While many are on Thanksgiving Break this week, and enjoying time with their families, it seems like rescue never gets a break, and the holidays only make it worse. No one wants to be bothered with "issues" or expenses while traveling, and the prospect of just getting a new puppy is right around the corner (but THAT is a whole separate post), adoptions are slow, fosters take well-deserved vacations, and donations are dwindling - leaving our intake team struggling. Honestly, we had come to the decision to just close intake for the month, and get through the holidays, and pick back up. All of that changed though, with two emails, from two shelters that started out explaining how they were full - like, overfull - and with the holiday days being "closed", strays have to be held extra days, meaning, space becomes and issue, meaning, dogs need to leave, one way or the other. When we get pictures of pups like Perry, a 12+ year old 6 pound male chihuahua who has likely lived an entire lifetime full of neglect, yet still wags his tail and wants to lick your whole face despite every single tooth literally rotting out of his mouth (and MamaJan let him anyway, of course, despite the stench), or Charms, an 8 month old shih-tzu mix (yes, she is just a puppy) so covered in mange that she has open, oozing sores and every time she moves her skin stretches and seems to pop open another one, yet all she wants to do is rest her head in your hand for comfort, to just know someone is beside her and cares.....your heart splits open, tosses all logic out the window, and you go save them and 9 others, and work out the details later. So, here we are, working out the details, which include a need for foster families who are not traveling for the holidays and do not have a lot of commotion with family coming in to town, etc. so that the pups have a safe place (Orlando area only, please) to decompress. We also desperately need help with donations towards their medical bills, which we anticipate, based on estimates, to be about $2700 for the 11 of them. We know its the holidays, but we are asking that you please, please consider helping if you can. We just couldn't let these pups get left behind, our hearts couldn't bear it. Please, please, if you can lend a helping paw, click any of the donate buttons, and the pups will be SO thankful (as well as us humans who are having a bit of trouble sleeping while worrying about all the doggos). Please also comment, like, SHARE our socials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to help the posts be visible to all of our friends and fans. Thank you thank you all so very very much!
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!