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Frankie and Andy's Place

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Frankie and Andy’s Place is a unique combination of senior dog shelter and emotional healing center for troubled humans. A beautiful log cabin, nestled in a picturesque Barrow County woodland setting, Frankie and Andy’s Place is home to a small number of gentle, loving senior dogs who have been cast aside by their humans and yet who still have many valuable gifts to share ..... These gifts of sympathy, time, reassurance and unconditional love are then shared with troubled humans in an atmosphere of calm and acceptance to help them mend. Frankie and Andy’s Place ....... a healing collaboration between man and his best friend.

Results: Long before the cabin had even been delivered, Connie Woofford contacted me to ask about our plans for Frankie and Andys Place as she had read about it on our Facebook page. She wanted to know if we would be interested in taking senior dogs to the Adult Day center in Winder, where adults of all ages but requiring supervision, could go to give their carers a respite for the day. I told her then that we would need to wait until we were up and running to check this out; last Thursday, due to her dogged persistence, she and I went to meet the folks there and introduce them to our mission and the tour de force that is...ERROL FLYNN! When we got there, it was after lunch, and we toured the facility, met the staff, and were able to meet some of the visitors. One older gentleman, who introduced himself as Chuck Norris, ( you can only imagine how long he and I traded pretend ninja kicks....it was too much fun, honestly) wanted to hold Errol Flynn because he reminded him of his childhood dog, Trixie. Of course, we heard him say this a few times, but both Connie and I were struck by the emotion it evoked in him....how simply touching this four pound ball of love seemed to happily transport him back to halcyon days. Another fan of Errol was a sweet lady who isn't allowed to have dogs at her care facility, but missed having the touch and love of one in her life. But for both Connie and I, the most unbelievable moment came when a young lady, who was quadriplegic and sitting in a wheel chair with her head tilted back, unable to speak or move her hands, was asked if she would like to meet Errol. She looked at him, their eyes met, we lifted her hand to gently stroke Errol, and her face lit up like a Christmas tree. She started to laugh with such genuine glee, her whole face shone like a golden light, her mouth was so far open in a smile, the carers were floored! You see, she had not been feeling well when she arrived that day, and they had been concerned for her. We lifted Errol to her neck and allowed him to nuzzle her gently, and she purred with delight. She cannot make a coherent sound, but she laughed! She truly laughed! Folks, if these dogs do nothing useful ever again, what we saw on that day, with that young lady, made every single thing worth it. Errol Flynn, this little four pound dynamo, walked into a room, owned it and made everyone feel better. He spread the love like Gandhi, touching hearts everywhere he went, allowing himself to be passed from one person to the next, hugging and snuggling his way into their hearts. 15 people became balls of mush at his very presence. Because of confidentiality guidelines, we are not allowed to post pictures yet, or give names; we are hoping that will come soon. We will be visiting, at this our second adult day center location, there every week starting on Monday, and I cannot even begin to thank Connie for the work that she has done to get this going. (November 19 2016)

Target demographics: Rescue senior dogs

Geographic areas served: Winder GA and surrounding environs

Programs: We have long believed that dogs come into our lives, not just to provide friendship and comfort, but to teach us, to open our eyes to what is really important in life, and to help us cope with the stresses of everyday living. The beauty and serenity of this environment combined with the wisdom and empathy of some of our working dogs has brought comfort and relief to a number of humans dealing with anxiety, fear, self-harming issues and bipolar disorders. All under the watchful eye and guidance of an experienced mental health professional. This shelter provides a home like environment, furnished comfortably, with sleeping quarters for the dogs, but also a main living area where they can come together and mingle with their carers and work with whoever needs them.

Community Stories

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandy A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Home sweet home in a cabin in the woods for the many lucky sweet Seniors at Frankie and Andy’s.
It’s a dogs life...
And how sweet it is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi.
I’m a new volunteer with Frankie and Andy’s Place but not new to Rescue...
volunteering as I have done so over the past 8 years at 6 Rescue’s between Fl and Ga.
Frankie and Andy’s is by far the most unique and dedicated I’ve encountered.
While others shun seniors with medical issues and special needs.
Here, they go after the challenge and are rewarded with a sweet appreciative senior that can enjoy their final days, months or years with lotsa TLC.
No cages here..
These seniors big and small can wander from doggie bed to chair to sofa as their cabin Home is set up as a regular furever home.
From early in the morn till late in the eve there is hands on cuddles and watchful eyes.
Special home cooked chicken, rice and sweet potatoes are part of the daily meal routine.
Lots of shaded outside fenced grass to roll in as they can wonder in and out as they need.
If they could talk...
I’m sure they would say...
“Yep..it’s a dogs life and we’re lovin’ it”. ❤️

Kelly Arno M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love hearing all the stories. I love what they do for the senior babies!!!

Amie6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donate my time and money to Frankie and Andy's Place because it is like no other. Senior dogs who would have been discarded or abandoned, find a safe place to land. They feel the love of all the volunteers and live in a warm environment with their own beds, home cooked meals and a fenced in yard. Every senior dog is made to feel special and some even spread their love in our outreach programs. It's truly one of a kind!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place saves senior dogs from euthenization at shelters so they can save others. I've witnessed first hand the power of these animals with mentally challenged adults and elderly people. They have healed hearts when someone has lost their mate after 60 years together, they've helped the elderly find strength when they see the strength these senior dogs have and they've taught the mentally challenged compassion and patience so they may have compassion and patience towards others. It's truly a blessing and awe-inspiring to watch these sweet souls find purpose in their life again, canine and human alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place! They do fantastic work! We are so lucky to have this in our area.

Raven H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are doing amazing, important work for older animals who need a soft place to land and live after some truly horrific experiences. Their Facebook stories are full of compassion and humor. They deserve ALL the good things!

Allison Anne R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been Frankie and Andy’s and place and got to hold some of the sweetest dogs. Met some great volunteers.
God bless the animals.
Allison Rozier

Keith L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love reading the stories from Frankie and Andy’s Place. They are very caring and loving people.

Michele C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks at FAAP are amazing, dedicated, and one of a kind!!

Pat B M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer and donate to Frankie and Andy's Place for many reasons; my favorite one is because these senior dogs go out to spread love and magic when they visit, as therapy dogs. Putting smiles on faces!

Marilyn67

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with FAAP since the idea was made into a reality. Penny Miller has this vision to help our senior dogs, who have been discarded by their owners, and give them a piece of heaven at FAAP. So many volunteers share her dream! So many donors honor the dogs and what this “sanctuary” stands for. Once you see these dogs THRIVE and RESPOND to the love, care and DIGNIFIED REDPECT they receive, you will want to be part of this rescue. I have been involved with helping dogs for 14 years and Thought I would never see anything as wonderful as FAAP. Please accept this heartfelt message to keep this rescue as one of the most important. Marilyn Ranck

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place can hardly be described without a big smile on my face and tear in my eye. These old senior dogs have grabbed my heart and I guarantee all the volunteers feel this when they visit. These old dogs show us how to live life with happiness. They hobble around the yard, some blind, some with cancer and some just frail and arthritic, but not a word of complaint. These dogs would have been euthanized at shelters, had not Penny and others rallied to save them and bring them to the old dogs home to live in comfort and peace. This is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Hard to see them go over the rainbow bridge, when one dies, but we find comfort knowing their last days were happy and adored. Come see this place, when in Winder, Ga. Marilyn Ranck

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of Georgia’s true gems! It is rare to find a non-profit that appeals to but more importantly helps such a wide variety of benefactors! A true collaboration to help humans and canines alike. When I say help, that is not limited to helping those in need...it helps ppl like myself feel good about volunteering and helping in any way possible! That intrinsically rewarding feeling that I know I share with its many volunteers that does not have a monitory value, and yet is still priceless!

ecargell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Frankie and Andy's Place since they invited their first resident (Lil Kim) into it's loving space. I've watched this little family (both furry and human) grow, and am still in awe of the magic that happens within it's little campus. I say campus because we have a beautiful new cabin that perfectly complements the original, and I know there will be more. We'v grown from 1 dog to 17 current residents, with more arriving all the time. We've been blessed with over 40 dogs since we started. Some have crossed over the rainbow bridge, and others have found new homes to call their very own. ALL have been amazing. I couldn't be prouder of the volunteer family, the board of directors, and the staff that take such loving care of these special seniors. Everyone brings their open heart and just jumps right in to help anyway they can. I am so honored to be a part of it all and can't wait for the next chapter!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Frankie and Andy's Place, I've seen first-hand the transformation that takes place in our senior dogs and the humans with whom they come in contact. It's nothing short of a gift from God. The dog residents were lost, forgotten or just plain given up on until they found new life and purpose at the little cabin in the woods. Everyone and everything wants to feel loved and needed. These dogs not only receive love, but give back in so many ways. Whether it's visiting our community's senior citizens every Wednesday, or just being there for therapy groups, they teach us all the importance of finding purpose in life. I'm sure everyone who visits, volunteers or benefit from their therapy has their own rewards. For me personally, it's about appreciating life in the moment and getting back up no matter how life may beat you down. I truly believe in the work being done here. I can't wait to see what's next around the corner. My heart is full and I'm just so very grateful that my path has led me to this place. It's a unique approach to care for those who might otherwise have been left behind.

I've volunteered at shelters in the past, but the people who give of their time here are simply the best; caring, generous of spirit and absolutely dedicated to providing the best environment and future for both man and man's best friends in their most desperate hours.

1 Sandra D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s all about the dogs!
I have close and honorable friends who volunteer here and I have followed FAAP’s journey for a while. Everything you could possibly hope for a dog’s happy life is here. This is a little piece of heaven on earth for those approaching the Rainbo Bridge. I give them a 20 paw rating

1 Mandy31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Happy Place is a slice of Heaven on Earth for senior dogs! Best senior dog rescue ever! We see the changes in each dog we rescue! From scared to happy, from timid to rock stars!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A healing place. A loving place. A warm home in North Georgia for old dogs that would have died otherwise. As a volunteer I am the one blessed by these senior dogs every week as they come running, hobbling or limping to greet me with tails wagging. They don't know it when they first arrive, but they figure it out quickly that they matter and are safe,respected, needed and mostly loved! Rescuing senior dogs and "hospice" cases means some won't be with us long, but for those sugar snouts when it's time for their walk over the Rainbow Bridge when they're at Frankie and Andy's Place they are loved across with all the dignity and gentleness that we can. In loving memory of Cody and Donald.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one awesome volunteer opportunity! I feel as though I've had a mini vacation every time I go. All the dogs are amazing with their own personality. Everything from tiny to large but all with sweet personalities. Senior dogs are difficult to get adopted but these dogs prove they have much more to offer!

I love taking one or two to Retirement Facilities to visit. The residents love them and you
see smiles on there faces and an occasional giggle when the get a kiss!

We can ALWAYS use additional laps for cuddling plus please willing to visit with us! It is always the best part of my week!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a little slice of heaven. Senior dogs rock. Once you hear their stories and are able to spend time with them, your aches, pains or problems seem to go away. They love a lap to snuggle on or just being near you!

1 Juli Kopp T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is special! Each precious dog there has a sad story of loss and abandonment yet they won the senior dog lottery, so to speak, by being able to live out their golden years at Frankie and Andy’s Place. Despite their history of being failed by people in the past, most dogs show and provide immense love through community outreach at senior centers, day centers and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here so I know for a fact they do exactly what they say they do..rescue senior dogs and give them the best care possible for the rest of their days. They really do sleep on couches, chairs, and comfortable beds. We rub bellies, scratch ears, give treats, or whatever else the dog tells us they like. An amazing place!

1 Lynn116

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is my get away place where I spend time volunteering with these wonderful, loving seniors. Each one of these senior dogs has their own story, whether given up on because they were sick, abandoned or just had gotten old and not wanted anymore. FAAP gives these beautiful souls a place to live out the remainder of their lifes. To be able to interact with other dogs, eat home cooked meals and just love on the humans who volunteer there to love on them. There is so much love there, you feel it when you walk in the door, a welcoming bark, a tail wag and a welcoming committee meeting you at the door. A little slice of heaven for the seniors who live there and us human volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time Frankie and Andy's Place a week ago. What a wonderful place for the rescued seniors to live out the remainder of their years. It's a warming and loving environment. The cabin is so cozy and you can tell the dogs love it there. I volunteered to spend time and love on these seniors and I left with so much more. They stole my heart. Frankie and Andy's is a loving, caring place and the owners Penny and Pete have done a fantastic job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Frankie and Andys over a year now and cannot think of a better place to spend my time. The sweet seniors truly melt my heart and this rescue is exceptional in every way. I love seniors and Frankie and Andys for all they do for them

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If there is a heaven on earth for senior dogs, Frankie and Andys Place is it. I have been volunteering there for about six months and it is remarkable to see these dogs come who have been rejected for whatever reason, neglected, forgotten, abused, forlorn and they come to the cabin where they are loved, and well fed, and receive the best medical care. The change in these dogs can not be put into words. They are so sweet, so loving, they ask nothing of you and give so much in return.
I bring my 14 yr. old granddaughter with me. She's autistic but when she is with these dogs, her world is complete. She can remember name, she helps walk them, she loves taking care of them. It's the favorite part of her week.
These dogs that no one wanted bring so much joy to so many people.
God bless Penny Miller and everyone else who works with me at the cabin but especially God bless our precious fur babies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Frankie and Andy’s Place and it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The minute you open the door to the cabin you are greeted with more love than you can imagine. The old souls that reside there are the sweetest creatures that God has put on this earth and to think that someone has rejected them because of their age, which is the case most times, just breaks my heart. From big ol’ Boris to teeny tiny Reese these dogs are given such love and great care. It’s so nice to know that regardless of what their past lives may have been, their final days will be filled with love, and joy and sunshine!