California dog rescue brings comfort to seniors and their furry friends

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Furry friends of all kinds can come from animal shelters, rescue organizations, and breeders — but a pet nonprofit is different from most.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a resource for the elderly and, in many cases, senior dogs.

The Pacific Grove, California dog rescue works with seniors who must give up their beloved pets due to illness or inability to care for them – while also functioning as a adoption agency for these dogs.

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Carie Broecker, executive director and co-founder, told Fox News Digital exactly how she came up with the idea for the nonprofit after visiting a friend in the hospital.

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Sheila and her dog Chex help clients at the Pacific Grove, California dog rescue center.
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“I was looking after a little spaniel mix for a lady who had emphysema,” she said.

“She asked me if we should euthanize her. [dog] … but [the dog] was healthy at age seven.”

At this point, Broecker decided she would make sure the dog found a good home if needed.

The organization takes in pets that people can no longer care for and then adopts them into other homes.

As she was leaving the hospital after visiting her friend, Broecker had the idea of ​​starting a dog shelter for seniors who could no longer care for their pets.

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Peace of Mind Dog Rescue was born.

The organization has a two-step process. He takes in pets that people can no longer care for, then adopts them into other homes.

Ives and his adoptive mother Yves (pictured here) share a hug.  Toddler Ives is still up for adoption and has lots of love to give.

Ives and his adoptive mother Yves (pictured here) share a hug. Toddler Ives is still up for adoption and has lots of love to give.
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Each dog taken into the care of Peace of Mind undergoes a veterinary examination at the group’s veterinary clinic.

Each dog receives a physical checkup including blood work to ensure there are no underlying health issues.

After that, the dog is ready for adoption.

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Peace of Mind started 13 years ago with just one volunteer. It now has 1,300 volunteers and 23 paid staff.

The dog shelter also offers other services after the adoption process as it continues to maintain contact with almost all pets.

Little Clementine, dressed in a "adopt me" shirt, cuddled up with adoptive mom Ellie.  The dog was recently adopted by a loving family.

Little Clementine, dressed in an “adopt me” shirt, snuggled up to her adoptive mother Ellie. The dog was recently adopted by a loving family.
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Their Helping Paw program provides financial assistance to seniors and low-income pet owners who need help paying for veterinary care.

“Our precious fur baby suddenly fell ill, requiring four nights in the hospital,” said a Helping Paw customer.

“[The] financial assistance allowed us to take care of our pet [by] offering him rescue measures. »

If elderly people need to be admitted to hospital for any reason and cannot care for their animals, Peace of Mind will place their dogs in a temporary home.

Candidates can submit an application online at peaceofminddogrescue.org.

The request will be reviewed, a visit will be scheduled with the dog and the organization will help if they can.

Chiquito's favorite pastime is playing fetch.  He gets along very well with other dogs.  He was recently adopted into a large family.

Chiquito’s favorite pastime is playing fetch. He gets along very well with other dogs. He was recently adopted into a large family.
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The rescue also offers a temporary foster care system, so if elderly people need to be admitted to hospital for any reason and cannot care for their animals, Peace of Mind will place their dogs in a temporary home.

“The support I receive as a foster family and the care they give to each precious dog is outstanding,” said one volunteer foster parent.

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“Every volunteer I interacted with went out of their way to support me and the dogs I raised. I’m honored to be part of such a caring community,” said another volunteer.

Little Grandpa Joe, pictured here with two vets, takes an entrance exam at the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue vet clinic.

Little Grandpa Joe, pictured here with two vets, takes an entrance exam at the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue vet clinic.
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Similar to their admissions process, the Perpetual Care Program allows seniors to pre-register their pets with the organization.

If these seniors become seriously ill or die, Peace of Mind will take the pet when prompted.

Broecker said they currently have about 100 dogs in this system.

Pompy and his adoptive father John (pictured here) are best friends.  Pompy likes to play with his toys and with other dogs.

Pompy and his adoptive father John (pictured here) are best friends. Pompy likes to play with his toys and with other dogs.
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In addition to this, they also offer dog walking services for seniors who are physically unable to walk their dog.

One client said, “The volunteers you connected me with have given me renewed faith in humanity. They went above and beyond for my dog!

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This resource is rare among dog rescue organizations.

“I don’t know of any other organization in the country that does the reach of what we do,” Broecker said.

The organization hopes to help one senior and one dog at a time.

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