We have compiled some resources to help you with caring for senior dogs, planning for your dog's future if something happens to you, grief support, and other places to adopt senior dogs. We hope you find this information helpful.
Senior Dog Rescues
Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation
Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation is dedicated to reducing the euthanasia of dogs 7 years and older in overcrowded kill shelters based on age and age related health conditions. Senior dogs are seen as less adoptable and are often first to be "red listed" (placed on euthanasia list) to make room for younger, healthier, more adoptable dogs. Elder Paws believes that all dogs have value, regardless of age or health. Growing old should not be punishable by death! They are a foster-home-based rescue rather than a shelter or facility.
Muttville is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, based in San Francisco, CA dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.
Old Dog Haven
OldDog Haven is a small nonprofit group, based in the state of Washington, using a large network of people to provide a loving safe home for abandoned senior dogs. Our goal is to provide a loving, safe home for senior dogs abandoned at this stage of their lives. When we have room, and the means, we take these dogs into our homes; if possible we adopt out those with a reasonable life-expectancy. We care for the rest as long as they have good quality of life. In addition, we try to assist owners in finding new homes for their senior dogs through our website and referrals.
Senior Dog Project
The Senior Dogs Project site presents a broad listing of various agencies that help to rehome senior dogs (over the age of five). You can find a dog to adopt or seek help in placing a dog through these agencies.
Tails of Gray
Tails of Gray is dedicated to saving the lives of innocent senior dogs left homeless for any reason, providing quality medical care and placing them into loving, responsible and permanent homes whenever possible
Life-enhancing Products for Senior Animal And Senior People
KittyKaddy™ pet bowls are designed to meet the demands of pet owners with special needs. If you have difficulty bending or stooping down to pick up your dog's or cat's bowl, the KittyKaddy and K-9 Kaddy double diners can enhance your ability to care for your pet.
Originally designed for search-and-rescue organizations, the Web Master lets you assist your dog up and down in a variety of situations, and can also be used during rehabilitation. A generous ergonomic cut allows for a full range of motion, while still providing security.
These bellybands are great for housetraining and excellent for senior dogs who can't "hold it" all day or overnight. These are SO soft and comfortable, not bulky and stiff like most store-bought belly bands. For a 20% discount, enter the coupon code "PEACE" at the end in the shopping cart. (you can get this discount for anything that you buy from their shop).
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ToeGrips are nonslip nail grips that provide instant traction through dogs’ toenails. Designed for senior and special needs dogs, ToeGrips stop dog slipping on floors and stairs, including hardwood, laminate, and tile.
Caring for Your Senior dog
The Grey Muzzle Organization has put together an infomrative handbook about caring for senior dogs.
Pet Trust Information
ASPCA – Pet Trusts
Frequently asked questions about pet trusts.
Professor Beyer - Estate Planning for Pets
Frequently asked questions about pet trusts.
2nd Chance for Pets
A nationwide organization which provides pet guardians, veterinarians, and members of animal care organizations with comprehensive information and lifetime care solutions to ensure care for companion animals. They provide access to valuable information that will assist you with arranging lifetime care for pets.
Easy Pet Planning
Free articles, resources, mini e-course, comprehensive e-book to start the pet planning process.
Pet Protection Agreement
For $69 a Pet Protection Agreement makes it easy to ensure your current and future pets are cared for by someone you trust. It requires less maintenance than a formal pet trust and it could save your pet's life in a time of confusion.
When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die
by Donald Congalton & Charlotte Alexander
All My Children Wear Fur Coats: How to Leave a Legacy for Your Dog
by Peggy R. Hoyt
National Pet Loss Grief Support Hotline
Toll free. 866-266-8635. Monday - Thursday 7-9PM Pacific Time. Saturdays 1-3PM Pacific Time. Messages can be left at other times and will be returned.