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Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We provide adoption services and lifelong sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

Target demographics: animals, people and the community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 dogs, horses and farm animals.

Geographic areas served: Based in Central Virginia (previously Los Angeles, CA) but we help animals across the U.S.

Programs: Adoption services and lifelong sanctuary to needy dogs, horses and farm animals.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We recently made the long drive to Louisa, Virginia, to see first-hand the Hooves and Paws Rescue. We were immediately impressed with the dedication both Joey and Michelle put into their facility. All animals have beautiful pasture to freely run and play. The animals are healthy, happy, and well cared for. But by far the most impressive thing to witness was the love and passion Joey and Michelle bring to their animals and their rescue. We were so moved by their cause we drove home with a newly adopted dog.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of visiting Hooves and Paws repeatedly throughout the last ten years. I have seen it develop from a modest and rustic operation to a spectacular five-star animal rescue. The most important takeaway for me was meeting the animals. I was pleased to see the care taken to ensure that the animals enjoy a high quality of living. These animals are treated extremely well. As a result, they are friendly, happy, and healthy. They are overall laid back, and seem to enjoy the company of other animals- including people. I have never seen a more relaxed and better run animal rescue.

Linda B.13

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing difference. Thanks for your caring for these wonderful animals. I will continue to support your efforts! Wonderful new home.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am always very happy to donate to Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue because I have seen the wonderful changes that they have made to so many animals lives that really needed their help. They gave them a peaceful and beautiful place to live and I think that is wonderful. They are caring and loving people who have helped so many animals.

Michelle Barker S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When Hooves and Paws were in California I used to volunteer. Michele & Joey are amazing people, they've had the dream to move the animals to a better environment, and as much as I miss them & the animals, I am happy for them. They did a great job, and still are making animals happy and safe as their #1 priority!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Hooves & Paws for a few months. The animals are so happy and so well taken of. It is a joy to go out and help out the wonderful people who run the rescue. Michelle Siffleet.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hooves and Paws have been doing amazing work for years - so happy they are enjoying their new space! So thankful for people like them!

1 Jan B.3

Donor

Rating: 5

On 2 separate occasions I adopted two wonderful dogs from Hooves and Paws. When they were in California we would go visit the animals often. We even donated hay we had won in an auction. There is so much love coming from the founders and the animals benefit from it. They had a dream a long time ago, they worked hard, and now are living that dream in Virginia. So inspiring and the animals win!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work done here goes far beyond just animal rescue. Everyone at Hooves and Paws is completely dedicated to giving everything they have to make sure as many animals as they can possible rescue (and then some) the best life ever imagined. They are selfless and worthy of the title "animal angels".

1 Toni P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hooves and Paws rescued Mrs. Dash from the shelter, where she'd been turned in by her owners family after they had passed away. She was 10yrs old and had heart problems. I fell in love with her face and she has warmed my heart ever since. I have visited them, when they were in California, and the animals, both large and small, were loved and well cared for. They all had names, were treated as individuals and were all very happy. LOVE these people for all they do to make the lives of these creatures happy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hooves and Paws is dedicated to the best care for their animals. They treat all their animals with dignity and they open up their farm to the community with volunteer opportunities. They want to spread the message of saving animals to all.

1 MedievalUnicorn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with their move from CA to VA. The new facility is so amazing, the animals could not be happier in their new home, and as always, the animals are the #1 priority.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love every day I get to be here, the animals are so well cared for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization for many years and I believe deeply in the work they do. They truly care about their animals and they do everything they can to give them the best lives. I am proud to work with them and I encourage everyone to give them the support they deserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue site is great.

especially the people that run it and work there.
we need more places like this for animals.

we will be visiting real soon.
thanks for all you do.

1 Courtney S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think it's great what you guys do! You guys are very appreciated. Thank you for all that you do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hooves & Paws is a Truly Amazing Animal Rescue!
Great People helping Great Animals!!

Thank You for All you do!

Belinda G.

1 Alison Lee S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a clean place that is well taken care of. They care about their animals and the animals always come first. It's good how many animals they save and give homes to. One of my favorite places to volunteer at because I love being around animals so much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue that takes in a variety of different animals - all kinds of barn yard animals and also dogs. They have very hard working and caring volunteers that really enjoy helping the rescues. Their place is extremely clean and well kept - they are always improving their property to help their animals be as comfortable as possible. Michele and Joey are very patient with animals and they always know that each animal will come around socially - one just has to be patient. I have donated to this rescue because I can see the funds are well used and for the animals. If you want to support a rescue that does an extreme amount of good in this word, Hooves and Paws Animal Rescue is it!

Lee S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Michele and Joey are great people for what they do and volunteers too!
I don't know how they do it when they both work!
Thank you for saving lives.
Lee S.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great facility with great people I love what they are doing for these animals..

1 Ron C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hooves and Paws are focused on the animals in the most caring and loving environment!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My 7 year old daughter snuck an egg from a barnyard. Wrapped it in a blanket. Held it on her lap for the two hour drive home. We were certain it would never hatch. He became the love of her life. Sleeping next to her bed, enduring the doll outfits she dressed him in, sitting on her lap while she did homework or watched TV. He taught her responsibility, compassion and kindness. She became a vegetarian because of him. She learned what an Ornithologist was and considered becoming one someday. He calmed her wild heart and inspired her to be still for long peaceful moments. When he was 6 months old, Henry began loudly announcing to the world how much he loved Ava. A neighbor complained (not everyone speaks Rooster) Animal Control forced a little girl to give up her baby. After searching endlessly for a new home (nobody wants a rooster) Michele and Joey at Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue said, "Yes!...of course....we can take him...and Ava can visit whenever she likes." They are an amazing young couple caring for over a hundred rescued animals. They have great volunteers, but whenever we visit Joey and Michelle are always hard at work cleaning pens and mending fences. Henry only lived two more years. No one really knows why he died. We think he died of a broken heart. Michele and Joey had to make that heart wrenching phone call to us. They are good people doing incredible work. Hooves and Paws is one of the BEST rescues EVER!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i volunteer regularly at this shelter and i love going there and helping the animals. the shelter is huge with plenty of space for the animals. they really do care and love the animals like they're all their children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My time is limited, but I make time to be a board member of Hooves & Paws because the commitment, the devotion, the caring, and the love for these animals at this rescue are remarkable and, quite frankly, unparalleled. Hooves & Paws maintains a clean, loving environment for animals that have no where else to go. No questions asked. The commitment to animals is pure, genuine, and limitless. Sick animals get the proper medical treatment. Special needs animals get the proper accommodations. And when a critter's time finally comes, it gets the proper respectful burial. I'm proud to be associated with this rescue and anyone who cares for animals needs to come out to visit us and see that this is the real deal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great people who truly care about helping animals (of all kinds) in need. Its obviously a passion for them and they go above and beyond to provide loving care to their animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not had much experience with rescues but I must say I was very surprized at how caring and concerned they were with the proper placement of their animals. An aquaintaince of mine adopted one of their rescued dogs. I could not believe all the site requirements, inspections and follow up checks they needed. It is obvious this organization places the health and happiness of their many animals as its top priority. I only wish our government agencies were as committed our fellow creatures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Hooves and Paws Animal Rescue since February 2011. I love Hooves and Paws, and think it is an amazing place. The owners Rescue unwanted farm animals, and dogs, and rehabilitate them and give them everything they need. The owners truly love the animals, and strive to take care of every animal individually, and figure out what they need, and make sure they have it. I love spending time with all the animals, and the owners as well. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of this amazing place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the opportunity to deal with Hooves and Paws on several occasions and have always been very impressed. There is nothing more important to them than the health and happiness of the animals that need help. We have a lot of respect for what they do, im sure it's not always easy but they make sure everyone of their animals are taken care of. We highly recommend this rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

So enlightening that there is a place like Hooves and Paws that goes so far and does so much to save such precious lives. They are true guardians of our animal friends!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer a couple times a month with Hooves and Paws. It is such a wonderful place and being with the animals is amazing. I think I get more out of it than I give. To anyone who wants to volunteer or donate to an animal rescue I can't think of a better rescue to give your time or money to than Hooves and Paws. And the people who run the place are so very appreciative of any help they get which in turn makes me feel good. Being part of Hooves and Paws is a win-win experience in my book.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue!!! I donate each month and I know my money is going to a worthy cause and being used to help the animals and not administrative expenses. The volunteers who run Hooves and Paws are amazing with the animals and have dedicated their lives to better the lives of all of these needy animals who have been abused or neglected. I have visited the rescue several times and the animals all seem so well taken care of and happy. So many rescues nowadays are out for personal profit and yet the people who run Hooves and Paws do not take a dime. Complete and total self sacrifice for a greater cause. Who can ask for more from a rescue?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is the best I've known! Michele & Joey are dedicated in helping & rescuing all animals. The compassion I've seen them give all of them is absolutely amazing!. I started volunteering at Hooves and Paws about 2 years ago and I fell in love with this place. I tell everyone about it and I encourage all my friends and family to help and volunteer or make a small or big donation anything will help this sanctuary help animals in need of food, shelter and medicine. Hooves and Paws have also helped my husband have 100% love and compassion for all animals, my husband Luis even became vegetarian and it's been one year already. I've been vegetarian for 3 years now but never thought I could convert my husband but Hooves and Paws did! I'm telling you peeps! this sanctuary is absolutely AMAZING AND THE VERY BEST!!
My heart will always be with this sanctuary and my drive to them is a little over an hour but I don't mind the drive I will always be dedicated to Hooves and Paws.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

March 2015 Hooves and Paws helped rescue a stray goat that wandered into our canyon neighborhood. We live in a little canyon community and a neighbor approached me asking if I knew of anyone that was missing a goat. I didn't and after lots of inquires by many of us, asking our community and surrounding neighborhood the goat didn't seem to belong to anyone. My neighbor had found her on the hillside of his backyard. He did his best to feed her but she seemed to be ill or injured. She wasn't eating well, she was wild, afraid and unaproachable. There wasn't much shelter and she was vulnerable to predators as we have coyotes, bob cats and mountain lions here. I reached out to a local farm animal sanctuary only to be given a list of other sanctuaries to ask for help, one of which was Hooves and Paws. Hooves and Paws came out to rescue this wayward goat when no other sanctuary would. Hooves and Paws organized our community and together we worked to capture the goat (as she was wild and afraid) and they took her to live in safety and comfort at their sanctuary. As it turned out, she was pregnant and not too long after arriving at the sanctuary she gave birth to two beautiful baby goats. All are living happily and thriving at Hooves and Paws. I will never forget and will always be grateful for Hooves and Paws coming to the rescue when no one else would. They are doing wonderful work saving animals and deserve recognition and support so they can continue helping animals that wouldn't have help otherwise. Thank you Hooves and Paws with all my heart! - Rhiannon Barkemeijer de Wit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love Hooves and Paws. My daughter and I started volunteering here about 3 years ago and we love it. We liked it so much that my husband and other daughter soon joined us. All the animals are so sweet and friendly. So easy to love. Michelle and Joey who run the place are super nice, and you can tell they genuinely care about all the animals. It's amazing to see how giving they are, you can't help but be inspired. I always leave Hooves and Paws feeling happy, relaxed and fulfilled. Thank you Hooves and paws for allowing me to at least contribute a small part to your amazing organization.

1 Erin123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is truly one of the best rescues I have ever come across. They really care about the animals they rescue and have a genuine love for each and every one. They work so hard and sacrifice so much for the lives of these animals to give them a better life.

2 Adik L D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate each month to this nonprofit organization, they are wonderful with the animals, they respect the animal lives. the animals are happy there. i wish the place is closer to my home and i can help out. very thankful to Michele the founder. thanks Michele for verything