Senior-Dog Rescue

“Older dogs fill the holes in your heart instead of digging holes in your yard.” A senior dog, given a new chance for a loving home, will reward your care with unwavering love and devotion. Frosty faces tend to transition into a new home easier, are less demanding than a puppy, and can learn new tricks! They are often already house-trained and understand basic commands. Plus, you will be a hero! Shelters are frequently overcrowded and older dogs are often among the first to be euthanized. Find information and resources about adopting a senior pet from the organizations below. Ask rescues and shelters about senior dogs, and “Seniors for Seniors” programs where adoption fees are often discounted or waived.


Bichon Rescue of OC
(866) 822-7909
Bichon Rescue of Orange County California is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of neglected, abused, or otherwise homeless senior Bichon Frises, bichon mixes and other small non-shedding breeds, placing them into permanent, stable, and caring forever homes. They put a special focus on “Seniors for Seniors” believing in senior citizens and their value as adopters and fosters.


Frosted Faces Foundation 
(715) 574-6320
Frosted Faces Foundation delivers the promise of family and quality veterinary care for senior animals whose love and lives are in jeopardy.


Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary 
(661) 286-2066
Grand-Paws’ mission is to rescue primarily large breed senior dogs who’ve been abandoned. They rescue from local high-kill shelters and let them live out their lives in their sanctuary or in a wonderful foster home.


Leave No Paws Behind
Leave No Paws Behind is an all-breed, foster-based rescue, specializing in seniors, terminal and end-of-life animals, and pets with special needs. When possible they step up, most times in the “11th” hour when all hope is gone, to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor.


The Senior Dogs Project
The Senior Dogs Project offers resources and information about adopting a senior dog.


Thrive Animal Rescue 
(858) 229-4972
Thrive Animal Rescue offers a Forever Foster Program for senior dogs where they cover medical and veterinary expenses while their Forever Foster Family provides food, a warm bed and love.


Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary
(805) 738-8123
Wise Tails is  family-owned and their mission is to provide a forever home to senior dogs facing euthanasia, neglect/abuse. These seniors then live out their golden years in the sanctuary, receiving the love and care all dogs deserve.


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