Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward


North Carolina
Boone Watauga Humane Society, Boone, NC, 828-264-7865, or E-mail: wataugahumane@boone.net

Yancey County Humane Society 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: YCHS@ccvn.com

Charlotte Out of Harm's Way Small Dog Adoption: The Out of Harm's Way mission is to improve the lives of homeless, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs through our rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing efforts. We endeavor to remove them from harm's way by pulling them from kill shelters, taking them in through owner surrenders, providing for their immediate medical needs, evaluating their behavioral and social needs, then finding suitable placements for them so that they may live out the remainder of their lives happy, healthy, and well loved. We seek to show all these animals the love and respect they deserve, which comes through humane care, heartfelt compassion, and the touch of human kindness.
Casar Gretta's Wish Foundation Gretta's Wish provides services for low income people or seniors living with chronic and debilitating or life threatening illnesses, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age, or sex if they qualify. The food we provide is meant to assist in feeding the pets and not to be used as the sole source. In order to receive assistance, you must show proof of one of the following: Medicaid, TANF, Food Stamps, Temporary Hardship. Gretta's Wish, 734 NC Hwy 226, Casar, NC 28020. Contact: MaryAnn Mayne 704-538-3678

Friends Forever 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: friendsforeveradoptions@hotmail.com

Newport Carteret County Humane Society & Animal Shelter, Inc, 853 Hibbs Rd, Newport, NC 28570; Office (252) 247-7744

LIFE (Love Is For Everyone) Animal Haven regularly saves senior dogs. E-mail: lahinfo@gloryroad.net or phone (919) 939-4261

Pollocksville Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of Boston Terriers. The CCBTR all-volunteer network provides a coordinated, professional, and compassionate response to private owners and animal welfare agencies that request help with Boston Terriers in need. CCBTR Strategic Goals: Provide high quality temporary foster care for dogs as they await forever homes. Conduct comprehensive adoptive home screening to determine home/dog suitability, and maximize adoption success. Maintain a veterinary care program that provides for the timely and humane medical treatment of foster dogs. See the website for more about CCBTR Telephone 252-633-0987 E-mail: ccbtr@fastmail.fm

The Haven -- Friends for Life
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.


Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Raleigh, NC. Telephone: (919) 851-8404. E-mail: secondchancenc@bellsouth.net

Shown at the left: Walter, an 8-year-old purebred Bassett Hound, recently adopted

Raleigh Wake County Animal Shelter 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. Phone: 919-212-PETS (7387) Press 1, and then press 4 to speak to a person. Adoption Center Hours: Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday -- closed, Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. Click here for driving directions.
Rural Hall

Operation Peace -- 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: OpPeace@aol.com

Rutherfordton Howlin4Spirit Companion Animal Rescue & Senior Sanctuary specializes in senior and special needs companion animals rescued from high-kill facilities and neglect situations. Howlin4Spirit Companion Animal Rescue & Senior Sanctuary. E-mail: howlin4spirit2002@yahoo.com

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc.
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: info@hhaf.org

Wake Forest A New Leash on Life Dog Rescue, Wake Forest, NC has as its mission providing safe refuge for stray, abused, neglected and owner-surrendered dogs. In addition, the organization works to rehabilitate dogs (medically and/or behaviorally) and to aid in finding them carefully-screened, permanent, safe and loving homes where they will live as companion animals. Another important goal is to educate the community and promote involvement in animal welfare issues. PO Box 774, Wake Forest, NC 27588 Phone: 919-788-3633 -- voice mail checked daily.
Wilmington Compassion in Action, Wilmington, NC
Email: CompassionAction@aol.com Telephone: (910) 264-5455

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: info@pawsplace.org

You may also wish to check the list of breed rescue agencies.