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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

154 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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!

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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!

1 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.

2 Gruschenka C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As far as I can remember, I always had at least 1-2 dogs at a time throughout my childhood. However, my best friend of all time was Diana, a beautiful gold chested Gordon Setter. Diana was the most gentle, calm, and well-behaved dog I ever had. In 1995, I moved to the US from my native Brazil with my mother and sister and had to leave my Diana behind with my dad. A few years passed and one day I received the sad news of Diana passing away due to ovarian cancer. I was devastated, but I eventually recovered from the shock and cherished all the sweet memories I had with Diana. I promised myself that one day I would have another dog as sweet as Diana again. 20 years passed, now a wife and mother of three great kids, but no dogs yet. In November of 2016, we decided as a family that we were ready for a dog. I wanted my kids to experience the joys as well as the responsibilities of having a dog. We then started looking for different adoption organizations and had already applied to 2 before we came across OPH.

OPH has a great website that is constantly being updated with photos and details about each dog. I saw one specific dog named Nougat and I thought he had the sweetest and calmest face. OPH understood that we were looking for a calm and sweet dog who was also housebroken and they confirmed that Nougat might just be the perfect match for us.

I reached out to Casey (one of the adoption coordinators) and she connected me with Katie who was Nougat's foster mom. Katie was so wonderful! She sent us photos, behavior updates, and was able to schedule Nougat's neutering fast so that we could bring Nougat home during a 3 day weekend so that we could have a little extra time to get him settled down.

The ENTIRE OPH team works hard to make sure each dog is matched with the right family. The application process (forms completion, referral, and approval) took me about 3 weeks or so. We were just waiting to Nougat's neutering to be completed to bring him home. On January 28th, 2017 we met Nougat and it was the perfect match. We call him Shaggy now because it was the name he had in his original paperwork and he already responded to that. He also looks shaggy!

Thank you OPH for patiently working with me in this process. My family absolutely loves Nougat (aka Shaggy) and we could not have been happier!
Thank you for all that you do to make sure dogs have a second chance in life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Miss Ruby Lou from Operation Paws on January 18, 2017. She is about 8 months old, some sort of westie terrier mix-white, long legs, long body, westie head, face and ears.
She is an absolute joy, funny and happy and gets along great with my 13 year old westie, Wilson who is a bundle of energy.
Operation Paws made the whole process easy and fast-we wanted a rescue because we want to give a rescue a good forever home and happy life.

2 Vicktorias C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my adopted fur baby in December after 13 years. I was heart broken but knew I needed to provide another fur baby the same opportunity in her name. I had an excellent response rate from OPH. They returned calls and emails usually on the same day. They fully vet and care for each animal in their care and they are very thorough in checking references and making sure that all fur babies go to a good home. I highly recommend OPH for your adoption and donations.

2 Sarah357

Client Served

Rating: 5

OPH was fantastic to work with. We knew we wanted to adopt a dog but the process of finding the right fit for our family seemed daunting. The volunteers at OPH made the process easy and we ended up with an even better dog than we imagined. They were great about taking our family's needs into consideration and suggesting a few good matches based on what was most important to us. And everyone we interacted with was friendly, helpful, understanding and professional. I would give them 6 stars if I could! Great organization!

4 Pamela133

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family had a great experience with Operation Paws! We adopted the perfect dog for our family. We spoke to several people during the application process and they were all dedicated to finding the right home. Questions that we had went directly to the foster to make sure that information was accurate. I couldn't recommend them more!

6 Lauren140

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied to several different rescue groups knowing that we wanted to bring home a rescue dog after our 10-year-old boxer passed away. I applied to several and her back from operation pause for homes immediately. Within two days, I was approved and all of my references have been checked out. To this day, about two months later… I have still not heard back from several including two local Humane Society's. operation pause for homes has a genuine mission to save lives. The foster mom that had our dog texted me videos daily until I was able to pick out puppy up. We bonded with "Plaid" (renamed Stella) way before we ever met her. One of the three puppies in the litter died and was tested positive for Parvo. They held the other puppies for an additional two weeks to be sure they were healthy before sending them home. The puppies also had a skin condition and were taken to the vet. I was given medication from the Foster mom to administer at home. They saved these sick dogs when they didn't have very much hope. I have met the Foster mom since then at the vet (with other dogs) to give small donations so I know the dogs are very well cared for!

I am so proud that our baby girl was in such good hands before she came home to us!