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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Paws for Life's mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves; to rescue and rehome abandoned pets, matching animals and families to find the right fit for everyone and promising to exhaust all efforts to place adoptable pets in lifelong, loving homes; to promote humane education, spay/neuter initiatives and respect for all living things; to prevent and report cruelty to animals; to participate in disaster animal response; to improve the lives of animals and end the suffering created by puppy mills, animal fighters and backyard breeders; and to be a driving force, leader and champion for animal welfare in Michigan.

Results: Nearly 3,000 homeless pets saved.

Target demographics: homeless pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 400 pets

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Trap Neuter Return for community cats, shelter-to-rescue transfers to find adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens loving, forever homes and pet adoptions.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alissa4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reliable, professional and helpful are three words that come to mind when I think about paws for life. They truly care about the pets in their care

Shelly19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both an adopter and a volunteer with Paws For Life. It has been a wonderful experience from both sides to work with such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of people! This totally non profit, strictly volunteer organization has helped save over 3,000 animals in the past ten years. Their dedication to our four legged friends is truly hearteningly to witness. May they continue to grow and help even more in the years to come!

The picture below shows two of my boys who came from PFL.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but positive experiences with this group! Two of my dogs come from Paws For Life. Both were housed in wonderful and compassionate foster homes prior to coming to me. I was given a lot of help and could count on them for expert advice when needed. I would adopt from them again with no qualms!

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VickiTalbott

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the volunteers of Paws For Life Rescue as a Graphic Designer and Photographer and have never seen a more dedicated, enthusiastic, passionate and motivated group of people ever! The lives of the animals are number one. Taking care of medical, emotional and well being of cats and dogs is their main priority. You can feel the love when they talk about the each and every one and their hands on with these pets is with gentle care and responsibility. I am blessed that they allow me to work with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great rescue! I have adopted four wonderful cats through PFL.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2017 I have been a volunteer for over 2 years now. I foster dogs, puppies, and sometimes kittens. I also help with the administrative side of things. All the volunteers love animals and try to do as much as they can to get them out of the shelters and into living, caring homes. Every weekend, volunteers are hosting events, going to shelters, and getting homeless animals into their forever homes. They volunteer so many hours! We try to respond to every email and phone call and don't have ridiculously overstrict, unrealistic requirements for adopters, but we do make sure it's a good fit for the pet and family. We spay and neuter all pets, along with getting them up to date on all vaccinations. We try to help our adopters as much as possible so both the adopter and the pet are happy. I truly enjoy volunteering and it's the best feeling in the world to get a homeless dog out of the shelter and into a great home with a great family. Also, it's great to meet a wonderful group of people that are very like-minded and compassionate! There's always someone to call if you're having a bad day! PFL also offers educational opportunities to it's volunteers and highly encourages it. Just a great organization that I'm proud to be a volunteer for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with several animal rescues and this is the very best group of people and take the best care of all their animals than any other I've been with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer foster mom with this group for quite a few years. I was amazed at the extremes they will go to, to help an injured or sick animal. The post by AdopterBeware4Paws is NOT talking about this group. We have no cages. We are totally foster based. This group does not take in owned animals. We take animals from high kill shelters that are overflowing. All animals are totally vetted before being adopted out. We are always available to our adopters to help with any questions they may have. Definitely a FIVE STAR organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for rescuing my puppy from an overflowing shelter. She is the best little girl. She has so much personality. She loves my 6-year-old niece and my other pets. I don't know what I would do without her. THANK YOU!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Life has brought great joy into my life with this huddle of love and companionship ❤️ The work they do is amazing, standing true to their mission

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with PFL for a short time, but I have been blown away by the commitment of the people within this organization. Many spend more hours a week dedicating their time to the animals we rescue than their full time jobs! PFL truly utilizes all resources to make an impact in the lives of local animals.

I am also impressed about how knowledgeable the volunteers are and how they strive to educate the public. Every potential adopter goes through a packet of information with one of our volunteers that explains behaviors, how to decompress a shelter animal, resources for training, etc. They are very thorough and I believe that it makes the families receiving our animals feel like they have a lifeline for questions/concerns.

I am so proud to represent what this organization stands for and look forward to continuing my commitment to speak for those who can't speak for themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 cats from Paws for Life Rescue in January and I could not have had a better experience! The adoption process was easy, the adoption fees were very reasonable and after the adoption they were there to answer all my questions. I will definitely be going back to this rescue for future family additions! I've also volunteered with this rescue and love working their events

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Life strives to save the lives of as many dogs and cats as possible in South East, Michigan. PFL is a 5-Star Certified Rescue, has no paid staff, receives no government funding, and has the lowest adoption fees and most inclusive adoption package of any certified rescue organization in the state of Michigan. We are an Adoption Guarantee rescue, with a 99.9% Save Rate. We are comprised of a small group of a compassionate volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of every animal we come across.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat from Paws for Life and had such a positive experience that I decided I wanted to volunteer my time with them. It's a great group of people who are fully dedicated to animal welfare in all aspects. The rescue takes on difficult medical and behavior cases with the belief that every life is worth trying to save. I'm glad that I picked this organization to volunteer with!

Joanne Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally got involved with Paws for Life Rescue so my son could earn community service hours by cleaning the cat habitants at Petco. I quickly found myself fostering kittens, cats and cat families and soon after, we adopted 2 cats from PfL. I am also now involved in online fundraising and other fundraising events. The director, board members and volunteers in this rescue are unfaltering in their energy, compassion and commitment to helping homeless animals with vet care and finding them forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 14 year old son and I became involved as volunteers for Paws for Life just this summer when I was looking for local community service opportunities for teens. What a wonderful organization with such dedicated people. Shortly after signing on as volunteers for store cats, adoption days and fundraising events, we adopted one of the kittens that came in. That followed by fostering a litter of kittens and helping them to be adopted. All 4 of our kids have enjoyed the experience of giving their time to Paws for Life. I am very impressed by the willingness of the staff and volunteers to tirelessly dedicate hours for the animals and rescue efforts.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteer when I can with PFL, and the volunteers only have the dogs and cats best interest at heart. They work so hard to find these dogs foster/ forever homes to get them out of the shelter and into safe and loving homes. I was grateful to be able to foster a dog through PFL , in which ended up being a foster fail. This organization only does their best to protect and save animals. I am glad do to be a part of it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with dedicated volunteers caring for the animals. Animals receive all needed medical care plus the love and care from the foster families. We have 2 rescue dogs from PFL and they bring much joy to our lives. Jackie boy and Molly have enriched our lives. That is Jackie being a couch potato on his own personal love seat. One of the most professionally operated rescues I know.

1 Amanda245

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with this rescue. We went to consider adopting a pet and the volunteer who was cleaning the cats' cages was so friendly and knowledgable that we ended up reducing a kitty that day. It was clear that the volunteer who helped us that day as well as the woman who dropped our kitty off to us the next day had the animals' best interest in mind. Everything was very organized and steps were taken to ensure that this kitty was getting a safe and loving home. I would highly recommend this rescue to anyone adopting a pet and would consider a donation to make sure that they are able to get more animals to their forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for PFL since February and have been floored with how outstanding this organization is. I saw a post on here that was written about a DIFFERENT organization and reflected negatively on us, so I wanted to set the record straight:

*All of our dogs and cats are fully vetted before adoption.
*We are a 5-star, certified rescue organization that receives no government funding and we have no paid staff.
*We do not believe in nor practice euthanasia for any reason other than irreparable suffering. Period. We pay whatever needs to be paid to help all of the animals in our care.

The volunteers at PFL work so hard, and PFL makes it easy to do so. I spend the majority of my free time trying to save animals in need alongside a huge support system that is trying to do the same.

Our director is one the kindest, most compassionate, and driven people I have had the pleasure of working with, and she has built an incredible team of volunteers who work hard to save as many animals as possible.

My two favorite things about PFL are:
1. The animals come first at PFL - always.
2. When times are tough or overwhelming as they often are in the rescue world, there is always an entire network of people supporting you at PFL.

This is the best and most professional organization with which I've come in contact. Please fill out an application at www.pawsforliferescue.org :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Paws For Life for five years now. This is one of the most hard-working organizations I have ever come across. It is difficult to sum up what everyone does on a regular basis to keep this rescue moving forward each day. It's stressful, daunting and heart breaking to say the least; and completely fulfilling and loaded with things like love, genuine care, pride in the organization as well as our foster dogs and cats and sometimes hope - for the future ahead of us. And then...along with all that... somehow Paws For Life finds the saddest, loneliest and most heart wrenching cases every week and seems to respond to more than I feel that we are capable of handling. Sometimes we win those battles; but not always. Our dogs and cats are healthy, our adopters are screened and then educated, and our volunteers are mentored until they feel confident in their abilities. Not all non-profits can say that. I am not sure that everyone realizes how much work goes into an organization like this but I have to say that this has to be one of the best. Certainly not the biggest, but one of the best. If you are ever interested in learning about a world that you may never have known existed...a volunteer application is waiting for you;)
Kelly

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Captain Kirk, aka "Moose," dog from Paws for Life. He has been amazing! He's doing so well. He's a quick learner, too. A very healthy boy weighing in now at 75ish pounds, gets snuggles all the time and is very spoiled. Moose has calmed down quite a bit since being at the shelter and learned some more commands. He is still an upbeat pup, but for the most part, loves to be lazy and sleep.

Thank you for our boy,
Liz and family

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I write this as a past volunteer to let you know first hand to STAY AWAY and not adopt from this SCAM of an organization!!!

This person adopts sick and unhealthy animals that are not fully vet checked. She makes huge profit gains on all these dogs, because they are already fully vaccinated prior and spayed and neutered from the other shelters which she pulls from.

Many dogs they adopt out have all types of medical issues including: Coccidia and Giardia and she knows it, and doesn't let the adopter know the full medical. Many of her animals are not spayed or neutered prior to adoption either.

They also will take a dog from an owner and say they are a No-kill but when that dog does something not to the founders liking, you bet she will PUT THE DOG TO SLEEP! That's right she euthanizes animals too! it is so devastating. I went there and couldn't believe she rescued a pitt bull and the next thing I knew because the dog was scared and showed teeth, she had the dog euthanized and didn't think twice! What kind of rescue is this I was shocked to discover that she agrees with putting dogs down!

Isn't it a rescues job to save an animal and get the animal rehabilitation? the dog wasn't even sick I was horrified. This isn't the first dog either she has put down. I highly suggest if you need to surrender your pet STAY FAR FAR away! she will put the animal down she deems unadoptable, and keeps this hidden from the public. She is not a rescuer in my opinion, she is as bad as any shelter that euthanizes healthy animals!

Also she is very prejudice. I witnessed first hand that she refuses to adopt to a black or ethnic family, or anyone living in Detroit area. It doesn't matter if they are successful, have good vet checks, are kind people, she will turn people away based on appearance and first impression.

This place is horrible! all her animals are stuck in tight living quarters of cages, and she only does rescue to make money and PROFITS.

Please don't let false impressions get the best of you, her intentions at first may have been in the very beginning, but in the end: why rescue an innocent animal from death when your the one ultimately putting them down, isn't that being convoluted? You are no better and in fact worse in my opinion!

Please do yourself a favor and go to other rescues who truly care about the animals, and people. The people here can put on a good face at petsmarts and other places they show the animals, but these innocent lives deserve better! The public and your volunteers who dedicate their time deserve better too, and to know the whole truth you keep secret.

This is why I no longer can volunteer for a rescue that lies and claims they are a No-Kill when I know the whole truth. YOU ARE NOT A NO-KILL if you put dogs down. Shame on you! and you should stop what your doing, Adopters beware!