About LWHA

Long Way Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization saving animals regardless of age, health, or species. Some may be healthy pets in an over-capacity shelter, some may need serious veterinary care or rehabilitation, others may be animals used for medical experiments or sold for meat slaughter overseas.

Our foster-based, volunteer, rescue runs exclusively on public donations, and 100% of donations are tax deductible and used for animal care and to ensure we are able to save as many animals as possible.

(Please note: LWHA works exclusively with animals shelters and partner rescue groups domestically and abroad, but unfortunately, does not accept owner surrenders or strays.)

Meet Our Team

While we are a huge foster network, read about just a small part of our rescue organization. Our staff is responsible for new animal intake, foster coordination, fundraising, marketing, finding forever homes and much more!



April Plemons

Founder & Director

The heart and engine of our mission--April does our marketing, fundraising, accounting, intake, adoptions, medical decisions, and day-to-day operations.


Kellye Patterson

Transport Coordinator

Kellye helps with all business aspects, but her passion lies in helping transport adopted animals all across the country to their new homes.


Debbie Murillo

Foster Coordinator

A jack of all trades, Debbie's primary focus is anything foster related from foster management, to inventory, and records management.


Lauren Warliga

Merchandise Designer

From her home state of NC, Lauren designs much of our merchandise, helps with auctions, and manages our web store. She has 3 senior rescues of her own who have beds right on her work desk.


Suzy Pryor

Website Maintenance

Suzy is a foster, donor, website administrator, developer, blogger, and volunteer and so much more, and we are glad to have her on board!


Mama Nutmeg


Mama represents the best of us. A senior chi rescued from a hoarder, she spreads a positive message and educates people on the importance of senior rescue. Follow @mama.nutmeg on Instagram!

Want to get involved?

Whether you want to foster, adopt, volunteer, fundraise, sponsor, or help in other ways, contact us so YOU can be a part of our international life saving mission!