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Who We Are & What We Do

Founded in 2007, Paws for Life Rescue (PFL) is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, non-profit animal welfare organization run by a group of hardworking, dedicated volunteers. 

Paws for Life is a 5-star certified, all-breed dog and cat rescue, located in southeast Michigan. Also a top-rated nonprofit, PFL has the highest rating, platinum status, from GuideStar.


PFL rescues homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from overflowing shelters in southeast Michigan.


PFL does not believe that time or money are acceptable reasons to end a life, ever. PFL uses a network of loving foster care homes where animals stay until their forever homes are found. PFL’s goal is to find the best match possible for the homeless pets in our care.


PFL operates under the philosophies of Do No Harm, the Five Freedoms, force-free and fear-free, no breed discrimination - every animal is an individual, and no barriers, no roadblocks to finding every pet a home.

Our organization focuses on humane legislation and education initiatives to permanently improve the lives, safety and future of companion animals in Michigan and surrounding areas.


PFL has no paid staff and receives no government support. Every penny donated goes directly to the animals in our care, paying vet bills and purchasing needed supplies.


In addition to rescue, PFL devotes resources to numerous local and national humane campaigns, such as Save Them All, End Dogfighting, Community Cat TNR and Eliminating Puppy Mills, as well as participation in community and national Disaster Animal Response Teams.

Paws for Life is also a proud member of Michigan Pet Alliance, the state's only association for animal welfare organizations, people who care about pets and pet owners.

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