About Operation Paws for Homes

Operation Paws for Homes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs who have overcome great odds and deserve wonderful, caring forever homes. These dogs are rescued from overcrowded high kill shelters in the southern region of the United States, primarily shelters in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. We partner with local shelters as needed. We also rescue a few international dogs partnering with shelters and rescues in India and Turks & Caicos who rescue dogs from dangerous and deplorable conditions .

Our organization is volunteer-powered by a dedicated group of animal lovers who have seen the horrors and sad fate of dogs who find themselves abandoned and left to fend for themselves in the world. At the rural shelters, the staff faces everyday challenges of few adopters, underdeveloped spay/neuter programs in their counties, and (in many instances) an uneducated population that does not understand the need to spay/neuter or engage in rescue activities. With limited resources and few adoptions locally, the shelters are forced to put down 50% - 90% of their dogs.

After visiting these facilities and seeing the heartache on the faces of the shelter staff and the dogs in their care, we started OPH to help give these deserving dogs a second chance. We have some of the best shelter and rescue partners! There is no better feeling than pulling out of the shelter’s parking lot with 25 lucky dogs who are being given a new lease on life! In doing so - we give hope to these amazing Shelter Partners that the dogs they have cared for will find forever homes. In fact, part of our mission is to support these facilities through donations guidance, and resources.

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 while it waits for a forever home. In addition, we partner with wonderful boarding facilities who care for our rescue dogs. Through the foster program and our partners, we learn about each dog and its needs. These dogs have been through a lot and it may take days or weeks to allow their personality to completely unfold . We strive to provide as many details as possible to potential and future adopters which increases the likelihood of a good match for each dog and family.