A world where basic needs such as nutritious food, comfortable shelter, and a loving community are guaranteed for all, regardless of age, species, or circumstance.
We will adopt senior dogs (defined as age 6 years or older) from traditional animal shelters like The Humane Society, SPCA, and countless scores of smaller organizations in the vicinity of Reno, NV and give them a forever home at our sanctuary. These lucky few (known as Sanctuary Residents) live out the remainder of their years under the care of our organization’s staff and volunteers.
Sanctuary Residents won't just sit back and enjoy their retirement years; these dogs will play an important role as ambassadors for senior dog adoption. By finding unique ways to share their inspirational story, as well as their calm disposition, general ‘love-ability’, as well as their aptitude for animal therapy and emotional support work, we hope to open the hearts and minds of those in our community to the benefits of adopting a senior dog.
To increase the reach of our message, we will document their adventures, as well as our experiences at the sanctuary, both here and on our Facebook Page. With this body of evidence, we will prove once and for all that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Make Your Home a Senior Sanctuary
There are thousands of wonderful senior dog companions waiting for homes in shelters across the country. Although we would love to provide sanctuary to every senior in need, we could never address the problem on our own.
We don't just encourage others to adopt seniors, we want to create a network of senior dog adopters to extol the virtues of this fine breed.
Would you like to turn your home into a Satellite Sanctuary and help us advocate for Senior Dog Adoption?
Why Choose Senior Shelter Dogs?
We started adopting senior dogs because we figured they make good pets without many of the drawbacks that come with a younger animal. We continue to adopt seniors because we have found them to be endearing companions and loyal friends.
A Senior dog may not be the right choice for everyone, but in many circumstances they are not only a good choice, but a better choice than a younger animal. Find out if a Senior Dog is right for you!
Want to Learn More?
You can learn more about senior dogs, and sanctuary residents on our blog.
Thanks for visiting Homer J's Senior Dog Sanctuary. We have been inspired by the senior animals in our lives and sadden by the rate at which these gentle, loving creatures are euthanized in traditional shelters.
We are thrilled to be part of a larger community of animal welfare advocates, people and organizations that are dedicated to protecting those that cannot protect themselves. We are especially proud to be associated with the many great organizations that try to improve outcomes for senior dogs who find themselves in shelters across the country.
When we conceived of the sanctuary, we thought the Homer J's would be unique in its mission. Little did we know that others had been touched by the grace of senior dogs, and were actively working to protect and shelter them.
Despite the work of these amazing groups, many seniors who find themselves in shelters will never again have the opportunity to be part of the pack, share a nap on the couch, or the joy of an evening constitutional with their favorite human. We hope our story and continued efforts will demonstrate to others the benefits of senior dog adoption and inspire them to take action.
It all started in 2006 when I decided to fulfill a life long dream by adopting my first canine companion. Living alone in an apartment, working full-time, a puppy was out of the question. Although my living situation was not ideal, I knew for some of the dogs currently up for adoption, it was a better choice than the shelter.
When I showed up at the SPCA that fateful day in the Spring of 2006, and asked the shelter staff to bring me the dog that was least likely to be adopted. When they led Billie Holiday, a nine year old Aussie Healer into the meeting room, it was love at first site. She labored over to my feet, sat down, and waited for petting.
It was not long before we got to bond over a few 'senior moments'. First, we had to learn how to boost Billie into the back of my Jeep. That inconvenience appeared slight once I discovered Billie was unable or unwilling to navigate the 15 steps up to my apartment. When it became clear dangling treats in front of this old woman was not going to get her up the steps, I knew what had to be done.
I carried that beautiful soul, all 80 lbs plus, up those steps, 3 or 4 times per day for our first 6 months together. We eventually moved into a house with doggy-door access to the backyard and Billie lived out the remainder of her days coming and going on her own terms.