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Paws For Seniors

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Paws For Seniors believes that senior pets deserve a caring home in which to make their golden years, their best years. We bring people and senior pets together through rescue, foster, addressing medical needs and adoption.

Target demographics: dogs and cats in need, focusing on senior pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 62 cats 242 Dogs in 2017

Geographic areas served: Bealeton, VA and surrounding area

Programs: rescue, foster, addressing medical needs and adoption.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors is simply the best. I had so many good experiences with them as an adopted that I turned my spare bedroom into a foster room for cats and now I’m a volunteer. What sets Paws for Seniors apart is that they get to know each animal as an individual and expertly match them with adopters, which leads to happy endings for all concerned. Whether you’re an adopted or a potential volunteer, you’ll be happy you joined the Paws for Seniors family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with dedicated volunteers doing the difficult and important work of finding homes for senior pets. My mother adopted a dog from them and I adopted three cats. They are knowledgeable about all the animals in their care and dedicated to making sure each adoption is a good match. I don't know how they find the emotional and physical energy to do this work year after year, but I'm really glad they do and I'm happy to support them.

Yetta M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Brenda and Jim with Paws for Seniors for somewhere around 7 or 8 years now. I called them and asked advise about rehoming my dog they came out to my home and we discussed it in detail and weighed my options. In the end I didn’t rehome him I ended up keeping him and still have him today. I go to their events all the time and enjoy hanging out with them and their animals. They are both amazing people and run an amazing rescue primarily for senior animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little chis Juno is with his buddy Eggroll and my newest is Chilli Palma ! Both little fellows came from Paws for Seniors. You can feel so much love from Brenda and Jim both! Not to mention the Cats they rescue all so so lovable! A wonderful place to adopt your next fur baby!

Virginia M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to tell everyone what a great nonprofit rescue group Paws for Seniors is, and how they are making a difference in the lives of animals and humans. We have all been through so much this year and a big shout out to shelters and rescues all over for not stopping. Paws for seniors rescue goes above and beyond in finding the perfect home for their pets through knowing each animal, the needs of the animal and each home applying. We have used Paws for Seniors to help us, our shelter, and families this year. We were lucky enough to have found our last two adoptions with this rescue group. A pair of 13 year old sisters. We knew as soon as we saw them that they would be at home with our other senior pets. Thanks to Jim and Brenda they were vetted and up to date on everything. No animal leaves this rescue without this. They have also served the local humane society in fostering a hard to place little one that will require months of patience and love. They are deserving of any awards that will go to the ongoing care and placement of pets in their care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We can not say enough good things about this rescue group. Their mission of finding the perfect home for senior pets goes above and beyond. They have an amazing network of foster homes and adoption events. Every animal that comes in goes out with the proper vet care and dental procedure. We would like to thank Jim and Brenda and the entire paws for seniors organization for caring . They deserve much support and recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Paws for Seniors! Jim and Brenda are saints! They are true angels to all the dogs and cats they have taken in and found homes for! We adopted our Poppy from them and she has been such a blessing to our family! It is wonderful to know that there is a rescue out there that puts their animals first and can be trusted! I will always recommend Paws for Seniors for someone looking to give a fur baby a home! Our family are also volunteers for them as well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was 12 when we were at the Fauquier County Fair and she happened upon Paws for Seniors. She wanted to become a volunteer so myself and my other daughter joined Paws for Seniors as well. Jim and Brenda are the most kind hearted people you will ever meet. The love they have for dogs and cats surpasses everything! My in laws have adopted a dog from Paws and just recently we added another dog to our two from Paws for Seniors! We love our Poppy and she has blended well in the family! I cannot recommend them enough! I just wish we were closer to come help again. When we move back into the area, you better believe we will be volunteering again at the adoption events and if they should be a vendor at the Fauquier Fair again! Adopt or foster with Paws for Seniors! You will never regret your decision!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the love they have for the animals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my kids to Petsmart one day to look at the cats. Paws for Seniors were there and we fell in love with Miss Maxine (aka Maxini now!) we spent an hour or more there just chatting with Brenda and playing with Maxine. What I loved is that She took her time to get to know me and my kids right there. Yes, we filled out the application, but by the time we were done playing with Maxini and talking with her, she knew we would be a great home for Maxini. I didn’t have to wait to being my baby home, or go through some long exhaustive process. She knew we were going to give Maxini a good life and with my crazy life I really appreciated that! She was also super helpful to me when I had a tough time getting my other cats used to Maxine. Great organization with a big heart and doing great work. We will definitely adopt from them again should we decide to add a fourth kitty .

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Angel, a Maltese mix, age 9, through Paws for Seniors!

Jim personally brought first dog (Cute beagle) we looked at to my daughter’s home in Culpeper! Since we had to get a non-shedding dog I attended a Petsmart adoption event in Warrenton! Brenda had called me to say ‘she found a dog for you!’

Yes she did! We have had Angel 3 years! She is a Sweetie and we love her! Thx Brenda and Jim!

Our vet said Angel’s paperwork medical and personal history) was the most thorough he had ever seen.

Daphne Denison A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization!! I recently adopted an elder pug from them. They visited me at home and met my other dogs and introduced Buster to them and to me. Love this group!!

Paula W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

There was a time not too long ago that I was having anxiety and panic attacks over some family issues. My husband and I saw you at a car dealership when he wanted to look at cars. He fell in love with little Jojo. I didn't want another dog. I had been in mourning over our Jack Russell, and I wasn't sure I was ready. Plus, I was an emotional wreck. He talked me into letting him fill out the application. Of course, we were accepted. Once we got Jojo home, he was in about the same shape as I was. Through the year, we helped each other get better. Yes, we both still have our moments, but it was worth it. Thank you for being there for us. I don't know why the photo is the wrong way.

The Warners

Jade N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing group of dedicated animal rescuers that saves lives every day! They truly love rescue and work literally 24/7. Volunteering with them is an honor.

Norma B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors is fantastic. They are very knowledgeable and spend quality time with you and your new furbaby while going through the adoption process. I know because I've adopted 2 pomeranians over the last 2 years. My girls are the sweetest

Carla T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Paws For Seniors for giving me my best buddy ❤️. 18 years young and still going . Fills my heart with joy to see him every morning. Brenda and Jim are wonderful people who truly care about animals and run an amazing rescue group! If you are looking for a senior pet, Paws For Seniors is the place to go.

Maria J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors is truly dedicated to not only senior pets but any animal in need. Senior pets are first to get turned into shelter for many reasons but the least adoptable. Paws for Seniors gets them healthy and then finds them wonderful homes. I have adopted 4 pets from them and could not be any more satisfied with the care they got before I got them. They truly care and are thorough in their adoption process. I highly recommend them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors goes above and beyond for older dogs and cats. Older pets have many health issues that get them surrendered. Paws for Seniors polls many from local shelters , as well as take on pets who lost their homes due to their elderly owners passing on or going into nursing homes. The pets all receive the medical care they need prior to being adopted. I have 2 that I fostered through Paws for Seniors and subsequently adopted. I could not recommend them enough for the great work they do to give older pets a chance st a happy “retirement home” for whatever time they have.

Kim Tudor

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PAWS for Seniors is truly one of the most compassionate rescues, run by two equally compassionate rescuers, Jim and Brenda! We have had the honor to work with PAWS for several years and have enjoyed their professionalism and love of all animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paws For Seniors is a remarkable rescue run by a very minimal staff with BIG hearts! I highly recommend PAWS as a legitimate 501c3 charity worthy of your donations!

1 Kathy W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

2. ? Years ago I was allowed () to adopt the cutest, most fun chihuahua from Paws for Seniors. Mick, formerly Fredo, is an absolute joy. The folks at Paws were sad to see him go, but they were super supportive of my taking him home to join me and my other Chi, Bianca (get it? Mick and Bianca!).
We have so much fun together and I cannot imagine life without him!

1 Chris C.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful, 15 year old, Misty about a year ago (pictured in one of her favorite places). I see Brenda, Jim and others from Paws for Seniors at my local pet store from time to time. Misty is still part of their family. Senior pets are too often forgotten. These wonderful people really care and don’t forget their many adoptees and pet parents.

1 Karen Evans Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Mom had Alzheimer’s, and enjoyed holding and petting my little Shitzu mix every time we visited. Walking through Tractor Supply I came across the Paws for Seniors group with their dogs and cats that needed homes. I was immediately drawn to Beau, who was small, quiet, and gentle. To make a long story short... my Dad, who lived in Maryland, spoke to Brenda and submitted an application for Beau. Brenda and Jim drove to my parents’ home to personally make sure it was a suitable living condition for Beau. It was amazing. The care and concern they have for both the pets and their adopters is awesome! This organization is The Best!!

1 Diane R.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors have a heart of gold. The take on and care for senior animals that have fallen on bad times then they find good homes for them. They are such good people and deserve all the support anyone can give them.

Lee A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Tazzy from Paws for Seniors. We wanted a quiet, older dog. They thoroughly vetted us as her family and took care of her medical needs before the adoption. Since she is a special needs girl they also explained her needs to us so we could maintain her health. Her medical records are better organized than mine. Her foster family gave her a lot of love before she came to us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a Chihuahua to add to the family. I saw Barney and instantly fell in love with him. Paws for Seniors is a wonderful organization. I am so happy with Barney.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to know Paws For Seniors back in 2014 when I lost my sweet senior pom Markland from heart failure. I saw their website and their love and dedication to the senior dog population and how they so carefully and lovingly placed these seniors with the families that understood the senior stage of a dogs life. They believe in quality of life in the seniors that still have so much to offer and are often overlooked in shelters and Rescues.
I felt so drawn to them as a Rescue and as a warm and caring couple.
I wrote to them, still raw and heartbroken from losing my boy not even considering I would hear back from this busy couple. I just Needed to open my heart to someone that truly knew my crippling pain. Immediately I received a beautiful reply of compassion and sincere understanding. This touched me deeply.
I kept in touch with Jim and Brenda from there on.
One day a year or so later, I had an in law family member who selfishly decided to euthanize her 12 yr old dog claiming she bit her (Never saw a bite mark). I asked if I could try to find a place for her instead of putting her down, to give this little girl a chance. Upon them allowing me to do so, I immediately thought of Paws For Seniors. I contacted Brenda and Jim with my story and without hesitation, they took her. She gave them no problems. She had a wonderful life with them and even visited with human seniors in Nursing homes. Just one of the thousands of lives they've saved when others gave up on them.
In 2016, I reached out to them again when they had rescued over a dozen pomeranians. There was a little girl that touched our hearts who had been used for breeding only. We decided without even seeing her that we wanted to make her part of our family. We were told she was skittish and nervous, scared of people. She was quite overweight from overbreeding. Since our home is always open for the special needs seniors, we felt she was perfect for us.
I contacted Brenda once again and said we would love to love her! Give her a place to be safe and snuggled and adored. Brenda called me right away and we sealed the deal. The only problem was it was close to the holidays and the Rescue is about 3 hours away. I also have a special needs dog that must be syringe fed so travel for me was not an option.
This beautiful couple personally drove our sweet Charlotte right to my doorstep! I was so appreciative to them for bringing her to us within a few short days of adopting her. A Christmas surprise!
When they arrived, I met them in the driveway. I scooped up this scared timid perfect little girl and it was immediate attachment. She was never afraid of me. It was as if she knew instantly that she belonged here. She WAS home! She met her furry siblings and it was an instant family circle! I named her Charlotte.
Jim and Brenda stayed for several hours that day. We enjoyed a special time together in my home. We had lunch and coffee and they were able to see our home, yard, and how loved and protected this new member of our pack would be ! They are very thorough and careful of their adoptions, and I am honored to be selected into their " Pack" of Furever Homes!
Just like my sweet Charlotte, many many animals have been saved through this rescue. And I'm sure many many humans have been saved as well.
Without good people like Jim and Brenda and Rescues like Paws For Seniors, lives would be lost and memories would not be made. I am so grateful to them. Not only did they reach out to this heartbroken stranger in 2014 touching my heart with comforting words, they also physically placed a heartbroken little pommy into my arms giving her a happily ever after.
Our world is a better place because of people like them. Thank you for the hearts you have blessed with your love of animals.

1 Debra D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

You associate Paws for Seniors with saving the lives of smaller middle-age to older dogs but they also save cats. Don't hesitate to ask Brenda or Jim if you are looking for something specific. I am a cat person and thought of Paws when I wanted to add another kitty to my family. My husband who is a dog person agreed but requested that we get a kitten. We were fortunate that Paws had some rescue kittens at the time. We adopted Wicket when she was 12 weeks old. She was so well socialized and has been a joy to our family. Wicket will be a year old next week an I am so glad we could give her a home and help support Paws for Seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I heard the mission of Paws For Seniors, I knew I had to volunteer! They concentrate their efforts on rescue of cats and dogs 6 years old and better. At shelters, adult animals might be passed over, when they are often the ones with the best temperaments available. They are most often there through no fault of their own, they know how to adapt to different situations, how to bond to their person, full grown so no surprises and most are already trained. PFS knew this, saw a great need, and stepped in. I have been happy to foster several dogs for them and now adopted two of my own from PFS, see my pics. PFS pays for all medical care needed prior to adoption. There are a great group of volunteers who help and support each other too, led by founders Brenda, Jim and Erica. They believe if an adoption does not work out, the animal comes back into rescue, we never turn our backs on an animal once they are a part of Paws For Seniors Rescue. The group also regularly takes some animals to visit a local human rehab center, to bring some joy to the people there, and they help out senior humans who may need help by providing pet food donations to those in need. Volunteers also foster animals in preparation for them going to their new homes, help with fundraising, help w/adoption events, and educate the public about rescue. If you want to help animals in need, join us and volunteer with Paws For Seniors.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

These people really care about making sure that senior dogs and cats know a loving home in their golden years. I fostered 3 little chihuahuas for them. The dogs came from a backyard breeder and had never known grass under their feet or a loving touch. After a long time of loving care they were able to be adopted to a home with an owner who needed them. Win-win.

Kimberly T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing people who have blessed us with their trust and love 3 times now. Mello, Marco and Jack have become a part of our family since 2012 and we have been honored and blessed to have them in our lives. Jim and Brenda’s unfailing devotion to find forever homes for the abandoned, unwanted or simply unfortunate 4-legged bundles of love has blessed us each of the 3 times. And we will work with them again when the time comes. We don’t pretend to know how they have been so gifted with their seemingly endless ability to love, but we are grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love fostering for Paws for Seniors! Brenda and Jim care so much about the welfare of these animals. It feels good to give back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a kitten through Paws for Seniors in August and had a great experience. We submitted an application online and went to an adoption fair the next day. They had already contacted our vets by then. The cat we had applied for had already been adopted but my daughter fell in love with another. Since Paws had already done the investigation, we were able to take the cat home. He’s been a wonderful addition to our family.

Deborah B. S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Offering an unending source of love, as well as medical care and emotional stability, Paws For Seniors runs an immaculate rescue shelter right in their own home. Senior dogs are too often cast aside, so Paws For Seniors is invaluable in the effort to place them with new families. Brenda & Jim are completely and energetically committed to providing a safe, compassionate environment for aging pets who still have good years ahead of them as companions. We donate to this rescue because Brenda & Jim are doing hard work with hearts full of love.

Pam S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago I saw a pic of two sad chi mixes together in a “cell” on a shelter page on Facebook. They were pulled by Paws for Seniors and I put in an application! I have rescued dogs for years but never with an organization. What a great experience, complete vetting, records, and microchipped. My two boys have been a joy to have...as I get older, Senior dogs are my speed...we all fight for the the couch!❤️❤️
I recently lost my chi girl that was a rescue and with me for the last 15 years...we are going to start looking for that perfect senior gal to share the tiny space left on the couch!!!! Thank you Paws for Seniors for all you do....love Squeaky and Mario (and Pam too!)

Donna Henry W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted from Paws for Seniors and have become their biggest fan. I have tremendous respect for the work they do with senior pets. They are selfless and immensely caring. The animals are always first. They are truly angels on earth. I am blessed to know them.

Rachel S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

No it cares about these dogs like Brenda and Jim! They’re truly special people!

Beth R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great rescue! Jim & Brenda go above and beyond to help all the dogs they can!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws for Seniors helped us to adopt our dog who was rescued from a dog fighting ring. Since they are foster based, they get to know their dogs and cats and are excellent and finding which animal will be a good fit for each family. Our dog, Link, is very gentle and great with our kids!

1 kerdo1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost my beloved Shaggy to cancer in November, 2017. We decided to wait until spring to adopt another dog but after one week of a too quiet house we knew we needed a dog. After searching high and low through Petfinder and local shelters I found what I thought was the perfect fit. I contacted Paws for Seniors and, after discussing my home situation they thought a different dog would be a better fit. I drove 8 hours from upstate NY to adopt Alexandra. They were spot on in their recommendation. Allie has fit in seamlessly to our home. She is blossoming into a happy, bouncy dog that you’d never guess was 12 years old. I will always miss my Shaggy but Allie’s love has greatly eased that ache. She is a kind and gentle dog and is the most curious dog ever! She has to get her nose ito everything, no matter what’s in the way. Thank you, Paws for Seniors, for your love and caring and for knowing that Allie was the one for our home.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

BobCat was found outside in the road, injured & feral and someone brought him to paws for Senior for medical attention. They were angels and saved this little guy. He had an eye and several teeth removed. When I saw him at Petco in warrenton I knew he was perfect. Paws for Seniors was so easy to work with and you could see how much they love and care for every animal. Bobby is our family now and we could not imagine life without him. He loves to snuggle and gets along great with our other cat. Without paws for seniors we wouldn’t have our sweet little boy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We originally had 3 dogs, a chow/shepherd (13.5 yrs. old when she passed), a husky/ shepherd mix (she's 16.5 yrs. old now, named Josie) and a border collie/ chow mix (he was 13 yrs. old named Buddy). Mandy passed away 4 years ago, she was the oldest of the 3 and the "Mom". Buddy passed away 3 years ago and he was the youngest (the protector). The VERY NEXT DAY after we had to send Buddy over the Rainbow Bridge, we went to Paws for Seniors and adopted our Lady (aussie shepherd) She seems to be a mixture in personality of both of the dogs we lost. We truly feel that Brenda/ Jim knew exactly what we needed to help Josie (the middle child) thru her own heartache. Lady had just arrived at Paws a couple of days before! Lady just turned 13 and though we got her at 10, she is just as much a part of our family as if she had been here all 13 years!! Sorry for the long story, but it all needs to be told so you can understand how much we truly care about Paws for Seniors and the work they do!!

1 Dave R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a beagle mix from them a couple years ago. Flower was an old girl when we got her, but her foster family had done a great job getting her set for adoption. She had received good medical care and we had no surprises with her. They provided us all he medical records which was previously unheard of with a rescue. They are really caring people and the older pets they help get the love they deserve.