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McKnight & Luna

Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue (PPPR) is a Florida-based 501(c)3 nonprofit rescue animal organization catering to senior, special needs, end-of-life and critical care pets. Their mission statement is, “Giving the unwanted a second chance at happily furever after.”

 

Founder Jaime Bunny McKnight not only rescues stray and abandoned animals, but also saves elderly shelter pets from the euthanasia list and rehabilitates them in her very own home. PPPR has been featured on BayNews9 and Fox13News.

 

Recently the Daily Biscuit got to chat with PPPR founder, Jaime Bunny McKnight.

 

 

The Daily Biscuit: It’s so great what you do for elderly rescue pets often overlooked at shelters. Tell us more about PPPR and the organization’s mission.

 

Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue: I save the ones other rescues may not and invest $1,000-$6,000 per dog just to save them and that includes critical care, major surgeries, dental surgeries, ultrasounds, x-rays and whatever it takes to save them. I rescue the old, dying, critically ill and handicapped.  

 

 

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Lucy & McKnight

DB: What inspired you to create Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue?

 

PPPR: I started this rescue three years ago with Lucy, a senior Italian Greyhound. She was an owner surrender. Her old owner wanted to euthanize Lucy because she could not afford the $150 in vet care that Lucy needed. I took Lucy in and got her everything she needed and we started PPPR on a front porch, collecting food donations for a local shelter and handing out pink cookies to those that donated. Lucy was by my side as PPPR grew and tragically she was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost her battle last year. Everyone loved Lucy and people came from all over the state to say “goodbye” to her as I celebrated her last “BEST” day on my PPPR Facebook page.

 

 

DB: How has PPPR changed or evolved since it began in 2013?

 

PPPR: PPPR has grown from local supporters to national supporters. PPPR has over 54,000 followers on Facebook and has been featured all over TV and in many publications. But one thing remains the same, it is just me doing it all. I work two full-time jobs and a part-time job at my vet clinic (to pay down rescue debt) and I run my rescue. No volunteers and no fosters. This is why PPPR is so successful.

 

 

DB: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while running the organization?

 

PPPR: Raising donations to save these critically ill dogs is always a challenge. As PPPR has grown and become so reputable, the overall response from the public at times is hard to manage with all the requests to save dogs, emails/calls/texts for advice, etc. It’s overwhelming at times because I make myself so accessible and sometimes the public can take advantage.

 

 

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Luna

DB: Do you have an anecdote about a particular animal rescue experience that has really moved you? Please share!

 

PPPR: Luna a 7-year-old chihuahua I recently rescued from Miami shelter’s kill list. All four of her legs are deformed from over breeding. She was a puppy mill dog that was kept in a cage and bred. She had C-section scars all over her stomach. She was dumped on the street due to not producing more pups and animal control picked her up. I saved her moments before being euthanized. She cannot walk and will never walk. She is missing bones, joints and tendons. When she arrived, her mouth was filled with rotten/infected teeth, she had hair loss, she had ticks all over her body and in her ears and she was a mess. I got her dental surgery, spayed her and fixed her hernia and I have cared for her ever since. I am her legs and her everything. She does not know she can’t walk, and she’s the most amazing soul I have ever met. I take her everywhere with me and spoil her rotten. America has truly fallen in love with Luna, and PPPR’s supporters come from all over to meet her when I am at events. She has truly touched many, near and far. She is beyond special.

 

 

DB: What is your favorite thing about rescuing animals?

 

PPPR: Seeing the hope and “sparkle” come back into their once broken eyes … that keeps me inspired to fight for these precious souls.

 

 

DB: What do you hope PPPR will achieve in the near future? In the long term?

 

PPPR: I hope to one day open a true “no kill” shelter and one that caters to the old dogs. A retirement home for senior dogs. This shelter would be like no other. It would be bright, cheerful, lots of sunshine, green grass and everything would be pink and sparkly. It would be Pawlicious!

 

 

Splinter

Splinter, another PPPR alumnus

DB: What do you wish other people knew about Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue? Is there something that surprises most when they first learn about the organization?

 

PPPR: Many are surprised to learn I work two full-time jobs and a part-time job at my vet clinic and run my rescue. I truly pour my heart and soul and every penny into PPPR … and it shows.

 

 

DB: Is there anything else you would like to share about PPPR?

 

PPPR: I truly believe we all have a purpose in life and my purpose was simply to rescue dogs and all animals that need me. I feel I have been so blessed, both big and small, and it’s important to give back and I really want to make a difference while I am alive. I feel like I am making a difference and I see it in the eyes of those I rescue.

 

Visit the Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue website at pawliciouspoochie.com.

Follow PPPR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Download Rescue Dogs Movie on iTunes today!

 

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9 thoughts on “Spotlight on: Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue”

  1. Brittany May says:

    Jaime is AMAZING! She does a good job of hiding her angel wings, but they’re there! I’m pretty sure I can see a halo too….. 😉

  2. Tate McGee says:

    Love it!

  3. Linda says:

    I love this site, love watching the babies, praying for them and all of you! Keep it up, nothing else is as good as seeing the stroller rides and all of this!

  4. Diane Feery says:

    Jamie is remarkable!!!! And the most unselfish person that I have ever met. I have been following PPPR for a little over 2 years…I have made donations to her wonderful cause…I have met little Splinter, Luna, n Foxy. N Jamie…Wonderful cause. Awesome little ones n a woman who I am in awe with…Keep up the good work Jamie n I will support u till the end

  5. Debbie Kalisz says:

    What a great article. I came across this rescue on facebook because I personally have a chihuahua and my heart was quickly captured by rescue of lil Luna. I have since seen through Facebook The Joy the love and sometimes the heartbreak of Jamie’s work as sometimes the damage vintage Souls get to Jamie too late, and they are too far gone and unable to save after being evaluated by the amazing vets that Jamie has for her rescue. but more than not the majority of them you see the sparkle come back into their hearts into their eyes like a little Bebe you want to talk about a miracle check out PPPR website and look up this little one story if you didn’t believe in the power of prayer and miracles you will once you read about Bebe. I have never personally seen or known of a rescue the cares as much as this one individual rescue does for the broken vintage Souls she takes in. Great job Jamie you got our support from Jupiter Florida. BIg hugs and lots of love.

  6. Debbie Kalisz says:

    Here is a link to this amazing womans rescue.
    https://m.facebook.com/PawliciousPoochiePetRescue/

  7. Donna Muszynski says:

    Jamie is the best. She moves mountains to give these fur babies the life they deserve but never had. It is amazing to watch her work miracles. Wish I had lots of money to donate to her rescue. God bless her.

  8. antoinette says:

    Jaimie is a true earth angel, such a ray of sunshine, these furbabies are living proof that love caring great vets, kisses, hugs, sunshine grass under their feet, and chicken for dinner, strollie walks at night, makes their world go around, thank you for all that you do and her dream for the no kill retirement home will come true for older dogs

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