BIG NEWS!!!! The new Sanctuary Home is complete!! We are still completing the fencing and outdoor lighting, but the home is beautiful and perfect for more seniors than ever!
What is Gray Paws Sanctuary? We are a home-based Sanctuary and “Forever Foster Care Program” for senior dogs. We were incorporated on January 1, 2014 and are an official 501©3 non-profit organization. Gray Paws has NO PAID EMPLOYEES. Everything is done by the co-founders, board directors and the volunteers. All contributions are tax deductible.
**It is important to note that although the co-founders (we) will live in the Sanctuary with all of the dogs – the Sanctuary will not be an asset of the co-founders. The sanctuary home and all inclusions will forever be for the purpose of saving dogs. The Board of Directors governs and approves all legal aspects of the facility and Gray Paws Sanctuary.
Where do the dogs come from? We adopt dogs from local shelters, animal control, and other rescue groups. Occasionally we can take dogs directly from individual owners in crisis. When assessing if a dog is appropriate for Gray Paws Sanctuary the most important criteria is that they are “pack” friendly and can live peacefully with a large group of dogs.
Can I adopt one of the dogs at the Sanctuary? No – the dogs in the sanctuary are not available for adoption. Transitions are very difficult for older dogs and once with us – we are their “forever” home and family.
What services are provided? We provide preventive and routine medical care, physical therapy, socialization and LOVE. We carefully track each dog’s activity and mood every day. When a dog shows any unusual signs we seek medical consultation and treatment as deemed appropriate. We provide palliative care and hospice care. Our dogs are helped to cross to the “Rainbow Bridge” by our home visiting vet when their quality of life deteriorates to a level where they (and we) are no longer happy and wagging our tails.
What is “Forever” Foster Care? The Gray Paws Sanctuary “Forever Foster Care Program” places senior dogs in loving homes for the duration of their lives. The Program maintains the senior dogs under the auspices of Gray Paws and pays for their medical care and special needs necessary for quality of life.
The program is facilitated in a two prong approach:
1. Gray Paws locates and supports loving homes for senior dogs in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
This is done through outreach and marketing at community events, on social media and by word of mouth.
2. Senior dogs in need are identified and screened for eligibility. We respond to calls from families in crisis. Typically they have a senior dog they need to place due to the death of a loved one, loss of a home or a loved one entering supportive housing. We also network with local animal control operations, shelters and rescues to identify senior dogs in need of placement.
We carefully match the senior dog with a family that can meet the dog’s needs. All of the screening, coordination and collaboration with families, rescues and the public are provided as a Mission of love. There are no payments to anyone involved.
How can I help? The overwhelming need at this time is funding to pay for medical care and the sanctuary home final touches. We need and appreciate all donations and fundraising support more than you know!! If you would like to volunteer – just tell us!! We would love to have you join our team!