue is a non-profit, private organization in the state of Montana. This group is dedicated to rescuing, living with and adopting senior dogs. Though the focus is on older dogs, this rescue also includes the special needs, abused and neglected animals of all ages. The ages may vary but the need is the same, they all need great, loving homes of their own. Volunteers house, love and provide medical attention in a safe, healthy home environment to as many seniors as resources allow. All animals taken in will remain here for the rest of their lives if the right home for each animal does not appear. Animals come from statewide shelters and occasionally from shelters in other states. Also accepted are strays from the local area; every attempt is made to return lost animals to their guardians. Owner surrenders are accepted when there is room.

Bozeman, MT
There are close to 200 animals in Bozeman needing homes, among them quite a few seniors. There are Labs and Lab mixes galore, Irish Setter/Husky mixes, Border Collies, Rottweilers, Shepherds and Shepherd mixes, Elkhound mixes, an American Bulldog, Spaniel mixes, Heeler mixes, Aussies and Aussie mixes, Australian Cattle dogs, etc. To view the dogs, go to the Shelter website and click on “Shelter Animals.”

Montana Shelters
There are always some great seniors awaiting adoption at Montana shelters. At times they have Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Lhasa Apsos, Spitzes, and always a number of wonderful Labs and Lab mixes. There are many small dogs, too, if that’s what you’re looking for. See some of these wonderful companions for yourself:

Montana Pets On the Net is a wonderful site that links almost all of the shelters and many rescue folks in Montana. A separate page on this website is dedicated to Purebred, Small, and Special Needs Dogs.


Hearts United for Animals, Auburn, NE
Among the most highly-recommended agencies in the country. Home of Midwest Animal Shelter, Box 286 Auburn, NE 68305 402.274.3679 The “Jet Set Dogs” program of this organization rescues out-of-state dogs and finds new homes throughout the country.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).


Dogtown, Carson City, Nevada. This organization has “a special spot in our hearts for the older crowd.” Always happy to help with finding a home for an old dog.

SPCA of Reno, Nevada
They really care about the seniors here, and are always interested in finding the best possible foster and permanent homes for them.

The Reno Gazette
Although this really isn’t an “agency,” the Pet Ad pages in this newspaper are a wonderful source for finding and placing pets. If you’re looking for a dog, get a copy of the paper at your local newsstand. If you’d like to place an ad for a dog who needs a home, talk to “Elaine” in the Lifestyle/Petfinder Dept. She will help write/format an ad (and will advise you to include a photo in it). Telephone: 775- 788-6361; fax 775-788-6436; voice mail for ads: 775- 324-0225, x1361.

Washoe County, Reno, NV — Washoe County Animal Services. Phone: (775) 353-8900. To see the complete list of all available dogs at Washoe County, go to

Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation, Incline Village, NV
The Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation state that they have ” . . . a special place in our hearts for senior and disabled pets. (Although we prefer to call them special!) At any given time, most of the animals available for adoption have been deemed “unadoptable” and were scheduled for euthanasia. With help from people like you, we have been able to place each and every animal that we have rescued into a loving home. Some of the animals on the Dog and Cat pages are considered senior, but to us they are just beginning. Please visit our Adoptable Animals pages to see the pets that we have available right now. And again, if you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact us — given a little time, we can find whatever it is that you are looking for.”


Animal Adoption Center is a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats in southern NJ. We shelter, nurture, and support all loving animals until they find their families and can leave us for safe, caring homes. Phone: 856-435-9116, E-mail:

The Animal Orphanage, Voorhees, NJ
Senior Dogs and cats tend to stay at this shelter longer than most other animals, simply because of their age. And the majority of the time, they are the most wonderful dogs and cats in the world, because they are mature. Take take a look at the seniors at this shelter! They are in need of a warm, loving home. 419 Cooper Road, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043. Phone: 856-627-9111.

Friends Of Wayne Animals, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ, serving the North Jersey area, dedicated to the welfare, sheltering and placement of homeless animals. “We are committed to educating the public about the humane treatment of animals, preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation, and promoting animal welfare. OUR VISION: To end euthanasia of adoptable animals so one day, no healthy companion animal will be euthanized for lack of a home, space, or compassion.” “We care for them until you do” Facebook: FOWA Rescue Phone: 973 902 7512 E-mail:

The Bergen County Animal Shelter is a county-operated shelter providing animal control to 49 communities in Bergen County, NJ. The shelter is located at 100 United Lane, Teterboro, NJ. Phone: 201-646-3200 E-mail: bcas @ (Remove spaces in address before sending.)

The Friends of the Bloomfield/Bukowski Animal Shelter works with the municipal shelter in the community of Bloomfield. The group is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You can visit the shelter — just off the Garden State Parkway (exit 150 North) in Bloomfield, NJ, or call the shelter directly at 973-680-4135. E-mail:

Burlington County Animal Alliance
Rescues companion animals from the Burlington Country shelter and keeps them in foster homes until they are adopted.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
A limited-admission facility that prides itself on a 90% adoption rate; low administrative overhead; specialized behavior modification programs; participation in animal rescues from overcrowded facilities and abuse situations. 124 Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936. Telephone: (973) 386-0068.

Mostly Shepherds (New Monmouth, NJ) is a non-profit animal rescue organization that primarily rescues German Shepherds, but also rescues other dogs and cats. All our animals are evaluated by a licensed veterinarian, receive check-ups and shots, as needed, and are spayed or neutered, if necessary. Our goal is to find the “right owner” for the “right pet”. We help you find the dog that’s best for you


Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, Inc., Ledgewood, NJ
For more than 40 years Noah’s Ark has been a true haven for homeless pets seeking a second chance at a loving home. Operating with a ‘no kill’ philosophy, no animal is ever euthanized due to age or breed and no time limit placed on an animal’s stay at the shelter. Objective: to find wonderful, forever homes for as many cats and dogs as possible. Mission: To prevent cruelty to animals, provide care for homeless animals, and educate the public in responsible animal care, guided by a belief in the dignity of animals and the importance of the human-animal bond.

New Jersey Rescue, Transport and Foster
Perhaps you can’t take a dog into your home right now, but you may still be able to help with foster care or transportation. Visit this website to see the opportunities. The group writes, “We handle dogs of all ages and would never turn down a dog based on age.”

The Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA) was founded in 1891 and incorporated in June 1947, as a non-profit organization and a chapter of the NJ State SPCA. The staff and board of trustees are deeply involved and committed to all aspects of animal care and welfare. In its function as a humane society, the shelter serves as a refuge for thousands of stray, unwanted, abused, abandoned and sick animals. Phone: 856-691-1500. Address: 1244 N. Delsea Drive,Vineland, NJ 08361.

Orphaned Pets Inc., Westfield, NJ
This group writes:  “We’d love to hear from you. Call us at any time to talk. Whether you’re interested in a pet right now, are thinking of getting a pet in the future, would like to volunteer or just want to have your questions answered, call Diane at (908) 232-4153 or Debbie at (973)635-7395. We’re very friendly, we love animals and we’d be happy to hear from you.” E-mail:

Pet Rescue of Mercer is an all volunteer, not-for-profit animal rescue group based in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ. PRM rescues neglected, abused, and abandoned animals from local shelters by finding quality homes for them. We always have several senior dogs, as well as many other dogs and cats available for adoption! We are also always looking for dedicated volunteers. Please contact us via our website.

People for Animals
Founded in 1980, People for Animals, Inc., is a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to ending animal suffering. Chosen by the State of New Jersey to participate in a pilot program to reduce animal overpopulation, and in 1985, opened the first Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic of its kind in the State. Over 5,800 spay and neuter surgeries are performed yearly, thus preventing the birth of thousands of unwanted dogs and cats. 433 Hillside Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205. Telephone: 908-964-6887 (clinic) 908-688-1073 (hotline) E-mail:

Valley Dog Rescue E-mail List and Website — a forum for rescuers in New England, Eastern NY, NJ and the rest of the Northeast

Mostly Shepherds Rescue, New Monmouth, NJ, is a non-profit organization that rescues German Shepherds and other dogs/cats. All animals are evaluated by a veterinarian, receive check-ups and shots, and are spayed or neutered, if necessary. Our goal is to find the “right guardian” for the “right pet”. Please view our website. E-mail: libcook @ (Remove spaces in address before sending.) Telephone: 732-671-3708

Rogers Rescue, serving New Jersey and Eastern PA, a VIRTUAL SHELTER, without facility or kennel. All of the adoptable pets on our Petfinder site are currently living in the homes of our volunteers where they’re being loved and treated as members of the family. While in foster care the rescued dogs are fully vetted, treated for any known illnesses, evaluated, socialized and if need be, started on housebreaking and obedience training. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will get to talk to the foster parent(s) and learn all about the dog you’re interested in adopting.

Rawhide Rescue, East Green Brook, NJ was formed to serve the needs of homeless dogs and cats by providing loving and expedient rescue, foster homes and permanent placement. We network and teamwork with other rescue groups and shelters. Rawhide Rescue is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Rawhide Pet Rescue 83 Rock Road, East Green Brook, NJ 08812 Phones: (908) 581-3417 (cell) or (908) 561-8056 Email:


Animal Humane New Mexico
Has a special focus on fostering and encouraging adoptions of senior dogs.

People’s Anti-Cruelty Association

“PACA / AAR is the oldest no-kill animal rescue group in New Mexico. Our main focus is abandoned, abused cats and dogs. We provide all needed medical care, spay/neuter, as well as any major surgery required. We also provide a safe haven until an adoptive home is found.”

New Mexico Lap Dog Rescue
Marie Steele, who runs Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, says, “One of our specialties is caring for the older, less-adoptable canines, who take your heart and breath away when you look into their eyes.”

Albuquerque Dog Links
Providing Albuquerque residents and visitors to the city with everything they need to enjoy Albuquerque with their best friend. The site does not have a “rescue” or “adoption” focus, but could help establish contacts in the rescue community.


This no-kill shelter with three locations has served New York City with compassion and dedication for more than a century. Their website and newsletter are outstanding.

Animal Haven
Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter for abandoned animals in New York City. Their mission is to place cats and dogs in loving homes and to give lifetime care for animals who can’t be placed. They are a source for family pets, a care facility for senior dogs and cats, and a sanctuary for pets whose owners have asked that they be cared for after they have passed away.

Craig’s List (New York Area)

New Yorkers for Companion Animals (NYCA)
is a small, nonprofit, volunteer run organization based in New York City’s upper east side. The cats and dogs we have up for adoption are all rescued animals. Many are former pets abandoned at city pounds, found on the streets or given up by their owners. Regardless of how an animal comes to us, we provide food, shelter, and medical care. E-mail:

Posh Pets Rescue, New York City, NY, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals, many of whom are rescued at the very last moment from euthanasia at the city shelters. Safe haven is provided to all those who find their way here through whatever circumstance, whether abandoned, injured or neglected. No matter the breed, health or age, Posh Pets believes that all should live secure, healthy lives and the group works tirelessly to find the right homes with people who will love their pets for a lifetime.

Sentient Creatures is a non-profit animal rescue group that functions exclusively on contributions from the public. Sentient Creatures does not operate a physical shelter to house those rescued, and are therefore always in need of loving, safe, foster homes for these special dogs. Founded in 1994 to expand the work of animal rescue begun by Chitra Besbroda in 1973, Sentient Creatures is the only group dedicated to consistently rescuing Harlem’s abandoned, abused, and neglected “junkyard dogs.” In the 27 years since Chitra first began her rescue efforts, Sentient Creatures has rescued and placed more than 3500 of these abused and abandoned animals in loving homes. Sentient Creatures, Inc. PO Box 765, Cathedral Station New York, NY, 10025. Phone: 212-865-5998 E-mail:

Stray from the Heart is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless dogs…providing shelter, veterinary care and loving homes for abandoned, lost, neglected and abused animals. Stray from the Heart, PO Box 11, New York, NY 10024-0011. E-mail:


Elmsford, New York — The Elmsford Animal Shelter is a no-kill facility and has numerous senior dogs for adoption. It is the largest no-kill animal shelter in NY state. There are many wonderful senior dogs available for adoption….small sized seniors (such as Chihuahuas and Miniature Pinschers) as well as larger senior dogs (such as Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds). While all the seniors get plenty of love and attention at this wonderful shelter, they’d be so much happier in a loving, adoptive home. For a partial listing of adoptable dogs at the Elmsford Shelter, please check their website.Community Animal Programs (C.A.P.), Little Falls, NY YMCA, 15 Jackson Street, Little Falls, NY 13365.

Goshen, NY, Humane Society’s S.A.I.N.T. Program matches senior dogs with senior citizens. E-mail: Diane Novack,

Homeward Bound, Albany, NY, is a nonprofit dog rescue organization, rescuing dogs who have been turned over to shelters, surrendered to their own surrender program and rescued from puppy mills. Homeward Bound dogs live in a foster home until they are ready to move into your home. This foster arrangement allows the dogs to learn to live in a home, and also provides the opportunity to appropriately match families with the dogs. All dogs are up to date on shots and have seen a vet. All Homeward Bound Dogs are spayed/neutered (or must be after adoption), and dogs in the adoptive home must also be spayed/neutered.

Little Shelter Dog & Cat Adoption Center, Huntington, LI, NY
Little Shelter is always there for the special needs cases and seniors. If you would like to help or adopt a very special dog, you’re sure to find one on the Little Shelter website. Or, to get in touch directly with a volunteer, E-mail:

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Port Jefferson Station, LI, NY
“Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center believes it is our moral responsibility to protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned, and homeless cats and dogs, and to place them in loving permanent homes. We provide spay and neuter services and any necessary medical care for pets. We work diligently to educate the public, especially children, on the importance of pet sterilization, responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.” Location: 608 Route 112; phone (631) 473-6333.

North Shore Animal League America, Port Washington, NY
“Old age is not a disease; it’s just old age,” say the folks at NSAL. Their special “Seniors for Seniors” program is a winner. E-mail Seniors for Seniors Services at: Phone: (516) 883-7900 ext. 838. Visit: North Shore Animal League America, 16 Lewyt Street, Port Washington, NY 11050

The Shelter Connection is the volunteer organization at The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter . Supplies trained volunteers as adoption advisors and dog handlers. Main goal is to increase both the number and quality of adoptions. Sponsors the “Mend-A-Paw” fund for special medical and surgical needs of the shelter dogs.

Oasis Animal Sanctuary
Founded in 1998, and located on 60-plus acres of land in upstate New York, Oasis Animal Sanctuary is the home of many victims of animal abuse—cats, dogs, pigs, pigeons, chickens, rabbits and more. Many of the cats and dogs are rescued from the streets of New York City. Oasis strives to offer the best possible care and service to residents. Oasis is a no-kill animal sanctuary. Telephone (845) 482-5161 or E-mail: Potential adopters must fill out an adoption application. There is a $100 donation fee required for dogs at time of adoption ($50 for cats).

Pets Alive Inc., in the Catskills, NY is a not-for-profit no-kill Sanctuary which does NOT believe that euthanasia is the final solution. At any given time more than 40% of their dogs are seniors. There are many and varied breeds and mixed breeds. This organization was founded because an elderly, abandoned Golden Retriever saved the founder’s 18-month-old son’s life in 1972. They will take in ANY Golden — age is NOT a consideration. They are all welcome to spend their very golden years with our family.

Rochester, NY — Animal Service League
Founded in 1953, the Animal Service League is an all-volunteer organization concerned with the rescue, care and welfare of homeless domestic animals in the Rochester, New York, area. Cats, dogs, birds and other domestic animals in need of shelter and veterinary help are cared for until they can be restored to their original owners or new homes found. No animal is ever destroyed for lack of a permanent home. The animals are cared for on a temporary basis in our Haven Homes until they are ready to be placed in a permanent home. When available for adoption, the animals are shown at “Adoption Day” events held most weekends at various area merchants. The web site and our business line (585) 234-7275 can give you the exact times and locations for these events.

Sprakers, New York — Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter
133 Hilltop Road, Sprakers, NY 12166. Telephone: 518-673-5670. E-mail: Open Tues through Sat 12-5 pm, Wed to 7 pm. Closed Sun and Mon. Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter operates as a “quality of life” shelter. All adult animals are spayed and neutered prior to being made available for adoption. In addition, all animals receive all necessary shots, wormings, and other medical treatments, and all dogs are licensed before leaving the shelter. All would-be adoptive families are carefully screened before being allowed to take home any pet.

Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare is a 501c3 rescue organization founded in 1972. Their goal is to rescue and find homes for any animals that need help, primarily dogs and cats who have been abandoned or were born on the street. Contact Ellen Donnelly (718) 448-3525

Tri-Lakes Humane Society is a small, non-profit, no-kill shelter that works very hard at finding forever homes for our furry friends. P. O. Box 1111 (33 Algonquin Ave; after August 20, 2003: 255 George Lapan Mem. Hwy.), Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Phone: 1-518-891-0017 Fax: 1-518-891-1553 E-mail:

Ulster County SPCA, Kingston, NY
Recently became a no-kill shelter with wonderful, gentle seniors available for adoption.

Valley Dog Rescue E-mail List and Website — a forum for rescuers in New England, Eastern NY, NJ and the rest of the Northeast

Warwick Valley Humane Society, Warwick, NY
Senior citizens over the age of 60 (verification required) are able to adopt a designated senior dog or cat. All adoption fees including spay/neuter costs are waived with the exception of the dog license fee, which is required by New York State Law. Please stop by the shelter for an application and a visit with one of the senior animals currently waiting to become your lifelong friend. 48 Public Works Drive, Warwick, NY 10990, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990. Phone: (845) 986-2473


Friends Forever, Greensboro, NC, is “… a small, private, all-breed animal orphanage . . . dedicated to finding permanent companion pet homes for animals in need. We are available daily by appointment. Our rescue pets live in an in-home environment until they are adopted. Our adoption process includes an application, a trial visit, an adoption contract with fee and follow-up after placement. All of our rescues are healthy, completely vetted, socialized, crate trained companion pets waiting to be adopted. We are thankful for each and every forever home we adopt to and appreciate all inquiries into adopting one of our rescue pets.” Telephone: (336) 855-1899 or E-mail:

The Haven — Friends for Life, Raeford, NC
Founder Linden Spear sometimes won’t give up for adoption the seniors she rescues, but instead keeps them herself. The reason? She says, “Some of those dogs are just too old to be told they’ve been dropped off at a shelter.” If you can give an older dog a really good home, though, she might consider letting one go.

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., Staley, NC
Happy Hills is a non-profit rescue group in North Carolina dedicated to providing nutritious meals, shelter, and veterinary care to needy animals and finding loving, responsible homes for as many abandoned and abused animals as possible. They accept any and all breeds. This organization often has senior dogs, and has been very successful in placing them. They never put a dog down due to age, unless there is a serious, untreatable, fatal illness and it is a kindness to end their suffering. Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc. Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc., 3143 Happy Hills Dr.,
Staley, NC 27355. Telephone: 336-622-3620. E-mail:

Howlin4Spirit Companion Animal Rescue, Rutherford, NC
Dedicated to helping second-hand animals become first-class companions! Phone: 828-429-8398. E-mail:

(Love Is For Everyone) Animal Haven, Oxford, NC, regularly saves senior dogs. E-mail: or phone (919) 939-4261

Operation Peace, Rural Hall, NC— for the rescue and rehabiliation of abused animals. Contact them to learn about a senior to adopt. Telephone: (336) 767-4237 or toll free 1-877-223-0689. E-mail:

Winnabow, NC — Paws’ Place
The Paw’s Place mission: “
(1) We save pets – the abandoned, the abused and the neglected, whose previous backgrounds were ALL filled with neglect due to overpopulation and uninformed owners, who lacked the foresight to spay or neuter, or to provide heartworm preventative for their domestic pets. (2) We nurse them back to health. (3) We provide a sanctuary for those that are unable to be adopted. (4) And, most important of all, we find them loving homes – no matter how long it takes. Paw’s Place receives unwanted, abused and neglected animals from the community, and in return, provides healthy companion animals. Paw’s Place has several programs with the community schools to provide animal care, education, and volunteer work programs. From August 1999 to December 2003, we have adopted over 565 dogs and puppies and house another 100.” Paw’s Place, Inc., 3701 Boiling Spring Road, Winnabow, NC 28479. Phone: 910-845-PAWS. E-mail:

Yancey County Humane Society, Burnsville, NC, is fortunate enough to have a volunteer, Denise Brault, who takes on the senior cases at the YCHS animal shelter. The shelter is a ‘space available’ limited facility and seniors don’t always have much time there. If you think that you might like to offer a home to a senior dog, please call or E-mail immmediately. Phone: (828) 682-9510. E-mail:

Franklin County Animal Control, Louisburg, NC Franklin County’s animal control facility (located at the county landfill between Louisburg and Youngsville) was originally designed as a rabies control facility rather than a shelter. Consequently, it does not have the resources to provide long-term care for dogs and cats. Stray dogs and cats are kept at the facility for a minimum of three days prior to euthanasia, while owner-surrendered animals may be (but are not always) euthanized immediately. Therefore, these animals do not have much time once they are at the facility.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).


Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio (AHDRO)’s mission is to provide homeless Collies and other family-friendly dogs a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition, and love until an approved home is found; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in our rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets, and to promote the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment.

Angels for Animals…in Canfield, Ohio, takes in senior dogs. Mission: “Angels for Animals believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measure. Our mission is to educate the people of our community about pet overpopulation and regular veterinary care for pets; cultivate an awareness and responsibility toward the needs of companion animals; provide for the well-being of our community’s animals that are abandoned or otherwise in need; and instill respect for and appreciation of all living things.”

Paws and Prayers is based in the Northeast Ohio region. “Our primary mission is to rescue, care for, and find loving homes for homeless cats and dogs. Our secondary goal is to make sure all of these animals are spayed or neutered. It is a big task, but we are ready! We operate as a non-profit, incorporated organization that functions solely with foster homes and adoption volunteers. We have many senior dogs looking for homes. Please visit the adoptable pets on our site or call Jennifer at (330 ) 475-8300.”

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, Cleveland
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and life long care of senior dogs. All dogs who come to the Sanctuary live in a home with guardians who watch over them and provide lots of love and excellent care. Serving Northeast Ohio and beyond. E-mail: The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, P.O. Box 609054, Cleveland, OH 44109. Telephone: 216-485-9233

The Humane Society of Preble County, Eaton, Ohio (25 miles from Dayton). Telephone: 937/456-PETS (7387). E-mail:

Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Hours of operation – Tuesday through Saturday Noon until 4:00 PM Wednesday evenings until 7:00 PM During the month of June we will be open on Sundays from 1 to 4 PM for adoptions only. Telephone: (740) 392-2287 E-Mail:

St. Francis Animal Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located in Erie County, Ohio. We have 30 acres of quiet and peaceful natural beauty. The work we do here is for the love of the animals. That is why we take the sickest of the sick and the oldest of the old and give them a home for the time they have left on this earth. The animals we take in are the ones no one else would have because of age or illness.

Society for the Protection of Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 1047, Fremont, Ohio 43420. To fill out an application go to the website (scroll down to lower right). Or call 419-334-2773.

Lisbon, OH — Columbiana County Dog Pound 8455 County Home Road Phone: 330-424-6663 or 330-424-5458 E-Mail:

Mt. Gilead, Ohio — Morrow County Dog Shelter
The Morrow County Dog Shelter is a shelter and a rescue and adoption center for dogs, and also the home of the Morrow County Dog Warden’s office. This agency responds to callers’ complaints on stray, problematic, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs, taking appropriate action as necessary. The agency’s goal is to help all dogs find permanent, loving homes with responsible, caring owners. Click here to see currently available adoptable dogs. Email: Phone: 419-946-1747

Portage County Dog Pound
ALL of the dogs at this shelter have only days to live and need to be saved DESPERATELY!!! The Portage County Dog Pound is a county animal control facility that picks up stray dogs and holds them for three days to allow an owner to claim before releasing them for adoption. The staff is forced to humanely euthanize any animals that aren’t/can’t be adopted/rescued two times per week due to the overwhelming number of dogs and the limited amount of space at the shelter. This is why all the dogs on the website are marked URGENT. The dogs marked VERY URGENT will be euthanized sooner. Adopt a pound dog…they’ll be grateful for life!Portage County Dog Pound
8120 Infirmary Rd
Ravenna, OH 44266Phone: 330- 297- 6924


Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville
“The Mission of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Bartlesville, a nonprofit corporation, is to provide care for abandoned companion animals. We educate the public on animal welfare issues, respond to complaints and assist the authorities with resolution of abuse and neglect cases. We optimize opportunity for placement of homeless animals.”

Washington County SPCA An open-access shelter serving the animals, citizens and communities of Washington County: providing shelter and medical care for stray, abandoned or surrendered animals in the community; responding with personal commitment, humane sensitivity, compassion, and technical skill to the needs of these animals; actively promoting suitable adoptions of the animals; encouraging the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats through GCSNAP and Alley Cat Alliance; helping to prevent cruelty to animals by promoting education in the community. Telephone: 918-336-1577 Email:

Animal Rescue Foundation, Tulsa
Since 1988, The Animal Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been rescuing pets from the City Animal Shelters and caring for them until they are adopted.

Free to Live, Edmond, OK — A non-profit animal sanctuary for stray, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats. It is the only sanctuary of its kind in Oklahoma. Animals who are not adopted live out their lives with excellent shelter, food and medical care. Euthanasia is not practiced.

Lab Rescue OK is a volunteer group of people dedicated to saving purbred Labrador Retriever in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the surrounding areas… dog at a time. Tulsa, OK

Pets and People Humane Society, Yukon
Pets & People Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill humane society that rescues adoptable cats and dogs from municipal animal control facilities across the state of Oklahoma on the day they are to be euthanized. We provide a safe harbor for our pets until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes. All are spayed or neutered to help end the vicious cycle of homeless pets. 701 Inla, Yukon, OK 73085. Telephone: 405.350.PETS

Saving Pets At Risk, Inc., Shawnee, OK, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable rescue corporation dedicated to finding homes for homeless and abandoned animals in Shawnee, OK, and surrounding areas. At this time, SPAR, Inc. is limited to finding homes for dogs and cats that are being cared for in foster homes. It is our goal to eventually branch out and rescue from local animal shelters but that will require more foster help and better funding.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Norman, OK, is a non-profit organization which provides temporary safe shelter and proper veterinary care for homeless dogs and cats that are awaiting adoption. SECOND CHANCE actively works to place these stray and abandoned animals in permanent loving homes with caring people.”


Unicorn Point Animal Sanctuary, Klamath Falls, OR
The organization is a no-kill shelter and sanctuary, caring for all types of animals in all conditions and of all ages. They have recently acquired property in northern Nevada, and will be moving there, although they will maintain a thrift shop and adoption/education center in Klamath Falls. To help build the new facility, send a donation to UPAS, P.O.Box 346, Bonanza, OR 97623.

Greenhill Humane Society is located in Eugene, Oregon. Hours: 11:00 – 6:00, Friday through Tuesday. Phone: 541-689-1503 E-mail: Out of town adoption applications accepted.

Portland, OR — The Second Chance program of the Oregon Humane Society takes dogs from the smaller shelters throughout Oregon and southwest Washington and transfers them to their own center, where the chances for adoption are greatly increased. Currently they have a 90% adoption rate for dogs. There are always some senior dogs in residence. Telephone: 503-285-0838 Website:

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon is a non-profit group of volunteers based in Philomath, Oregon. Organized in 1998, it is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization’s goal is to rescue older dogs who are homeless and place them with permanent, loving families. Dogs of 6 years and older are given preference, but no dog is turned away, regardless of age. The dogs come from a variety of places: local shelters, elderly persons who are moving to assisted living facilities, families of deceased persons, etc. The dogs live in foster homes while awaiting the right adopter. This permits evaluation of each dog in a normal home environment, gives the prospective adopter an accurate description of the dog, and ensures a good match between the dog and the home.

Pet Lodge Adoptions is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization. Headed by a vet tech who has been doing animal rescue for 16 years, Pet Lodge is on 14 acres with several large fenced yards. The dogs are kept in groups of 2 to 4; as of June 2001, they are housing 60 dogs, 9 cats, 8 rabbits, 2 large Iguanas and even a rescued gerbil. Adoptions are screened by phone and then by a home visit. All dogs are spayed/neutered before going out. Contracts state that the animal MUST be brought back to Pet Lodge if, at any time in the future the adopter can no longer keep an animal, regardless of the length of time that has elapsed. Adoption fees are “open.” Pet Lodge Adoptions (509)773-6407. E-mail:


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.

Pittsburgh, PA Animal Friends — Because this organization makes a commitment to every animal who enters the shelter, regardless of age or medical condition, they often have senior animals in need of a quiet, calm, mature home. Through the Golden Age Retrievers program, Animal Friends 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!

Stroudsburg, PA Camp Papillon — Camp Papillon is a non-profit, no-kill 501c3 animal rescue group dedicated to giving all homeless animals in the Poconos a chance for life. Nearly one hundred animals are currently in foster care at Camp Papillon. Each year hundreds of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and many more are placed in their forever homes by Camp Papillon. Camp Papillon consists of a board of directors and many dedicated volunteers and numerous Foster Parents. Since 2006 Camp Papillon has saved over 300 dogs. Camp Papillon, P.O Box 332, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Phone: 570-420-0450. E-mail:

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.

Happy Dog Rescue
Covering the Basking Ridge area of NJ west to Hamburg, PA. As far north as Stroudsburg and Pocono Pines, and as far south as Quakertown, PA or Lambertville, NJ. If you are more than 75 minutes drive time from zip code 18064, we will not adopt to you. To find out how far away you are, put in your home address and get directions to 18064 at


A Second Chance Animal Shelter, Manning, SC/Mission Statement: To shelter and protect the unwanted and abandoned animals of Clarendon County, to facilitate the adoption of those animals, to promote population control through spay and neuter programs and to educate the community about the care of animals.

As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals in our care, we solely rely on private donations to do what we do. We are a low kill/no kill shelter and do not euthanize to make room for additional animals, but only in the event of a terminal illness or injury.

Save the Strays Animal Rescue, Bethune, SC, a 501c3 charity, often takes in senior dogs that have been abandoned, turned in to shelters or are no longer wanted by their owners. We do not euthanize; any dog not adopted has a home with us for life. We do, however, try to place all adoptable dogs, no matter what their age. Telephone: 843-334-8459. E-mail:

Charleston, SC, Frances R. Willis SPCA. Telephone: (843) 871-3820. Or E-mail:

Our Lady of Mercy’s Catnip Cottage, Summerville, SC, is a non-profit, independent rescue foster home. We are dedicated to providing safe shelter, medical assistance, socialization and love to all homeless, abandoned, abused and neglected animals that God brings to our doors. Jesus tells us that not even a sparrow falls from the sky without our Father knowing it. These rescued animals are available for adoption to loving, responsible homes. Our home is dedicated to operating according to Biblical standards of animal stewardship. Our Lady of Mercy’s Catnip Cottage,105 Coney Court, Summerville, SC 29483. Phone: (843) 729-3967. E-mail:

Humane Society of McCormick County, McCormick, SC, is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to promoting responsible pet ownership including population control and to placing animals in humane environments.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Humane Society
This orgaization services eastern South Dakota, and bordering states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska).

For up-to-the-minute listings of Senior Dogs available for adoption in South Dakota, please E-mail:

Sioux Falls, SD., Pet Pals for Life
A no-kill group that has always found a home for the dogs in their care — senior or otherwise.


St. Francis Animal Rescue and Reguge (SFARR) (Oakland, TN) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no-kill animal rescue and refuge, depending solely on volunteers, adoption fees and donations. SFARR Rescue is dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected, injured and sick animals and providing an opportunity for these animals to be adopted into permanent, safe, loving homes. SFARR Refuge provides a permanent safe-haven for animals considered unadoptable because of behavioral and health problems. We hold regular adoption events for our dogs, as all of our dogs and cats are in foster care. Please call 901-482-9921 or check out our website.

The Animal Rescue and Fostering Networks (ARFNets) are networks of animal rescue people in the Blount County and surrounding areas of the East Tennessee Valley. We are working to find loving, permanent homes for abandoned or rescued animals of all kinds.Contact Info: 865-977-0751

Cleveland Animal shelter
360 Hill St Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 544-1464. Serving Cleveland, Bradley county. Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you’ll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA. Sherra Mills with Second Chance Pets writes: “I believe all creatures are deserving of second chances. My mission is to re-home the deserving animals from the Cleveland Shelter and give them a chance to share their life and love with a companion.” Adoption fee is 35.00$ With 25$ reimbursed upon proof of s/n. 10$ goes towards the rabies vaccine.

Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary, Springfield, TN
FFAS is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected animals in and around the Robertson County TN area. Foster homes are used to house all the animals in their care. Their main goal is to build a sanctuary on a piece of land (preferably donated), to house more animals. Euthanasia is not used as a means of population control.
E-mail: Address: 3913 Green Rd., Springfield, TN 37172.

Germantown Animal Shelter is located at 7700 Southern Ave., Germantown, TN. Telephone: 901-757-7358. Hours: 10 – 2:30 Monday through Friday, and 10 – 2 on Saturday. Although they do euthanize, this shelter will keep the animals as long as they don’t get full and the animal is not seriously ill or aggressive.

Happy Tales Humane, Franklin, TN is a closed-admission humane shelter for dogs and cats. Their goal is to place as many pets as possible, using screening, both written and verbal. They do not euthanize to make room for new pets. E-mail: Phone: 615-791-0827. Debbie Repasy, Shelter Manager. Happy Tales Humane, 230 Franklin Rd., Suite 1303, Franklin, TN 37064

Young-Williams Animal Center is the only intake facility in Knox County, taking in nearly 12,000 animals yearly. Young-Williams Animal Center received a grant by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to establish an Adoption Ambassadors program in the community. The Adoption Ambassadors program empowers those who foster animals to become adoption counselors on behalf of Young-Williams. Once they complete program orientations, Ambassadors take home dogs or cats available for adoption and pledge to help those animals find safe and loving homes through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family. YOUNG WILLIAMS ANIMAL CENTER, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville, TN 37919. Phone: 865-215-6599. E-mail:

Memphis Animal Shelter
Most Labs, Rottweilers, Shepherds, and Chows don’t make it out of the Memphis Animal Shelter alive, not to mention most older dogs. If you are in a position to adopt a dog, please don’t hesitate. The shelter is located at 3456 Tchulahoma Rd., Memphis, TN. Telephone: 901-362-5310. Normal hours are Tues – Fri, 10 to 5; Mon and Sat, 10 to 3. Adoptions till 4:45 and 2:45 respectively. Adoption fee for dogs is $50 — includes heartworm test, spay/neuter, and rabies, parvo, and distemper vaccinations. Fee for cats is $45 — includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

The Blount County Humane Society, Maryville, TN is a grass roots, citizen based, non profit “Animal Protection Organization” in the truest and longest traditions of the movement. “We believe that animal protection stands for the preservation of animal life, not the ending of it. Our goal is to make Blount County a no kill community by building a safe shelter that saves our dogs and cats by following the no kill philosophy.” Blount County Humane Society, 1005 E. Broadway 37804 Telephone: (865) 233-3739 E-mail:

Noah’s Arc, Talbott and Morristown, TN
Noah’s Arc, Inc., is an organization founded in 1991 by a couple of Jefferson County, Tennessee, attorneys as an alternative to the animal shelter. Their purpose is to rescue animals that have been abandoned or abused, provide medical care, find good homes for them, and, in general, to prevent animal overpopulation. Members are citizens who volunteer their help and/or donate money for this purpose.

Almost Home Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up solely of volunteers. Our primary purpose is to rescue mistreated or homeless animals and place them in loving environments. We are based in the East Tennessee area. Almost Home believes that every animal deserves a loving home regardless of appearance, age, or physical limitation. No animal is expendable! We strive to give animals the safe and happy life they deserve. Contact 865-977-0751 or


Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, Inc, Bedford, TX, is an all-volunteer, non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to rescuing companion animals and placing them into foster homes until they can be permanently adopted. We are based in Bedford, Texas. The best way to get in touch with us is to call (817) 792-5122 and leave a message.

A Different Breed Animal Rescue, Dallax, TX, has a unique approach — “Attacking the Problem at the Source.” The organization’s mission is to address the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation by focusing on sterilization, adoption and education. In 2003, the city of Dallas impounded 32,738 dogs and cats. Out of these, 26,157 were killed by lethal injection. A Different Breed Rescue believes the solution to this epidemic is simple: Stop the births! Spay one female dog or cat at four months of age, and in seven years you have prevented 7,300 births. Cats and dogs are born faster than they can be adopted. Founding ADB directors: Monique Voelker, Barbara Canter, Debbie Ferrell, Becky Haisma, and Cathi Wood. A Different Breed Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 600278, Dallas, Texas 75360-0278. Telephone: 214-446-0553

Austin, TX — Pet Helpers Rescue. To check on seniors currently available, telephone: 512-264-4220. E-mail:

Baytown Humane Society, Baytown, TX
to relieve the suffering of animals and to improve their chances for adoption into loving and forever homes. Vision… that no animal entering into Baytown Area Shelters need be destroyed due to a lack of loving homes and responsible pet owners. Please don’t confuse Baytown Humane Society with Baytown Animal Control!! The city is charged with diminishing the numbers of unwanted animals, while The Humane Society works very hard to find them loving homes before they are destroyed. Telephone: (281) 424-3103

Coppell Animal Services. Coppell, TX
Telephone: 972-304-3515. E-mail:

Corsicana, TX — City of Corsicana Animal Shelter — Telephone: 903-654-4928 . E-mail: The City of Corsicana is located approximately 55 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45. Corsicana has had an animal shelter in the city for many years, but it had previously been operated by the Navarro County Humane Society. On July 1, 2003, the City of Corsicana took over operations and placed the shelter under the Police Department. A very dedicated and caring staff at the shelter do their very best to find forever homes for as many animals in the shelter’s care as possible. The Humane Society of Novarro County  (HSNC) supports efforts in the humane treatment of companion animals by providing financial assistance for spay/neuter surgery and for food for feral cats. Members of the HSNC also volunteer at the City Shelter, transport and foster animals for the City Shelter, and, both collectively and individually, do as much as possible to help the animals within their local, rural community of about 40,000 people.

Dallas, TX — Dog & Kitty City is truly a no kill shelter. Many senior dogs are available for adoption there. Located at 2719 Manor Way, Dallas TX 75235 E-mail: Or visit the website.

Dallas, TX — Safe Haven Animal Shelter
A no-kill rescue organization, with a shelter facility in the planning stages; currently operating with foster homes. A designated committee promotes senior animals and special adoption days for the seniors in their care. Safe Haven Animal Shelter, 800 E. Hubbard St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067. Telephone: 817.328.1501.

Dallas, TX — The Queenie Foundation
The Queenie Foundation of Dallas, TX, educates the public and supports the animal protection movement with love, respect and honor to create planetary compassion for life. E-mail:

DFW CARES (CAnine REScues) E-mail List
Dallas/Ft. Worth-based coalition of breed rescue and all-breed rescue groups. E-mail list used to list available dogs, request assistance, arrange transport and, in general, to network among the members of the rescue community. To subscribe, send an E-mail to: Leave subject line blank. In the message section type: subscribe dfwcares. To receive mail in digest form also type: set dfwcares digest

City of Friendswood Animal Control (FAC), Friendswood, TX, operates under the direction of the Friendswood Police Department and is here to serve and protect the citizens and to protect all animals. FAC rescues animals in distress, relocates wildlife to suitable environments and investigates reports of animals running at large. FAC receives and places dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small domestic animals for adoption. Other shelter services include a volunteer program, a lost and found program and a humane education program. Phone: 281-9963390 E-mail:

Furever Friends, Ft. Worth, TX
Furever Friends, Inc. is an animal rescue organization founded in 1995 by experienced animal welfare volunteers who wanted to work with local animal shelters, veterinarians, and the community to find homes for unwanted and abandoned animals. Furever Friends is not a shelter, but a group of volunteers who foster animals in their homes until permanent homes can be found. Foster animals are brought to adoption sites around the Fort Worth and mid-cities area until suitable homes can be found. No adoptable animal is ever euthanized because a permanent home could not be found. Furever Friends, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization run solely by volunteers. We have no paid staff and all moneys raised through donations, fund raisers, and adoptions are used for the care of Furever Friends’ animals. For information about our cats please call (817)361-7205 and for dogs please e-mail

Grand Prairie, TX — Animal Haven Rescue in Grand Prairie, TX. Call them to find out who is currently available: 972-263-4635. E-mail:

Guadalupe County Humane Society, Sequin, TX
Phone: 1-830.372.2055.

Gunbarrel City, TX

Hamilton, TX — Huts for Mutts Dog RescueThe purpose and objective of “Huts For Mutts” is to find homes for loving animals and spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The group, from small beginnings, has achieved enormous success in the Hamilton area.

Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue, is a non-profit 501-(c)-3, all-volunteer organization dedicated to beagle and hound rescue. We are a small group of volunteers who foster dogs in our homes. Most of our animals come from high-kill animal control facilities where they were scheduled to be euthanized. Our goal is finding homes for the dogs with families who want to continue our mission of giving the neglected dogs a second chance. Houston, TX.; Telephone: (713) 987-2076; E-mail:

McKinney, TX — Animal Care Center at
Stonebridge Ranch
is a full service veterinary hospital with an adoption program for the medically and behaviorally challenged. Please contact Animal Care Center at Stonebridge Ranch, 972-540-2220 or E-mail

The Humane Society of Tom Green County, San Angelo, TX is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare through provision of shelter, community education, leadership, and action. Our vision is to end euthanasia of adoptable animals so that, one day, no healthy companion animals will be euthanized for lack of a home, for lack of space, for lack of compassion. Contact Information: Kristin Pfluger, Humane Society Executive Director, Telephone: 915.653.8056.

Sherman, Texas — Animal Refuge Foundation
ARF, Martha and Jim Hovers’ Animal Refuge Foundation, wasn’t planned. According to Martha, “The dogs just started showing up.” A 25-acre property is home to more than 150 dogs; the bedroom is sleeping quarters for a minimum of 12. ARF, 3377 Spalding Rd., Sherman, TX 75092.

The Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Mission, TX is a small, home- based no-kill animal shelter. We rescue all types of animals, and care for them until they are adopted into loving forever homes. Contact us at or (956) 519-1587.

Pflugerville Animal Shelter is a municipal open intake shelter for the stray, unwanted and homeless animals of the City of Pflugerville. Pflugerville Animal Shelter houses and cares for stray animals, has an adoption program, and works with many reputable rescue groups. The shelter frequently takes in unwanted and stray senior dogs. Adoption includes spay/neuter, de-worming, and vaccinations. Pflugerville Animal Shelter is located at 1600 Waterbrook Dr, Pflugerville, Texas, 78660. Telephone 512-990-7387 Email:

Waco Humane Society– Energetic, caring, and compassionate people manage and staff this shelter, and focus on ending neglect, cruelty, and overpopulation of companion animals.

South East Dallas Humane Society, Dallas, TX runs a “seniors for seniors” program that waives their customary adoption fee and all veterinary fees. Once an approved application is accepted and there is an appropriate dog available, the adoption can be completed. Spay/neuter, heartworm testing, de-worming, vaccinations, and any necessary veterinary medical attention are all included — all for free!


Utah Lab Rescue is Utah’s only Labrador Retriever Club and Rescue. The organization has non-profit 501(c)3 status and rescues mostly purebred Labradors from the local city shelters, and at times in other special circumstances. The group will be introducing a new program for senior Labradors, funded by their “Peykos Memorial Fund,” newly created in honor of the Founder’s own Labrador “Peykos” who died tragically in April 2006. This program will allow the group to take in and rehome, or keep with the founder, senior Labradors to give them that much-deserved opportunity to live their last days or years with love, not in a cold, dark shelter. Senior Labradors eligible for this program must be 8 years of age or older. Younger Labradors will be placed up for adoption under the normal adoption program. Utah Lab Rescue PO Box 971511 Orem, Utah 84097-1511 (801)426-5414

Best Friends, Southern Utah (Kanab)
Located in southern Utah, north of the Grand Canyon, this is the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned companion and domestic animals. The organization’s aim is to “bring about a time when no homeless, unwanted animals are destroyed in shelters and when every dog or cat ever born can be guaranteed a good life in a good home.”

Hurricane, UT — Hurricane Animal Shelter
Big dogs and small dogs, young and senior — you’ll find them all at the Hurricane Animal Shelter. Telephone: (435) 635-8314 Hurricane Animal Shelter, 2084 S. 700 W., Hurricane, Utah 84737

P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals With Support) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose main goal is to find quality homes for shelter animals and animals surredered by individuals who can no longer care for them.


The Humane Society of Chittenden County, South Burlington, VT is a private and independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving both Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties whose mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering. We’re funded solely by the generous contributions of local businesses, foundations, and individuals.We receive no local, state, or federal funding for the services we provide. We are registered, inspected, and authorized annually to operate as an animal shelter by the State of Vermont. Each year we take in roughly 750 – 1,000 animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and more) and work to care for and responsibly place them in loving forever homes. We’re proud of our successes and aim each day to make the right match for every animal — and every potential adopter — in our care.

E-mail: Phone: (802) 862-0135 Visit: 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT. Tu-Fr 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 – 4:00; Closed Sun, Mon.

Second Chance Animal Center, Rt 7A, Shaftsbury, VT. Telephone: 1-802-375-2898 E-mail:

VIRGINIA (also see Washington, DC, below)

Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, Richmond, VA Telephone: 804-254-0800. E-mail:

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is Arlington County, Virginia’s official animal shelter and humane society. Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens and small companion animals are available for adoption to residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Senior dogs that have had behavioral evaluations and have received several vaccinations and health tests are usually available for viewing at the shelter. The shelter is located at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington VA 22206. Photos and descriptions of the dogs available for adoption can also be seen at the AWLA website,

Chesapeake Shepherd & K-9 Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, senior dogs and disabled dogs. We serve the Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia areas.

Chesterfield United Rescue Education (CURE), Midlothian, VA, is not a shelter, but an organization that pulls dogs from the local shelter and places them in loving foster homes. All dogs are immunized, groomed, spayed/neutered and provided other medical attention. Dogs are on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Adoption fees are $90.00 for dogs, $75.00 for cats. The adopttion fee does not cover the total expenses incurred for dogs and cats but helps the effort to continue pulling animals from a shelter environment and giving them the care they need. E-mail:

HAPPE (Homeless Animal Protection-Placement-Education) in Chesterfield, VA, is a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and placing homeless and at-risk cats and dogs. The group is committed to decreasing dog and cat overpopulation through education regarding responsible pet guardianship and spay/neuter programs. Telephone: 804.425.6236 E-mail:

The Humane Society of Warren County, Front Royal, VA, is a non-profit organization providing services to the Warren County area. The Society was incorporated April 1, 1947 by Julia Wagner to provide shelter, food, and care to the lost, stray, and abandoned animals of this area. We have also provided shelter for abused equines, pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, and goats. E-mail: Phone: 540-635-4734. Website: Address: 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630

HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team), Oak Hill, VA. You can contact the HART office at 703-691-4278 or E-mail: HART prefers to adopt within the Washington DC metro area.

K-9 New Life Center, Virginia Beach, VA
An all breed no kill rescue center located in Virginia Beach, VA. The K-9 New Life Center is like no other shelter. Dogs are taken in and given their own rooms, toys and beds. The rescued dogs are able to romp and frolic with other dogs as well as a group of caring volunteers everyday! Hours: Fridays from 4 to 6 and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5. Address: 2993 Seaboard Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Telephone: (757) 721-BARK.

New Hope Sanctuary, Lynchburg, VA. Jennifer Martin-Director 540-297-9559. E-mail:

Page County Animal Shelter, Stanley, VA. Telephone: 540.778.2101 E-mail:

Partners Among Cats And Canines (PACC) is a mixed breed rescue for dogs and cats. PACC has a network of foster homes for the animals to live until forever homes can be found. Webstite: Email: Address: PACC, P.O. Box 1133, Franklin, VA 23851 Phone: 757-562-0202.

Pound Pals of Radford, Inc., Radford, VA, works toward the prevention of suffering, neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals by cooperating with local animal shelter in all phases of animal placement and rescue. Pound Pals of Radford, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization. E-mail:

RAWL (Rappahannock Animal Welfare League). based in Central Virginia, manages the daily operation of the only “no kill” Animal Shelter in the area. RAWL can adopt only to people in the following areas: Northern and parts of Central VA, MD, DC, parts of PA, WV, and NJ. Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. Telephone: 540-937-3336. E-mail:

Save a Dog, Save a Cat (SADSAC) is a non-profit organization located in Prince William County, VA. Mailing Address: SADSAC, PO Box 972, Dumfries, VA 22026. Phone Number: 703-221-0324. E-mail:

The SPCA of Northern Virginia is a non-profit, all-volunteer, private organization and receives all our funding from membership dues, donations, and fundraising events. We do not have a shelter facility, and depend on foster parents to care for domestic animals until adoption. Investigating reports of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and abandonment is one of our primary functions. In most situations, an animal need not be removed from its home. Education is the key to successful pet ownership and the prevention of future inhumane treatment of animals. The SPCA of Northern Virginia will adopt to residents of Northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland only. Arlington, VA. Telephone: 703-799-9390. E-mail:

Southeastern VA — Hampton  Roads Pet — “A free online directory and community for the area pet lover” — A unique informational resource online, Hampton Roads Pet is the most diverse Web site of pet information for the Hampton Roads Virginia area on the Internet. Hampton Roads Pet is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and pet rescue as well as putting an end to animal abuse.


Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Northern Virginia/Washington DC
A volunteer from HART writes: “We are a group that prowls the area shelters, accepts owner surrenders, strays, etc., and places every dog eventually. As of October 2000, we had already doubled our 1999 placement of 500 dogs. We accept puppies and very young dogs into our program, but the majority of our dogs are older. We try to take as many as possible from the shelters, as their short time has run out. Like most rescue groups, we struggle to raise enough funds and awareness to get our work done.” E-mail:

Washington Animal Rescue League
The Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C., is a small, restricted admission, private, no-kill shelter that frequently has senior dogs available for adoption. Currently in residence in the senior category and waiting for adoption are a 9-year-old female Poodle mix and an 11-year- old cat. The Washington Animal Rescue League is located at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, D.C. Telephone: (202) 726-2556. Liz DiSimone, Adoption Manager.

Washington Humane Society DC Shelter
Always does its best for the seniors that are left in their guardianship. Please visit the shelter at 1201 New York Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002. Telephone: 202-576-6664 (24 hours)


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.

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.

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.


Jackson County Animal Shelter
Cottageville — This is a small rural shelter where the stasff have been working hard to find homes for all their adoptable dogs. At times the shelter must take in dogs due to legal action, and becomes very full. If you can take one of the seniors, it would mean so much. Click on this link to see the list of currently available dogs
. Mason County Animal Shelter
Mason County Shelter is a small shelter in a very rural part of West Virginia. This shelter accepts animals for $1.00, and most times people won’t even pay that, so they toss the puppies, dogs, cats and kittens over the fence or put them in the “night deposit” box. This shelter NEEDS help. The animals here are wonderful! PLEASE help save their lives! Rescues and adoptive homes, please call the Mason County contact people: Judy or Kimberly Oliver ( at (304-675-6458)or Missy Holestin ( at (304)395-1312 after 9:00pm for information on how you can send donations or rescue one or more of these precious dogs and cats.

Monroe County Animal League, Union, WV is an all- volunteer, non-profit organization. Monroe County does not have an animal shelter. All pets are fostered by individuals. We’re willing to assist with transportation when needed and anxious to work with you to help you find the pet you desire. Monroe County Animal League, Inc., PO Box 343, Union, WV 24983. E-mail:

Raleigh County Animal Rescue (RCAR) is based in Coal City, West Virginia. We are a small, no-kill, 501(c)3 organization. RCAR is not affiliated with the Raleigh County Humane Society/Shelter in any way. We foster in our homes and are limited to the number of animals we can take in. We are dedicated to helping homeless, abandoned or abused animals. Our efforts are guided toward finding permanent homes for our animals.

Jackson County Animal Shelter, Cottageville, West Virginia Back a couple of years ago, there were horrible pictures of this shelter with a dumpster full of dead dogs. The staff and community involved with this shelter have tried so hard to keep that from ever happening again. For two years. with the help of supporters, it was possible. Dogs are still in danger, however, when the shelter becomes full, which it does on a regular basis. Supporters have been able to get many of the dogs sponsored, transport is free, and the dogs are great dogs. Rescue contact: Dreama / Bobbie Working closely with the shelter is a group called Animal Rights Fur-Ever (ARF): This is a group of local volunteers assisting with the JCAS rescue/transport program. Please visit the website and find out how you can support their work.


Wisconsin Pet Rescue and Adoption Network
A not-for-profit, self-policing rescue and adoption network comprised of Wisconsin animal shelters, Humane Societies, and Wisconsin Rescue Groups.


Wymong Shelters and Rescue Groups are listed on the Paws of Jackson Hole website. Please visit the site to find a shelter or rescue group near you.

Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter “The mission of our Shelter is to provide humane care to, and find homes for, lost and abandoned companion animals; educate the public regarding responsible animal ownership; and enforce animal regulations. We accept strays and surrendered dogs and cats from Teton County, Wyoming and look to place them in loving and suitable forever homes.”


SAINTS — Senior Animals in Need Today Society, Mission, BC, Canada
Mission Statement: “We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have no where else to go. We provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and to receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow. Because of their infirmities and physical challenges, many homeless senior and special needs animals have very little chance of finding a new home. At various shelters throughout B.C., dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to find these special animals a place to finish their journey in comfort and in love. SAINTS exists to help senior and special needs animals when all else fails. If we can, in time, find them a special home of their own, then we do. If that very special home never comes, they will be safe and cherished until the end of their days. We pledge to love them, to care for them, and make their dreams come true. We promise each of them that they will never be alone again…”

ARTS Senior Animal Rescue, Calgary,  Alberta, Canada — ARTS Senior Animal Rescue is a rescue dedicated to helping senior animals in need – 8 years old plus for dogs and 10 years old plus for cats. It is a program under Animal Rescue Transfer Society (ARTS). We operate throughout the Province of Alberta.


The Oldies Club ……..Helping older dogs find forever homes. Homes and volunteers needed across the UK.” According to information on their site, “The Oldies’ Club was formed on an internet dog chat forum by a large group of people who felt great empathy with the plight of elderly dogs that end up in rescue centres all over the country. The initial inspiration behind the idea was a 13-year-old collie we called Ted . Ted was blind in one eye and was terrified in the noisy, stark kennel environment. …” Read more.

Animal Allsorts is a charity based in Birmingham, UK, that rehomes dogs and cats across the West Midlands. All pets are neutered or spayed, microchipped and fully vaccinated before being rehomed. Animal Allsorts rehomes a lot of older dogs.

Rescue Dogs
Dog rescue, rehoming and adoption in the UK and Ireland. Directory resource of overlooked dogs seeking new homes.

The Dog Rescue Pages

Give Us a Home

National Canine Defence League The site has a re-homing page, and although they do not advertise their scheme for re-homing elderly dogs, it does exist.

National Animal Welfare Trust This organization has a site called Animal Aid for the Elderly.

In Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, the Wood Green Animal Shelters are a good resource.


The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a volunteer-based non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy. PAWS believes that the creation of a more peaceful society starts with the widening of mankind’s circle of compassion which includes animals, thereby envisions a nation that respects animals, practices responsible pet ownership and protects wildlife.The PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC) located at Aurora Blvd., Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Q. C. serves as a temporary shelter for dogs, cats and other animals rescued from cruelty or neglect with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating them and placing them in loving homes. Part of PAWS’ life-saving work at PARC is empowering people by providing volunteer opportunities to help animals so that everyone can do their own share in making the world a better place for all.




Anyone who, due to unforeseen circumstances, finds it necessary to give up a companion animal now has the option of placing a listing on the site — instead of surrendering the animal to a shelter, for example.  Anyone wanting to adopt can visit the site to view photos and bios of the animals, and can avoid the sometimes heart-breaking visit to a shelter.  It’s sort of a “” for pets. 


A great site to find a dog to adopt or to advertise a dog in need of a new home!

PetHarbor.Com is a not-for-profit website designed to connect the general public to the large amounts of data kept by the animal-care industry, which includes your local animal shelter, SPCA, Humane Society, county or city Animal Control, and many private animal-welfare organizations. The website is dedicated to those people who work in animal shelters. Our society has given to them a difficult and often heartbreaking task. It is a daily struggle that is largely unseen by the general public, and no pats on the back are given — rarely do they ever hear a simple ‘Thank you’. Yet day in and day out they meet their challenge with compassion, dignity, and humanity. From we who notice, Thank You.