Meet Our Hospice Seniors and Sanctuary Seniors

What is a Sanctuary Senior?

A sanctuary senior is a dog who is very advanced in age, receiving hospice care, or has special needs or a disability that require special care.

What Is Hospice Care?

Senior dog hospice care is ongoing palliative care for senior dogs with high medical needs, a disability, or medical needs that are unresolvable or terminal.

Senior dogs in our hospice program receive all of the veterinary care they need while living in a comfy home with a hospice foster who loves them like their own until the end of their days.

Meet Our Sanctuary Seniors

Dolly

Dolly is a tiny gal, weighing in at only 10lbs! This little bundle of love found herself at the shelter after her owner passed away.

After picking up Dolly from the shelter we headed straight to the vet to get her checked out. She does indeed have some masses in her gallbladder and after consulting with our vet it’s been determined that the best mode of treatment would be palliative care. So Dolly has entered our hospice program where she’ll get to live out the rest of her life on a 4 acre ranch in the mountains!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Dolly’s ongoing care needs like medications, joint supplements, soft food, and more.

Cuddles

Cuddles is a 15-year-old poodle mix who was found as a stray on the streets of Denver. Since being in foster care, Cuddles had all her teeth removed and got on some pain management for her old lady bones and arthritis. 

You can support Cuddles and her ongoing care by making a tax-deductible donation to her care via the link below!

Gary

Gary came to us in June of 2023 after his owner passed away. After a thorough examination at our vet, it was determined that Gary had grade 4 luxating patellas in both of his back legs. We consulted with an orthopedic surgeon, and they concluded that due to his age, undergoing such a hard surgery and recovery was not in his best interest at this time. Gary is doing well on pain management medications, and we are committed to helping him live a pain-free life. We will continue to accommodate his disability with regular checkups and consults with our vets.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to Gary’s ongoing care via the link below!

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Dino

Dino was a 17-year-old Border Collie / Lab mix who found herself at the shelter after her owner passed away, whom she had been with since she was 8 weeks old. Our consolation is that they are reunited once again. Dino was our very first hospice dog at CSDRH and she’ll forever hold a special spot in our hearts.

On her last day, Dino had her favorite meal of chicken breast and was acting playful with her foster mom – dancing in the kitchen and romping around in the yard. We’re glad she had all good days up until the end.

Corre libra, dulce Dino. We are honored to have cared for you in your final days. Say hi to your papa for us ❤️

Coney

Sweet, easy-going Coney came to our rescue after his owner passed away. Coney had some complicated dental issues and some typical old dog problems. He was with us for almost 6 months before passing in his foster mom’s arms. During his time with us, he enjoyed living life in the Colorado mountains and frolicking on a four-acre farm. We love you Coney, run free!

About Our Hospice Program

What is Hospice Care For Senior Dogs?

Senior dog hospice care is ongoing palliative care for senior dogs who have medical needs that are not resolvable.

Senior dogs in our hospice program receive all of the veterinary care they need while living in a comfy home with a hospice foster who loves them like their own until the end of their days.

How is a Dog Determined to be Hospice?

Senior dogs are considered hospice if they have an incurable illness and are considered terminal. We work with our veterinarians to determine if a dog is hospice and what type of care they need moving forward.

How is a Dog Determined to be a Sanctuary Senior?

Sanctuary seniors are super-seniors who have lived the hard life and now deserve a home full of love, soft beds, and all the treats. These seniors typically have mobility issues, incontinent issues, or behavioral issues that make them hard to place in adoptive homes. To ensure they receive the best care and have a steady home for the remainder of their says, these super-seniors having a loving sanctuary home with their foster parent here at CSDRH.

What Level of Care Do Hospice Dogs Receive?

Hospice care is the most expensive part of our rescue. Often dogs come to us with complicated medical needs, and poor health and need a full workup to determine a treatment plan moving forward.

Hospice Care Expenses Can Look Like:

  • Full Dental Extractions
  • Orthopedic Rehab
  • Subcutaneous Fluids
  • Diabetes Management
  • Handicap or Disability Management
  • Specialty Diet Dog Food
  • Bloodwork
  • Diagnostics
  • Cancer Care
  • Heart Failure Care
  • Grooming
  • Weight Loss + Joint Supplements
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasounds
  • X-Rays
  • and more!