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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 than most.

Peace of Mind Dog Rescue is a nonprofit organization with a mission to be a resource for seniors and, in many cases, senior dogs.

The Pacific Grove, California Dog Rescue works with seniors who need to lose their beloved animals due to illness or inability to care for them, while also serving as an adoption agency for these dogs.

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Carie Broecker, CEO 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.

Sheila and her dog Chex help clients at the Pacific Grove, California Dog Rescue.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

“I was taking care of a little spaniel mix for a lady who had emphysema,” he said.

“She asked me if we should put her down [dog] … but [the dog] I was healthy at seven years old.

At that point, Broecker decided that he would make sure the dog found a good home when he needed one.

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

Coming out of the hospital after visiting her friend, Broecker came up with the idea of ​​creating a dog rescue center 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 and then adopts them into other homes.

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

Ives and his adoptive mother Yves (pictured here) share a hug. Little Ives is still up for adoption and has a lot of love to give.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

Each dog Peace of Mind accepts undergoes a veterinary examination at the group’s on-site veterinary clinic.

Each dog receives a physical exam that includes a blood test to ensure there are no underlying health issues.

After this, the dog is ready to be put up for adoption.

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Peace of Mind started 13 years ago with a single volunteer. It has now grown to 1,300 volunteers and 23 paid staff members today.

The dog rescue also offers other services after the adoption process, as it continues to connect with almost all pets.

Little Clementine, with a

Little Clementine, wearing an “adopt me” T-shirt, snuggles up with foster mom Ellie. The dog was recently adopted by a loving family.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

Its Helping Paw program provides financial assistance to low-income seniors and pet parents who need help paying for veterinary care.

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

“[The] financial assistance allowed us to take care of our pet [by] offering him life-saving measures”.

If seniors must be admitted to the hospital for any reason and are unable to care for their animals, Peace of Mind will place their dogs in foster care.

Applicants can apply online at paceofminddogrescue.org.

The application will be reviewed, a visit with the dog will be scheduled and the organization will help where it can.

Chiquito's favorite hobby is playing fetch.  He gets along great with other dogs.  He was recently adopted into a great home.

Chiquito’s favorite hobby is playing fetch. He gets along great with other dogs. He was recently adopted into a great home.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

The rescue also offers a foster system, so if seniors have to be admitted to hospital for whatever reason and are unable to care for their animals, Peace of Mind will place their dogs in foster care.

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

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“Every volunteer I’ve interacted with has gone above and beyond to support me and the dogs I’ve raised. I’m honored to be a part of such a compassionate community,” said another foster volunteer.

Little Grandpa Joe, shown here with two veterinarians, undergoes an entrance exam at Peace of Mind Dog Rescue's veterinary clinic.

Little Grandpa Joe, shown here with two veterinarians, undergoes an entrance exam at Peace of Mind Dog Rescue’s veterinary clinic.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

Similar to its intake process, the perpetual care program allows seniors to pre-register their animals with the organization.

If those seniors become seriously ill or pass away, Peace of Mind will take the pet away upon request.

Broecker said that they have about 100 dogs in this system right now.

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

Pompy and her adoptive father John (pictured here) are best friends. Pompy likes to play with her toys and with other dogs.
(Peace of Mind Dog Rescue)

In addition to that, they also offer dog walking services for seniors who are physically unable to walk their dogs.

One customer said: “The volunteers you have assigned me with have restored my faith in humanity. They have gone 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 scope of what we do,” Broecker said.

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

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