(c) 2013 Amy Kosanke  / Lionel's Legacy Senior Dog Rescue

(c) 2013 Amy Fleetwood Kosanke / Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue

In addition to the organizations profiled already, the ones below also focus mainly or exclusively on seniors.  Kane, seen in the photo to the left for example, was old and sick at the time he found his way to Lionel’s Legacy earlier this year.  While there’s no cure for old, his foster family nursed him back to health – and then decided they couldn’t bear to let him go when it looked like the rescue group had found an adopter!  So lovin’ life and rarin’ to go, Kane and his new family celebrated his new “birthday”.

If you know of a place that should be on this list, let us know.  If there aren’t any senior rescues in your area, don’t worry. There are senior animals ready to join their new families at just about every shelter and rescue in the country.



collageAngel’s Rest Animal Sanctuary – New Richmond, OH

Elder Paws Senior Dog Rescue – Fresno, CA

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary – Agua Dulce, CA

Leave No Paws Behind – Sun Valley, CA

Lionel’s Legacy Senior Dog Rescue – San Diego, CA

Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue – Cincinnati, OH and Staten Island, NY

Little Old Dog Sanctuary – Conifer, CO

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue – San Francisco, CA

Old Dog Haven – Lake Stevens, WA

Paws for Seniors – Fauquier County, VA

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors – Chesterfield, MO

The Gray Muzzle Organization – Raleigh, N.C.

The Joy in My Heart  Foundation – Simi Valley, CA

The Old Dog House – Jacksonville, FL

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs – Cleveland, OH

Willy’s Happy Endings – Woodlawn, TN


Another terrific resource is BlogPaws, a nationwide network of animal bloggers sharing their thoughts, tips, product reviews and more.  They hold bi-monthly tweet chats, annual conferences, “blogpawties” and other events.  This past August, for example, they devoted to senior pet topics:

blogpaws infographic


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