Gray Paws Sanctuary for abandoned senior dogs

Gray Paws is a Home-based Sanctuary and “Forever Foster Care Program” for abandoned and unwanted senior dogs.

In the Sanctuary Home – preventative and routine medical care, physical therapy, socialization and LOVE are provided. The co-founders typically have a large pack of senior dogs living in sanctuary with them. These dogs are not available for adoption. They will live the rest of their days with the co-founders of Gray Paws as a part of the family. The Forever Foster Care Program matches senior dogs with local families willing to care for them until end of life. Gray Paws pays for all medical care.

Typically senior dogs are “dumped” or abandoned at shelters or unclaimed at animal control because they have reached the age where they require expensive medical care. Gray Paws adopts or “pulls” senior dogs from  shelters, animal control, and other rescue groups. Often times individuals and families in crisis are unable to keep their senior dogs due to illness, a housing crisis, death of a loved one or other devastating circumstances.  The senior dog in jeopardy often has years of activity and love left! They receive that at Gray Paws Sanctuary. Some are not in Gray Paws long, just long enough to receive the medical attention they deserve, the love and affection they so appreciate and deserve and the dignity to eventually let go when the time is right and to be at peace.

Co-founders Darla Poole Brescia and Joe Brescia incorporated Gray Paws Sanctuary on January 1, 2014 and are an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our Mission is to focus on the Greater Pittsburgh Area of Pennsylvania.

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