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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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The founders/owners have the purest heart for senior dogs (and all dogs) that my husband and I have ever seen. The dogs are cared for by only the most compassionate, diligent, faithful, accountable volunteers, many of whom I know personally to be women of the highest caliber, character and integrity. The dogs live in the comfiest of quarters with soft beds, cage-free (each one very carefully temp tested), truly a home environment. We support this charity and see it — and the fruit of it — every single week. The Millers not only have the pure, huge heart, they also have the highest standards of excellence in care and also in business and management. Truly the complete model for any animal charity, they far surpass all others in every area.

Laura J.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the transparency of this organization, the fact that they are so passionate about the care of senior doggies makes my heart so full. Plus the bonus of all the photos to see they great care they get!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always said if I won the lottery I would buy a lot of land and take in all the dogs that no one wanted. Well I will probably never win the lottery but I am able to live out my dreams by volunteering at Frankie & Andy's Place. The senior dogs there are so greatful for the chance to have a place they can call there forever home, and to be truly loved by all the volunteers that come into their lives. The dogs give back what they are given tenfold, and to get to be a part of this is an amazing experience.

taylorhm

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization took in a dog that was 15 years old, left at a kill shelter, then adopted by a rescue. ZsaZsa Gabor had a horrid infection in her mouth that had drained into her lungs and developed into pneumonia. She was not able eat or even drink water. Frankie and Andy's saved her life. She is a happy girl, infection free

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Donor

Rating: 5

what a great place - these senior dogs are loved and cared for during their final years.

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Shannon146

Donor

Rating: 5

This is most wonderful place - full of love and happiness for Senior dogs that need it the most!
F&A Place excels in every way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far my favorite non-profit! I love they make a difference each day and my all donation goes to saving dogs and making sure they have a wonderful existence. Penny and Pete are the most passionate defenders of dogs and I only wish I had more funds to support.

Dee M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place...beautiful cabin nestled in the woods where senior dogs are given the love they deserve. Thanks Penny and Pete and all of the volunteers at Frankie and Andy's Place!!

Laurie Hobbs B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is a most amazing spot for sugar-snouts. Penny and Pete are tremendous advocates for senior rescues.

Jeannie12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is family, be part of this program and your family just keeps growing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My boys and I volunteer at this wonderful cabin in the woods. We have volunteered at animal control and therefore know how truly amazing Frankie and Andy's Place is! These precious dogs went from being sad, confused,lonely and scared to pampered pups at the cabin. We look forward to seeing our furry friends each week and we are grateful for Frankie and Andy's Place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering there and absolutely love the dogs and the new life they are given at Frankie and Andys, these senior dogs are so loved and respected by everyone there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best Of the best. We don’t know what we do without Penny and her wonderful heart and passion for dogs.

John H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have lost both my heart and my wife to Frankie and Andy’s Place, but I wouldn’t change a thing! This organization truly enhances and changes lives, both human and canine, all for the better!

Susan L. J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never known of an animal care non-pprofit that was so compassionate and so devoted to the highest quality of care for their animals. Frankie and Andy's Place is an example to all of us on how we should treat and care for dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s Place is a safe and loving home for homeless senior dogs to live out the rest of their lives. Once they get to the cabin, every need and desire they have is met and they are loved unconditionally! Their biggest concern is which comfy bed or couch they are going to sleep on next! Every dog should be as lucky as these sweet sugar snouts!

Iva Sizemore L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the utmost respect for The Miller’s and this lovely seniors’ home. We are not ones who trust easily, especially when it’s our dogs care. But this family has only the dogs well being- their entire well being, as priority - not just keeping them fed and safe. Their focus is giving those innocent souls a great time and the finest life possible. I’m so happy to recommend them to everyone I meet. The senior pups who are there will receive the best treatment and can live the remainder of their life knowing love and care, as all dogs deserve.

Vikki R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just were referred to this lovely sanctuary for these pups in need. From what we saw, these dogs are loved and cared for...what every dog deserves.

Kim Hunter B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found about this wonderful place last year and am amazed by what they do. I read so many stories about people giving their dog to a shelter when it gets to old and hard to take care of. It breaks my heart. To have a place where some of these dogs can go to live out the rest of their lives is truly beautiful. What they are doing at Frankie and Andy’s is amazing and not just for the dogs. They truly care!

Donor

Rating: 5

Penny Miller and her husband, Pete provide a loving and caring canine 'rest home' for ailing and aged dogs to live out whatever time they have left. This is truly God at work here on earth when it comes to helping our animal friends.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recently, I attended a Yoga class at Frankie and Andy's Place. I mean, who wants to do yoga with goats?? Yoga with dogs, however, was so much fun! Before I left, I bought a couple of their t-shirts.
Later that day, I was wearing one of the shirts when I went to grab a bite to eat. I noticed an elderly woman who was eating with a somewhat younger man and woman. She was eating her meal but didn't have much to say to the others.

When I got up to leave, she saw the logo on the back of my shirt. She asked if I worked at Frankie and Andy's place. I told her no, but I had just enjoyed a yoga class there and met a new resident, Victor Mature. She told me that she was a resident at one of the nursing homes where the dogs from F&A's Place visit. As I was waiting for my husband to join me, I heard her engage the others in an excited conversation about the dogs and how much the residents enjoyed their visits.
I know that F&A's place brings joy to many people who are like this sweet little lady.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first found Penny & her crew through a fundraiser, then took a tour of the Frankie & Andy’s place facility. It’s a scourge on our society that senior dogs are deemed unwanted at any point in their life. We are thankful that Pete, Penny & staff have taken this mission on, giving these valued family members a place to spend their golden years in luxury & being taken care of!!

Charli A.

Donor

Rating: 5

My dog and I have a close understanding of Frankie and Andy’s Place and we are aware of the hearts, minds, and intent that went into its creation. Love is at the center of the motivation for everything about this compassionate nonprofit. It’s ALL for the senior dogs who are fortunate enough to be able to live out their lives at Frankie and Andy’s Place. It should be the model for senior care of all species!