Paws for Reflection Ranch’s mission is to provide a healing, educational, motivational and recreational environment utilizing equine and other animal-assisted therapies and experiences to enhance the quality of life for all clients, and to provide a loving home, whether temporary or permanent, for animals that meet a specific criteria.
PAWS was founded in 2004 by the late Melode Seremet, whose dream was to create a serene and caring environment that allowed people to pause, reflect, heal and grow. She envisioned this kind of place while studying to become a licensed veterinary technician (LVT), and later, after extensive research and volunteering at other equine facilities, she put PAWS on track toward becoming a reality. In 2007, Melode and Stan Seremet purchased and renovated a 15-acre property on Montgomery Road in Midlothian, Texas, and officially launched PAWS and its equine and animal assisted counseling programs. Ten years later, the Seremets, facing increased demand for services and the need for additional shelter during inclement weather, constructed a covered arena and added several horses to its existing programs.
Sadly, on February 14, 2021, Melode died suddenly and unexpectedly. Throughout the 14 years she served as PAWS founder and president, her dream touched thousands of lives, and her legacy continues today through the help PAWS provides in addressing and healing the mental health challenges of clients of all ages. Since Melode and Stan opened its doors in 2007, PAWS has served 21,767 clients.
In 2020, even against various challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, PAWS was awarded first place in the category of counseling services by residents voting in the Best of Ellis County contest in the Midlothian Mirror and Waxahachie Daily Light newspapers. That same year, PAWS was voted Best Non-Profit Agency by the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.