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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that rescues the senior dogs that others no longer want or aren't able to care for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for this amazing organization. When I first thought about this volunteer commitment, I thought how am I ever going to be able to leave these wonderful dogs, but from the first moment I walked through the door, I knew it was not about me but only about them. I was supposed to be therapy for them, but quite the opposite. They are helping me through a rough time in my life with their unconditional love, their determination and their will to be whole again.

This is the best 3 hours a week I have ever spent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andys Place is a safe haven for our senior dogs that have been abandoned by their owners for various reasons. I volunteer when I can to give love to these amazing seniors. They deserve happiness during their later years. I love giving them walks in the woods, and cuddles on the sofa. They are an amazing pack, and get love every minute of the day. The kindness, care and dedication that is given to them by Penny and Pete is nothing but phenomenal; its a 24/7 job. These dogs enjoy life to their fullest. I cannot express how we need more places like this. No Senior, dog or human should be alone during their final years. Praise to all that volunteer and give to such a great organization...

Robin

1 Stephanie290

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly remarkable place. I am so blessed to be a small part of this treasure.

1 Lisa627

Donor

Rating: 5

As a frequent donor and occasional volunteer, I can't speak highly enough of the Millers, the board, and the amazing volunteers that provide so much love and care to these seniors. All the seniors chosen to live here are renewed, and given the love many lacked. Their health is monitored by top notch doctors and veterinary staff that are also so giving of their time to these senior cuddle bugs. The welfare of these seniors is at the heart of everything this organization does. The joy they bring to senior adults in the community, troubled youth and to all the volunteers who get to spend time loving on them is priceless. I am blessed to have a small part in this group and will continue to give my time and financial backing to this fantastic organization. Love love love Frankie and Andy's place!!

1 Kathy294

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you have ever heard the expression "a little slice of heaven" and thought does that really exist? Well it does at Frankie and Andy's Place. It is truly an unbelievable place. They take dogs that others have given up on for one reason or another and give them that second chance that they truly deserve. Each dog that is there has a story of where they have come from. Some are incredibly heartbreaking some just make you shake your head. But one thing is obvious these dogs have come from broken hearts and entered Frankie and Andy's place and been wrapped in love and are now thriving. They all truly have glows about them and a bounce in their step. The dogs there are truly angels in fur. They all have such huge hearts and such a healing power about them. It's amazing to look at those dogs and know the heartbreak they have gone through and to see what they are now.

I could rave about how amazing and healing the dogs are but the staff and volunteers there as well are incredible. It is obvious that their hearts are truly in this mission and that is all about the dogs. They give so much of themselves to make this incredible endeavor thrive.

I could not think of a better place to donate time or money too. This organization truly shows that old dogs have worth and value and they focus on spreading that love those dogs have to give to make this world a better place. Thank you Frankie and Andy's place for what you do and thank you for giving these oldies the 2nd chance they deserve!

1 Connie97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was there the day this cabin was delivered. I never knew it would change my life. Animals have always been a passion. But this place is the movie Cocoon for animals. Where can you take an old guy with bad skin , wobbly legs, and lumps that isn't expected to live 2 months? And 8 months later he is soft and running to you with dirt face kisses ! Or a 16 yr old Doxi with heart condition, rotten teeth and a large tumor hanging of his chest. You get his teeth cleaned the tumor removed. He goes to the Senior Center and spreads love and joy for 4 months. He knew joy till his time here was done. They have purpose they didn't know they had. Some go to visit the Senior Centers. That's is their job to share their stories that we all have purpose regardless of our abilities. Some stay at the cabin and have other jobs by bringing joy to volunteers. Or just an hug and kiss when you need to recharge yourself from life. But they have brought me an amazing extended family . I am truly blessed to be part of something so magical .

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Pete and Penny started Frankie and Andy's Place with a dream of helping senior dogs live out their lives in comfort and love. They and their volunteers provide a much needed service for these precious dogs.
Some of the canine residents make a trip to the Senior assisted living and nursing homes weekly. Thus, spreading love and good cheer to the human population as well.
Thanks to Penny and Pete for providing this sanctuary for senior dogs of all breeds.

Marilyn67

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

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most unique and worthy rescues. All the volunteers love these seniors and all of us learn from them. They ask for nothing. Some are blind, arthritic or have cancerous tumors. They never complain. Please consider volunteering and/or donating to help keep this much needed rescue continue to save a senior dog.

2 Mona9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! Today was my first official day as a volunteer at Frankie and Andy's. From the moment I got to the cabin door, i was greeted by several senior dogs just waiting to be loved on. Their cabin is awesome, set up with comfy sofas and doggie beds for them to lounge in comfort. Just out the door is a beautiful fenced in yard just for the furkids to roam and relax. It truly made my heart happy to be part of Frankie and Andys. I met two other wonderful volunteers while there. It's such a "homey" feel. I signed up for a 2 hour slot but before I knew it, i had been there 3 hours. I only wish more rescues could be like Frankie and Andy's. I am looking forward to my next day spending with all the special senior fur kids. What an awesome place.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have spent a little time and seen what they have done with our donations. What a wonderful mission to provide elderly abandoned dogs a place to live out their lives with not just dignity, but with joy. I would love to go there when I am too old to care for myself, but it is just for dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is a wonderful senior shelter ! All the seniors that are at FAAP were given a second chance at life . Most of them would not have made it out of the shelters . The volunteers give so much love and care to the seniors , but get more back in return . This place is amazing

4 Susan511

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is heaven on earth for senior dogs that have been abandoned by their owners and wound up in county shelters. These loving souls are pulled from the shelters and immediately taken for vet checks and receive any medical help they need. Next stop is Frankie and Andy's place to meet their new friends both four and two legged and to see where they will be living out their days. Inside the cabin they have comfy couches, dog beds, blankets and they get the best food and supplements to keep them as strong and healthy as they can be. Many wonderful volunteers come to spend time loving on these sweet souls, taking them for walks on the beautiful property or just spending time outdoors with them in their own beautiful fenced acreage. Don't forget rides to the local senior home to spend time with some wonderful older folks, or just a nice ride to get a treat or enjoy some scenery while letting the wind blow their ears! I hope when I become a senior, there will be a place like Frankie and Andy's place for me!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just before entering heaven is the Rainbow Bridge and just before crossing the bridge is Frankie & Andy's Place...a sanctuary where lost and forgotten canine souls enjoy loving care from dedicated volunteers, healthy and delicious meals, clean comfy beds to snuggle in...all in a beautiful cabin in the woods begging to be explored. This is an extrordinary home for end of life senior canines, who, in turn, bring companionship and joy to lonely and troubled folks in the community. How perfect!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is one of a kind. This place truly is a haven for the senior dogs and people alike. These dogs are given the chance to live out their lives in a peaceful, serene environment surrounded by loving volunteers who are devoted to their care and quality of life. Not only do the dogs benefit from Frankie and Andy's Place, but the humans as well. These dogs offer support, emotional healing, acceptance and a sense of belonging to a "group" or "family". This organization is hands down the best out there!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a unique place where discarded senior dogs are given love, safety and shelter for their remaining time on earth. Frankie and Andy's Place is run by very caring and competent volunteers. By allowing professionally led groups to meet there is a perfect way for humans to have the opportunity to receive from as well as give love to the sweet elderly residents. As a professional who has used my dog in therapy, I know first hand the power of healing with canines. I will continue to support this organization and hope to be a volunteer in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAAP is truly an amazing place ! The Millers had a vision and I'm so lucky to be able to share it with them ! It's very therapeutic to volunteer at FAAP. The love and joy is shared by the residents and the volunteers

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAAP is an amazing dream come true not only for its residents but for the volunteers as well. We all dream of one day rescuing dogs, winning the lottery and opening a facility. Pete and Penny didn't dream, THEY MADE IT HAPPEN. Those animals that were once neglected, starving, dumped at the shelter for being "old" or for a new puppy are given a chance to live life as God intended them to; by our sides. The only thing better than opening another similar facility in the future would be to spend time here and love on these sweet, so grateful dogs! Consider donating to this amazing group! I've never met a better group, and the people are nice too! ;)

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is a dream come true for senior dogs in need of rescue! It's a cozy cabin surrounded by woods, a home environment for dogs that have been given up on by others or in need of some love and care in the years when they should be most valued. Soft fluffy beds and couches, homemade food, and lots of space to stretch out and enjoy attention from all the wonderful volunteers that love these seniors the way they deserve is what the lucky rescue dogs will find here. What a blessing to the dogs and to the community this rescue is!

5 Laine S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people who run this place and those who volunteer are remarkable! Their deep and sincere love for the dogs is palpable. I cannot imagine a more loving setting for any dogs, but especially for the older dogs who no longer have homes of their own.