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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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! ;)

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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.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed this organization since its inception and could not be more impressed with the work they're doing! Thank God for organizations like this that help save these beautiful dogs!

5 Holly92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is a singularly special life-saving dream come true for old souls who have loved loyally and given everything but who find themselves without a warm, caring, loving home in which to live out their lives. I love old dogs and they are true gems. Unfortunately, some people don't see them as the wonderful angels they are. An exception is the owners, staff and volunteers of Frankie and Andy's Place. I volunteer at Frankie and Andy's and enjoy spending time giving and receiving love with residents. These lucky dogs enjoy a home, a beautiful and peaceful environment, comfort, excellent care and food and they procide unconditional love and a source of happines for anyone lucky enough to spend time with them. I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering with Frankie and Andy's Place...you will receive more than you give.

5 Dawn152

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A dog is man's best friend and a man is a dog's best friend. Nowhere is this more evident than at Frankie and Andy's Place. The senior dogs in this center are rescued from shelters or other negative situations. They are given comfort, love, and security. In turn, they give those same things back to humans at senior centers and other situations where a little unconditional love and warmth is needed. The happiness on the dogs faces is undeniable and the love and dignity with which they are treated is amazing.
The Millers and their volunteers love dogs and are able to make the last days, weeks, or months of a dogs life a little piece of heaven in earth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Beautiful caregivers. Beautiful dogs.. We should all be so blessed to live our last good and bad days in such an environment surrounded with so much beauty and peace! Such an extraordinary mission of love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie and Andy's Place is a non-profit charity that answers prayers offered for many frosty-faced canines in need from all over the northeast GA area. It's a cabin nestled in the woods, offering rescued senior dogs a quiet place of repose--with love and nurturing from an all-volunteer staff as well as home cooked meals that meet the needs of each guest. As one of many volunteers and donors who enjoy spending time with our beloved seniors, I receive much more from them than I could ever give.

6 Kim_239

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place for rescues! They help in a community where the local county animal shelter has to put down a lot of animals. They help these animals find a forever home instead.

6 Tonya26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think of Frankie and Andy's Place as a little slice of Heaven in a beautiful cabin in the woods, a sanctuary for senior dogs and the people who volunteer here. I volunteer here twice a week and I can't think of any better way to spend my time. To see the transformation the dogs make...some pulled out of shelters the day they would have been euthanized is life changing. There is really something special about a senior dog. I know they all have stories to tell, you can see it in their eyes. We know that some of them may not be with us for years, but their time here is probably the best time of their lives. As an added bonus, I've met the best, most caring group of people who work here as volunteers. I know we all hope to expand on this endeavor so we can save more senior dogs in the future! Thank you Penny, Pete Miller and crew for making this home for seniors happen.

6 ecargell

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.