A Pathway to Hope March Newsletter Giving Back -Amy Hofer When we heard about a year ago that a nursing home would like to help us with fundraising


A Pathway to Hope March Newsletter

Giving Back

-Amy Hofer

When we heard about a year ago that a nursing home would like to help us with fundraising and events, we never imagined that their impact on our organization would be so profound and touching. Pathway volunteer, Barb Balchus, had a very personal relationship with Care one at King James nursing home. Her father resides there, and so she got to know the residents and learned of their love for animals. When she told them about her rescue work, they wanted to help. What started with small bake sales and a raffle became so much more, to Pathway and to the residents.

After hosting several successful fundraisers for Pathway, Barb wanted the residents to have the opportunity to meet the dogs they were helping. The nursing home has an enclosed courtyard, so Barb and I decided it would be a great "pit stop" for our transports driving our precious rescue dogs to their new foster homes. Volunteers would drive the dogs, many of whom came from southern kill shelters just weeks prior, to King James nursing home, where they would be welcomed by loving arms and have room to run freely in the courtyard. For one litter of husky puppies in particular, we learned that they had never ran freely on grass before. What an amazing sight to see them running through the courtyard at top speed, wrestling and finally being free. Residents gathered to see the dogs playing. Volunteers walked dogs around to residents' rooms and carried small puppies in their arms for residents to snuggle with. It was a beautiful experience.

But, the most amazing thing was the impact that these dogs and puppies had on the residents. Their faces would light up, and many would become animated as soon as they could see the dogs, or hold one of them in their arms. They gleamed with pride knowing they helped to save these dogs. One resident even tried to sign himself out of the nursing home to adopt a mama dog he fell deeply in love with.

Last year, a woman on hospice wasn't expected to live through the night. Her daughter asked if she could take a puppy to her. She walked out of the room in tears as she explained that her mother had responded for the first time in days with a smile when she held the puppy. This tiny, beautiful pup, that no one wanted, touched her mother's life in her final days. Her mother passed away several days later, and the daughter asked that her memorial donations go to Pathway, to help save more lives. A remarkable experience, but not an isolated one we soon learned. Amazingly enough, the same thing happened again, when we brought 2 small husky puppies to the nursing home. A woman being given her last rites became animated as soon as she was able to see and touch one of the puppies. Its heart warming to see what a difference these abandoned and abused dogs, once unwanted, are able to make in the lives of so many.

King James has become our dearest rescue partner. Its likely that over fifty dogs have passed through their doors on their pathway home. King James has hosted car shows, craft fairs, raffles, donation drives and bake sales to benefit Pathway. They have raised thousands for our organization, and every time they hear of one of our dogs in need, the residents come up with new ways to raise them money. The residents recently met our newest mama, Daisy, and her nine puppies. They were honored and thrilled when they found out that they had a very important job--to name Daisy's nine precious babies. Many of the pups are named after residents.

So now, whenever Pathway dogs are headed north, we try to make our final stop at King James nursing home where the residents and rescued dogs come together with an unspoken love and gratitude for one another.

Pup Man
Bianca Flyer

Mark your Calendars!

Fundraiser for Bianca

On March 31st, we will be having a fundraiser for Bianca's heart surgery. $10 pictures with the Easter Bunny for dogs and kids and a $5 Easter egg hunt for the little ones!

Bianca and her puppies were rescued from a life of starvation and chains in South Carolina. Her puppies have been adopted, but mama Bianca needs further care. Bianca was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and heartworm disease. Her condition worsened due to years of neglect, and we soon realized the only hope for her survival was heart surgery. Bianca has no idea she is sick and is a happy-go-lucky pup. For more on Bianca, visit our website at www.apathwaytohope.org.

Jake's Place @ Rock Ledge Garden Center
12 - 3pm
1621 Hamburg Turnpike
Wayne, NJ

Pack Walk

On April 28th, A Pathway to Hope will hold its first Pack Walk! All dogs are welcome to come and socialize in a controlled, on leash setting. Bridget from Dog Charmer Training will be on hand to offer tips and advice for helping your dog walk nicely on leash. Stay tuned for more information on place and time.


Most Adoptable


Meet Daisy!

Daisy is the proud mom of nine beautiful yellow lab/husky mix pups. Her pups are nearly ready for adoption and so is she! Daisy is about 2 years old and is a loving pup. She is housetrained and gets along well with other dogs.

For more information on Daisy, please visit her Petfinder profile, or email us at pathwaytohope@yahoo.com.


Happy Tails


Lucy, the young beagle mix found her perfect home! Lucy is now living the good life with her look-alike brother, Snoopy!


Ways to Help

Fostering a dog or cat in need

Our biggest limitation to rescuing more animals is foster homes. Please consider fostering one of our dogs or cats. They so deserve the love of a family, whether a foster or a forever home.

Juliet: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21225271
Lobo: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/20808086

Lenox: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/20791862
Pearl: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/20791809

Pathway pays all vetting expenses (typically at our vet), including monthly preventatives, and can offer food and supplies as needed. Please consider being a foster, and saving a life...

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Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering, but aren't able to foster? Contact pathwaytohope@yahoo.com to find out about volunteer opportunities, including driving for volunteer transports, attending events, event planning, helping with screening & home visits and more!


Monetary donations are always appreciated as many of our rescues come in needing special medical care. A link for donations can be found on our website at apathwaytohope.org. We are in need of dog treats, small martingale collars, cat carriers, litter boxes and frontline or advantage for both dogs and cats. Check out our wishlist as well on Amazon.com!


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