Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization located in Northern California that is dedicated to helping senior large breed dogs. Lily's Legacy was founded by executive director Alice Mayn in memory of Lily, a 14-year-old golden retriever she had fostered. Lily was found wandering the streets of Santa Rosa and brought to the Sonoma County Animal Shelter in November 2007. She had a host of health problems, including a very bad nasal infection and a tumor on her eyelid. Over the next four months, Lily and Alice together battled and survived the tumor removal, the infection, canine bloat, and even a seizure. When she passed away after developing a blood disorder in February 2008, Alice saw the sanctuary as a mission from Lily; a place where many of the senior dogs who are lost, abandoned, or otherwise find themselves homeless, will have a safe haven in which to live out their days, or stay until a loving adoptive home is found, and where they will receive the love and care they so richly deserve.
Some of our dogs are owner-surrenders; others are last-minute rescues from shelters who don't have room and don't think the dog is adoptable - we take in these dogs before they are put down by the shelter. Aside from daily care and TLC, Lily's Legacy provides regular veterinary care and anything else needed to nurse a dog back into health.
Cruz, the border collie in the photo, was also at the sanctuary when I started volunteering at Lily's Legacy. He was friendly, playful, and so smart. The volunteers were warned not to pull him or grab him by the collar, as he had issues with people touching his neck. His last owner had also been warned of this, but neglected to keep this in mind when handling him, and ended up returning him after Cruz got tired of it. One too many times and Cruz scraped his arm a little bit. But we didn't mind. We were always mindful of Cruz's reactions to us and his interactions with us.
Cruz and some of his many stuffed toys