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Paws For Life Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julia Z.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Kaylee B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Alex C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Jenn Meerschaert C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Shelly19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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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Cheryl Rudzki K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Aileen Gelder W.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Ivy Renee W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Jason G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Patty Wilson V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Joanne Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 K_392

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They really are the best. We adopted the best pet ever. Katerina kitty!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Trinity S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kathy Ludlow B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kim U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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