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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

Virginia M.1

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

This is an amazing rescue that pulls and accepts senior cats and dogs and places them in loving foster homes while waiting for their furever home. The couple who devote their lives to this mission are sincere and caring of each individual pet and the many physical and emotional needs it may have. We are proud to call them friends and fellow rescuers.

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.

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.

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.