Man Opens Sanctuary For Senior Dogs That Were Abandoned Due To Old Age

Russell Clothier, a former high school physics teacher, set out to create Shep’s Haven to provide a nice place for older, unadopted dogs to live out their final years somewhere they can be happy.

It would be an added advantage if they were adopted.

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

Since its inception, the non-profit dog sanctuary has taken in roughly 30 canines, with the 21st being adopted out this week. 

Suzie, a 12-year-old pointer mix who stayed with a lady who had to transfer into a nursing home, was adopted after only a week.

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

“It has really taken off,” Clothier said about the adoptions. “I didn’t expect there would be this turnover.

“Even with the lockdown, we’ve actually seen an increase in dog adoptions. We’re very gratified that there’s so many that like the older dogs.”

Shep’s Place is named after Clothier and his wife’s 11-year-old beagle, who joined a slew of other dogs at their home last year. 

He doesn’t spend much time at the dog sanctuary next door since he finds it difficult to adjust to the constant influx of dogs.

Clothier said the longest a dog has been at the sanctuary was almost a year, but most only stay for a few months, and there are currently five dogs under sanctuary care (one of which is in a foster home). 

They’ve had up to ten on hand, but six or seven would be great. Volunteers were on hand practically every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. before the covid struck.

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

Last spring it just rained and rained and rained. For the volunteers, it was hard to take the dogs out,” Clothier said. “In the winter, it’s just brown and muddy and crunchy.”

A new surface with a gravel foundation below the fake grass would absorb rain (and dog pee) and save cleanup time. Shep’s Place is on track to raise $15,000 for the project, and they’re nearly halfway there.

Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary

“It should be nice for them all year long,” Clothier said.

Please help support Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary by donating on their Facebook page here.

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Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!