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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.

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178 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

We've had the most wonderful experience with Operation Paws for Homes! I would highly recommend OPH to anyone in the mid-atlantic region looking for a fur-baby. We found them through petfinder and haven't looked back. Once we were approved through OPH we easily chose a pet online from https://ophrescue.org/dogs (a detailed listing of each dog currently fostered or in the process of being rescued, updated daily+) that matched what we were hoping for. We met our pup, Cosmo, who was being fostered less than an hour away. He had gotten sick after being rescued and the foster parents took amazing care of him. We had to wait a week before we could take him home due to his illness, but that gave us plenty of time to prepare our home for our new addition. Cosmo is a wonderful 8 month old black lab (mix?). He must have been owned before he became a stray (he was brought to a shelter in South Carolina at around 7 months old) because he is the most well behaved and easily trained puppy! We are so thankful that OPH saved him from harm and brought him home to us (with a quick stop at a wonderful foster home!).

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Rating: 5

We adopted our little minnie from this organization two years ago. It was a challenge because our little had come from a puppy mill
She is afraid but now has learned to trust us. We love her so much!

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Rating: 5

We found our new little girl trough OPH, and couldn't be happier! I've worked with and adopted from quite a few rescues in the past, and never have I been so impressed! They truly work as a team, making sure the pup is the right fit for the family, making sure you have all of the health and training information you need before bringing the pup home, and the followup support afterwards is wonderful. Annette and Randy did a phenomenal job acclimating our girl to home life with kids, cats and dogs while they fostered her, and her manners are wonderful thanks to them! Our girl has made herself at home and claimed us as hers, and her 4-legged siblings are really doing well with her, too! I can't say enough wonderful things about this team of amazing animal-loving rescuers! The next time we're looking for a new family member, OPH is the first place we'll look!

1 Jennifer B.7

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Rating: 5

I grew up in a family with Irish Wolfhounds(4 of them were rescues from national breed organization) & my husband grew up with German Shepherds.... however, we were both open to adoption and I began searching and applying to different rescue organizations in May of 2017! We had a few “standards”, had to be good with kids and other animals as we live on a farm, and we wanted a larger breed dog! Unbeknownst to us the struggle to adopt was harder than we anticipated ... we found our family rejected 5 times ( 2 because we have a young child, 1 because we live on a farm, 1 because I work out of the home ONE day a week, & the final one was when our Barn cat didn’t show up on our vet reference as being spayed.... she’s tipped=visibly spayed!) None of the other rescues took into account that I had trained/handled large breed dogs my whole life or that I am a certified vet assistant... I have more animal experience than your average pet owner, yet We were deemed unfit. I had all but given up on adopting our perfect companion until I found OPH.... not all rescues are as awesome as them! & my veterinarian actually turned me off of a 6th rescue that I was considering going through, as he described them as basically a million dollar puppy mill Operation that abandoned the mom’s.... I love that OPH always tries to get the moms and place them too! As far as my adopted guy, my vet described him as “as close to puppy perfect you can get”... that’s a testament to the amazing care he received once he arrived at Laurie’s since his whole litter came in infested with parasites and had heart murmurs because of them-most of them outgrew them! OPH also worked with us to find a good fit for our farm life and understood my desire to adopt a certain pup that came in from an Irish Wolfhound mom (Dad unknown!). I am forever grateful for OPH!! Our Saxby isn’t as big as we thought he was going to be, but he is sooo wonderful and my son tells him every day that he is his best friend!!

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Rating: 5

We lost our lab to cancer almost one year ago. It took us that long to realize that we still had a lot of love to give a dog. I found OPH from their website. At first we were interested in another lab, but were not far enough into the adoption process to get her. We looked for two nights at the adoptable dogs and kept coming back to Treeter (who has since be renamed to Trudy Scrumptious). They say things happen for a reason. Well, I can tell you that Trudy was meant to be with us. She is a very sweet girl who loves to give kisses. The volunteers and foster at OPH could not have been more helpful. They were honest about the dog's disposition, knowledgeable about her needs, gave us helpful tips and website resources and checked in with us that first week. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would do it again through OPH.

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Rating: 5

OPH was absolutely amazing during my process of adopting Amelia! Amelia had a health issue where part of her toe had to be amputated, so the adoption process took longer than expected. Her foster mom, Mikaela, and OPH kept me updated the entire time and I felt very comfortable knowing she was in the best hands possible. We have had Amelia for one week now and we can't imagine our lives without her. She is such a sweet girl and has brought so much joy to our home. Thank you OPH!!!!!

1 Teddy Lesley H.

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Rating: 5

Operation Paws for Homes is an outstanding rescue. From beginning my search and coming across some of their rescues, to my final decision to take one as my own, the process was simple but diligent, and their volunteer network is great. I cannot say enough good things about Zander's Foster Mother, who took on 8 puppies and raised happy healthy pups for adoption. She even gave me a bag of goodies to take home with him, which was both extremely generous and helpful because it clued me in to his likes as far as toys and treats went - and everything was thoughtfully high quality. OPH did a very good vetting process to assure I was a responsible human who would love and raise a well-adjusted happy dog, and their commitment to maintain lifelong responsibility of a pet if the owner give the animal up is a real testimony to living up to their mission. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Zander would too!

3 Hope V.

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Hope, we are beyond thrilled that you have found another family member with OPH. Lisa is one of our valued volunteers and we greatly appreciate all that she does for the dogs!

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Hope, we are beyond thrilled that you have found another family member with OPH. Lisa is one of our valued volunteers and we greatly appreciate all that she does for the dogs!

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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!!!!

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Lauren, We are grateful to your and your dedication to not only finding the right dog for your family, but for ensuring that your family was ready for a puppy. Shannon is a wonderful foster mom and we will miss her when she moves away!

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Lauren, We are grateful to your and your dedication to not only finding the right dog for your family, but for ensuring that your family was ready for a puppy. Shannon is a wonderful foster mom and we will miss her when she moves away!

4 Donna M.3

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Donna, Thank you for the lovely comments! The Every Dog Has It's Day litter were very special to us. We love knowing that each of them are in a fabulous home!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Thank you for the kind comments! We strive to be open and honest with all of our adopters.

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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!

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Our Adoption Coordination team, including Lee, is the best! They work so hard to get all applications done quickly. Thank you for the comments!

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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 :)

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Leah, We are proud to have helped you and Nova find each other. We wish you years of happiness together!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Thank you for all the kind words! We strive to find the best home possible for both parties - adopter and dog. We take to heart what each adopter is looking for and their lifestyle. Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

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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!

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

We love our adopters and feel like they are part of our family too!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Our fosters are the life-line of OPH and Tracy is one of the best! Marcie certainly hit the jackpot with you as her new family!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Nani is so lucky to have you as her family! We are blessed to have adopters like you.

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Thank you for the kind words! We strive to help our foster families learn and grow as they save more lives. Your pup will have the best life possible with you!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

We love recommendations and when a foster recommends a friend to adopt, we take that seriously! Thank you for taking in these sweet pups!

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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.

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OPHRescue1 01/19/2018

Thank you for the kind words! We try to be as efficient and thorough as possible with our adopters, but carefully screen as well. We are glad that the process was easy for you and happy to have you as one of our adoptive family!