‘My Old Dog’ resource guide: Help senior dogs in need near you
Want to help the humans who help older dogs? Then this resource guide from our book “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” is for you. Here you’ll find contact information for groups that promote animal welfare and do rescue work in the United States, Canada, and other English-speaking countries.
You’ll also find organizations that provide comfortable retirements to military and law-enforcement dogs; pair veterans with service dogs, therapy dogs, or companion dogs; and help military service members with their pets during deployments.
The list of organizations below is extensive but incomplete. There are hundreds of rescue groups working tirelessly to assist older animals in need. Many animal shelters also offer special programs for older pets, so remember to check with shelters in your area. If your organization is not listed here and you focus on senior-specific rescue efforts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us the group’s name, mailing address, website, phone number and email address.
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES
National organizations and programs
Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-452-1100 or 866-720-2676
Contact form (Animal Rescue Team): www.humanesociety.org/forms/contact_us/disaster_services_contact.html
GRANTS FOR SENIOR-DOG PROGRAMS
A global network of artists offering pro-bono creative services to help animal-welfare organizations.
PO Box 2645
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Senior Dogs Project
Extensive clearinghouse of online information to help older dogs.
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training
Find training tips and connect with a positive-reinforcement dog trainer near you.
TRANSPORTATION FOR PETS IN NEED
Organizations and Programs by State
Loving Companions Animal Rescue’s Senior Pets for Senior People Program
1360 Old Richardson Hwy.
North Pole, AK 99705
Phone: 907-488-0516 or 907-347-4829
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
PO Box 410207
San Francisco, CA 94141
Email (general): email@example.com
Email (Seniors for Seniors Program): firstname.lastname@example.org
Muttville’s visual presentation on how to run a successful foster-based rescue organization: www.muttville.org/pdfs/RunningAFosterBasedRescueOrganization-2014.pdf
Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
601 16th St., #C-322
Golden, CO 80401
Website (with contact form): www.safeharborlabrescue.org
Lizzy’s Fund at the Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 420-8989
Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland’s “Friends of Winston” Program
PO Box 983
Waldorf, MD 20604
Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue
PO Box 808
Hudson, MA 01749
251 Centre St.
New York, NY 10013
Website (with contact form): www.animalhavenshelter.org
Forever Home Greyhound Adoptions
213 West Fulton Rd.
Middleburg, NY 12122
Contact form: www.foreverhomegreyhounds.com/about/contact_us.shtml
Alaskan Malamute Assistance League (AMAL)
PO Box 54
Concord, NC 28026
Phone (voice mail): 419-512-2423
AMAL-affiliated rescue contacts throughout North America: www.malamuterescue.org/rescue/listorg.html
Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio
7671 Southview Dr.
Columbus, OH 43235
Website (with contact form): www.almosthomeohio.org
Organizations Supporting Military Service Members and Veterans
PAIRING VETERANS WITH DOGS
Canine Companions for Independence
PO Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Website (with contact form): www.cci.org
Paws of War
34 E. Main St., #303
Smithtown, NY 11787
HELPING MILITARY DOGS
K-9 Battle Buddies
American Humane Association program that reunites retired military dogs with their human handlers.
1400 16th St. NW, #360
Washington, DC 20036
Mission K9 Rescue
Brings retired military and contract working dogs back to the United States; also finds homes for retired law-enforcement dogs.
14027 Memorial Dr., #185
Houston, TX 77079
Contact form: missionk9rescue.org/contact-mission-k9-rescue
United States War Dogs Association
Sends care packages to military dogs on deployment and helps cover medical expenses for retired military dogs.
1313 Mount Holly Rd.
Burlington, NJ 08016
HELPING MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS WITH THEIR PETS
Dogs on Deployment
Arranges for long-term boarding of dogs, cats, and other pets while military service members are deployed or have other service commitments.
PO Box 710286
Santee, CA 92072
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet
Offers a Military and Veteran Pet Foster Home Program and a Military Pet Assistance Fund.
9725 FM 1783
Gatesville, TX 76528
Phone (voice mail): 646-653-1045
Contact form: www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/contact-us
ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAMS IN OTHER COUNTRIES