For Paws Hospice

Rating: 4.9 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 6685 Ozona FL 34660 USA

Mission: Keeping pets and their families together
Results: Since our founding in May 2009 For Paws Hospice has provided emergency veterinary medical funding to 75 families caring for more than 120 pets. Our food bank program All Pets Kitchen has delivered over 4000 pounds of pet food to low income families and the elderly through Meals on Wheels. Seven injured pets have received free wheel chairs along with additional home therapy.
Target demographics: Pet families and the elderly with low income, United States
Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 animals
Programs: Donated wheelchair program, food bank, emergency veterinary medical grants, proposed "Free Veterinary Clinic" for pets of the homeless.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

For Paws Hospice is a phenomenal organization assisting families with their pets' needs. This organization has stepped forward to help owners who are ill and cannot appropriately care for their companion animal by offering food, providing referrals to veterinarians, pet sitters, groomers, trainers, massage therapists and other pet service providers that have agreed to discount their costs. Pets who can no longer walk on their own receive assistance through FPH's wheelchair database as well. This non profit provides a much needed service to families throughout the United States.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading the thank you notes received from families helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more funds so For Paws Hospice can help many other families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

this is a service that is sorely needed and such a wonderful service to people and their animals! The work of Angels!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing of all the happy work they do and the people and animals they help! So many need this service and caring

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

its great, no changes needed other than more donations to help more!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

For Paw Hospice contacted my non profit in Minnesota to inquire about pacemakers that could be used for dogs. They had a need and I had information. I am proud to call Harlan a friend and provide emotional-long-distance support via the Facebook page!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been witness to animals finding homes, receiving necessary surgery/medications-- and most of all; love.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of one thing!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Harlan contacted me via email and then phone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

For Paws Hospice , an honorable and dedicated organization. Harlan and Nancy are bringing a wonderful relief to those in need of help for their beloved pets or their own respet during personal illness. As a volunteer I took in temporarely two precious older dogs for a lady going in for cancer surgery. She said, " God doesn't do....He sends." Indeed He did , He sent For Paws , Thankyou....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

......on many occasions when I assisted with the care or found homes for homeless pets or comforted pet owners when they had to give up beloved pets.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

.....no changes , only more donations to continue the wonderful assist for pets and their owners in distress.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about For Paws Hospice. This organization was the only one that would help me with a rescue named "Beau". For Paws Hospice puts the needs of animals first.

Thank you For Paws for your care, compassion and generosity with your time and effort.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through ongoing assistance received from For Paws Hospice for animal care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a veterinary technician student and I specialize in canine gerontology and hospice care. I am on the local advisory council of our hospice paws program which promotes pet therapy to the human hospice patients. I also volunteer with Grey Muzzle Organization and have had the pleasure of meeting several members of FOR PAWS HOSPICE at events. I don't think I have been as impressed by any other group of people in their dedication and drive. No doubt the world needs more people to care about animals ...all through their lives. They are not items to be tossed away when we are done with them. These people are so very compassionate and knowledgable but sadly underfunded as an organization. I mostly appreciate the education they provide the public not to mention a way for people to come to terms with dying and death for themselves and their companions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

allowing them to educate me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd have time to be a volunteer

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Rating: 4 stars  

There has been a real need in this community for a reach out to elderly or sick individuals with financial constraints or lack of knowledge of where to turn for assistance with their pets. As with most communities there has also been a need to help pets that can't help themselves. For Paws Hospice has found so many in-roads to help the community, from educational, to helping with transport, food and pet supplies, and financial help, to helping cancer patients, find carts for paralyzed dogs, and linking with other professionals for medical or surgical assistance who are also looking to help the pet population.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping paralyzed pets find carts, performing stem cell therapy for pets unable to walk, and helping with elderly people who could not afford vet care without this organization

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide an ability to kennel or house pets who may need to be fostered or readopted for people who cannot manage them any longer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For PAWS is an incredible organization. Their dedication to their mission, vision and values in helping pets and families in need is commendable. They are an open-minded organization with talented, energetic founders.
One of the most impressive qualities about For PAWS is their ability to use their creative energy and problem solving to find ways to get things done... their optimism is a blessing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working on the board

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

For Paws Hospice is an amazing non-profit organization, run by truly dedicated and amazing people! They provide much needed services not only locally but wherever needed across the US. When you see Harlan & Nancy's passion for what they do it is inspiring. Working with them this past year on a volunteer basis has been wonderful. So glad we've met them. We were able to hear first hand stories of how they've been able to not only help owners keep the pets they love, but also assist those that are grieving the loss of their beloved family friend. Remarkable orginization and all around wonderful, genuine people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking with people and handing out information at the events tables

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

For Paws helped me stay positive and work towards my goal of getting my dog Pearl's leg surgery. Without them it would have been a very lonely and daunting task. Now she's on the mend and the donations are helping to pay off the vet bill. Thanks for helping to keep us together!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

For Paws helping me by talking to numerous vets until we found one who would work with us and accept For Paws donations. The reassurance Harlan Weikle gave me throughout the waiting period was invaluable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to volunteer more of my time

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