INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (CBS Local) — Senior dogs who haven’t been adopted now have a place to call home. Shep’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary opened a few weeks ago in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri, WDAF-TV reported.

Founder Russell Clothier said he came up with the idea after he started volunteering at shelters and saw elderly dogs having a difficult time getting adopted.

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“Why are you still here?” Clothier said. “We need to get you out of here. You need to be spending your golden days in retirement.”

Clothier bought a house and renovated it. He added special dog showers and kennels for around 20 dogs. There is also a large yard for them to wander around.

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“Their first eight to ten years they’ve been in a home, and suddenly their home is gone,” he said. “To be able to give them that feeling again and make their remaining years a golden time for them it makes all of us feel good.”

Clothier said giving them a home not only helps dogs, but shelters as well.

“Even if we’re not taking dogs directly from the public, every dog that we take from a shelter or a rescue opens up another spot for a dog to come in,” Clothier said. “We’re trying to help throughout the community.”

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Shep’s Place is looking for volunteers, but will gladly accept accepts donations and has a wish list for its biggest needs.