Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Florida Little Dog Rescue!!!
As 2020, a year that most of us will be glad and thankful to see bid adieu, comes to a close we wanted to wish all of our friends, family and supporters a Happy Holiday Season and best wishes for an amazing 2021! 2020 has been quite a busy, and trying, year for us at FLDR, and we are anticipating being just as busy, if not busier, in 2021. As we celebrated ELEVEN years of Florida Little Dog Rescue, we were very excited to have added another 200 rescues to our pack in 2020, but the year isn’t even quite over yet! Just in the last few days we have taken in 4 puppers (yes, we worked all weekend after Christmas!) with more still coming in during the last few days of 2020.
Rescue never gets a vacation, but that’s ok, the puppers are worth it, every second, every day, every month, all year! Most of our puppers are seniors and/or severely medically or behaviorally challenged pups, where FLDR was their only chance for a happy ending. While our intake team would love to be “unemployed” in the new year, we recognize that is not likely, and more pups will need our help to find loving homes like yours!
We began 2020 with the joint rescue of 134, which quickly became over 180, (as some were pregnant) dogs from a hoarding situation in Orlando. No one plans to rescue that many dogs ten days before Christmas - but after being asked to help with “maybe 40”, we simply could not abandon any of them once we arrived and learned of the true volume of pets in the home. It has been an enormous undertaking, and many of the dogs were essentially feral, most had medical issues, and it has been an emotionally and physically draining and rewarding process. Our photo collage features features some of these pups, plus just a few of the pups that FLDR has been able to save this year, including Daniel, our sweet 16 year old sheltie abandoned at animal control after his owner passed away; Regis and Kathie Lee, two sweet bonded senior chis in very rough shape; Izzy, a chiweenie puppy with an injury leaving her unable to walk or stand; PeeWee, a chihuahua mix with a cleft palate; Finley, a pomsky who is deaf, vision challenged and has thyroid issues, left behind by another rescue after they took the puppies from the same home; Ocita, a tiny little Pomeranian mix who arrived with almost no hair and covered on sores, and Fauci, our “little” German Shepherd pup who was taken to animal control when his family didn’t want to fix his badly broken leg (he had his surgery today 12/29, and is resting comfortably this evening with a new plate, pin and lots of screws in his leg, and a $2500 surgical bill).
We also have a kitten, Salem, that is an honorary “dog” for the time being, as we couldn’t leave him behind either. And there *may* be a couple (or nineteen) hedgehogs identifying as dogs as well….what can we say? It’s been a very *interesting* and BUSY year.
Please, as you consider your end-of-year giving, please remember that all donations to Florida Little Dog Rescue are tax-deductible as we are a fully certified and registered 501(c)3. Many companies, such as Disney, Boeing, Salesforce and Bank of America just to name a few, offer corporate matching funds as well! As an added bonus, any donations made before midnight on 12/31 will be matched by a very generous supporter, up to $10,000!! Just use any of the links here on our website to donate and your contribution will be automatically added towards the matching funds!
You can also check out our Amazon Smile Wishlist, which lets you send much needed products right to our pups and foster parents, plus a percentage of your purchases on Amazon are also donated to FLDR when you choose us as your charity of choice!
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3208425 - link to choose us as your charity of choice
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/32T2PWOYWK20J - link directly to our wish list
Please also know just how much our foster parents LOVE receiving updates and pictures of their former foster pups ~ there is nothing quite as encouraging on a “down” day as being able to look at one of your former pups that arrived broken, scared and afraid to love now living the “great life” as a cherished family member!!!
Thank you all so very much for supporting rescue, our volunteers and pups at Florida Little Dog Rescue!!
Much Love and Many Wishes for an INCREDIBLE 2021,
All the Puppers of FLDR and the rest of their “staff” at Florida Little Dog Rescue!
Check out our Amazon Smile Wishlist, which lets you send much needed products right to our pups and foster parents, plus a percentage of your purchases on Amazon are also donated to FLDR when you choose us as your charity of choice!
Save a Dog on Death Row!
Please help us save dogs on Death Row at local Animal Controls. These are dogs that can't be adopted out directly from Animal Control, mainly for medical reasons. When they can't be adopted, they need a rescue to save them when their time runs out. These pups desperately need our help, we are their last hope!
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Florida Little Dog Rescue Group rescues dogs from all over the state of Florida, but our main focus is the Central Florida area. Our volunteers live anywhere from Tallahassee to Tampa, but all of our dogs are fostered in the Orlando area. We are 100% volunteer-based, which means no overhead or salary costs. Your donation is used directly for dog care. We do not receive government funds. We are entirely supported by charitable donations.
We ensure that each dog is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms and other parasites, examined by a vet and treated for any known conditions prior to adoption. All known medical information is fully disclosed to new families. While awaiting adoption, the dogs live in foster homes that provide love, patience and TLC to the pups! A pup's stay in foster care could vary from several days to several weeks, depending upon the dog's conditions and needs. Unlike shelter or kennel living, fostering the pups in a home environment allows us to personally evaluate each dog for behavior and temperament issues. We are able to see how they interact and react to other animals and children, if they are house trained, like to go for walks, play ball, etc. and that makes it easier to know what type of home/family would be best suited for them!
Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit. We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!