At Gray Paws Sanctuary, we are passionate about senior dogs! Since 2014, we have been caring for older dogs in the Greater Pittsburgh area in need of preventative and routine medical care, physical therapy, socialization, and above all, love!

We do this in three ways – First, senior dogs in “Sanctuary” live with our co-founders, Darla & Joe. They spend every day caring for this pack of senior dogs themselves.

We also match senior dogs with local families through our “Forever Foster Care – Medical Coverage Program” to care for them for the duration of their lives.

Finally, our LOYAL Program provides financial support to families in order to help prevent the surrender or premature euthanasia of senior dogs that can be kept healthy and safe in their current homes.

How Gray Paws Sanctuary Began

Darla and Joe Brescia recognized a need for help with old dogs, so they established their nonprofit sanctuary in 2014. They began by welcoming these old pups into their large Victorian home in North Versailles which was certainly spacious enough for the dogs but not practical with all of the stairs.

Soon after, they purchased 3 acres of land where they spent almost 2 years building a one-story modular home (no stairs!) custom designed just for the aging canines and making it possible for them to welcome even more seniors!