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Dog shelter and forever home opens its doors to older dogs, chronically-ill dogs and those deemed unadoptable.

Top Dog Foundation, established in 2004 in New Germany, Minnesota, has set out to provide permanent homes for dogs who are deemed “unadoptable” because of age and health conditions. By providing rescue, rehabilitation services, veterinary care and training, older dogs that may have been considered unadoptable now have another chance to start new lives.

Rehoming becomes an option for those who can no longer afford the cost and upkeep of responsibly providing for their pets. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pets were most likely to be rehomed by being given to a friend or family member, closely followed by being taken to a shelter.

A new lease on life

Top Dog Foundation has set out to influence the world of shelters by offering an alternative solution for growing dog populations. Contrary to most animal shelters who euthanize the old or sick, Top Dog Foundation celebrates the charm and sparkle of these old souls by opening the doors to their new home. Older dogs and dogs with chronic medical conditions can find temporary to permanent housing options at Top Dog Foundation. The organization offers several options in order to pair the right dog with the right household.

The sanctuary

With plans of opening a sanctuary (in the near future) on donated land, canines can spend the rest of their days with other friends knowing that they have the added comfort of security, meals, medical care and constant love.

Accommodations for the sanctuary will include:

  • 10,000-15,000 sq. ft. building (existing as well as additions)
  • Private / Group suites for 100-120 dogs
  • Veterinary clinic and convalescent care
  • Hydrotherapy/ultrasound therapy
  • 20,000 square foot outdoor park
  • Indoor park
  • Training center
  • Crematory

To find out more about Top Dog Foundation and their plans for the sanctuary, visit them here:



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