I had a fantastic experience adopting 2 kittens from Paws for Life Rescue. The foster mom was incredibly organized and communicated everything in a timely manner. I am impressed with how Paws for Life operates and would recommend using them to anyone looking to adopt a rescue pet.
Great adoption experience, you could tell the foster really cared for the cats.
Paws for life was wonderful. We found our fur baby habanero who was well cared for and loved by his foster mom Cheryl (and foster dad, too!). They even considered keeping him. Thankfully they didn’t and Hobbes is keeping us all entertained while he learns the ins and outs of his new home. Even got snuggles our first day home! This organization really cares for the animals and does everything in their power to ensure a successful adoption.
I had an amazing experience with PFL! We love our little Semicolon!!! He likes napping with our dog, Georgie! Thank you again for such a great experience!
Paws for Life is incredible!!! They care so deeply about all of their animals. The volunteers go above and beyond to make sure the adoption is a good fit. They frequently checked in and if I had any questions at all Alex was just one text away. I am so grateful the adoption fee included the spay surgery and all of her up to date vaccinations! I have recommended PFL to all of my friends seeking a furry friend. :)
We adopted our two cats from this rescue, and they were awesome from the start. The boys moved in with us, and Paws for Life stayed in contact, and continued to provide their first shots and neutering, which was all included with the adoption fee. We're so glad to have these guys as part of our family!
This has been 100% been the best experience I’ve ever had when it comes to welcoming an animal to the family. The team is extremely professional and courteous throughout the whole process. I really can’t recommend them enough.
We adopted these two sweet kittens from Paws For Life Rescue. They have made our family complete. PFL was amazing to work with!!!
We had a fantastic experience with Paws For Life! This is the fourth different rescue that we have adopted from and none of them have come close as far as follow ups and assistance. It’s obvious that they care deeply about the animals in their care. Highly recommend!
I’m so glad to have adopted the 2 kittens I got from such a great Rescue! Great people and made it so easy for me!
Very caring and the type of rescue that always go above and beyond. I couldn’t be more proud of everything they do and being a part of this wonderful group!
I had the opportunity to adopt a 2/3 year old cat and Paws for Life could not have been more helpful or supportive during the process. They responded to my questions and requests quickly and with much care! I love my new best friend!
I had been in the rescue business in another state for 10 years before moving to Michigan. When I arrived, I took time to learn about the rescue groups in this area before I stepped up here. Paws for Life is the best rescue group I have EVER worked with. Stellar values, incredible, dedicated people and a real team effort to save animals. I am proud to be a foster mom for this amazing group.
I recently adopted a sweet little kitten from PFL and could not be happier with my experience! The volunteers were so helpful in terms of behavior advice, and remained in constant contact with me. They made sure she was a perfect fit for my family, and helped with introductions as well. I absolutely love how passionate this organization is, and will recommend them to anyone I know looking to grow their family!
This rescue saved the life of our Bailey! I’ve seen the amazing & compassionate work PFL has done & continue to practice daily! Our lives are fuller thanks to them! I know there are also hundreds of animals who would thank them too!
I have adopted several of my fur babies over the years from this wonderful and compassionate group. They go above and beyond to make sure that your adoption is a good fit for the entire family. My Sully was rescued literally from the streets of Detroit. He came to me confused and unsure of what a loving home could be. With guidance and encouragement from PFL, he has become the most loving member of my household. Now, nine years later, he welcomes all newcomers with open paws. Thank you Paws For Life for this marvelous guy in my life!
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.
Barracuda was a very VERY tiny sickly kitten when paws for Life found her. They nursed her back to health and while she is still a tiny girl, she is alive only because of the dedication from the rescue! My family and I are so grateful for Paws for Life! Barracuda is such a perfect fit in our home, we can't imagine life without her now!
I love Paws for Life. They care deeply about the cats and dogs that they care for and really try hard to make sure all adoptions are good matches. They don't judge if something goes wrong and works hard to help new adopters adjust to their furry friends. Their fees are more than reasonable and offer a complete health record. I adopted an older male cat and they advised me on how to integrate him with my two older cats and all has worked out great!
This rescue doesn't let anything get in the way of saving an animal, and doesn’t let politics divide or stop them, like a lot of other “rescues” out there. The volunteers are all down to earth and anyone is always willing to drop what they’re doing in an urgent time of need. They work hard with adopters on medical necessities and training. When someone goes to them looking for a fur-ever best friend, they do anything they can to make it happen! They also work very hard to solve any problems the new adopter may be having with their new fur-baby. They encourage positive reinforcement training and work any events with smiles on their faces. Paws for Life will do anything they can to help save any animal in need, and they care deeply about the well-being of all animals!
Where do I start.... Been with this incredible rescue since inseption. My dogs are rescued from here. I've been volunteering off and on for ten years . To this day I'm still volunteering. I will rescue and volunteer as long as they will let me. Pawsforlife is best rescue in Michigan, in the USA.
Paws for Life is a truly selfless and mission oriented organization, and I am proud to be a part of it! The volunteers are dedicated like no other, and they are truly there for the animals. I highly recommend both volunteering and adopting from PFL. You will not be disappointed!
I have been a volunteer with Paws for life for the last six years. I have included pictures below of two of my many Foster’s. What I love about this rescue is they go above and beyond for any animal in our care, even when funds are tight they never give up as long as the animal has a fighting chance.
This is my 5th year as an active volunteer for Paws for Life Rescue. They are committed to their mission and follow best practices in animal rescue. There are so many ways to be involved to help homeless animals - either working directly with the animals or helping with events, fundraising and so much more - and it has been very rewarding!
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.
This rescue is amazing! They allowed me to visit my kitten at the fosters home until he was ready to take home with me so he knew my voice and smell very early on. They made sure they were in constant contact with me for updates and to answer any questions I had. They helped me take him to the vet and make sure he continues to stay healthy. I would recommend this rescue group to anyone looking to adopt an animal. They are truly loving and doing it for all the right reasons
We are a training company that is partnered with Paws for Life Rescue and can't say enough amazing things about them. We have seen them inside and out.. with fosters, volunteers, in shelters, and in homes after dogs are adopted. This rescue really is one of a kind. The extend that they will go to help and work with their volunteers, fosters, and dogs is... unbelievable.
Paws for Life is ethical in their practices and trains dogs using humane and fair training and medical practices, they focus endlessly on shelter support for the shelters in their community, owner retention, canine care, and community education. All of their dogs (pre and post-adoption) receives training from a Certified Dog Trainer and they track their dogs to ensure both the dog and owner are set up for lifelong success and they truly care about every dog and person that they come into contact with.
After spending years being partnered with Paws for Life, I am increasingly impressed with their constant commitment to dogs and people in their community. They believe wholeheartedly that every dog a chance but are still able to balance that with ensuring only healthy, safe, adoptable animals are put into the community. Should an issue come up (weather it be medical, behavioral, or otherwise) they are there to support and ensure the best care and treatment for all involved and responsibly provide dogs with the resources they need to be successful, happy members of society.
I can't say enough good things about them. Anyone that has any questions, I am happy to give my 5-star review a thousand times over! Wish I could mark as 10 stars!
They really are the best. We adopted the best pet ever. Katerina kitty!
We attended a Kitten Yoga class earlier this year and met the wonderful people from Paws for Life, along with the little fur baby we adopted that night. They were so kind, knowledgeable, and helpful every step of the way. They’ve kept in touch regarding neutering and vaccines throughout the adoption process too. They truly care about each one of the fur babies they adopt out. They are a wonderful organization and I’m grateful to have met them.
We wanted to go through Paws For Life again because of our first wonderful experience with our first rescue, Storm!
Thy are so quick about everything and so thorough about everything. I will continue to be a part of Paws For Life as long as I can. They have helped build my family into the beautiful crew it is today :-)
We adopted Shadow, from Paws for Life, and couldn’t be happier! Jen, at Paws for Life, helped us to find the best fur baby that would get along with our current cat, Panther, and she surely knocked it out of the park. Our other cat, Smokey, had passed away suddenly due to health issues, and Panther was extremely lonely and constantly calling out for his old friend. When we brought Shadow home the transition could not have went any better than it did. In no time, after introducing them face to face, they were cuddling and grooming each other. Shadow is also very playful and loves to play fetch and scatter toys all over the house. He is a very loving cat and definitely won us over very quickly. Thank you Jen and Paws for Life!!
Paws for Life is such an amazing rescue! I have adopted two cats from them and have had the most positive experiences! They all are so kind and are extremely knowledgeable about what they’re doing.
I’ve also had the opportunity to volunteer with them for a handful events and again, they’re all so friendly and really care about what they’re doing!
The young cat adopted recently into my home from PFL was certainly fostered skillfully! She was taught all the housecat prerequisites that made her transition easy and welcomed. Her use of the scratching post, perfect litter box habits, respect of human sleep schedules and friendliness to strangers is remarkable! The new vet at The Kitty Clinic, Tina Ruiz, DVM, remarked "Wow, you have a good one here from a rescue". We both noted that the cat had received good medical care, also. I am exceptionally happy with my lovely PFL cat.
Paws for Life is an amazing rescue. I love what they stand for as an organization. They always make sure that and animal has a new loving home and are in their best health before the get adopted. Everyone I meet is always super friendly and has the animals’ best intrest at heart. These are just some of the reasons why I love volunteering for Paws for Life.
Absolutely excellent pet adoption experience, and it’s grest to know the lengths they go to to help at risk animals every day. I was able to visit Gingham as often as I wanted until she was old enough to take home, and I’m so grateful!
We've adopted four babies from Paws for Life, and we have nothing but great things to say about the organization! They are a professional, wonderful group of people who want nothing more than to help all the cats and dogs in the world find loving homes. I'll definitely use them again when we adopt some more fur babies.
This rescue group is amazing! They not only helped me TNR 10 cats when no one would help, but this organization taught myself and the other care takers how to continue caring for them. They also taught us three caretakers how to continue maintaining them for life. I would like to say a personal thank you to Santa Burger for everything she does she is an amazing part of this rescue organization. Paws for Life Rescue is the best!
We found Paws for Life when we were searching for our second cat. They were so helpful in setting up a time to bring over the kitten we picked out and always available if we had questions on if we were doing things properly. Once we decided to add a third kitty to our family, we immediately knew we wanted to work with Paws for Life again. They’ve been so awesome to work with and still ask about our kitties
I have adopted both my cats from this rescue and they have made the process absolutely perfect. It is clear they value caring for their animals above anything else. I wouldn’t adopt a cat from anyone else, I have referred many friends and family to them!
I recently rescued 2 kittens from PFL and I could not have asked for a better experience. From the day to day check-ins to make sure everyone was settling in comfortably, being properly vetted, to the most dedicated, kind, caring & loving foster family I could’ve ever asked for. PFL goes above & beyond for their fur babies. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart
I started volunteering for Paws for Life a couple years ago for volunteer credits for a college class. At the end of the class, I decided to stay with PFL because my experience with them was amazing and their passion for saving animals inspired me to continue volunteering. I ended up fostering and adopting a cat then a kitten a little while later. I couldn't imagine being a part of a better rescue than Paws for Life. Paws for Life is more than an organization, it's more of a family. Everyone is compassionate about saving animals and helping each other too. I'm proud to be apart of such an amazing family!
I have had nothing but amazing experiences with Paws For Life. Not only have they helped me find the perfect match(es) for me, they have always been available to answer my questions after I get my new fur-kids home.
I have adopted two sweet amazing kittens from Paws For Life. They are an amazing rescue with incredible people who provide care for the poor animals in need. What I love most about PFL is they will never give up on any animal no matter how much of an uphill battle it may be. As long as the animal is fighting, the wonderful people of PFL will fight for that animal.
We adopted 2 amazing kittens into our family from Paws For Life. The foster mom was wonderful and sent us pictures as we waited for our adoption date. They took care of everything and made the transition super easy. Our kittens are about 6 months old now and have made our home so fun and filled with love.
Paws for Life is such a wonderful organization, I truly cannot say enough positive things about them! I adopted my first ever cat from them several years ago, and they walked me through the process step by step. They were kind and answered all of my questions, and my sweet girl was well taken care of before she came to me. A couple years later I decided to start working with them as a foster and volunteer and it has been such a fulfilling experience! We adopted our pooch from the organization as well and once again had nothing but positive experiences. I will recommend them to anyone looking to adopt, and will continue to volunteer as much as I can. Thank you for all you do!
I am a volunteer with this organization, as well as having fostered and adopted my forever friends from them. The devotion and professionalism is outstanding! When an animal becomes part of their system, it is fully vetted, no matter what medical difficulties may arise. All monies raised go for animal care; no one gets paid. Paws for Life lives up to its mission statement of speaking for those who can’t.
Paws for Life is a wonderful organization! It is totally volunteer run, with incredibly low overhead, so all donations go directly to saving animal lives from high kill shelters or other bad situations. I've adopted 4 cats from Paws for Life and now volunteer as a foster parent for cats and kittens. I'm proud to be donor and volunteer at this organization.
Paws for life rescue is the best rescue I have ever worked with. I'm a volunteer and an adopter. I think it's amazing how they take on extremely tough cases medically. They also make sure that the animals get any extra training and socialization that is needed. I am extremely proud to say I am a volunteer for Paws for Life Animal Rescue. And I'm sure I have not adopted my last pet from them either.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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;)
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
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!
We are so sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience with a rescue, but it definitely wasn't this rescue. There are so many rescues that include the name "Paws" that it is easy to confuse them. Our rescue doesn't intake animals from owners. We only intake from overflowing shelters. We only euthanize when an animal is irreparably suffering, which thankfully is very, very rare. We don't have a location for you to have visited, as we are a foster-based volunteer-run rescue and we do not use PetSmart. We have a robust behavior program, spending thousands on science-based, force-free, fear-free certified trainers to work with dogs who need to overcome behavior challenges. We adopt to anyone who meets the needs of an available animal, regardless of race or ethnicity. It's horrifying to think that there is an organization out there that operates as you describe. We hope you're able to locate the correct one, so that others don't suffer the same bad experience that you had.
I love animals. Right now I foster cats. PFL save as many cats that have nowhere else to go. We, as volunteers, take really good care of the animals. If there's any problems, they go right to the vet. I'm proud to be a volunteer for Pfl!