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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

161 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gretchen B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing sanctuary. Words do not do justice for this place or its staff.

Tonya26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could write a book about how wonderful this place is, and how it has profoundly changed my life. I have been a volunteer here for almost three years. If I didn’t live 50+ miles away I would be here every day. Penny and Peter Miller had a dream to create a sanctuary for senior dogs, they surrounded themselves with an incredible group of people and made it happen. It is amazing to see these incredible dogs, most who have been cast off after a lifetime of service to their people, come into the cabin and become part of this family. They are given love by a huge group of volunteers, fed the best food, sleep on soft comfy beds, and receive the best medical attention by Gwinnett Animal Hospital. It is heartbreaking when we have to say goodbye, but the tears quickly go away and become smiles because we know they lived their best days here at Frankie and Andy’s Place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think of Frankie and Andy's Place as a little slice of Heaven in a beautiful cabin in the woods, a sanctuary for senior dogs and the people who volunteer here. I volunteer here twice a week and I can't think of any better way to spend my time. To see the transformation the dogs make...some pulled out of shelters the day they would have been euthanized is life changing. There is really something special about a senior dog. I know they all have stories to tell, you can see it in their eyes. We know that some of them may not be with us for years, but their time here is probably the best time of their lives. As an added bonus, I've met the best, most caring group of people who work here as volunteers. I know we all hope to expand on this endeavor so we can save more senior dogs in the future! Thank you Penny, Pete Miller and crew for making this home for seniors happen.

Colleen Callahan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great rescue! They take in the elderly dogs that no one else wants and allow these dogs to live the remainder of their lives knowing they are loved and cared for.

Cathy A.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place with a wonderful cause for senior animals!

Shannon146

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful way to help senior pups! They are a truly an outstanding organization!

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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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Beth Edwards L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this organization and all it does for senior dogs, senior citizens, really for people of all ages. FAAP gives back
to the community in so many ways. Love their Facebook posts - brightens everyone’s days.

Kelly O'Grady M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is truly heaven on earth for these sweet seniors. The love and care for these dogs is truly immeasurable ..... Not only do the provide a wonderful end to the dogs story they bring joy into the lives of the people they visit as therapy dogs. What a blessing to all❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place for unwanted seniors. Frankie & Andy’s Place takes these wonderful souls and makes sure the test of their days are full of love and comfort. They also use these amazing dogs in the community as therapy dogs at the retirement homes. What a true gift with these angels and what a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer when I can at this amazing sanctuary for older dogs. Such caring and compassionate staff and volunteers are a rare breed. Frankie and Andy’s Place has them in spades.

Becky H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only does FAAP breathe new life into the animals they care for by providing them with the basics of shelter and food, they take caring for animals to the next level! These dogs are showered with an abundance of love from lots of great volunteers, they find purpose through their service to others, and they an provided with the care they deserve in their last days of life with comfy beds and couches, physical therapy options, and plenty of spacious place outside to roam and be a dog. What a gift to senior dogs! Thank you, FAAP!

Melissa B.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is the WHOLE PACKAGE! Its love, compassion, insight into dogs, incredibly motivated and dedicated staff of volunteers, and amazing sponsors make this a paradise for senior dogs in need of a caring, serene environment that makes up for their too many years of abuse, neglect, or otherwise difficult lives. FAAP is our favorite charity and we are very happy to support its important mission.

jackngracie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at FAAP for going on 3 years and am continually impressed and proud of the organization and wonderful home for senior dogs that Penny and Peter Miller have built. It should be the model for all rescues around the world. These senior pups get a new chance at a wonderful life and, in turn, provide emotional support for senior humans in the area, who they visit and bring smiles to on a weekly basis. Just a wonderful, miraculous and magical little piece of heaven for all involved!!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ministering to animals when they are alone or in their later years reflects the boundless limits of love which we possess and do not always extend, so kudos to Frankie and Andy's Place!

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome outreach to the community and renewed purpose for these senior dogs!

Donor

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is not a fairy tale, it is the real thing. Senior dogs are given the respect and love that they deserve when their "owners" can no longer care for them. All of the volunteers make their remaining senior years full of food, comfort and fun! Thank you Frankie and Andy's Place for being a shining star to many.
Bob and Nancy Hammond.

Katie C.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place exceeded my expectations. Their level and quality of care far surpasses any other rescue group that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Penny and her team have now pulled four senior dogs from the shelter that I work at. Not only were they all greeted with open arms, but they were immediately treated like members of the family and I know that they will be given the most superb and loving care for the rest of their lives. I cannot say enough good things about Penny and her team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Frankie and Andy's Place because I have a 15 year old granddaughter who is autistic. Jess sometimes has difficulty communicating with people but she has NO problems communicating with her four legged friends at the cabins. She loves to visit her senior fur baby friends and talk to them and they respond to her immediately. Every time we go she has a new "best friend". The cabins bring joy and comfort she can't find anywhere else. We volunteer there as much as we possibly can, we just love it there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there is a heaven on earth for senior dogs, Frankie and Andys Place is it. I have been volunteering there for about six months and it is remarkable to see these dogs come who have been rejected for whatever reason, neglected, forgotten, abused, forlorn and they come to the cabin where they are loved, and well fed, and receive the best medical care. The change in these dogs can not be put into words. They are so sweet, so loving, they ask nothing of you and give so much in return.
I bring my 14 yr. old granddaughter with me. She's autistic but when she is with these dogs, her world is complete. She can remember name, she helps walk them, she loves taking care of them. It's the favorite part of her week.
These dogs that no one wanted bring so much joy to so many people.
God bless Penny Miller and everyone else who works with me at the cabin but especially God bless our precious fur babies.

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Pat B M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dirk, Dooper and I LOVE Frankie and Andy's Place!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer and donate to Frankie and Andy's Place for many reasons; my favorite one is because these senior dogs go out to spread love and magic when they visit, as therapy dogs. Putting smiles on faces!

Dawn S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks are awesome! My favorite experience was yoga with the senior dogs. We had a ball and the pups enjoyed it, too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don’t have a story but I have been following this amazing place on FB! What they are doing for elderly dogs and elderly humans is beautiful and amazing. There should be more places such as Frankie’s and Andy’s

Becky P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love watching them give our local forgotten and mistreated senior dogs the happy ending they deserve.