Our Current Residents
Meet the dogs that call JJH home.
Here at Jane's Journey Home for Dogs our mission is to provide a peaceful retirement home, love, and dignity to elderly dogs as they journey through the end of their lives. Jane's Journey Home for Dogs is a 501c3 Non Profit sanctuary that receives no government funding. We provide a loving final home for elderly dogs, where we rarely adopt or foster out. This is an important part of our mission as it is stability that these elderly dogs need most. The seniors receive veterinary care, specialized feeding plans, and all the love and attention they need from our dedicated staff and volunteers. Imagine getting to the end of your life and losing the only family you ever knew or being left at a crowded, noisy shelter and being passed by again and again simply because you are old. These pets have worth. Senior dogs show us the truest examples of loyalty and unconditional love and it is our job to return that love to them every day that they are with us.
Since we become their family and care for these seniors on their journey their medical bills are more extensive than a regular structured rescue where they are quickly adopted out. We focus on very senior and hospice cases that do not have a chance at being adopted, allowing them dignity and a lifelong home before they pass. The only way we are able to offer this sort of care to our canine residents, and continue to offer it, is because of donors and sponsors like you. We cannot do this alone.
Corgi - Special Needs
Capi (short for Cappuccino) is a 13 year old welsh corgi and queen of the castle at JJH. Her owner went into a nursing home and there was no one able to care for Capi and her special needs so she ended up at a local animal shelter. They tried to find her a home but due to her age and inability to walk well no one was interested. Capi was born with a deformity in her joints that causes them to be in the wrong places. Sadly this is all too common and frequently seen in inbred corgis from backyard breeders. This deformity, in turn, means she walks more like a penguin than a dog. Other than her shorter than normal stature and a bit of arthritis, Capi is a healthy and happy, bossy senior corgi. She loves to demand attention and will take belly rubs from anyone who will give them to her. She gets around on her own better than most people think and her only special needs are needing help up the stairs and onto the couch for cuddles along with no abrasive services to walk on. If she’s having a day where her joints are bothering her, our volunteers won’t hesitate to pick her up and still take her out for walks in her wagon or stroller. No matter how many soft beds are in the sanctuary Capi almost always prefers a cool surface to lay on and can often be found stretched out under the table or on the floor in the executive director’s office. She’s known best for making snow angels in the winter and cleaning up food bowls after mealtime.
Here to stay
Boston Terrier Mix
Bosley is a 13 year old boston terrier and is our longest standing resident at the sanctuary. Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter in Tomah reached out to us when they learned that Bosley was in need of a safe place in which to retire. Bosley’s owner had moved to a nursing home and the person they had entrusted to care for him had scheduled Bosley to be euthanized. The caring staff at the nursing facility felt that this decision was premature and desperately searched for another option. Bosley came to us quite weak and thin with extremely dry skin and patches of hair flaking off. His digestive system was a mess! A thorough exam at the vet and senior bloodwork provided us with answers. Bosley was diagnosed with liver disease. With a supportive plan in place, Bosley was placed on daily liver supplements and a specialized diet. Within a matter of days his body started to absorb nutrients again and his energy level increased. Like many bostons, he also has a significant cataract in one eye that has rendered that eye mostly blind, but it does not cause him any pain or discomfort. He tends to run with his head cocked to the side to see, and occasionally bumps into the door. Bosley’s liver values stabilized and he quickly became the content and quiet kong stealer we know and love today. He begs for butt scratches and rewards everyone with his silly little happy dance whenever they hit just the right spot.
Here to stay
Ajax is an approximately 12-15 year old schnauzer/yorkie mix. Sadly, Ajax came to us as a neglect and abuse case from Sauk County Humane Society after being left out in negative double digits below zero weather tied to a patio. Once at the safety of the shelter their team noticed that his abuse ran deep. He was very timid and quick to defend himself from any form of touch. His coat was heavily matted with feces in it and the tangles were pulling painfully at his skin. He needed to be sedated to even clean him up and shave them off. His owner never chose to reclaim him. We took Ajax to be medically evaluated due to many concerns revolving around his mouth and skin. Ajax had a fractured and severely infected tooth which we believe was a major reason why he shied away from everyone. Upon examination at the vet this infection abscessed through the outside of Ajax’s muzzle. We immediately had to have these painful reminders of his previous life removed. Ajax was treated with nothing but patience and kindness from our caring staff and volunteers and after recovery we’re happy to say Ajax is a new dog! He is diagnosed with canine dementia and can have times when he seems lost or confused. But during times when he is more lucid he gravitates towards our teenage volunteers and loves to play tag with them. We are thankful for our volunteers who have taken their time getting to know him and building his trust to the point that any new visitors that come to the farm he happily sniffs and welcomes with the rest of the pack. Due to Ajax’s sensitivities and dementia we keep his environment as calm and unchanging as possible. Ajax has been known to hop and bound happily around the sanctuary in the mornings and anytime he goes on walks. He has overcome a difficult life but we are honored to be able to give him the safety and peace he deserves in his golden years.
Here to stay
Gizmo is estimated to be 11 years old and a small terrier mix. He came to us from Richland Area Rescue where he was with an emergency foster due to the passing of his owner. Good Samaritans contacted Jane’s Journey Home to see if we would have room for him. Once we learned that Gizmo was doing well with other dogs but had some medical concerns, we chose to take him in with us. Gizmo had a large mass located in his rectum that was causing a lot of pain and distress for him so the team made sure to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to help determine his true medical needs. They were able to have the mass removed and Gizmo so far has progressed well with little concerns. He is a tiny guy under 10lbs that enjoys snuggling with anyone who will take him and is often in your lap before you can sit down. He loves attention from anyone and will do somersaults on the couch in exchange for full body pets. Gizmo is another one of our seniors that came to us with severe dental disease and in need of multiple extractions to make his mouth pain free and healthy again. He also has a heart murmur that is very likely caused by the years of untreated dental disease getting into his bloodstream. An echocardiogram gave us the information that we needed and an all clear from the vet to proceed with anesthesia and his overdue dental work. Gizmo loves our bigger dogs and can often be found curled up alongside one of them. He will spend the rest of his days in comfort and safety with us.
Here to Stay
Tripp is a 15 year old male dachshund. He came to us as one of our few owner surrenders due to his owner having multiple health concerns and moving into a facility that does not allow pets. Tripp lived in a loving home his entire life but sadly had no previous vet care to speak of. The medical staff we enlisted to help discovered extremely severe dental disease and open rotting sores in the roof of Tripp’s mouth that was clogged with debris and infection. He would often sneeze blood and mucus throughout the day. Due to this it was imperative that we get him medical care right away. Tripp went through a dental procedure in late June 2022 to remove all over his damaged teeth, repair the fistulas in his nasal cavities and give him some relief that we believe had been plaguing him for the better half of his life. After recovering we have seen a great improvement in Tripp’s energy and quality of life. He enjoys following around the other residents or volunteers and burrowing deep in blankets around the sanctuary. He is a chatty one who definitely lets you know if he needs attention by light whining and tail wagging until he is noticed. Tripp loves to curl up with any of the other seniors who will have him and sleep the day away. Canine companionship is new to Tripp and he is persistent in making new friends. Tripp does have a heart murmur and is in mid stages of canine dementia so he may get lost and wander sometimes but he always comes back to stand by feet or give a tail wag.
Forever in our hearts
Murphy is a 12 year old terrier mix with a solid, outgoing personality. Murphy’s owner went into hospice care and there was nowhere for him to go. So Murphy was passed around every couple of weeks from house to house until he landed safely at the caring home of a shelter facilitator. This kind woman recognized Murphy’s need for a stable environment and reached out to JJH to take him in. It is obvious that Murphy was very loved and cared for by his owner. He received regular veterinary care and was taught basic commands. Murphy does have epilepsy and a sensitive stomach. His seizure disorder is well regulated with a twice daily medication and has been for a number of years. His GI system is now well regulated with a simple prescription diet. We know that as he ages his seizures may worsen or become more frequent but today he is stable and happy. Murphy loves food and can be a bit of a shark when it comes around to treat time but he always behaves when you tell him to wait even though waiting for food seems like the hardest task in the world to him. He has a bit of energy still in his elderly years and often tries to get the other dogs to play with him. Not all of them are interested in that “puppy play” but Murphy doesn’t seem to mind because there is always a nice volunteer nearby that is happy to oblige him.
Here to Stay
Percy, Noah, Gulley - These three seniors have lived together their entire lives. They came to JJH when an overcrowded county animal shelter in Rockford reached out to us with a desperate plea. Percy, Noah, and Gulley were part of a group of dogs that had been living in a condemned home with many other dogs. The shelter was at capacity and all other area rescues had turned down taking these dogs in. We traveled to Winnebago County Animal Shelter to meet the group and in an instant knew that we had to help. Percy - Percy just celebrated his 15th birthday and, as a large breed retriever mix, considered an advanced elderly dog. He is gentle and easy going. Percy gives a calming presence to both dogs and people and this was very apparent during our initial meeting at the shelter. There was no doubt Percy was coming with us as the likelihood of a dog of such advanced age getting adopted was next to nothing. Percy is steadfast and a reassuring presence at the sanctuary, not only for his previous pack mates but for many of his new ones as well. When Percy and Noah first arrived it was Percy that stood by Noah and reassured him that it was ok to eat. And then again that it was ok to lay down and sleep. Overall Percy appears healthy for his age but a thorough exam will help us determine if there are any underlying concerns and help us provide the best supportive care for Percy during his retirement.
Here to Stay
Heinz 57 mix
Percy, Noah, Gulley - These three seniors have lived together their entire lives. They came to JJH when an overcrowded county animal shelter in Rockford reached out to us with a desperate plea. Percy, Noah, and Gulley were part of a group of dogs that had been living in a condemned home with many other dogs. The shelter was at capacity and all other area rescues had turned down taking these dogs in. We traveled to Winnebago County Animal Shelter to meet the group and in an instant knew that we had to help. Noah - Noah is a 13 year old hound mix or better described as a Heinz 57. When we met Noah he was terrified and shaking curled up in the back of his kennel and trying to make himself look as small as possible. He had dried feces stuck to his fur and he wouldn’t meet our gaze or get up to greet us. The loud shelter environment was quickly taking its toll on him and he was shutting down. We brought Noah into the yard with his former housemates and he immediately became a different dog. We knew we had to take Noah; he would never survive in a loud shelter environment. The first time Noah laid down in our quiet isolation room he let out a deep sigh. He looked to Percy to tell him it was ok; that he was safe. Noah’s personality continues to blossom at the sanctuary. He is the first one up to alert us that someone new has arrived. His horse, old man bark is endearing and reassuring that he is feeling more and more confident in his surroundings everyday. Unfortunately, a few days after he arrived and started settling in, a volunteer found Noah struggling to catch his breath. He had no appetite and wouldn’t eat his morning meal. He was rushed to the veterinarian where tests and radiographs determined that he has neoplasia. Cancer. A mass was discovered in his abdomen and the disease has spread to his lungs. Noah was also heavily congested and running a fever. It was determined that he also most likely had a secondary infection of pneumonia. The cancer doesn’t appear to have spread to his lymph nodes and that is good news. We have chosen to treat Noah’s infection and with strong antibiotics and anti-inflammatories we have seen great improvement in his symptoms. We know this won’t last. But for now Noah is content and at ease at the sanctuary. We will keep him as comfortable and pain free as possible until we can no longer do so. We take solace in knowing that he will not have to suffer through the pain of rapid deterioration that often occurs in senior pets. When it is Noah’s time we ourselves will be comforted knowing he was able to enjoy security and peace with us and his brothers, even if it was a short time. He has had fresh food and water, comfortable beds and an endless supply of pack mates and people to reassure and love him. He will be provided a gentle, peaceful crossing surrounded in dignity and love.
Here to Stay
Cattle dog x Retriever mix
Percy, Noah, Gulley - These three seniors have lived together their entire lives. They came to JJH when an overcrowded county animal shelter in Rockford reached out to us with a desperate plea. Percy, Noah, and Gulley were part of a group of dogs that had been living in a condemned home with many other dogs. The shelter was at capacity and all other area rescues had turned down taking these dogs in. We traveled to Winnebago County Animal Shelter to meet the group and in an instant knew that we had to help. Gulley is an 12 year old cattle dog/retriever mix and most likely related to Percy and Noah. We met Gulley when we visited Winnebago County Animal Shelter in response to their plea to find placement for a number of senior dogs at the shelter. The shelter was at capacity and, with more dogs coming in every day, they desperately needed to find placement for these senior dogs before they deteriorated in the hectic shelter environment. When we met Gulley, along with the other seniors at the shelter, he appeared social and enjoyed running the fences with other dogs. He was the youngest of the group and since we could only safely transport two large dogs in our vehicle it was determined that Gulley would remain at the shelter in the hopes that his outgoing personality and younger age might give him a chance at adoption. A few days after the other dogs had settled in we reached out to the shelter and asked if they were still looking for placement for Gulley. Even being an active dog with attractive markings, at 11 years old Gulley was too old for most people to even look at. We arranged to bring Gulley back to the sanctuary to reconnect with his former housemates 10 days after we had taken Percy and Noah. Gulley is a social butterfly with a bit of anxiety. His first few days at the sanctuary consisted of lots of pacing and barking and a need for reassurance from humans. He has since relaxed significantly and has even started playing with some of the other dogs. He still looks to Percy and Noah for reassurance but he is finding his place at the sanctuary and is becoming more and more relaxed every day.
Here to Stay
Floyd comes to JJH from a local humane society that took him in as a stray after he was found staggering around and emaciated. Sadly Floyd's owner never chose to claim him and it was obvious this poor old soul was utterly abandoned. The humane society staff immediately fell in love with this poor broken old guy and named him Floyd. Once Floyd's stray period was up they reached out to JJH for placement. Poor Floyd had suffered so much, barely able to move about, so weak, thin, and confused. The first few days with us it took all his strength just to finish his food. Then one day Floyd simply started coming out of his shell. He stumbled out of the quiet office where he had been staying and trotted over to a nearby bed under a counter. And that was justthe beginning. Floyd was no longer a stiff zombie staggering around. Yes his body was still strcken with severe arthritis and his mind struggled with dementia but his body was no longer painful with every step. It now had energy to move about and explore; make new friends. Floyd has been a great addition to the sanctuary and everyone has loved seeing his comical personality come out. Floyd may move a bit slow but he knows what he wants and isn't afraid to ask for it. Floyd is finding his way at the sanctuary and it has been our pleasure to help him find happiness and comfort in his senior journey.
Here to Stay
Toy Poodle mix
Sweetie is a darling 5lb poodle that we've recently welcomed into the JJH sanctuary. Asking a senior dog, especially one with significant medical issues, to leave all that is familiar and adjust to a new environment and new life is extremely difficult. For many elderly dogs it simply isn't in their best interest. But Sweetie has been through much in her life and has come out the other end confident and content. It is our duty to give her the chance to live out her days in comfort and care while she has a strong will to live and enjoy life. Sweetie was a puppy mill dog for the first 6 years of her life. Her loving owner adopted her along with her sister from a shelter. At that time Sweetie had already lost all of her teeth. But her perky personality shone through, and she became the apple of her owner's eye for many years. This little dog was resilient and chose to love people instead of fear them. Sadly, Sweetie lost her sister after a few short years. And like so many dogs, Sweetie developed multiple medical issues as she aged. Her owner gave Sweetie the best of veterinary care, but the time came for Sweetie's aging owner to make the difficult decision to move to a nursing home themselves. We are all forced to face our own aging and health limitations, our own mortality at some point. Planning for ourselves can be extremely hard but the worry for our beloved pets and what will become of them can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is in our companion's best interest to only know the love and security they have grown to know for so many years. Humane euthanasia with their loving owner beside them giving them kisses and comfort until the end can be the kindest decision we can make for our elderly pets. But for others, and for Sweetie, a safe, peaceful place like Jane's Journey Home for Dogs can provide them with support through the difficult changes later in life and allow these loyal companions the dignity they deserve and the ability to continue to love. Sweetie has thyroid disease, arthritis, and is mostly blind and deaf. Her body is old and fragile. But she loves meeting new people and exploring her surroundings at her own pace. She has made friends quickly with the other canine residents at JJH. Circumstances forced her to lose the life that she had become accustomed to but thanks to the kindness and foresight of her owner, Sweetie now has a safe place to rest her head at JJH for the remainder of her days. Sadly we had to say goodbye to our tiny little Sweetie. Life has it turns and twists. Sometimes the pathways that we envision don't always go as planned. Her health took a sudden turn during the afternoon and it was very apparent that she was suffering. Sweetie had a wonderful morning. She ate a hardy breakfast and spent time socializing with the other canine residents and snuggling on the couch with our volunteers. But by late morning Sweetie became lethargic and refused to eat. Her breathing became labored and her temperature dropped. Our veterinarian was immediately contacted. Our team worked hard to make Sweetie as comfortable as possible but it was obvious her tiny little body would not be able to recover, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize Sweetie. Regardless of what we plan when we take in these dear elderly dogs, we don't always know what their bodies can handle. Sweetie had a wonderful, outgoing spirit, and we had hoped that by managing her many medical issues including thyroid disease, blindness, deafness, skin allergies, acid reflux, and arthritis her body would grow strength and she could enjoy retirement here with us. This just wasn't the case. Sweetie may have only had a short time with us but she was pampered and loved unconditionally by our dedicated volunteers and staff every moment. She was given gentle touches and treated with dignity all the way through her journey. She was treated like the loyal little companion she was. Sweetie left this world in loving arms with words of love and comfort being whispered to her every moment. She touched the hearts of everyone here at JJH and for that we are forever grateful.
Forever in our hearts
Bear is 13+
Under medical evaluation
Under medical treatment