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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

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization takes excellent care of senior dogs in need, giving them a loving home and environment that provides comfort and care for all their needs as they age. But they don’t stop there. They reach out to the community by providing an avenue for volunteers to serve and for senior citizens to feel the love of these special dogs. To me, that’s a win-win-win!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place deserves 10 stars. The volunteers and staff are truly amazing. The 24 hour care these dogs receive , from the home cooked meals, weekly outing to the Senior Centers , to the Veterinary attention , just to name a few, is superior . Visit Frankie and Andy's Place to see what a wonderful environment they are providing the senior dogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing facility that takes in discarded senior dogs left at shelters that would be unadoptable and most certainly would face death. These dogs are given a loving home and loving voluteers to work with them and love them Every day. They are treated with the love and respect they deserve in their last few years and given all the medical care they need. Some of the dogs are used as therapy dogs are going around ti nursing homes to cheer up the lives of senior adults and the adults are excited at every visit and shower the sweet senior dogs with love. Its truly a magical place, there is a reason the senior cabin has the nickname of Cocoon the dogs begin a new longer life.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best care imaginable. Thank you Pete And Penny for the constant love and caring hands of all the dogs.

Harry A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent non-profit which rescues senior dogs that are often overlooked in the county shelters. Have visited the cabin and and have personally seen the excellent work they do!

Tony-Courtney A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing! Can’t say enough about Penny’s kindness and compassion for animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are kind, sincere & generous in finding dogs that need comfort in their older years. What a wonderful group of people to focus on those that get left behind.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts of gold! The love & care they give to these animals as they are in their senior years is unimaginable! These dogs are blessed beyond measure for being cared for at Frankie & Andy’s Place. 5 stars is not enough stars!!

2 all4paws

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This unique organization is such an incredible gift to both the dogs and the humans it rescues. One only needs to spend a short time in the cabin with these wonderful beings to feel the love and positive energy that vibrates through it and through them. The transformation that takes place is absolutely indescribable. You really have to witness and become a part of it all to understand.
Frankie and Andy’s Place is not only necessary, but it is imperative to the surrounding communities that it embraces and graces.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no other place on earth like Frankie and Andy's Place! The feeling that you experience here will validate for you all that is truly right in this world. Peace, unconditional love, acceptance, purpose....... it all awaits you in this beautiful setting, wrapped in loving packages of sugar-dipped faces, fur and four paws!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Penny is absolutely amazing! The time and energy she puts into these dogs is incredible. Such an amazing place!

Katie P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love this organization!! I love that it’s a second chance for those forgotten best friends, I love the dogs that are rescued and what they offer to the community and the volunteers and I love the people who organized this wonderful organization! It is a truely honest, we are what you see nonprofit, and what I see is beautiful people with huge hearts who just want the best for all senior dogs. Absolutely number one!!

Jennifer Ficklin B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing place with amazing people! They work with animals when no one else will. Love the place and what they stand for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a happy place for senior dogs to comfortably live out their lives until it is their time to cross over rainbow bridge. This place is exceptional and all animals deserve the chance to grow old with dignity and be loved as they are here. Best charity around that serves mans best friend.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to volunteer with my daughter in law at Frankie and Andys Place twice. It's such a loving and caring place for these senior dogs who most likely would have been euthanized in shelters. Most people going to adopt don't want to take on a senior dog and the problems that advancing age bring. I can tell you that these dogs are genuinely loved and well cared for. God bless Penny Miller and her wonderful volunteers!

Kim B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We use their daycare business and have grown to love this family and the amazing things they do at Frankie and Andy’s Place. Their knowledge of dog behavior and hearts for these senior, often disabled dogs, is so AMAZING! They make these animals feel like kings and queens!

marilynrb

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best place for senior fur babies. They are given another chance to live the rest of their lives in great cabin with people that care so much for them. Aunt Penny makes their food and Uncle Pete takes their pictures. 5 plus stars

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Client Served

Rating: 4

It's amazing how the dogs are treated. Wish I could live there. penny and Pete Miller are amazing people who have dedicated their lives to this wonderful place. Wonderful that the babies can live the rest of their lives in peace and harmony. Keep up the great work

Neely Hays P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!!
The dogs and volunteers are great. Taking in dogs of all kinds. The volunteers take the dogs out on day trips to visit schools and retirement homes. This enriches the dog’s lives and people’s lives they come in contact with. What a fabulous way to help both the dogs and humans! Keep up the good work. Love what you are doing and stand for!!!

Jodee N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really great people! I've learned a lot about what my senior dog needs and that helps me to make his last years happy, and that means the world to me.

Kelly O'Grady M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place for unwanted seniors. Frankie & Andy’s Place takes these wonderful souls and makes sure the test of their days are full of love and comfort. They also use these amazing dogs in the community as therapy dogs at the retirement homes. What a true gift with these angels and what a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy’s is such a wonderful and relaxing place for senior dogs as well as adults who volunteer. Each dog has their own personality and ailments and it is remarkable to see how just a belly rug or kind voice can bring happiness to these 4 legged treasures. When I volunteer I come away blessed to be a part of such a phenomenal organization.