Welcome to Old Dog Haven

We are a network of private homes helping Western Washington’s homeless senior dogs.  Old Dog Haven has no shelter or kennel, all our dogs live as members of a family.  We care for over 200 dogs at a time in our foster homes. We focus on the oldest dogs left at shelters but occasionally we can take a dog directly from the owner. Dogs in good health with reasonable life expectancy are adopted out; the rest are loved and cared for in a Final Refuge home for as long as they have good quality of life. We also try to assist owners in finding new homes for their senior dogs through our website and referrals, and cross-post senior dogs for shelters and other rescues.  ODH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please explore the website for information about adoptable dogs, our placement program, sponsorship program for Final Refuge dogs and other resources. Contact Old Dog Haven with  your inquiry.

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We have had a very large number of pleas for help from shelters – way too many dogs for our current homes to take in. If you have ever thought about becoming an ODH Home, NOW is the time to apply (veterinary expenses are paid by ODH). Please read the material on Being an ODH Home for details first, before contacting us for an application. These are probably all Final Refuge dogs (permanent fosters, not adoptable). Matching each home to the right dog is very important, but the list of dogs in need will change frequently. If your situation works for an abandoned old creature you will find it tremendously rewarding!

PUPDATES: 08/31/14 – More dogs moving to ODH homes and lots of new dogs have been added!  See those still in need of homes here.

ODH Book Launch

ODH 10th Anniversary Celebration & Book Launch

Saturday, Oct. 11, 1-5 pm at Northwest Cellars, 11909 NE 124th Ave., Kirkland.

We are thrilled to invite our loyal supporters to join us in celebration of Old Dog Haven’s 10th Anniversary and the unveiling of our new book, Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell. Not only will you be the very first to get your copy hot off the press, but author Ardeth De Vries will appear for a reading and book signing from 2-4 pm.

Tickets are $20 – purchase online here – or $25 at the door (if space available).

If you can’t join us in person, you can still help Old Dog Haven by purchasing wine online with our special anniversary label designed by local artist Joe Myers. Choose the Chardonnay and/or Serenade and request the Old Dog Haven label.

More information about where you can buy the book, Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell, can be found in the September E-Newsletter.

After Oct 11, the book will be available at the following local stores:

Mill Creek Paddywack– 15407 Main St.

Mill Creek Mud Bay– 1018 164th St. SE

Lynwood Mud Bay– 2800 196th St.

Redmond Eastside Dog– 7533 166th Ave. NE

Seattle Stardust Salon– 7220 Linden Ave. N

Seattle Casita International– 423 15th Ave. E

Coupeville Kingfisher Bookstore– 16 Front St.

The book will be available at all events attended by ODH during the year. Check the calendar on our website to see where we’ll be.

You can also purchase the book online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, any online retailer or you can order it from your local bookstore. There will be an E-book version available as well.

In Memory of a Dear Friend

All of us at ODH grieve for the loss, at far too young an age, of our longtime Final Refuge mom Janet Williams. Her ODH “wonder dog” Herbie, her devoted companion, will miss her terribly but will be well cared for in another ODH home. We are glad that we and several lucky ODH dogs knew her.

Record turn-out at the Walk for Old Dogs on July 20th! 

Heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors and donors who made the Third Annual Walk for Old Dogs a howling success. We blew past our $50,000 fundraising goal and raised over $65,000! We loved meeting many old dogs, young dogs and their caring people who came out to celebrate senior dogs. From all of us at ODH, thank you and hope to see you next year!

Cynthia Suprenant, a generous and talented supporter, put together this delightful slide show of the Walk with photos by Deborah Darsie.

For the news at Old Dog Haven, read our September 2014 E-Newsletter and our  July 2014 Print Newsletter!

[To subscribe to our E-Newsletter or our print Newsletter, please email ODH with your preferred email address and/or mailing address!]

To see where ODH will be next, go to the Events and News Page, or check the ODH Events Calendar.

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Old Dog Haven

621 SR9 NE PMB A-4

Lake Stevens, WA 98258

email: office@olddoghaven.org


We appreciate your support!

You can now make automatic (recurring payment) donations to Old Dog Haven with Click and Pledge or Paypal!

Internet shopping with iGive.com supports ODH. Vendors donate a percentage of your purchase.
See more ways to support us here.

What’s going on!

  • Jack, an Urgent Need dog is adopted!
  • Koko & Penny, Sabrina, Einstein and Skippy are new Adoptable dogs!
  • Ren, Lulu, Etta, CoCo, and Moon have been added to Final Refuge dogs for your sponsoring pleasure!


Jack 08/26/14 *Adopted* 09/02/14

Jack 08/26/14 *Adopted* 09/02/14

Jack is an 8-year-old Chihuahua who weighs about 12 pounds. In the past he has lived with other dogs, cats and even ferrets! He will, however, chase a cat if it entices him to do so. Jack likes to go for car rides and get out for walks, and he has loved going to dog parks to meet other dogs. Currently Jack stays alone in an ex-pen while his owner is away without needing a potty break for about 6-8 hours. Young children make Jack very nervous, so he needs a home with kids 13 years and older only. H e is a sweet little guy who loves being groomed, getting “dressed” for cold weather and finding a sunny spot to bask in. Jack needs a new home as soon as possible! He is posted for his owner in Edgewood.

ODH has not met this dog; we urge prospective adopters to do their own evaluation.

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Bones 08/15/14

Bones 08/15/14

Bones is a miniature dachshund who is 14 years old. His current weight is about 9 pounds, up from when he was found emaciated due to neglect at the hands of his former owner. Bones was found out in the street a few times, dangerous because he is mostly blind and deaf. His owner agreed to give Bones to the people who kept finding him. Bones has been taken to a vet and given some TLC; he is now ready for a forever home as his Good Samaritans cannot give him a permanent home. In spite of his handicaps, Bones gets around very well once he learns the landscape. He has learned to get out to potty when he needs to, most all of the time. He lives with other dogs and ignores them, he has not been observed around cats or children under 10 years old. A home without steps is best for Bones, he has been fine when left alone in the company of the resident dogs. Ideally, his caretaker believes he’d be best off not being left alone for long periods of time. He sleeps through the night in a crate without an accident and he loves to play with toys. Bones is described by the kind people who took him in as “very sweet and gentle”. He is posted for his caretakers in Edmonds.

ODH has not met this dog; we urge prospective adopters to do their own evaluation.

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Groomer Ana cuddles with Benny after successful grooming of a  challenging feral dog.

Ana cuddles with Benny after successfully grooming the challenging blind and frightened little dog.


Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TIN 65-1249528) and relies on donations and fundraising activities for its income. We will not disclose donor information outside of our organization except as required by law. We will not sell or distribute our mailing lists to anyone. We will mail or e-mail a thank-you note acknowledging each contribution unless directed NOT to do so. We will mail or e-mail newsletters to donors unless directed NOT to do so. We will send a receipt of annual donations the following January unless requested at the time of donation.
***This charity is currently registered with Washington Secretary of State under the charitable solicitation act, registration number 23310***


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