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Frankie and Andy's Place

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Frankie and Andy’s Place is a unique combination of senior dog shelter and emotional healing center for troubled humans. A beautiful log cabin, nestled in a picturesque Barrow County woodland setting, Frankie and Andy’s Place is home to a small number of gentle, loving senior dogs who have been cast aside by their humans and yet who still have many valuable gifts to share ..... These gifts of sympathy, time, reassurance and unconditional love are then shared with troubled humans in an atmosphere of calm and acceptance to help them mend. Frankie and Andy’s Place ....... a healing collaboration between man and his best friend.

Results: Long before the cabin had even been delivered, Connie Woofford contacted me to ask about our plans for Frankie and Andys Place as she had read about it on our Facebook page. She wanted to know if we would be interested in taking senior dogs to the Adult Day center in Winder, where adults of all ages but requiring supervision, could go to give their carers a respite for the day. I told her then that we would need to wait until we were up and running to check this out; last Thursday, due to her dogged persistence, she and I went to meet the folks there and introduce them to our mission and the tour de force that is...ERROL FLYNN! When we got there, it was after lunch, and we toured the facility, met the staff, and were able to meet some of the visitors. One older gentleman, who introduced himself as Chuck Norris, ( you can only imagine how long he and I traded pretend ninja kicks....it was too much fun, honestly) wanted to hold Errol Flynn because he reminded him of his childhood dog, Trixie. Of course, we heard him say this a few times, but both Connie and I were struck by the emotion it evoked in him....how simply touching this four pound ball of love seemed to happily transport him back to halcyon days. Another fan of Errol was a sweet lady who isn't allowed to have dogs at her care facility, but missed having the touch and love of one in her life. But for both Connie and I, the most unbelievable moment came when a young lady, who was quadriplegic and sitting in a wheel chair with her head tilted back, unable to speak or move her hands, was asked if she would like to meet Errol. She looked at him, their eyes met, we lifted her hand to gently stroke Errol, and her face lit up like a Christmas tree. She started to laugh with such genuine glee, her whole face shone like a golden light, her mouth was so far open in a smile, the carers were floored! You see, she had not been feeling well when she arrived that day, and they had been concerned for her. We lifted Errol to her neck and allowed him to nuzzle her gently, and she purred with delight. She cannot make a coherent sound, but she laughed! She truly laughed! Folks, if these dogs do nothing useful ever again, what we saw on that day, with that young lady, made every single thing worth it. Errol Flynn, this little four pound dynamo, walked into a room, owned it and made everyone feel better. He spread the love like Gandhi, touching hearts everywhere he went, allowing himself to be passed from one person to the next, hugging and snuggling his way into their hearts. 15 people became balls of mush at his very presence. Because of confidentiality guidelines, we are not allowed to post pictures yet, or give names; we are hoping that will come soon. We will be visiting, at this our second adult day center location, there every week starting on Monday, and I cannot even begin to thank Connie for the work that she has done to get this going. (November 19 2016)

Target demographics: Rescue senior dogs

Geographic areas served: Winder GA and surrounding environs

Programs: We have long believed that dogs come into our lives, not just to provide friendship and comfort, but to teach us, to open our eyes to what is really important in life, and to help us cope with the stresses of everyday living. The beauty and serenity of this environment combined with the wisdom and empathy of some of our working dogs has brought comfort and relief to a number of humans dealing with anxiety, fear, self-harming issues and bipolar disorders. All under the watchful eye and guidance of an experienced mental health professional. This shelter provides a home like environment, furnished comfortably, with sleeping quarters for the dogs, but also a main living area where they can come together and mingle with their carers and work with whoever needs them.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rachel D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s place is such an amazing senior dog rescue! Such a heavenly place for these precious pups to live out the rest of their lives!! So well cared for and loved I can’t say enough about how wonderful this place is!!

jackngracie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is a slice of heaven for the senior dogs that they rescue from terrible conditions. Staffed by volunteers who adore the pups and supported totally by donations. As a volunteer myself, I look forward to every moment that I spend there!! Taking these dogs out into the community, in turn, brings such joy to the hearts of so many senior men and women. This charity stands above all the rest in the way it helps so many seniors - dogs and humans alike!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I, originally, came to meet Penny and Peter Miller for help with my reactive senior dog. It was another attempt, having had several prior to it, to help my boy be a happy confident dog, again. Within about 30 minutes, the magic of Penny Miller was very evident! From that moment on, I knew that I needed to be part of her's and Pete's world and their dream for a special place to provide senior dogs, who have been thrown away by their humans for any number of reasons, a safe and loving environment for the time they might have left. This is not just a cabin in the woods, though. If there was ever a magical place that could fill your heart and soul so completely with love, laughter and pure joy, it would certainly be a cabin in the woods called Frankie And Andy's Place (FAAP)!! We have always heard that "it is better to give than to receive". In this magical place, you open your heart just a crack and the love of these senior pups rushes in. You receive so much more from them than you could ever give to them in return!

This dream of the Millers is not achieved, yet, though because there continues to be too many senior dogs in need. The dream is for more space for more dogs. It's not an attitude of if it can be done, but when it can be done!! The cabin is totally staffed by dedicated volunteers who love these seniors as much as their own pups.

The real magic, though, is what the senior dogs bestow on anyone that walks through the door. You are met by these grayed out sometimes toothless faces, bulging tumors, odd gaits due to injuries or medical issues and always happy wagging tails. It's a healing place, not only for trauma these dogs have experienced, but for human trauma, as well. These dogs visit human seniors and bring big smiles and joy to their days. Troubled teens visit the cabin and these pups give them some hope, again, making their hearts open to someone and feel safe, special and needed. It's, indeed, magic for all involved!!

None of this would ever have been possible without the immense heart, selflessness, fortitude and total dedication of Penny, Pete and the very supportive board of directors of FAAP! The inspirational leadership that Penny and Pete provide is the driving force in this magic, though! Their hearts are huge, their drive and enthusiasm is unstoppable and their love and true understanding of these four legged creatures is endless! I feel truly blessed to be able to volunteer at Frankie And Andy's Place!

Amie6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place saves senior dogs from euthenization at shelters so they can save others. I've witnessed first hand the power of these animals with mentally challenged adults and elderly people. They have healed hearts when someone has lost their mate after 60 years together, they've helped the elderly find strength when they see the strength these senior dogs have and they've taught the mentally challenged compassion and patience so they may have compassion and patience towards others. It's truly a blessing and awe-inspiring to watch these sweet souls find purpose in their life again, canine and human alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved at Frankie and Andy's Place because our family loves dogs and my high school son needed volunteer hours. Perfect, I thought. I didn't know then just how perfect it would be. Frankie and Andy's Place is a cute little cabin nestled in the woods. This environment provides a loving, safe, caring environment for senior dogs that have either been abandoned by their owners or their owners have surrendered them due to lack of funds to provide for them. These dogs still have a lot of life in them and an enormous amount of love to give. Volunteering at this beautiful place is has truly filled a void in my heart that I didn't know existed. Through this opportunity to love on these fur babies, I've also been able to share them with several senior and adult care centers in the area. These dogs bring light into their day and mine! My son has finished with his volunteer hours but doesn't want to stop helping because he loves the dogs and the cause! Can't say enough about the dogs and the tremendous people who volunteer, donate and support this incredible cause!

Jan G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Frankie and Andy’s Place so much because it is almost like the movie COCOON for dogs. Senior dogs who have been abandoned at high kill animal shelters are brought here and given the very best veterinarian care, homemade food, constant love and attention by volunteers and staff and have a beautiful place to live out their days. They live so much longer than ever expected. They get to go visit retirement homes and other groups to share their love and bring joy into so many lives.

Kathy294

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can I rate Frankie and Andy's Place more than 5 stars? I can not ever say enough good things about this organization. It is a true slice of heaven that gives senior dogs that would not other wise have a chance to live that happy ever after. Every single volunteer that is part of this amazing journey is truly family and loves these dogs as their own. Ever heard the expression "move mountains" well Frankie and Andy's Place does. The seniors there get the best of everything, the most comfy of digs to live and relax in, the best food, top notch medical care and also the best love and attention around.

When there is a medical crisis with one of the crew, the FAAP family rallies with prayer and support. It's really an amazing thing. If you are looking for the very best place to volunteer, a worthy place to donate to then this is it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you have ever heard the expression "a little slice of heaven" and thought does that really exist? Well it does at Frankie and Andy's Place. It is truly an unbelievable place. They take dogs that others have given up on for one reason or another and give them that second chance that they truly deserve. Each dog that is there has a story of where they have come from. Some are incredibly heartbreaking some just make you shake your head. But one thing is obvious these dogs have come from broken hearts and entered Frankie and Andy's place and been wrapped in love and are now thriving. They all truly have glows about them and a bounce in their step. The dogs there are truly angels in fur. They all have such huge hearts and such a healing power about them. It's amazing to look at those dogs and know the heartbreak they have gone through and to see what they are now.

I could rave about how amazing and healing the dogs are but the staff and volunteers there as well are incredible. It is obvious that their hearts are truly in this mission and that is all about the dogs. They give so much of themselves to make this incredible endeavor thrive.

I could not think of a better place to donate time or money too. This organization truly shows that old dogs have worth and value and they focus on spreading that love those dogs have to give to make this world a better place. Thank you Frankie and Andy's place for what you do and thank you for giving these oldies the 2nd chance they deserve!

Stephanie S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place supporting senior pups care and provides a home for those senior dogs who will have difficulty finding forever homes.

2 RooMaggieZander

Donor

Rating: 5

The founders/owners have the purest heart for senior dogs (and all dogs) that my husband and I have ever seen. The dogs are cared for by only the most compassionate, diligent, faithful, accountable volunteers, many of whom I know personally to be women of the highest caliber, character and integrity. The dogs live in the comfiest of quarters with soft beds, cage-free (each one very carefully temp tested), truly a home environment. We support this charity and see it — and the fruit of it — every single week. The Millers not only have the pure, huge heart, they also have the highest standards of excellence in care and also in business and management. Truly the complete model for any animal charity, they far surpass all others in every area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The founders/owners have the purest heart for senior dogs (and all dogs) that my husband and I have ever seen. The dogs are cared for by only the most compassionate, diligent, faithful, accountable volunteers, many of whom I know personally to be women of the highest caliber, character and integrity. The dogs live in the comfiest of quarters with soft beds, cage-free (each one very carefully temp tested), truly a home environment. We support this charity and see it — and the fruit of it — every single week. The Millers not only have the pure, huge heart, they also have the highest standards of excellence in care and also in business and management. Truly the complete model for any animal charity, they far surpass all others in every area.

Laura J.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the transparency of this organization, the fact that they are so passionate about the care of senior doggies makes my heart so full. Plus the bonus of all the photos to see they great care they get!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always said if I won the lottery I would buy a lot of land and take in all the dogs that no one wanted. Well I will probably never win the lottery but I am able to live out my dreams by volunteering at Frankie & Andy's Place. The senior dogs there are so greatful for the chance to have a place they can call there forever home, and to be truly loved by all the volunteers that come into their lives. The dogs give back what they are given tenfold, and to get to be a part of this is an amazing experience.

taylorhm

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization took in a dog that was 15 years old, left at a kill shelter, then adopted by a rescue. ZsaZsa Gabor had a horrid infection in her mouth that had drained into her lungs and developed into pneumonia. She was not able eat or even drink water. Frankie and Andy's saved her life. She is a happy girl, infection free

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Donor

Rating: 5

what a great place - these senior dogs are loved and cared for during their final years.

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Shannon146

Donor

Rating: 5

This is most wonderful place - full of love and happiness for Senior dogs that need it the most!
F&A Place excels in every way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far my favorite non-profit! I love they make a difference each day and my all donation goes to saving dogs and making sure they have a wonderful existence. Penny and Pete are the most passionate defenders of dogs and I only wish I had more funds to support.

Dee M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place...beautiful cabin nestled in the woods where senior dogs are given the love they deserve. Thanks Penny and Pete and all of the volunteers at Frankie and Andy's Place!!

Laurie Hobbs B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is a most amazing spot for sugar-snouts. Penny and Pete are tremendous advocates for senior rescues.

Jeannie12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is family, be part of this program and your family just keeps growing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My boys and I volunteer at this wonderful cabin in the woods. We have volunteered at animal control and therefore know how truly amazing Frankie and Andy's Place is! These precious dogs went from being sad, confused,lonely and scared to pampered pups at the cabin. We look forward to seeing our furry friends each week and we are grateful for Frankie and Andy's Place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering there and absolutely love the dogs and the new life they are given at Frankie and Andys, these senior dogs are so loved and respected by everyone there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best Of the best. We don’t know what we do without Penny and her wonderful heart and passion for dogs.

John H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have lost both my heart and my wife to Frankie and Andy’s Place, but I wouldn’t change a thing! This organization truly enhances and changes lives, both human and canine, all for the better!

Susan L. J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never known of an animal care non-pprofit that was so compassionate and so devoted to the highest quality of care for their animals. Frankie and Andy's Place is an example to all of us on how we should treat and care for dogs.

jaw1230

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is hands down the best out there. I’ve personally been involved with Frankie and Andy’s Place for the past two years and have witnessed firsthand they truly walk the walk, every day. Everyone involved is deeply committed to ensuring these seniors have the best care and opportunities to shine and spread their love to any and everyone around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization by far is the most dedicated and selfless group of senior dog advocates out there. Because of Frankie and Andy's Place, these dogs are given another chance at a wonderful life with the attention, medical and health care and love that they deserve.