Since 2012, we’ve been working for a better future for dogs and the people who love them.  

When a dog is in distress, we care for them. When a dog needs a home, we find them a loving family. When an owner needs a helping hand (or paw) – or they just can’t cope, we’re ready to step in. 

For every dog, for every owner, we’re by their side through thick and thin, throughout their lives. The bond they have is special to us. It changes lives, making each day happier and more complete. It’s why we believe A dog is for life.® 

Discover who we are, what we do, and how we’ll never stop fighting to make tomorrow’s world a better place for all dogs.  


What we do

Discover what we do for dogs, for their owners, and for generations of dogs to come. 


When a dog is in distress, we care for them. When a dog needs a home, we find them a loving family. When an owner needs a helping hand (or paw) – or they just can’t cope, we’re ready to step in. 


Who we are

Our dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers have driven our many achievements since then, from changing laws and expanding abroad to supporting thousands of dogs and owners.


People have been at the heart of our story since we were founded by Ryan Wernick in 2012. 

Today, every member of the Association Of Rescued Paws family plays an important role. From canine carers and volunteers to our chief executive, we’re all here to help dogs and their owners now and into the future. 


How to adopt a dog

Read more about rehoming and how we decide what makes a great match.

Is there an empty space on your sofa where a dog should be? A place in your heart for a special pooch? If so, this could be the time to look for a new faithful friend. 

Adopt a dog from us, and you’ll be doing three brilliant things in one: 

  • making your life more fun and fulfilling  
  • giving a loving home to a deserving dog   
  • helping us to care for even more dogs.  

When you adopt from us, we’re with you helping at every step, from searching for your dog to living with your new buddy. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the journey of adopting from us and explain how we match dogs and people.

ryan wernick
CEO / Founder

Ryan is the founder of A.O.R.P and for the first 9 years he was involved in every step of the process from rescuing puppies and keeping in his living room, designing websites, overseeing social media and the selection and management of our Guardian, Partner, and Surrogate homes. As Association Of Rescued Paws has grown, Ryan is proud to say he has a  fabulous team.

Jordan Shoemaker

Having loved being a partner home for Association Of Rescued Paws, he excels at leading the day-to-day business operations of the company implementing Wernick’s vision to build a network of families to raise healthy puppies for other families. Jordan has a genuine love for puppies, our forever families, and the growing A.O.R.P team.

melanie stann

Melanie supports our Guardian/Partner Home families as they raise their puppies at their homes making sure our puppies are healthy, vaccinated, and ready to be adopted by their new family.

Carol Jefferson

Carol oversees the client puppy Adoption Day and post-adoption processes, including managing Transition Homes, Ground and Flight Delivery, our company finances, improving our puppy health care, and our Client’s Experience with the team.