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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

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!

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.

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!