Groups Specializing in Senior Dog Rescue and Offering Sanctuary

Especially to Help Rescue Groups Focused on Senior Rescue:

The Grey Muzzle Organization — Formed in 2008, and focused on supporting rescue groups and shelters that help senior dogs, The Grey Muzzle Organization provides funding for senior dog programs nationwide. If you are a shelter or rescue group, you may qualify for a grant.

Senior Dog Rescue Groups and Sanctuaries:
In addition to the agencies listed below, you should also be aware that many shelters and rescue groups help senior dogs by featuring a “seniors for seniors” program. Anyone over a specific age (beginning at 50 to 55, in many cases) can adopt a senior animal and receive significant discounts covering adoption fees, food and supplies, and ongoing veterinary care. You can find a “Seniors for Seniors” program in your community or for a specific breed by contacting your local shelter or humane society, or by using an Internet search engine (such as and the search term “senior dogs for senior citizens” plus your city and state. For a specific breed, add the name of the breed.

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.


Muttville, San Francisco, CA, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them foster homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people 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 adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable foster homes for these dogs. Ultimately, Muttville will have its own facility to house dogs that are not yet placed, or that are unlikely to be placed.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, “Caring for Dogs Left Behind,” Pacific Grove, CA
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in October 2009. Peace of Mind is dedicated to finding new loving homes for dogs whose guardians can no longer care for them due to illness, death, or other challenging circumstances, and to finding homes for senior dogs in animal shelters. We have a lifetime commitment to all the dogs that come into our care. They will either live out their lives in one of our foster homes or will be adopted into a wonderful, permanent home. 
P.O. Box 51554 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Phone: (831) 718-9122 E-mail:

Lily’s Legacy Senor Dog Sanctuary, Petaluma, CAProvides senior, large breed dogs, seven years or older, a safe and loving home-like setting in which they can receive personal attention, food, medical care, exercise, and behavioral training. This includes all dogs, regardless of medical condition, as well as those needing hospice care. Lily’s Legacy Goals: (1) Provide an alternative to euthanasia for senior, large breed dogs in northern California. (2) Provide an alternative to abandonment of senior, large breed dogs in northern California. (3) Place senior, large breed dogs into loving homes. Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary, Inc. is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation.

Lionel’s Legacy, San Diego, CA  “In the rescue world it’s an extreme gamble as adoption rates for seniors are low and medical costs often high. As a result, so many senior dogs are left behind at the shelter to live out their final days in confusion and discomfort. It is our goal to save and advocate for ONE senior furbaby at a time, and support anyone who is willing to do the same.”

Tails of Gray, Clayton, CA
“We save the lives of innocent senior dogs left homeless for any reason, providing quality medical care and placing them into loving, responsible and permanent homes. It is our belief that the life of each senior dog is important.” Tails of Gray is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. See available dogs.

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary, Acton, CA —  Grand-Paws’ mission is to rescue primarily large breed senior dogs who’ve been abandoned.  We rescue from local high-kill shelters and let them live out their lives in our sanctuary or in one of our wonderful foster homes: happy, safe, and loved.  When appropriate, we attempt to find permanent, loving homes for them.  We choose the large breed seniors because they are less likely to be adopted from the shelters.  Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary, PO Box 513, Acton, CA 93510.  Phone: (661) 286-2066   Email:

Leave No Paws Behind, Southern CA — LNPB is an all breed, all foster based rescue specializing in seniors, terminal and end of life animals, and pets with special needs. 


Izzy’s Place , Loveland, CO — “Our mission is to save abandoned, unwanted, and homeless senior dogs of all breeds and mixes. The dogs we rescue live in loving foster homes where they remain until they are either adopted or pass over the Rainbow Bridge.  We have saved/helped save more than 90 senior dogs since founding Izzy’s Place in November, 2010. While that number might not compare to many larger rescue groups, we are proud of our small, yet mighty, rescue team! Of course, we could not have done this without the support of so many dog lovers and Colorado businesses. Thank you, all; we appreciate you!” 1151 Eagle Drive #305, Loveland, CO 80537.

The Old Mutt Hut, Colorado Springs, CO — The Old Mutt Hut is a retirement home for senior dogs who have been abandoned at a shelter or are languishing and have little chance of adoption at a rescue.  “We take in those who are not adopted and place them in a home environment with other agreeable dogs and a full-time paid caregiver who provides love, comfort and medical care for the rest of their days.”  Way to go!!


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.


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:

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.”


Young At Heart Pet Rescue, Palatine, IL, was formed in 2005 to aid in the rescue and rehoming of older dogs and cats in the Chicagoland area. 100% of the animals rescued come from municipal pounds with high euthanasia rates for older animals. Goals: to find a new home for every adoptable older animal that comes through our door, to educate the public on the benefits of adopting older pets, and to decrease the euthanasia rate for older, adoptable dogs and cats in Illinois. Each dog or cat rescued receives the best veterinary care; animals are not turned away if they need a little extra medical attention. All are vaccinated, tested for infectious diseases, are microchipped, spay/neutered, and the majority receive a geriatric screening and a dental. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization with an all-volunteer staff, so all donations go directly to the care of the animals. The generosity of pet-lovers supports the mission o this organization and the rescued animals. E-mail: phone: 847-529-2025 address: Young At Heart Pet Rescue, PO Box 1293, Palatine, IL 60078

Pets for Seniors, Peoria, IL
Organized in late 1999, this group of volunteers specializes in matching senior humans (age 60 and older) with senior pets. For information, e-mail: or call (309) 446-9721.


House with a Heart – Pet Sanctuary is located in Gaithersburg, MD. “The Sanctuary’s Mission is to provide a ‘Helping Hand‘ for senior pets. For our residents, we are able to provide love, affection, and shelter. All of these dogs receive medical care, such as diagnostic screenings, dental care, surgery, and medications, as needed. For other senior dogs, we provide a ‘Helping Hand‘ by getting the word out about their special needs, and encourage others to give them a forever home through our House with a Heart ‘Sanctuary of Your Own‘ program.  Another way we help Senior and Special needs dogs is with our ‘K-9 Medical Miracles Grants.‘ We provide a Medical Care Grant to a rescue partner who is willing to take a senior dog from a shelter so they can take care of their medical needs in order to get them ready for a new forever home.”   HWAH is a 501c(3) organziation founded in 2006. 


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. 

7 Bells Sanctuary, Cole Camp, 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.

New Jersey

Penny Lane Dog Adoption and Senior Sanctuary, Bridgewater, New Jersey   Named in honor of Penny Girl, 1996-2011, a wonderful pit-mix who was never homeless, always loved, yet played host and shared her home with so many dogs as they began their journey in foster care on the road to the peace and comfort of a home and loving owner.  In honor of her spirit, we call that road “Penny Lane”.  We offer adoptions of dogs of all ages, sanctuary for senior dogs, and, when needed, comfortable and compassionate end of life care. Our finances and space put limits on what we can do.  Our love of rescue has no limits.  Our dogs are in private foster homes.  We are not a shelter.

New York

Goshen, NY, Humane Society
This shelter matches senior citizens with senior companion animals carefully and with concern for the well-being of all.


The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs (SSD), Cleveland, OH, is dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and life-long care of senior dogs. The founder, Deborah Workman, lists the objectives of the organization:To rescue senior dogs in need
To provide lifelong quality care for rescued senior dogs
To adopt appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes
To develop programs that match senior dogs and senior people to their mutual benefit
To foster an awareness of our lifelong responsibility to our companion animals
To strengthen the bonds between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things. 
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs also has a Senior Dogs for Senior People program.


Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon (SDRO) rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes senior dogs. Every day shelters take in unwanted and homeless older companion pets. Many face certain death. That’s where SDRO comes in. Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon takes in these unfortunate dogs and places them into new, loving homes. But, your help is needed to continue this work: needed are people willing to foster a homeless dog temporarily until a new home is available. SDRO hopes you will open your home and heart to an older pet and give the best gift of all – the gift of life!

South Carolina

Hallie Hill, Charleston County —  Provides sanctuary for dogs and cats with no other home or shelter, rescues and cares for animals in need of assistance for the remainder of their lives, including providing proper shelter, nutrition and medical care.  Provides long-term care and a loving, final home for those animals whose adoption may be difficult due to age, medical or emotional issues. 5604 New Road, Hollywood, SC 2944  Phone: 843-889-3713


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.

Eastern US

Mr. Mo Project — The Mr. Mo Project is run by Chris and Mariesa Hughes and is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit group responsible for saving countless shelter dogs since 2011. Together they fight to save senior shelter dogs nationwide, to honor of the life of their late and beloved senior dog, Mr. Mo.  With generous donations from Team Mo Sponsors, and the amazing Mr. Mo dog rescue community: all program dogs enjoy veterinarian medical bill assistance for the duration of their life, including free transportation to one of our generous foster homes, and other great benefits.


SAINTS — Senior Animals in Need Today Sanctuary, Maple Ridge, 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 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.

Breed-Specific Senior Dog Help

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute Assistance League: Seniors/Special Needs
The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League’s home page is dedicated just to senior and special need Malamutes looking for a final loving home to spend their latter years. These are wonderful Malamutes whose only sins are that they grew old or became ill.


Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland, Inc. has a special program dedicated to seniors named after Winston, the founding dog of Beagle Maryland, an older gentleman who never made it out of foster care, but found himself loved nonetheless.

Boston Terrier

Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue’s “Senior to Senior” Program – Making the Golden years Golden for each other”
A program designed to bring rescued Senior Boston Terriers and Senior People together in Illinois – Indiana – Michigan – Ohio. Senior people and senior pets make excellent companions for each other! To allow more senior people (60 years of age or older) to adopt senior dogs (6 years of age or older), the placement fee is reduced for those who qualify. All rescued Bostons are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and all known medical conditions are addressed and treated as appropriate before placement. All placements are done by application. Apply for the Senior to Senior Program via the placement application on the website.


Central Texas Dachshund Rescue (CTDR) The mission of Central Texas Dachshund Rescue is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home Dachshunds and most Dachshund mixes that need a second chance at life and love. Most CTDR dogs come from Texas animal shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized. Animals from the public are also accepted, if space is available in an appropriate foster home. Some of the Dachshunds accepted into the program have had a good life, but have fallen on hard times because their human has passed away or because they’ve escaped their yard and become lost. But some of the Dachshunds have been abused, abandoned and neglected and require time and patience to bring them back to happy, healthy, loving pets.


Senior and Special Needs Dobermans
Statement from the organization: “We are an organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans. That need may be financial or it may be only information and/or moral support for the owner of a Doberman with a serious illness or injury. We will also aid in rehoming and fostering senior Dobermans. These Dobermans may be shelter rescues or they may already be much loved companions with a special need. Financial aid may be through donations or through avenues such as online auctions. Every precaution will be taken to assure that the need is real.”

Golden Retriever

Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue, Knoxville, TN has long been recognized as a group always willing to take in a senior Golden in need. Even if our doors are closed, there is always room for a senior. We help homeless and displaced Goldens from Tennessee, SW Virginia, SE Kentucky, and NE Alabama to relocate to permanent, loving homes all over the country. Heartland is a 501[c]3 organization, established in August 1998. Heartland has helped nearly 700 dogs have a second chance at life. Our first priority is finding the right home for the right dog. E-mail: or call 865.765.8808.


Senior Greyhounds
Greyhound Pets of America Senior Sanctuary of Florida is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to placing senior greyhounds over the age of seven either in permanent foster homes or hopefully with new adoptive families.

Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer

New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network Inc.
New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network (NJSRN) is a group-run rescue and rehoming service for Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes. NJSRN does not maintain a kennel or adoption facility. Its members and volunteers are located throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, and the dogs in its care live with its members and foster volunteers until they are placed. NJSRN has been rehoming Miniature Schnauzers and Schnauzer mixes since 1997 and has placed nearly 1,700 dogs into permanent, loving homes. NJSRN adheres to the American Miniature Schnauzer Club’s minimum rescue requirements and is the only Miniature Schnauzer rescue group in its service area that does. Hotline: 732-829-8242; E-mail:

Spaniel — Springer and Other

Springer Spaniel Rescue, Inc. (SSRI), Western US, helps older English Springer Spaniels find foster and forever homes where they are loved and cared for. When life-altering events happen and people who can no longer care for their Springers must give them up, SSRI provides adoption referral assistance. All too often there are senior English Springer Spaniels who have lost their homes because their families have tired of them, become ill, moved to an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs, or have passed away. We are a group of people who love our Springer Spaniels and want to help displaced senior Spaniels as well as younger ones find good new homes. Springer Spaniel Rescue, Inc. (SSRI) works with other rescue organizations and shelters to place senior Spaniels. We have a passion for seniors because we were originally known as Senior Spaniel Rescue, Inc. and because we know seniors are often let go with limited resources.


Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization that takes in and rehomes purebred Weimaraners, doing so throughout the states of NJ, PA and DE. “We take in Weimaraners of all ages. For information on adopting a senior Weim, please visit The Senior Center on our website. We run a half-off adoption fee special for senior dogs every November during ‘Adopt a Senior Dog Month.’ ”  Special note: Any senior citizen (age 65 and up) who adopts any Weimaraner 8 years of age or older from Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc., will be entitled to a free senior panel blood test once a year on their adopted Weimaraner, for the life of the dog.