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Operation Paws for Homes

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Dogs

Mission: Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters reducing the numbers being euthanized. Most of our dogs come from rural shelters in South and North Carolina. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door. We also partner with shelters located in Virginia and Maryland. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states. OPH does not operate a shelter or have a physical location. We rely on foster families who open their homes to give love and attention to each dog before finding a forever home. Through the foster care program, we are able to learn about each dog and their needs and we provide their potential and future adopters with this information. We believe in responsible adoptions and strive to work with each adopter to find a good match for their home and lifestyle. Operation Paws for Homes, a volunteer powered 501(c)(3) organization, is 100% donor funded. We receive no funding from federal, state, or county governments. As a result, we rely on donations and our adoption fees in order to save the dogs in need that join our rescue organization. Our goal is to fulfill the dreams of dogs who find themselves abandoned in shelters. Sadly, without our help, all of these adoptable animals would face almost certain euthanasia - usually within days or hours of arriving at the shelter. Each year we take in hundreds of wonderful animals who were left at shelters by no fault of their own. We work hard to unite them with forever families who will give them the life and love they deserve. Without the dedication of our incredible adopters, fosters, donors, and volunteers, we would be unable to fulfill this dream.

Target demographics: abandoned and unwanted dogs who find themselves alone in shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 1,000 dogs find forever homes!

Geographic areas served: animal rescue to assist shelters located in rural areas throughout South and North Carolina, southern Virginia, amazing Potcakes from T&C islands, and some wonderful Desi Dogs from India.

Programs: adoption, fostering and outreach. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door. We also partner with shelters located in Virginia and Maryland. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Community Stories

246 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my beloved dog died, I went on a search for another canine companion to share my home. I’m so glad I found OPH. From initial contact, the process was easy. My adoption coordinator found a dog who would be a great fit for our family and we had the support of two amazing fosters.

I would adopt from this group at any time. I’m so grateful for them and they opportunity they gave me and my new fur kid :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH connected our family with our furbaby, Hopscotch (now named Bailey)! Everyone at OPH was wonderful to work with through the adoption process, and Cara, Bailey's foster mom was very helpful. On adoption day, she was thorough and detailed so that knew what to expect when we brought her home. I would definitely recommend adopting through OPH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I searched, for a long time, and applied to several rescues and shelters. It wasn't until I discovered OPH that my dream was finally realized. OPH has numerous breeds, ages, and sizes to choose from when you are considering adoption. All the representatives I communicated with were very professional and timely in their responses. OPH's concern with animal welfare is noticeable in their contract expectations and screening process. It was a pleasure working with them as well as the foster provider for my family's new pup. Thank you OPH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an 8 week okd puppy and then 10 weeks later adopted a 16 week old puppy. Both adoption experiences were great, easy and thorough. Both fosters, Sheila Cole and Livia McCartney, are amazing women and gave Scout (aka Mustang Sally) and Willow (aka Parthenia) the best head start possible. This rescue agency is managed by my we'll and I have complete trust with them.
I am moving to West Virginia in the summer to a home with 20 acres of land. My dream is to offer a home to dogs in need. I'm excited about this and will work with OPH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been looking for a dog to adopt for several months. This was our final effort when we came upon OPH's post of a Black Lab/Feist mix. What drew us to her was her sweet face. We applied, and the staff and the foster care giver were very helpful and supportive. Fate apparently played a hand, because there was a couple interested before us. However, they changed their minds and on my birthday, we received the email that we could adopt in their place. Two days later we pick her up and using the name we had already picked, Addie, we brought her home. She immediately became a loving member of the family. She's smart, loving, cute, playful and just the best. Her becoming a member of our family is due to the excellent management and assistance of all those at OPH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH has been amazing in every single way. After processing my application quickly, we talked on the phone for an hour talking about my past experiences, my current living situation, aspirations as a dog owner, and which dogs would be a good fit. They steered me towards Bilbo, and he was the perfect fit. They treat dogs with medical issues which is rare among rescues, and they helped me understand how to take care of a dog after heartworm treatment. They worked incredibly hard to help me find my dream dog and I couldn't be happier!

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OPHRescue1 09/25/2018

We are beyond thrilled that Bilbo is the perfect addition to your family. We wish you nothing but years of happiness.

2 Amy N.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our furbaby, Selma Mae (formerly Nancy) from OPH four years ago and she has been the absolute best dog for us. She has the sweetest disposition and just naturally goes with the flow. We love her to pieces. From start to finish, the application and adoption process was easy and smooth with clear communication from OPH staff and her foster mom. When Selma tested positive for heartworms a year after adopting her, OPH was right there to aid in getting her treatment and taking care of the costs as we had her on preventatives the whole time. We now live in Kosovo and Selma is here with us too! When we rescued some abandoned puppies from our street, OPH stepped up and found fosters in the states for them. Now, these two Kosovo street pups have forever homes in the US with adoring owners thanks to OPH! I am inspired by the amazing work and dedication of the staff and volunteers at OPH and am considering fostering here in Kosovo to do my part to help the many, many homeless and needy dogs that deserve a chance for a better life. Thank you OPH for all you do!

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OPHRescue1 09/25/2018

Nothing better than a happy ending!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a great experience adopting with OPH. The volunteers were all friendly and helpful through the process. They share lot’s of information both before and after adoption to answer questions and remind you of the ups and downs with adopting a rescue pup. This is our fourth rescue and definitely the most thorough rescue organization we have worked with, both in the application and follow up. We highly recommend!

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Thank you for adding 4 rescue dogs to your family. We are honored to be part of their journey!

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OPHRescue1 09/25/2018

Thank you for the kind words. We are lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers.

2 Anne Hall G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful to Debbie Ryder Tindal and OPH for bringing Kaylee in to my life.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Yes, Debbie is an amazing adoption coordinator!

3 Grace A R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of this amazing organization we added two beautiful, loving, dogs and at least one would have never added to our family without the intervention of OPH getting her the lifesaving medicine for her heartworm.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Heart worm positive dogs hold a special place with OPH as many rescues will not pull them from the shelters. OPH treats approximately 100 each year! Thank YOU for adding these two adorable dogs to your family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two wonderful dogs from OPH. The volunteer staff is very responsive and is dedicated to finding the right match for you. Not only do they rescue dogs, they support dog shelters with limited means by donating food and other supplies. I could not recommend OPH enough!

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Thank you! We are proud of our community that helps collect donations for our shelter partners. Donations are always welcome - from food to bedding, cleaning supplies, toys and treats.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family wanted a rescue dog and we found one we liked on the OPH website. We filled out an application. This nice respectful volunteer contacted me -- She listened to my background, my experience with dogs, asked me some key questions, and helped me to get approved to be a rescuer. I then contacted my dog's foster parent. She drove over an hour to meet me and show me the dog. I fell in love. After the adoption we had some issues introducing my new dog to our cat, and the foster parent was so patient while we worked through it. Finally, I joined the Facebook closed group. It is amazing how many great dog owners there from this organization. The volunteers are so dedicated and genuine. This organization goes to north carolina every 2 weeks and clears out the kill shelters. What a great organization.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

We are happy that things are going well with your pup and cat. We now have a training initiative for all new adopters to support them during the transition time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love OPH because they helped us find our sweet lab mix Eevee! Everything from the application, to meeting her with her foster family, and completing the adoption process was so easy and they communicated every step in a clear and timely manner. It took us a while to find Eevee, cause puppies get adopted quick, but here we are 4 years later and couldn't be happier. I have recommended OPH to my friends that have expressed interest in adopting in the northern VA area.

4 Randi M.1

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Rating: 5

I was very impressed with the comprehensive adoption process offered by Operation Paws for Homes when I applied to adopt my boy Trevor. The staff was thorough, compassionate, well-informed and extremely professional. The personal commitment these people have to pulling animals from high-intake shelters in order to foster them in their own homes to ensure they get the chance to have a fantastic life is unbelievable (and inspirational). I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about Operation Paws for Homes. Top Notch, these people have great hearts.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Without loving homes like yours, we couldn't do our job! Thank YOU for adopting!

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Rating: 5

I wanted to be involved in rescue and a friend was fostering for OPH and encouraged me to volunteer. In Oct 2014 I did my first transport to pick up a dog from transport to take a dog to a kennel until a foster home became available. I ended up fostering that dog and have been fostering and volunteering ever since. OPH is a wonderful organization and has some of the most dedicated volunteers.
Here's a Pic of our current OPH foster Monty.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Fostering dogs is like eating potato chips - no one can ever stop at one! So glad that you're hooked!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of OPH several years ago when I was looking for a rescue dog and applied to adopt once of theirs. During the adoption process, I was very impressed with everyone with whom I came into contact. Kind, communicative, organized, and obviously passionate about the mission of OPH. I started following the group on social media and donating to them multiple times. When my personal situation became such that I had additional free time, I decided I wanted to spend that time volunteering with a dog rescue group. OPH immediately came to mind, so I applied to be a volunteer. I spent a few months "getting my feet wet" with OPH by volunteering at events and writing dog bios. Again, I was impressed at the organization and communication among volunteers. Hearing the calls for additional fosters to save dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, I decided I was ready to become an OPH foster. I am currently fostering my first pup with OPH and it's been a fantastic experience. I am so glad to be part of this amazing organization and helping to save the lives of so many deserving dogs!

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

We have so many ways for the public to get involved. Where ever your talents lie, we can find a position for you. Thanks so much for being a part of our village!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a two time adopters with Operation Paws for Homes!!! I would do it again if the opportunity presented itself!! Love.my OPH furbabies!!! It's a great organization to work with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rescuing dogs is a noble mission.....but doing it “right” is complicated and demanding, rewarding and sometimes sad, heartwarming and exhausting....and worth it every time, every pup. It takes incredible dedication from every person involved....when they can help, every time they help. It takes a broadly talented group who care about the lives they are impacting and saving. It takes so much more than I knew before joining Operation Paws for Homes. I’ve received a completely new type of education at this point in my life.....one that saves lives. But I go to bed at night knowing “I’ve helped save lives...me!.....along with the hundreds of members of our village”. Operation Paws for Homes is an incredible group devoted to rescuing dogs and supporting those who help achieve that mission......and we can have as much puppy love as we might want along the way!!

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

We love all of our volunteers and cherish each one of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a best friend from OPH. The entire organization is well organized and communicates well with adopters. The organization provides support and resources post adoption which makes the process less daunting.
I was so pleased with the way things were done I started volunteering after adopting my pet.

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Thank you for the kind words. We are so happy for all of you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined OPH as a volunteer over 6 years ago. In that time, the rescue has grown by leaps and bounds. What I love best is our ability (and willingness) to adjust our processes in a way to best meet the needs of the dogs we rescue. We interact with a plethora of different personalities, both human and canine, on a daily basis and, based on what we learn, are able to adjust our thinking, processes and programs to best support our mission. From children's programs, senior dog sanctuaries and prison programs, our dogs are given every possible opportunity to find the safe harbor they deserve. We all have have jobs, families, dogs and responsibilities aside from the rescue -- but we give as much as we can whenever we can. If you ever wanted to do something "good" -- this is the place!

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OPHRescue1 08/08/2018

Thank you for the many years of dedication and hard work you've given to OPH. It's truly appreciated!