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.

The Philosophy of Peaceful Passings Senior Animal Rescue

Our mission is to save senior animals. Our vision is a world where no animal is euthanized because of age or medical challenge when a quality of life exists. Quality of life, for the purpose of this document is defined as the standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual animal or a group of animals. Senior dogs will be defined as those seven years old and older. Senior cats will be defined as those fifteen years and older.

Our goal is the implementation of physical and financial protocols to create sustainability for the rescue for years to come.

Senior animals who come to us have frequently not had the love and care necessary to meet basic emotional, medical, and psychological needs prior to arrival. In our care, each animal is treated as an individual and each is given individual consideration. Since the population we work with involves senior, hospice, and special need animals, it is inevitable that there will be times when an animal no longer enjoys a quality of life, given conditions for which there is no cure or means to alleviate pain and suffering. In those circumstances, a veterinary will be consulted before any animal is euthanized. If a question or concern arises in this decision-making process, an additional veterinarian will be consulted for a second opinion. Given the senior population with which we work, quality of life is constantly assessed.

Maintenance of the property is a priority. The goal is always to have the rescue presentable for the enjoyment and approval of our visitors, donors and adopters.

We strive to give a life to our animals that is of higher quality than what they had previously.  This includes never allowing them to be exposed to:  

  • Anything that may cause allergic reactions
  • Foods of poor nutritional quality
  • Anything worn, ripped, stained, expired, rotten/spoiled, weather damaged, and/or possessing a foul odor
  • Opened food bags or containers, anything that is no longer useable.
  • Anything that may cause a fire or presents a health hazard

Cleanliness is of the utmost importance, preventing illness and ensuring quality of life. The physical facility, that is, the house and outdoor shelters, must be immaculate to include all linens, beds, and the animals themselves.

We hold high the values of honesty and transparency in all our dealing with the public through social media and through our newsletter, promotional material while complying with State and local requirements. It is understood that the animals in our care are our responsibility. We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet that responsibility. With the same vigor, the rescue is obligated to keep all commitments.

Each animal will be treated with respect, kindness and compassion. There is nothing such as “just a dog, or just a cat”. We respect that these are living begins whose lives we work to improve by offer them a high standard of living (as defined in this document). For the time they have on earth, we will make their “golden years,” their best years.

We are dedicated to the animals in our care and will put their needs above our own as their caretakers and guardians, especially when it comes to issues of safety and security. As stewardsof our rescued animals, we will act as their protectors and advocates.

Our home will provide shelter for small and medium sized dogs and they will be treated as if they were our own. Larger dogs will be housed in our outdoor shelters where they will receive the same care and attention as our indoor animals.

The operation of the rescue will be reviewed and improved on a regular basis, ultimately improving the quality of life for those in our care. We are open to positive change and wish to approach our practices armed with knowledge as to be cutting edge in our practices.

A home-based rescue, given its smaller environment and individualized attention, is preferable for senior animals as opposed to a larger municipal shelter. However, the best rescue is not a substitute for a home where the animals live as part of a family.

Peaceful Passings strives to place as many animals as possible into loving homes that will support their physical and emotional needs. This includes medical care, exercise, training, and love. Adopters are required to accept the adopted animal into their home as a family member. However, Peaceful Passings offers a life-time commitment to each animal that comes into our rescue. We seek individuals who are committed to resolving behavioral and/or medical issues that may occur during an animal’s lifetime.


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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