A tribute to senior pets. What is a Sanctuary Dog?

Sanctuary dogs tend to fall into two categories.

The first type is the adoptable yet overlooked, sometimes older, sometimes younger, sometimes maybe not the best looking in the bunch. These are dogs that still have so much love to give and have sat waiting very patiently for a home to call their own. For these special sweethearts we are still looking for their "forever" home. If you have an empty place in your heart that needs filling -- consider a sanctuary dog.

The second type of sanctuary dogs are the ones that will live at the rescue forever. These dogs tend to either suffer from health problems, extreme shyness or just simply senior citizens. The rescue will care for these dogs with the best care we can give until it is their time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.


Meet handsome Peanut….Peanut is approx. 4 years old and came to the rescue in August 2007.  She was a stray that was rescued from under a shed with new puppies.  Peanut is a doll baby of a beagle but can be shy starting out.  She does well with most other dogs but prefers her canine friends to be male.  Once you’ve won this girl’s heart she is all yours.  Peanut just needs a loving, patient owner willing to work a little to get a lot of love in return!


Meet Hailey....Hailey is approx. 4 years old and has been at the shelter since October 2007 when she was
just 10 months old.  This girl came from the streets of Petersburg as a “feral” and she is a happy, loving silly dog that doesn’t remember her time on the streets.  Hailey loves other dogs and a kiddie swimming pool.  This awesome dog has come a long way from the streets and really deserves to belong to someone.


Meet Miss MATTIE. She is approx. 5-6 years old and has been waiting at the rescue for since 2007!  She is a wonderful dog that just needs someone to give her a chance.  Mattie is a well-behaved loyal soul who would be an excellent companion for a retired person  or someone who is just lonely. She is housebroken, crate trained and walks well on leash. She will need a home without small children.



Little Larry was rescued from the Hanover County Pound in April 2004.  This little fella was one of 49 small breed dogs that were not kept in good conditions.  Larry has never learn to trust people and will live out his days being cared for to the best of our ability.  He is quite happy to spend his days laying on his Kuranda bed with plenty of food and fresh water to drink and hanging out with his buddy Curly who was also rescued. 

The Golden Girls

These are the “Golden Girls” – Blanche, Rose & Dorothy were dumped out in the woods with their collars removed in November 2011.  They made their way to the rescue, old, tired and used up.  After years of giving someone service as a hunting dog, a mom to pups they were just thrown away like trash.  The girls are 12-14 years old, covered in tumors, horrible teeth and have certainly lived a hard life.  They are quite happy at the rescue with good food, clean water, blankets to curl up in and runs in the exercise yard.  For these poor souls this is their happy ending.  They are loved.


Sweet SUZIE was rescued from the Hanover County Pound several years ago.  This poor little beagle girl had never been socialized and was used only for puppies.  The rescue tried to help Suzie overcome her issue but she only wanted to hide.  Suzie has grown old here and will always have a place at the rescue.  She is as happy & comfortable as we can make her.  Suzie is an example that emotional neglect is as bad as physical neglect for animals.

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