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At Paws From Afar Rescue, we have a unique mission: to bring love and happiness to special needs dogs from all corners of the globe. We believe that every pup, regardless of their challenges, deserves a chance to experience a life filled with joy, comfort, and endless cuddles. And guess what? We're adding a touch of fun to our extraordinary journey!

Our mission is simple: to find forever homes for these extraordinary dogs with special needs. We are committed to providing them with the care, support, and second chances they truly deserve. Through our tireless efforts, we strive to match these incredible canines with loving families who will embrace their uniqueness and cherish them unconditionally.

Are you ready to embark on this pawsome journey with us? There are countless ways to get involved! Become a foster parent and provide a safe haven for these incredible pups as they prepare for their forever families. Help us organize our "Adopt-a-Palooza" events, where tails wag, and hearts connect. Or support our mission by sharing our message of hope and compassion with the world.

At Paws From Afar Rescue, we believe that every dog, with their unique abilities and special needs, has the power to touch lives and inspire others. Together, we can rewrite their stories and show the world that love knows no boundaries.


So, put on your dancing shoes, grab a squeaky toy, and let's embark on this adventure together! We promise plenty of belly rubs, wagging tails, and memories that will warm your heart for a lifetime.

Join us at Paws From Afar Rescue, where we specialize in special hearts, wagging tails, and a whole lot of FUN!

Pawsitively yours, The Paws From Afar Rescue Team


Deb founded Paws From Afar in 2018 to make a difference in the lives of animals in need across the country. Throughout her 20+ years of involvement in animal rescue and advocacy, and witnessing firsthand the tremendous need for permanent homes for cats, dogs, reptiles, sheep, fainting goats, horses and other animals, she has dedicated her life to rescuing the most vulnerable animals.

Deb Shapiro

PFA Founder and Animal Advocate

Paws From Afar (PFA) is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN# 43-4130557, registered in the state of Vermont. In accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Guidelines, PFA maintains discretion and sole control over the use of all donated funds. In practice, PFA honors the giving preferences for specific rescues/rescue operating costs. In rare cases, leftover donations/gifts will be used where needed. Therefore, donors explicitly release PFA from any and all restrictions on how those funds are spent. No goods or services are/were provided in return for any contribution. Contributions are tax-deductible to the limit allowed by law if the donor itemizes.

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