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Pacific Grove nonprofit helps older dogs find homes, and older people keep dogs longer

Carie Broecker, a local Pacific Grove, is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The nonprofit organization has two missions: help older dogs find a home, and help senior citizens stay with their dogs as long as possible. “Our vision is really to be an example for the community that seniors are valuable. We want them to have dignity. Human and dog in their later years,” said Broecker. Carie has been working with animals for 12 years prior to founding Peace of Mind Dog Rescue back in 2009 with co-founder Monica Rua. She says that with her experience working in shelters, she saw the great need to find older dogs homes. The organization has found homes for 3,000 older dogs and has helped over 2,000 senior citizens, and all of the dogs they have currently are in homes. “It’s really beautiful. And very rewarding to take these dogs like this and they find these amazing homes. People who overlook that they are blind, that they are not able to walk very far. He’s carried around everywhere but he’s full of life full of kisses so it’s really precious,” said Rua. The shelter provides various services such as helping seniors pay veterinary bills, dog walking and temporary foster care. For Caitlyn Lupien, the adoptions coordinator, it is all about finding a dog a home that fits best for them. Older dogs can have medical issues and health problems, but they are also usually house trained and don’t need as much walking. The organization has 23 employees, and a dedicated team of over 1,200 volunteers. The money that sustains the group comes entirely through donations, grants and a lot of community support. It’s been hard work, but Carie says she does this work because of her first dog at an adult age, Sunshine. “Pretty much everything I do is in memory of her because she was so special. I give back really because of Sunshine. She guides me still,” said Broecker. Broecker says there was a great need in the community of Pacific Grove for an organization like this, and that they have been receiving calls from around the country expressing need in their community as well. KSBW is honoring the people and organizations that strengthen our Central Coast communities.We seek out those working to make our community a better place for everyone and companies or organizations that strive to make the Central Coast a more inclusive place. Their stories will be told on KSBW Action News 8 in order to amplify the good news happening every day. We invite you to submit a nomination as part of our recruitment for potential honorees. You can nominate a “Community Champion” who is making positive change, a reality.

Carie Broecker, a local Pacific Grove, is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue. The nonprofit organization has two missions: help older dogs find a home, and help senior citizens stay with their dogs as long as possible.

“Our vision is really to be an example for the community that seniors are valuable. We want them to have dignity. Human and dog in their later years,” said Broecker.

Carie has been working with animals for 12 years prior to founding Peace of Mind Dog Rescue back in 2009 with co-founder Monica Rua. She says that with her experience working in shelters, she saw the great need to find older dogs homes.

The organization has found homes for 3,000 older dogs and has helped over 2,000 senior citizens, and all of the dogs they have currently are in homes.

“It’s really beautiful. And very rewarding to take these dogs like this and they find these amazing homes. People who overlook that they are blind, that they are not able to walk very far. He’s carried around everywhere but he’s full of life full of kisses so it’s really precious,” said Rua.

The shelter provides various services such as helping seniors pay veterinary bills, dog walking and temporary foster care.

For Caitlyn Lupien, the adoptions coordinator, it is all about finding a dog a home that fits best for them. Older dogs can have medical issues and health problems, but they are also usually house trained and don’t need as much walking.

The organization has 23 employees, and a dedicated team of over 1,200 volunteers. The money that sustains the group comes entirely through donations, grants and a lot of community support.

It’s been hard work, but Carie says she does this work because of her first dog at an adult age, Sunshine.

“Pretty much everything I do is in memory of her because she was so special. I give back really because of Sunshine. She guides me still,” said Broecker.

Broecker says there was a great need in the community of Pacific Grove for an organization like this, and that they have been receiving calls from around the country expressing need in their community as well.


KSBW is honoring the people and organizations that strengthen our Central Coast communities.

We seek out those working to make our community a better place for everyone and companies or organizations that strive to make the Central Coast a more inclusive place. Their stories will be told on KSBW Action News 8 in order to amplify the good news happening every day. We invite you to submit a nomination as part of our recruitment for potential honorees.

You can nominate a “Community Champion” who is making positive change, a reality show.

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