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Sanctuary takes in and cares for senior dogs

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent |

Cocoa’s exercising in the pool, while Buddy’s getting an acupuncture treatment. These lucky dogs receive care that’s customized to their different medical needs.

Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary is for dogs 7 years and older who no longer have a home. Dogs arrive for a variety of reasons, including the death of an owner, financial hardship or neglect.

Founder and Executive Director Doreen Jakubcak was inspired to start the non-profit in 2015 after her adopted dog Marty passed away.

“This is about quality of life for the dogs,” she said. “This is not about just existing here so we wanted to have community spaces for them, we wanted them to have maximum socialization and enrichment during our staff day.”

The dogs have their own rooms, which they only use for sleeping and mealtimes. During the day they have 8,000 square feet to roam or lounge, a pool to soothe aching joints and there’s plenty of outdoor space for walks.

Currently there are 17 dogs living at the sanctuary in Upper Freehold Township and about 70 volunteers help care for them.