Moose Lodge (aka Golden Years Pet Sanctuary. org inc.) is a small non-profit, located on 2 acres upstate New York. It is named in honor of Moose, a dog who fought a long and valiant fight against multiple cancers, until she succumbed to the disease in 2021. Moose Lodge is founded on the belief that all senior pets should live out their final years in the comfort of a loving and caring homestyle community. We adopt, foster and/or rehome abandoned or newly homeless senior dogs, seven years or older. However, senior cats and some other breeds of senior pets will also be welcomed on a case-by-case basis. We can also board if the circumstances are right. There are no kennels or cages, unless a cage is the animal's preference. All animals are housed and treated as family members, inside our home, with supervised indoor/outdoor access.
No Pet Left Behind
Our mission is to offer a loving home, our home, to senior dogs and other senior pets that need rehoming. They will receive quality care, first-rate medical attention, and bundles of love. To do this, we will:
1. Maintain a welcoming sanctuary in the security of our own home, with a large
fenced yard for exercise and play.
2. We will work with local shelters to rehome or find foster homes for canine and feline seniors. We will pay extra attention to those with medical needs.
3. We will work to educate owners, fosters, and the general public on the value of
senior pets, and the joy they can bring to the lives of humans.
We are committed to giving these animals the serenity they deserve in their final years, without judgment as to why they came to us. When it is determined that an animal can no longer live with quality of life, we will give them the ultimate gift of a peaceful and pain-free passage to the Rainbow Bridge. Moose Lodge will remain a sanctuary in perpetuity.
Meet the Team
David Jacobs is a retired financial executive, and business owner. He is an avid animal lover and has been involved with numerous dog and cat rescues, transport, fostering and rehoming of abandoned pets.
Deborah White is a professor of American History at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, New York. She has personally adopted many dogs and cats in her lifetime, and has been actively involved with rescue, foster, transport and rehoming of abandoned pets.
Laura Woyasz is a Broadway performer and an avid animal lover. She is also a certified Reiki healer, with a specialty in Reiki For Animals. Reiki is a healing modality that can help dogs, especially senior dogs, to remain comfortable in their final years.
Megan has been a lifelong dog lover and rescue dog mom. She's worked for the National Park Service for more than 25 years and has fostered more than close to 100 dogs of all ages and sizes. Seniors and special needs dogs are especially close to her heart.
Social Media Manager/
Whitney Espinoza has a Bachelor Degree in Media Arts. She has studied in the world of promotion and advertising.
She joined the team to help spread the word.
What We Need
A Home For Life
Medical costs, food, cleaning supplies, and daily maintenance are the majority of our expenses. Medical costs can include bloodwork, a daily dose of medication, and routine vet care. Without the generosity of donors, we could not give them the care and support they need. Even the smallest donation helps. We will also cover the expense of euthanasia ($200 average cost) when it is clear that an animal’s quality of life has come to an end.
There are times when we will need funds not only for medical care but for items needed to run a sanctuary. Examples are fencing repairs, a second washer/dryer, bedding, clothing, transport, and professional grooming for some breeds, to keep their skin, hair, or fur hygienic, healthy, and free of mats. As these needs come up, and if we cannot cover the expense for ourselves, we will reach out to our supporters for help.
It takes time and money to give these gentle creatures what we all need the most: health, security, care, and love.
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Sponsor A Resident
Moose Lodge Senior Pet Sanctuary is focused on providing a home for rehoming or fostering individual senior animals that have lost their families through no fault of their own. If you are not able to foster or adopt a particular pet, that pet can be individually sponsored through donations that will go specifically to that animal's care and comfort. The sponsored donations include vet care, toys, food, and specific needs for each individual resident. Soon we will be offering individual pet sponsorship.
Jessie is our first official foster to become a resident of Moose Lodge Senior Pet Sanctuary. He is a Beagle/Retriever/Lab Mix. Jessie's story is a common one: it's unknown. He was pulled from a shelter in Tennessee by a generous rescue group on Staten Island, For Blake's Sake. He was placed in a foster, where he lived with thirteen other senior rescues for more than five months. That foster home is run by Megan O'Malley who has joined our team as Community Liaison. Jessie is covered with lumpy, benign fatty pockets. He's arthritic and was overweight before he joined us. Thanks to Megan, he's lost a lot of weight, and the tumors, checked regularly, remain benign. There is nothing outstanding about Jessie, except that he is a sweet-tempered creature who needs to feel safe, be fed, get his medications, and be loved. He returns such favors with a happy wagging tail and a cuddle. He learns quickly, and when he first visited our newly fenced yard, he ran around like a pup, daring our dog Memphis into a game of chase. He loves treats, scratching, cuddling, and lying in the grass, he takes his meds well, and he is very human/animal friendly. Jessie deserves a happy loving environment to live out his days; a place where there is no pressure to be anything other than a "good old dog." Maybe someone will want to adopt him. But until then, welcome home, Jessie.
Glitch is at least fifteen, a Chihautau, demented and blind. Sometimes she stops eating and we have to get bloodwork due and an appetite stimulant. The last visit cost us $250.00 but it worked; she started eating again. She's too small for diapers, so we provide her with pee pads. She goes through about 50 a week, or half a box. She's so skinny that even XXS diapers don't fit. She has to be nudged every morning just to make sure she is still breathing.
Nicole is Moose Lodge's first official resident. She was owner-surrendered. She's blind, fifteen, and a Pomeranian mix. She came to us almost completely hairless, but the hair has grown back and so has her sense of humor. She's playful and charming. She's got arthritis, but it's so much better now. She actually gallops, especially to food and treats. At the moment, her age requires she must have regular blood work. Sponsorship would help with this.
An Italian Greyhound, also surrendered when her owner passed. She’s about seventeen, blind but very capable of navigating to find her humans. She loves to be held and snuggled. She has no major medical issues other than age. It's very possible she could be in need of medical support at some time in the near future, just to maintain her current level of hospice comfort.
A sixteen-year-old Shih Tzu mix came to us with her brother Jojo when they lost their owners. We have very little information about her background, but we know she’s blind and has arthritis. Roxie is active and uses her nose and memory to navigate the house. When the weather is mild she enjoys exploring the fenced-in yard. She uses pee pads when it’s too cold or wet to go outside - but she sometimes misses them! So she needs pee pads, and we use spot cleaner and floor cleaner to keep things hygienic. Roxie has a sensitive stomach so needs special wet food. She could also use to a senior blood panel to evaluate her overall health.
He is a southern Chihuahua who was owner-surrender to a shelter with his three siblings. The most endearing of Norton's qualities is that he is very affectionate and craves cuddles. However, his breath is bad and he needs dental work, which, at his age, of twelve, is very expensive. We have little tricks to improve his breath but if an angel wants to help Norton with his rotten teeth, please think of sponsoring him.
Whitney is about fifteen, a Papillion Mix, owner-surrendered and a sweetheart. She has mild dementia and has trouble standing and walking but she loves to be held and snuggled like a baby. She definitely could use a senior blood panel workup, but it's costly and we will have to wait until it's an emergency. Your sponsorship could help this charming creature.
As of March 15th, Eva is our newest resident. She is a seventeen-year-old, seven-pound Chihuahua, also from a shelter in Tennessee. She's sweet, gentle, good with other animals, and loves people. When she arrives, we will need to get her checked out by the vet. If you want to help sponsor her, that would so helpful.