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Operation Paws for Homes

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters reducing the numbers being euthanized. Most of our dogs come from rural shelters in South and North Carolina. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door. We also partner with shelters located in Virginia and Maryland. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states. OPH does not operate a shelter or have a physical location. We rely on foster families who open their homes to give love and attention to each dog before finding a forever home. Through the foster care program, we are able to learn about each dog and their needs and we provide their potential and future adopters with this information. We believe in responsible adoptions and strive to work with each adopter to find a good match for their home and lifestyle. Operation Paws for Homes, a volunteer powered 501(c)(3) organization, is 100% donor funded. We receive no funding from federal, state, or county governments. As a result, we rely on donations and our adoption fees in order to save the dogs in need that join our rescue organization. Our goal is to fulfill the dreams of dogs who find themselves abandoned in shelters. Sadly, without our help, all of these adoptable animals would face almost certain euthanasia - usually within days or hours of arriving at the shelter. Each year we take in hundreds of wonderful animals who were left at shelters by no fault of their own. We work hard to unite them with forever families who will give them the life and love they deserve. Without the dedication of our incredible adopters, fosters, donors, and volunteers, we would be unable to fulfill this dream.

Target demographics: abandoned and unwanted dogs who find themselves alone in shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 1,000 dogs find forever homes!

Geographic areas served: animal rescue to assist shelters located in rural areas throughout South and North Carolina, southern Virginia, amazing Potcakes from T&C islands, and some wonderful Desi Dogs from India.

Programs: adoption, fostering and outreach. With limited resources, the shelters are forced to put down anywhere between 50% and 90% of the animals that come in the front door. We also partner with shelters located in Virginia and Maryland. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Community Stories

171 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Hope V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had lost one of our our beloved dogs of many years and had thought for a long time of bringing another dog into our home and that's where OPH came in. We had never adopted before. Lisa Wolff Taylor, a Coordinator for OPH, helped us along this journey to find our wonderful adoption Gilmore. Lisa helped us with the meet and greets between our current dog Max both times, and also helped bring her from VA to MD because Max doesn't travel well. She did our interviews and helped us with all our paperwork. We honestly wouldn't have been able to do this adoption without her hard work and support and help. We had to wait for our adoption for a while because Gilmore had to go through heartworm treatment. She was cared for by two wonderful fosters Mikaela and Leah and when she finally came home she was a true joy. She is a delight to our family and is a wonderful companion to our dog Max who was so sad when he lost his brother. We couldn't be happier with the process of adoption with OPH and highly recommend them to anyone looking to bring a dog into their homes.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH helped me find my families' perfect dog. We had met a couple of OPH's dogs via my co-worker and OPH volunteer, Shannon Albert. It was great that since we're neighbors, my kids could meet a lot of her dogs and get the opportunity to play with a lot of puppies!!! But it was never the right time for us...

Once I knew my kids were old enough, and after about 1,000,000 promises and begging, I new this latest group of holiday puppies would be my Christmas miracle.

I love the way OPH has foster homes for these dogs, and they're not in cold shelters, where they could be euthanized. I love the warmth and companionship they get to share with their foster owners, who take great care of them while in their family.

I love that when we adopted our dog, he already had most of his shots, was microchipped, and had a whole file dedicated to what to expect next, and how to be successful raising a new puppy.

The pre-adoption dedication OPH has to its clients as well as their follow up and care is amazing. I would recommend this organization to anyone and everyone who is looking for a new pet.

Rescued IS my favorite breed, and they made is such and amazing experience!!!!

3 Donna M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was going to make my regular gift on Giving Tuesday ( we adopted from them 6 years ago) to Operation Paws for Homes and I went and looked at the available dogs. We were not looking for another dog but then I saw, "Small Business Saturday". It was love at first sight. There were seven Irish Wolfhound puppies that were so adorable and they all needed forever homes. We were so lucky to have got Saturday. Her new name is Faolan which means little wolf in Gaelic.
Faolan is thriving and is constant entertainment for her canine sister, Happy and the whole family.
The follow up from OPH shows their commitment to finding the best homes for they rescues. If you are looking for a worthy organization that spends their donations not overhead, this is that organization. All the volunteers that I have met or communicated with are knowledgeable about animal welfare.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was really a great experience going to the adoption process from OPH. It was quick and straight forward. They are very honest and provide as much info about their dogs. We would strongly recommend adopting or fostering dogs from this organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH made the adoption process super easy! The quick turnaround time after applying was the best part, which ensured I wouldn't miss out on finding the dog of my dreams. My adoption coordinator, Lee, was extremely quick with communicating any questions I had about individual dogs and the adoption process as a whole. Overall, an amazing organization - would highly recommend!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could adopt 100s of dogs from OPH I would. I was looking for a outgoing and lovable dog, that would fit my lifestyle. Considering I had a spunky JRT, it wasn't a easy search. I had looked and looked for months and did research on rescues, and OPH was a perfect fit. The process was very quick, and reassuring knowing that the pups were in a foster home. Upon meeting my girl Nova, I knew she was the one. Her fosters were lovely people, and let me know the ins and outs of my girl. In the near future, I will be adopting another companion for my home and I know OPH will do their best to help me! I highly recommend choosing them if you're looking to add to your family :)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

After deciding I wanted to adopt a dog, I began looking thoroughly for adoption agencies that would work for me and my lifestyle. I took this process very seriously, since I have wanted a dog for about five years and had volunteered at shelters in the past. It was very important to me that I found an adoption agency that provided the dogs with an opportunity to live in a foster home so that the temperament and personality of the dog in a "home" setting was known. OPH worked with me over two months time while I was travelling to get me preapproved for adoption and helped me set up my meet and greet when I returned home. My dog's foster mom was absolutely amazing and was able to give me detailed information about my pup and his training, personality, disposition, and health. OPH kept in mind my wants and needs in my new best friend throughout the process to make sure I didn't just get a dog but that I got the right dog for me and my lifestyle. So now I have a little lovable, medium energy, outdoorsy, and spunky pup at home to love a lot and hike with and it's all thanks to OPH! He was fully ready to come home with all his shots, neuter, and flea/tick and heartworm. I was provided many resources after adoption to help care for my new pup. I am very satisfied with my experience with OPH.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such a wonderful experience with Operation Paws for Homes! I had been working with other rescues and kept being disappointed. As soon as I contacted OPH everything went smoothly and everyone I worked with was great. I highly recommend this organization if you are looking to rescue a dog. You will not be disappointed! Also, the care and help keeps going after you have received your dog. You are never alone!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little Pepper Girl (Formerly Marcie) on June 9, 2017. Her foster mom Tracey was wonderful and it really shows with Pepper as to how much time and effort Tracy took with those sweet little ones until they could find their fur-ever home. Pepper is so smart and a good girl. OPH was great from start to finish. I will forever be grateful to OPH and Tracy for bringing us together with Pepper Girl.

I love that OPH has fosters to help take care of the dogs/puppies/cats until they can find their fur-ever home.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH is a great nonprofit that gives pets an opportunity to have loving fur-ever homes! I adopted my sweet baby Nani(formerly schnapps) from OPH and she has been nothing short of a blessing! The whole adopting experience has been pleasant. OPH ensures the pets will be loved and well taken care of.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are recent puppy parents to our darling Copper who came to us through Operation Paws for Homes. Not only was our initial contact with their adoption agent pleasant and welcoming, but with the foster family too. We could tell after the first day we had our new pup how much time and effort went into training him at their home and we appreciate that so incredibly much. Our foster family was more than easy going with their schedule to accommodate our visit and helpful with information and supplies to get us through the transition. This organization has been helpful from start to finish and I am happy to know the money spent goes to helping more animals who need homes. I highly recommend them to anyone seeking to add a furry family member.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend fosters for OPH and has always talked highly of this organization. Not long ago, she took in two little brothers (very young chihuahua mixes) and immediately started sending me pictures. She's obviously aware of my fondness for Chihuahuas. Within a few weeks my boyfriend and I were adopting them. The process was easy but thorough and I highly recommend this organization. They were wonderful. They also helped us to find two of the most adorable little men we could ever ask for. I am forever grateful.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

After doing a lot of research on various rescues, we recently adopted from OPH. They asked for three references and also spoke to my Vet. They did a phone interview with me where we discussed their organization, their policies, my experience as a pet owner, what I was looking for in a dog, etc... I felt that they were thorough in trying to make sure that the dog would be a good fit for us and also that we were going to be good owners (pet parents). A lot of other rescues had requirements that I felt were extreme or they just didn't respond back to me. OPH was very organized, they followed up with all my inquiries and questions promptly. I like that they rescue all kinds of dogs and all ages. They are very dedicated to what they do. They have a good website and Facebook page. After you adopt they encourage you to join a private Facebook page where you can meet and share with other adopters and the fosters. I would definitely recommend OPH.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Operation Paws for Home was fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I love that our dog had been fostered for 3 weeks with a family who had kids, dogs, and cats so we felt that he was already fully vetted before we got him.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Arrow from OPH last weekend and had such a great experience! His foster dad, Scott, was so great and sent pictures and updates while we were waiting to bring him home. I love that OPH dogs live with fosters so you can see how they are in home environments. Mindy handled my adoption process and was so nice and helpful. She followed up to make sure we were all set a few days ago and made sure I had resources before I picked him up. She was completely honest about the dogs I inquired about. I could tell that they really wanted their dogs to go to their forever homes. I would recommend OPH to anyone looking to adopt in the area!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been thinking about getting a dog for a really long time, but it never seemed like the right time. Something that was holding us up was figuring out what our landlord's breed/weight restrictions were, but we kept forgetting to inquire. Finally on a whim, I emailed her, she said no restrictions. A friend on Facebook had shared OPH's page and it was full of the most heart warming stories of people finding their furever friends. As soon as I found out that there were no restrictions, I sent in an application to OPH, not really thinking anything would happen so quickly. The next day, I got an email from them saying "we have this litter of puppies we think would fit what you said you wanted from a dog!" So I checked out the pictures and immediately fell in love. It all happened so quickly that it's hard to describe. It truly felt like one of those right place, right time, meant to be moments. I was contacted by Heather Tokoli who gave me the run down on how it all works. She told me to check out the foster's Facebook page to see which pup I wanted. She said she personally loved one puppy in particular, and we ended up taking her suggestion and found our little Oliver (formerly named Longwei in his litter). We spent the next week feverishly getting ready for our new addition--buying him his bed, toys, collar, crate, leash, all the fun stuff :). Then adoption day came! We drove to the foster, Val Mocogni, house to meet him and ultimately decide if we wanted to take him home. Val was so welcoming and knowledgeable of the puppies, and we immediately felt so comfortable. It was very obvious that she loved fostering dogs and cared for each of them as if they were her own. We honestly could not have wished for a better foster to take care of our little boy! OPH has followed up a couple times since then to make sure everything was going well. I seriously cannot stress enough how fantastic this organization and its volunteers are. We are so in love with our little guy and are forever indebted to OPH for bringing him into our lives.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to several nonprofits in the area before I found my little guy through OPH. As with any other rescue in the area they have a thorough application process but unlike my experience with others they were very kind and understanding in helping me find the right fit for me. They were always quick to respond to all my questions and made the process very smooth. The foster family that was hosting my little guy was excellent as well. It really speaks to the strong volunteer network that OPH has.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could adopt 1,000,000 dogs from OPH, I would. My first experience with them was when my parents adopted their one dog at an adoption event - everyone was so helpful and accommodating. When I finally was able to adopt a pup of my own, OPH made the process very streamline. Everyone I interacted with was helpful and informative. I'm happy to say I just adopted another sweetheart from them, and my first OPH pup loves her! OPH does the work of angels -- my most recent adoption was for a dog with a heart murmur, and they provided all necessary information. OPH and their volunteers deserve an infinite amount of praise; please consider donating or assisting their cause! ---- a very happy owner of TWO OPH pups!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We stumbled upon Operation Paws for Homes and boy, were we glad we did! We were looking for a new dog and saw that there was going to be an adoption event at the local Pet Value, so we decided to go and see who was there. When we arrived there was a gorgeous plott hound mix who reminded me a lot of our greyhound who had died earlier that year. When I saw her I immediately got tears in my eyes and I knew that she was for us!
I went on my phone and did the adoption application on line and submitted it. I knew that usually adoptions usually take about a week to process so we were not expecting anything to come about that day. Since part of the process was introducing our current dog to her we decided to go back home real quick and bring our beagle to the event to meet her. They did great together! The volunteers worked so hard that they actually called our vet and the references right then and there and within an hour and a half she was ours to take home! I couldn't believe it! Everyone was so helpful and so quick about getting us processed. Her foster, John, had her since December and did a great job starting to train her which makes our job easier! Thank you to everyone and we are so happy to have her in our lives!

7 Kevin164

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our new puppy Tristan AKA Hudson on 1/27/17. We already have 2 senior dogs and were looking for a puppy for our 9 year old daughter to grow up with a play with as our older dogs aren't very playful anymore. also we felt that the older dogs would be a help in training the new pup so we decided to go for it now rather than later. Long story short OPH was an absolute pleasure to work with through every step of the process. The only frustration is that their dogs get adopted so quickly that you have to be on your toes when new ones get posted but that's a testament to how confident people are with their process. Our next adoption will definitely be through OPH as well. Our daughter was thrilled with her choice and our senior dogs are actually acting less senior with him around.