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Local readers have submitted their votes and we are pleased to share that Vintage Paws is a:

Silver winner in the category: Best Non-Profit

Silver winner in the category: Best Animal Non-Profit

Thank you to everyone who voted and supports the senior dogs of Vintage Paws Sanctuary. We are thankful and humble. #olddogsrock

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Vintage Paws is a non-profit dog sanctuary. We rescue senior dogs who have been abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or whose humans have died. Vintage Paws pays for all medical treatment for the life of the seniors dogs in our care. Our goal is to provide these old souls with loving homes where they can live out their lives with dignity, knowing they are loved. We have three levels of care. 

Our HOSPICE program is for very elderly dogs who have the chance to be spoiled and loved until it’s time to cross the Rainbow Bridge. 

Our LIFERS are those dogs who are, for whatever reason unadoptable. They have free run of a large comfortable room as well as access to come and go into a big grassy, shady yard where they can take a nap outside. 

Our FOSTERS go to approved homes either for life or until they are adopted. Our organization is run 100% by dedicated volunteers. 

All donations go directly towards the ongoing and emergency medical expenses of the 60 dogs in our care. Annually we spend in excess of $200,000 to provide the seniors in our care with quality and often times life saving healthcare. Unfortunately, most of the seniors we rescue come with medical problems sometimes this is due to age, but often times it is due to neglect. Please help us reach our goal of $25,000. 


It is with sadness that we must tell you that the Lip Sync fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, September 15 is canceled. Where it would be easy to tell you that it is because of an unexpected issue, it is unfortunately due to lack of registered attendees and performers. Events like this are hard to coordinate. We had to pay for the venue today and just didn’t want to risk having an event with only 5 performers. We are so sad because this event is so much fun, but who knows…maybe next year. Florida Studio Theatre will refund those who registered for the event. We will start sharing our next event soon so stay tuned. Thank you for supporting Vintage Paws! 


We at Vintage Paws Sanctuary are heartbroken to learn of the sudden death of one of our friends, Amy Fischer. Amy was a staunch supporter, a board member and our Volunteer Coordinator. You may not know her by name, but you’ve seen her at almost every event we have ever had. Amy was our first volunteer to come on board with Vintage Pawsand has remained an active volunteer ever since. She is a dear friend to us and we are so sad she is gone. May we remember her as the wonderful human being that she is and in her memory, we are creating a new program: Amy’s Angels. We are honoring her with a plaque in our memorial garden and we are certain she was greeted by the many senior dogs as she went over the Rainbow Bridge.

Although Amy worked full-time at Ringling School of Art and Design in Admissions, she was at Vintage nearly every weekend, giving her time to introduce new volunteers to the wonderful life of senior dogs. You would find Amy on any given weekend or holiday holding, walking or cuddling a dog. She was passionate about the cause and never hesitated to share her love of senior dogs, and the love they can give in return, all with a smile on her face. Amy was always willing to help set up, break down and transport dogs to and from our many events.

Amy is survived by her own beloved senior dog, Chester, who will miss her immensely, but has a permanent home with a dear friend of Amy’s. Amy surrounded herself with many amazing friends, co-workers and the love of senior dogs. 

Memories from our Board Members:
Amy had been a long-time client of ACE Pet Resort, where Vintage Paws was founded, with her own dog, Chester.  Once we started taking in senior dogs, Amy inquired about volunteering and then became our very first volunteer. Amy never hesitated to help anywhere it was needed. At our board meetings, she almost always had a dog in her lap. Her giving nature, warm smile and generous heart will be sorely missed. I will see you at the Bridge, Amy. I miss you. Love, Jenn Hummel – President
I first met Amy at a Vintage Paws golf tournament fundraiser back in 2014. All the dogs gravitated towards her. Amy was Vintage Paws’ first volunteer. She knew and loved every dog at the sanctuary and they knew and loved her just as well. Since our introduction, I have seen her at every single weekend event or fundraiser Vintage Paws has had. She was often a sponsor, always in honor of a senior dog who had passed away and never in her name. She was an amazing human being who dedicated her free time to senior dogs. We worked our last volunteer event together in early December and as always, she was engaging the community about the benefits and fun of adopting a senior dog. Amy, thank you for being our volunteer coordinator and all you have done for Vintage Paws. Kerri Baur
I have had the privilege of working with Amy for the past two years at Vintage Paws. Amy was always the person to raise her hand when a project needed to be done and raised it with a smile and good nature. She never hesitated to say, “need some help with that” and when she helped it was 120% effort. But most of all, Amy had the most amazing, loving relationship with our senior dogs—even the grumpiest like Stewie, who crawled into her lap at every opportunity. I learned a lot from Amy, especially how to be quietly and gracefully helpful. Miss you my friend…see you at the Bridge. Vicki Copeland
When I joined the Vintage Paws family Amy welcomed me with a great big smile. I was impressed with her dedication to the organization as she always went above and beyond to help out wherever needed. At our meetings the dogs always “ran” to greet her first, they knew she had a big heart. She loved every dog that came through our doors. I will always remember her generosity, kindness, compassion, and her love for animals. My heart is broken but I take comfort in knowing that Amy was greeted by her beloved 4-legged friends at the Rainbow Bridge. Cam McCarthy
I only wish I’d have had time to know Amy better, she had such a kind heart. Heaven indeed got an angel last weekend. Debbie Roginski
My fondest memories of Amy are of her devoted attention to the events to help raise funds. Helping decorate for our Halloween Party and braving the cold dark waters of the Intercostal as she waved to the spectators at the Venice Boat parade on the boat entered for Vintage Paws – always with her can do attitude and warm smile! Cindy Watson

Sunday, January 21 dawned bright, sunny and WARM after Sarasota’s cold spell, and it was a beautiful day for WAGSPARILLA at the Sarasota Elks Lodge. Raffles, food, drinks, costumes, and of course dogs, all to benefit Vintage Paws and Satchel’s Last Resort.  Here are some photos from the day. 

WAGSPARILLA is TOMORROW,  Sunday, January 21 at the Sarasota Elks Lodge (off Clark Road). It will benefit Vintage Paws Sanctuary and Satchel’s Last Resort.

Well-behaved, on-leash pets are welcome

Come out for a day of swashbuckling good fun with Food, Authentic Pirate Music, Games and of course a Pirate Costume Contest for people and pets!

Special appearance by some of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team! 

Demonstration by the amazing K-9s of the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department

The Venice Dog Club’s pups will show us some basic agility

Nail trims by DIY Dog Wash

Dr. Wendy Ying will be checking microchips

Will there be raffles? Of course! We are putting together some amazing raffle baskets right now.

This is just the party to take the edge off your post-holiday blues. Your ticket includes Lite Bites and Treats.

All proceeds will go directly to help Vintage Paws Sanctuary and Satchel’s Last Resort, to provide local, needy pets the rescue and rehab they need to not only live, but live better lives.

The Sarasota Elks Lodge has generously opened their beautiful property off Clark Road to us at 5680 N. Rosin Way. From Clark Road turn North on Rosin Way and you’ll see the green space and Lodge on your left. Plenty of parking at the office buildings on the right.

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 the day of the event.

Many thanks to our supporters, The Pittsburgh Pirates/Bradenton Marauders, DIY DOG WASH of Sarasota, Vetcare Express,, Dr. Wendy Ying, and the Sarasota Elks Lodge!


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About the Challenge

CrowdRise is excited to announce the Newman’s Own Foundation $500,000 Holiday Challenge, a friendly fundraising campaign for eligible US-based 501(c)3 charities and publicly supported under Section 509(a)(1) or (2). 

Newman’s Own Foundation is celebrating 35 years of giving and $500 million to thousands of charities, helping millions of people. As Paul Newman would say, “giving back is just the right thing to do.” 

Participating organizations will compete for up to $500,000 in cash prizes. 

Everything launches on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 12pm ET and runs through Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 1:59:59pm ET. 

The organization that raises the most online during the Challenge wins $150,000. 
2nd Place wins $50,000 
3rd Place wins $30,000 
4th Place wins $25,000 
5th Place wins $15,000 
6th Place wins $10,000 
7th Place wins $7,500 
8th Place wins $5,500 
9th Place wins $4,500 
10th Place wins $2,500 

On #GivingTuesday, November 28th, the organization that raises the most online wins $50,000. 
2nd Place wins $25,000 
3rd Place wins $10,000 

In addition to Grand Prizes, there will also be an additional $115,000 given away through weekly Bonus Challenges. 

Newman’s Own Foundation was founded by the late actor Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy and help make the world a better place. The Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products into charitable donations. 

Looking to get an affordable camera to create videos of the senior residents to show how adoptable they are and to use for grants.

Vintage Paws Senior Dog Sanctuary Wish List


We are proud to announce that the Grey Muzzle Organization approved our grant request of $4000.00 for our Hospice Program. The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. Please visit their website at

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