The villagers of Leave No Paws Behind firmly believe that every life matters – and now, the California-based rescue will be saving even more lives as it branches out into New York. Leave No Paws Behind is a California-based 501(c)(3), and for four years, it has been a powerful force for the animals. According to founder Toby Wisneski, this rescue began with a mission to save senior and special needs animals at area shelters in California – and the response has been unprecedented.
“If anyone would’ve told me four years ago that we’d be this successful when we started Leave No Paws Behind, I would’ve thought, no way!” she enthused. “We’ve rescued over 300 senior dogs and 225 have been adopted to forever homes. And we maintain 34 who are in hospice long-term foster care.”
Leave No Paws Behind pulls animals from shelters who have medical challenges to ensure that they have loving end-of-life care. “We want animals with medical challenges to be in long-term foster homes, where they’re loved. Leave No Paws Behind then continues to pay their medical bills.”
While this organization was Toby’s brainchild, she makes it clear that it’s only successful because of its supporters – who are lovingly referred to as “villagers.” Toby stated: “We have the most amazing core of people – but they all come together under the common bond – the love of animals. That’s what makes us so successful.”
Every rescued animal has a story to tell – and Toby only hopes that his or her final chapters are filled with love, hope, and compassion. “With every animal I pull, I’m prepared for the worst,” Toby stated. “I think I’m going to have to say goodbye to them soon, and boy, am I amazed once they’re out of the shelter! Their eyes are bright and their tails are wagging – they just know. We let them know that their lives matter.”
For years, Toby had wished that she could help animals outside of California, but she needed to have people in place before she could commit to a second Leave No Paws location. Thankfully, an LNPB board member who was located on the east coast volunteered to head a New York-based rescue center – and it’s already making a big impact for those animals who are at the highest risk of being euthanized. Josh Lindhe will be heading LNPB New York, which will operate in the same way as the west coast center. Just like the original LNPB, the New York center will pull senior dogs and cats, as well as animals who have medical issues.
“We’re starting out in the five boroughs of New York – Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Hopefully, we’ll later expand to Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware,” Toby explained.
“The New York-based rescue will share our main Leave No Paws Behind Facebook page, and we’ll also have a group page for fosters and transporters. We’re hoping that we can be just as successful as we are on the west coast. There are a lot of good rescues back east, but we specialize in seniors and end of life.”
To contact Leave No Paws Behind’s New York office, email them at LNPBNY@LeaveNoPawsBehind.com or fill out an application on the organization’s website.
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Toby added: “These animals wait until they know it’s safe – until they’re not alone. And then they’re calm enough to go. They hang on just long enough to die with love. And they die knowing that their lives matter.”