About Us

SDRO rehomes older dogs
Topaz In 1997, life was about to get a whole lot better for old dogs surrendered to shelters or brought to a vet's office to be euthanized.

In 1998, Senior Dog Rescue began with a single, very determined volunteer in Philomath, Oregon, Susan Faria.

In 2001, two people volunteered. SDRO was now a rescue of three.

In 2003, SDRO received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and donations soared all the way to $2,000 – a heady amount for a group with overdue vet bills!

By 2007, the community realized the plight of senior dogs, the group had over 20 volunteers and Petfinder awarded SDRO a $25,000 Maddie's Fund grant for hard-to-place pets.

Now in 2017, over 60 dedicated volunteers can be found in Oregon, California, Arizona and Washington. The average length of service for an SDRO volunteer is 10 years. Saving older dogs is contagious! They will win your heart.


Our Track Record

SDRO is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our mission is to rescue and re-home dogs age 6 & up. It's that simple. Older dogs left at shelters. Dogs whose owners died. Dogs whose families came apart. We aim to save them all!


SDRO's all-volunteer staff consists of an Executive Director, Board President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Secretary and several coordinators: dog training, foster homes, community liaison, volunteer, events and newsletter. New volunteers are always welcomed and celebrated. Join us!

SDRO is 100% donor funded and, as such, continually updates its community and online presence. Community fund raisers are diverse: Oregon State University's Vet Hospital Open House, Gifts for A Better World, Paws in the Park, the Corvallis Fall Festival, Petco Adoption Days, a giant 2-day benefit sale and more. We work hard to make sure our events are fun for volunteers, educational for the public and worthwhile for all.

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