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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 are caring for over 250 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 foster home for as long as they have good quality of life. We also assist owners to find new homes for their senior dogs through our website and referrals, and cross-post senior dogs for shelters and other rescues.  Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please explore the website for information about becoming an ODH home, adoptable dogs, our placement program, sponsorship program for Final Refuge dogs, and other resources. Contact Old Dog Haven with  your inquiry.



Tyson 03/31/15

Tyson 03/31/15

“Hello my name is Tyson. I am a black Lab (used to be black, anyway). Thanks to the woman who rescued me, I now weigh 75 pounds. I don’t keep track of my age-it’s just a number after all- but if I had to guess, I’m between 11-12 years old. Those are the basics about me. Please let me tell you my story. I used to have a very hard life. I lived outside most of the time with only a blanket to rest on. Every so often the humans would allow me to come in and lay by the backdoor but I was not allowed to make myself at home inside. I was not fed much or well and I had “bugs”. A very nice lady would come to visit the humans and she always looked at me, I could tell she cared about me. I was not feeling well and thankfully the nice lady noticed what no one else seemed to. One day this nice lady asked the humans if she could give me a home. The humans quickly said “Yes!”. That was my lucky day. The nice lady took me home and then she took me to a doctor. The doctor did all sorts of things to me. I was a good boy for it all and they found I needed medicine for my thyroid and medicine for the bugs. The bugs are gone now and I take the thyroid medicine every day, it helps me. I get good food to eat and I’ve gained weight. I think I look pretty handsome now! I do have some hair missing from my tail and a spot on my foot, that’s kind of embarrassing but the doctor told the nice lady it’s because I wasn’t properly cared for until I came to live with her. I live with another nice dog and a very old cat, they are my friends. When the nice lady goes off to work for the day (so she can feed us all), I am a very good boy and I hold it until she comes home. There’s boy who is 11 that lives here and I’ve been around a young girl too that is called “grandbaby” and they are nice to me so I think I like kids. I have some pain, I’ve heard them call it “arthritis” so doing stairs is hard for me. I really do LOVE to go for walks! The nice lady attaches a leash to my collar and I walk very nicely for her. I wag my tail a lot now, “Thump, thump, thump!” I’m so happy. So the reason you are reading about me: The nice lady has to move to a place where she can’t take me. I know she is really very sad about it because she loves me but I can’t be sad or upset about it-how can I be? She saved me and made me feel so good! So to help nice lady be happy, I’m asking everyone to help her find me a forever home. I need to find a home soon, so please spread the word. I will be a good boy. For now I live in Puyallup, Washington with the nice lady and her family.”

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

Email Olddoghaven about Tyson.


SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, July 19, Noon to 3 pm

2015 Walk for Old Dogs

New Location: Cromwell Park in Shoreline, Washington.

More details coming soon!

ODH_Calendar_2015_Cover_3inOld Dog Haven’s 2015 calendar is available as a gift with donations of $30 or more (see below to make a donation), or can be purchased at our events or from one of the many outlets listed here.  This full color wall calendar features beautiful pictures of many of the ODH Dogs.

Click Here to make a donation of $30 or more to Old Dog Haven.

(Please note “send my gift of a 2015 Calendar” in the comment section.)

Every Old Dog Has a Story

ODH Book Now Available for Purchase!

Finalist in the “Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction” category of the
2014 USA Best Book Awards!!

Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell by Ardeth De Vries is filled with wonderful and inspiring stories about many Old Dog Haven dogs. Ardeth is donating all proceeds from book sales to Old Dog Haven. The book has its own Facebook page too – be sure to “like” it to get news and see photos of the ODH dogs featured in the book.

About the Author: Ardeth De Vries has been involved with Old Dog Haven since 2005 and serves as President of Old Dog Haven’s Board of Directors. Ardeth is the person behind all our print and e-newsletters, which are filled with exciting Old Dog Haven news, photos and events. She also writes articles for the Old Dog Haven website and counsels people about end-of-life decisions, grieving and the care of senior dogs.

You can buy the book locally at the following locations (100% of the purchase price goes to ODH):

  • Arlington – Skookum Brewery, 17925A 59th Ave NE
  • Ballard/Seattle – The Mailbox (Ballard), 2400 NW 80th St.
  • Bellevue – Tesslan Dog Spa, 14210 NE 20th St.
  • Bellingham – Village Books, 1200 11th St.
  • Coupeville – Kingfisher Bookstore, 16 Front St.
  • Edmonds – Blue Collar Dog House, 180 W. Dayton St.
  • Edmonds – Edmonds Westgate Veterinary Hospital, 700 Edmonds Way
  • Edmonds – The Refinery Salon,  133 4th Ave. N.
  • Kirkland – Natural Pet Pantry, 10600 NE 68th St.
  • Lake Stevens – Frontier Village Veterinary Clinic, 9309 North Davies Road
  • Lake Stevens – K9 Korral, 9612 115th Ave. NE
  • Lynnwood – Bella’s Voice Thrift Shop, 4001 198th St. S.W. Ste 8
  • Lynnwood – Mud Bay, 2800 196th St SW (next to Whole Foods)
  • Mill Creek – Paddywack, 15407 Main St (Mill Creek Town Center)
  • Mill Creek – Mud Bay, 1018 164th St. SE
  • Puyallup – Puyallup Valley Veterinary Clinic, 2208 E Main Ave.
  • Puyallup – Dog Daze Natural Pet Market, 105 East Stewart Ave.
  • Puyallup – River Road Animal Hospital, 1508 18th St NW
  • Redmond – Eastside Dog, 7533 166th Ave. NE
  • Seattle – Casita International, 423 15th Ave. E
  • Seattle – Elliott Bay Book Company,  1521 10th Ave.

The book will also be available at 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 Barnes & Noble, Amazon, other online retailers, or you can order it from your local bookstore.

Old Dog Haven News!

For the news at Old Dog Haven, read our January 2015 E-Newsletter and our   March 2015 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

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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***