Providing Old Friends with a Loving Home for Life

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Marty's Story

His name was Marty. We never knew his complete story, and he was part of our lives for a relatively short period of time. But he left a permanent mark on our hearts. Because of him, we embarked on an incredible journey, forging lasting friendships (both human and canine) along the way.

For too long a time, Marty’s life could most kindly be described as unsettled.  Already a senior, he spent 6 months in a shelter, showing no enthusiasm for life. The day before his scheduled euthanasia, the shelter found a rescue organization willing to take Marty. Over the next 18 months, he lived in foster homes and doggie day care facilities. His needs started to increase as he was developing degenerative neuropathy. In December 2009, he found his final home with us. 

When Marty arrived at our home during a massive snowstorm, he ambulated marginally. By the spring of 2010, after battling back from bacterial pneumonia, he lost his ability to walk at all. But that didn’t stop Marty from enjoying every day. He loved sitting by the lake, greeting everyone he encountered, barking at every bicycle that went by. He wanted to engage with any dog that came his way. 

Marty’s final day at the lake was a beautiful Sunday in November. He spent the afternoon with his human and canine friends, and then exercised in his quad cart. The next day he suffered seizures from which he never recovered.

Marty was a gentle yet persevering soul, inspirational and a reminder to be present and live life well. We will never forget him.

He and other older dogs with similar stories are our motivation for establishing Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary.

Whenever anyone asked Marty’s age, we would respond, “Forever 12.”  Our commitment to any dog that comes to Marty’s Place is that they will have a Forever Home.


Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township, NJ 08501