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About The Founder

Andrea Peponakis-Matzner,

Founder and Board President of For Pawed Patriots

Andrea Peponakis-Matzner has over 10 years of nonprofit management and over 35 years of nonprofit fundraising experience having proudly served a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in New York. Andrea has been president, board member campaign director, volunteer coordinator, public relations officer, event coordinator and director of fundraising for many charities including groups such as Kiwanis, The American Cancer Society, local Veteran organizations, ABATE, Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank, local Long Island Food Pantries, local Long Island Adopt-a-Family programs, Brookhaven Animal Shelter and local Veterans homeless shelters. During her 31 year career as a high school Spanish teacher, Andrea did not only teach Spanish. She was Key Club advisor under the direction of the Kiwanis Club of the Mastics and carried her caring, nurturing personality over to her students so that they would learn the importance of giving. In 2012, Andrea was Long Island Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society having raised over $100,000.00 for this society.

Having recently retired from teaching, Andrea gathered her life experiences, love for charity work and founded For Pawed Patriots to which she is selflessly  dedicating her life. “I have nothing but respect for our courageous Military, Veterans and First Responders! By providing for their courageous canines, they can build a life-long bond without the worry of the expense or finding a home for them if necessary.”

Andrea currently resides on Long Island, NY with her faithful best friend, Jayda; a Chocolate Labrador Retriever that is a therapy dog. She has purchased a 12 acre farmland in upstate New York for Phase II of For Pawed Patriots which will be developed into a Retreat for Pawed Patriots. If a Veteran or Emergency Responder needs a temporary home for his/her service dog, for whatever reason, we will care for it for any length of time at no cost. We are currently accepting applications. Please fill out the form on our Home page.