Our Reason for Being
At Homer J's Senior Dog Sanctuary, we want to be part of making this world the kind of place where basic needs such as food, shelter, and community are guaranteed for all regardless of age, breed, 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) will live out the remainder of their years under the care of our organization’s employees and volunteers.
We want to do more than just care for the limited number we can save ourselves. Sanctuary Residents will do more than 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, calm disposition, and general ‘lovability’, 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.
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 Sr. 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? Even if your senior has been with you since birth, you can still participate by making the commitment to talk to others about adopting seniors.
If you are looking to bring a senior into your home for the first time, we will play match-maker to help you find the perfect companion
What Constitutes a Senior Dog?
How do you know if a dog is a senior? Does he display "Seniority"? Traits like: short walks in the morning, long naps in the afternoon, loves to snuggle, has a grey muzzle, and generally prefers people to puppies.
For us, senior status is more than just a number. Dogs as young as 6 years old are less likely to be adopted from traditional shelters, than younger animals and deserve as much protection as those 9 years and older.
When a spot opens at the sanctuary, or we are helping match a senior, we look for dogs that shelter staff recognize as difficult to adopt because of a combination of factors.
Why Choose Senior Shelter Dogs?
We started adopting senior dogs because we figured they make good pets without many of the downsides that come with a puppy. 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 Sr. Dog is right for you!