Pepper's Senior Dog Sanctuary provides a compassionate, loving, lifelong home where elderly dogs are cared for during their good days, bad days, and last days.
Peppers' Senior Dog Sanctuary (PSDS) provides senior dogs with a compassionate, forever home, at our veterinarian supervised sanctuary. We care for our dogs for all the days of their lives, including hospice needs. We are the premier “dog retirement community” for canines who need us most—forever. We fill a unique need and space in senior dog sanctuaries. While you won’t find shuffleboard at our sanctuary, our seniors have other amenities and supports that make Pepper’s a well-deserved luxury for senior dogs. We provide small group and one-on-one care; enormous space to play, lounge, and sleep kiddie-pool-side; individual bedroom suites, professionally trained staff and volunteers; and dedicated physical therapy and medical care. Dogs who become part of the Pepper’s family win the retirement lottery.
FOR CANINES WHO NEED US MOST—FUREVER.
We will officially open in 2023 after construction completion of our full-scale sanctuary. We have already welcomed some dogs who currently live with our leadership team and at the sanctuary, and are raising funds to complete our $5 million capital campaign.
PSDS only adopts dogs from area shelters and rescues, helping to ease the burden of overcrowding at shelters. We DO NOT accept dogs via owner surrender or drop offs. The ASPCA estimates that approximately 670,000 dogs who enter U.S. shelters each year are euthanized. Sadly, many of these dogs who are considered seniors and special needs dogs are prematurely or unnecessarily euthanized due to age, special medical needs, testing heartworm positive, or having a disability. At PSDS, age and appearances don’t matter—we’re specially equipped to care for elderly and special needs dogs for their entire journey, and we are all in for the rest of their lives once they come to us.
Our dream of creating a wonderful, comprehensive facility for senior and special needs dogs first took root in 2019, the year of our inception. In just eighteen months, that dream was already being realized. But why this dream? First and foremost, we are all dog lovers. Like so many people, we understand the joy that dogs bring into our lives. But we also understand the obligation we have to our canine friends to afford them the simplest privilege of living out their life with the most basic needs being met: shelter, food, water, companionship, love, and care. Every year, at least 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, and a large percentage of those are senior dogs—the dogs few people want to adopt. Why are people less interested in adopting senior dogs?
There are a number of reasons why people are hesitant to adopt a senior dog. Age is certainly at the top of that list, but there are also a variety of misconceptions about caring for a more mature dog that cause people to walk away from senior dog adoption. We decided that something needed to be done to help dispel the myths, remove the misconceptions, and break down the false stereotypes that surrounded the desirability of senior pets. And with that, our dream began to grow as we pledged our commitment to help educate the public while building the best possible sanctuary for saving senior dogs from euthanasia or a life on the streets. While senior dog sanctuaries have been in existence for several years, none are quite like Pepper’s Senior Dog Sanctuary, a place for senior and special needs dogs to live out the rest of their lives in a loving, caring, and nurturing home-like setting.
Our facility sits on a 50-acre ranch in Roxborough Park, nestled in the red rock foothills southwest of Denver. We have a full service vet. Our canine health and wellness space includes hydrotherapy equipment specifically designed for low-impact walking and rehabilitation. Amenities include luxury individual dog bedroom suites housed inside a beautiful barn with a large common area. Our spacious, secured outdoor play space complements the year-round indoor dog enrichment park featuring tunnels, a canine condo, modular playground, benches, treat dispensers, a dog slide and dog paw-shaped ball pits. Our sensory garden offers a water feature, textured floors, plants, and wind chimes. We are a model dog sanctuary because of the unique, complete continuum of care we provide for our residents. Not only do they receive love, shelter and medical care, they also receive hospice care at the end of their journey, ensuring that these wonderful creatures will know how much they are loved every day.
We are pleased to introduce you to our fabulous and hardworking staff here at Pepper's Senior Pet Sanctuary.
We also invite you to explore our Leadership Team here.
Sanctuary Dog Care & Volunteer Coordinator
Stephanie is a proud Colorado native, Wheat Ridge Farmer, and CSU Ram. So it is fitting that from age five, her wish was to be a cowgirl surrounded by dogs and farm animals. Growing up she was sure the cherry tree in the backyard provided enough shade for a pony. While that turned out not to be, here she is some fifty years later...
Sanctuary Dog Care and Volunteer Coordinator
Julie spent 24 years working for a major tech company as a corporate trainer, project manager, and communications specialist, as well as founding EMPOCO, a local nonprofit that provided medical and educational opportunities to underserved communities both in Colorado and abroad, before its transition to YANAM2M.