Who We Are

Peaceful Passings is a home-based animal rescue focused on ensuring senior pets live out their golden years in a happy home. Our mission is to save senior animals from unnecessary euthanasia and to re-home each of them with a loving family that will help them live out their life in peace and tranquility. Our vision is a world where no animal with a quality of life remaining must be euthanized simply because of the length of time they’ve spent in a shelter, their age, or any special needs they may have.

We rescue an average of 60 seniors each year from a variety of situations including high-kill shelters, extended residence in no-kill shelters, and voluntary surrenders. Regardless of how these sweet seniors find their way to us at Peaceful Passings, they all receive the same care and attention when they arrive. First, and most importantly, they’re given a full workup from our vet to ensure they are in good health, properly medicated for treatable ailments (if any exist), up-to-date on all vaccines, and started on monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative. Once cleared by the vet, they’re introduced to other seniors currently living in the rescue to ensure they’re properly socialized. This is one of our favorite moments at the rescue because this is when we really get to see the individual personalities shine.

Next, it’s off to the groomers for a bath and brushing and, for our seniors with shaggy or matted fur, a new haircut, too! With this new “leash” on life, these old boys and girls are ready to start melting hearts and, above all else, they’re ready to find their new family. To help them in this ultimate goal, we create a detailed posting for each of our animals on PetFinder, and rotate highlighting our adoptable seniors on the Peaceful Passings Facebook page. We love to share all the personal history, adorable quirks and funny habits that make each of our rescues uniquely special. While each senior waits to find their FURever home, most housed at the rescue on our 10 acres of property located in Fluvanna County in Central Virginia. When space runs low at the rescue, we’re blessed with volunteer foster families that take seniors into their homes. Our foster moms and dads have hearts of pure gold. We’re endlessly thankful for each one of them. We couldn’t do this without them, and all our volunteers.

Our pets show us unconditional love, loyalty and devotion every day: a cold, wet nose in your ear first thing in the morning, an excitedly wagging tail when you get home, a rub on your leg as you prepare dinner, or a calm head in your lap during an evening on the couch. Senior animals have just as much love to give as any other, and Peaceful Passings is dedicated to finding each of them a FURever home that will bring them the happiness they deserve in their golden years.

Want to learn more about the adoption process? Want to become a volunteer? Send us an email or give us a call at (434) 842-3287.


From Our Founder, Jacqueline A. Meyers, PhDJackie MeyersJackie Meyers

 “I consider my work with animals to be a calling. I believe our choices in life are driven by who we are; what we need to do to feel complete. In that respect, my choice to work with animals is driven by a need to advocate for a "voiceless" population: our animal companions. I have been a human companion to animals for over forty years. It is a personal and spiritual mission to serve the animals that have graciously chosen to share their lives with me, and those who have found their way to Peaceful Passings after years of turmoil, stress and neglect. I am a person who cares deeply for the well-being of all animals, and have found a special calling to work with senior and hospice animals. The insight that I bring to the mission of animal service has been acquired over time and can be learned by anyone with the desire to do so.”

~ Jackie Meyers, PhD

How We Can Help

Jackie and Peaceful Passings are available to you by e-mail and phone. Jackie has shared her life with senior and dying animals, and has found the humbling experience of advocating for this “voiceless” group to bring great inner peace and sense of satisfaction. We’ve developed this website to offer information, suggestions, and support to those who find themselves with an aging pet, or looking to open up their heart and their home to a senior companion animal. Please feel free to contact us at any time, for any reason! There is no charge - we will never seek to earn money from your grief, loss, or distress.

Jackie Meyers, Ph.D


2856 Cloverdale Road,
Bremo Bluff, Virginia 23022
(434) 842-3287

How You Can Help

You, too, can make a difference. Your contribution—whether it be donating time or money—will allow this vital work to continue. If you find our website helpful, or if you would like to help us in our mission to save senior animals, please consider donating or becoming a volunteer. Monetary donations can be sent via check to the address above, or use the PayPal button below. Thank you for supporting senior animals and Peaceful Passings.


Please Note: Information and advice on this website is based on the personal experience and beliefs of our founder, Jackie Meyers, PhD. She is not a veterinarian, and neither she nor any member of Peaceful Passings can be held liable for any use made of the information herein. We urge you to combine what you find here with other information on the web and your own experiences and beliefs; and always consult with your veterinarian for medical conditions and emergencies.

What we do

Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue is a specialized rescue that serves senior, hospice, and special need animals in a way that most rescues do not. 

  • We accept broken bodies and make them healthy again, regardless of the cost.
  • We take broken spirits and make them whole, after years of trauma, neglect, and abuse. 
  • We work with the scared and the mistrustful, and show them that there are humans who do care, and we help them heal emotionally.
  • We look at the heart and work from the heart. We don't focus on what is going "wrong", we focus on what is going right. We look past scars, imperfections, age, deformities, and limitations. 
  • We give second chances to animals that had little hope of survival and would no longer be with us if we did not step up and advocate on their behalf, accepting them into our rescue.
  • Most of all, they will never be unwanted again. We will make every effort to re-home a senior animal, but if never adopted, they will remain with us if necessary, for the duration of their healthful lives. They will live as part of our family and know that they will never be unwanted again. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to save senior animals. Peaceful Passings will work to achieve our mission and vision by housing and caring for senior and hospice animals, in a home environment. We will work to educate the public as to the worth and dignity of life, and provide sheltering where the needs of senior animals are met, as long as a quality of life remains.

Programs will be offered to the public that include, but are not limited to, grief counseling, care for aging pets, educational materials, and as a resource for inquiries from the general public. Peaceful Passings will work to re-home lost and/or abandoned senior animals to loving homes, when such placements are appropriate.

Our Vision

A world where no animal has to be euthanized based on age or medical challenge when a quality of life remains. Animals will live a better life when humans respect that all stages of an animal's healthful life are of value to society. 

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