Love For Life Program

Love For Life (LFL) is a program within Saving Paws Rescue Arizona and was launched in March of 2016. The program was created when a need was identified for our long-timers to be placed in permanent, loving homes. Our goal is to save dogs that would likely be considered unadoptable and at high risk for euthanasia due to age, health or behavior. We strive to care for these dogs through their senior years, disease processes or physical or behavioral rehabilitation by providing for their veterinary, physical and emotional care. Dogs are placed in loving foster homes until their rehabilitation process is complete, or dependent upon circumstances, may remain in a forever foster home or the rescue center sanctuary until the end of their lives. There are two ways you can help: 1.) Become a forever foster to one of our available love for life dogs and 2.) sponsor an individual dog or the program.

Available Love For Life Dogs

Jackie ‘O

Jackie ‘O is an icon at Saving Paws! She has been at the Doghouse the longest – since 2013. She has run of the house, and attention of all the humans that enter. If you have been to the Doghouse, you have met Jackie ‘O. This regal girl loves being around the action. We so want her to have a home of her own, but befitting a queen, it will have to be the PERFECT home.

To learn more and submit a foster application, visit Jackie ‘O’s Love For Life page.

Jefke the Belgian Malinois


Have you met our Love For Life boy, Jefke? If not, you are in for a treat! This middle-aged Belgian Malinois came to our rescue about 2 years ago. Jefke is one of the smartest dogs we’ve ever met. He is great on walks and knows many commands in German. It’s safe to say we haven’t even tapped into everything he knows! As much as we get him out of his kennel and play with him and walk him and cuddle him, he’s going stir-crazy. He needs an outlet. He needs a job. And he needs a family of his own to love.

To learn more and submit a foster application, visit Jefke’s Love For Life page.


Rex is about 5 years old and we’ve had him for over a year now. For those who know and understand Rex well, he is a very affectionate, happy go lucky, fun loving dog! He walks very nicely on a leash, although his walks are slow because he must sniff and pee on everything. Being the silly character that he is, every once in awhile he’ll pancake in the middle of the road to let you know he’s either had enough or that he hasn’t had enough. He loves car rides and is lucky enough to go for puppaccino’s most Sundays with a volunteer who adores him. He gives the best hugs and kisses and loves belly rubs. He is very playful and loves to zoom around his room with his toys. Additionally, as you can see, he is extremely handsome, thus earning him monikers such as Sexy Rexy and Rexalicious.

To learn more and submit a foster application, visit Rex’s Love For Life page.

Become a Love For Life Sponsor

Expenses for each dog in the Love For Life Program run between $50 to over $100 a month for food, medicine and other essential supplies. We are seeking sponsors so we can keep this wonderful program going. Sponsors of the LFL program can choose to help out by signing up for monthly donations or a one-time donation. Every penny counts, and every penny is appreciated! Your recurring monthly donation means, together, we can support our forever foster dogs for the rest of their lives in a loving home. To learn more, visit our Love For Life Sponsorship page.

Learn more about Love For Life dogs already living in their forever homes by reading their bios below.


Bryce came to Saving Paws in July, 2017, as an owner surrender. They purchased this stunning boy as a puppy, and he grew up in a family with kids that he loved for more than 5 years. When he developed a problem with painful, intense constipation followed by massive bouts of diarrhea, they did their best to seek veterinarian care but did not follow through with all the recommended tests and course of action. Subsequently, Bryce developed a somewhat rare condition called mega colon.

To learn more, visit Bryce’s Love For Life page.

Martin the German Shepherd Dog


Martin is the sweetest, most loving fellow you’ll find! This fellow is the bomb! As soon as he arrived at the rescue from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the volunteers were all fawning over him. He is as sweet as can be. This guy is such a lover boy! He just eats up the attention. We don’t know much about Martin’s history, but we think it may not have been pleasant. We suspect that Martin has been debarked, which we definitely DO NOT recommend. But it doesn’t seem to affect this guy’s sweet nature and gentle soul.”

Visit Martin’s Love For Life page to learn more about him!


“Hi, my name is Oscar. I am 8 years old. I love playing with my ball, going on car rides, and getting brushed by my foster parents Brandon and Alicia. I really dislike getting a bath or playing in water, and I HATE being alone. Whenever my mom is in the shower, I have to lay up against the tub, waiting for her to get out. If she takes too long I whine. She has to know when it’s me time again! Whenever my parents try to give me just dry food for dinner, I give them the ‘this is a joke, right?’ look…”

Visit Oscar’s Love For Life page to learn more about him!

Love For Life Program - Porsche


“…Now, finally talking about this sweetheart of a canine, the following are her attributes: confident, quiet, friendly, security conscious and she has an active nose. My backyard has walls on each side but she can smell when my neighbor is present in her yard.  She is good with children when we are out on a walk and I educate them about this dog.  She is very gentle with my three cats…  She awakens me, too early in the morning, with a kiss.  I always have to tell her ‘…just a little bit of more time, please’ and goes back onto her blanket in my bedroom…”

Visit Porsche’s Love For Life page to learn more about her!

Love For Life Program - Shadow


“Shadow had just turned two when SPR was asked to take her from her owner who had her since being a puppy. From all records she was cared for the first year, then the owner got an aggressive pitbull that he let attack her day after day for what appears to be a year of her life. When our volunteer arrived to get her, the owner opened the door pushed her out and said ‘good luck’ shutting the door behind her…”

Visit Shadow’s Love For Life page to learn more about her!

Love For Life Program - Stetson


“Stetson was surrendered by his owners for being rough with the children. He didn’t understand what was happening and afraid when his owner walked out the door of the county surrender room, he panicked and was instantly labeled ‘dangerous.’ He was just a puppy (6 months old) and on the euthanasia list the day he arrived at MCACC. Of course, euthanasia of a puppy was not going to happen with Trish around.

Visit Stetson’s Love For Life page to learn more about him!