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All About Rescues

There is nothing quite like the love of a rescued pet. We are proud to offer newly-adopted pets a free first healthy* exam within a week of adoption at all of our hospitals.

Veterinarians that work with rescue organizations not only help the community thrive, but provide priceless relationships that benefit your family AND your pets.

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Humane Society of North Central Florida

Our own Dr. Stanley is on the board at the Humane Society of North Central Florida. The HSNCF is a limited intake, no-kill animal rescue shelter. Most of the animals in their facility are transferred from Alachua County Animal Services. They are also known for their care for numerous underage litters of puppies and kittens during the overwhelming spring seasons. From the moment animals arrive at HSNCF, their number one priority is to facilitate their comfort and care, and then find them a loving home as quickly as possible.  
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Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming

Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming is a non-profit animal rescue dedicated to giving pets from local county-based shelters a 'second chance' at life. They are known for saving pets from euthanasia due to overcrowding and pets in need of medical/surgical treatment before they are able to be adopted. All of their animals reside in volunteer foster homes so they are able to learn a lot about their individual personalities, likes and dislikes and are able to make a great match with potential adopters. Learn more about Second Chance here.
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Faithful Friends Pet Rescue & Rehoming

Faithful Friends is a volunteer-run pet rescue dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of dogs and cats in Gainesville, FL and surrounding communities. Since their founding in 2018, their focus has always been the animals themselves - providing the best care for each animal in their program while they search for a loving, permanent home.
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Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue

Puppy Hill Farm works closely with county-run shelters to help dogs and cats of all ages find loving, responsible homes. They adopt their animals out from PetSmart on Archer Rd. every Saturday and Sunday. They are also known to help pets with special needs find the homes they deserve. 

Plenty of Pit Bulls

Plenty of Pit Bulls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating pit bull-type dogs as well as providing public education on these breeds. They work directly with county-run shelters to help find their most at-risk dogs permanent homes. Plenty of Pit Bulls are also known for their rehabilitation of dogs that come from cruelty or abuse situations in collaboration with national animal welfare agencies.

Alachua County Animal Resources

In addition to being our local government-run animal services agency, Alachua County Animal Resources is also one of Alachua County's largest animal shelters. Not only do they handle lost and abandoned animals, they also strive to give the adoptable pets in their care the best chance at forever homes with 'Doggie Day Out's and other opportunities for socialization and exposure to those looking to bring a new pet into their life.

Southeastern Guide Dogs

This non-profit helps create elite working dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. All of their services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and the most robust alumni support program in North America—are provided at no cost to recipients. They are always looking for willing families to raise a puppy!  For more information, visit here.

Paws on Parole

​Paws on Parole is a partnership program between Alachua County Animal Services, the Florida Department of Corrections Gainesville Work Camp, and the Alachua County Sheriffs Office. The program’s main goal is to increase the adoption and retention rates of selected dogs at the Alachua County Animal Shelter. In addition, the program provides experience and education in dog care for inmates.

The dogs are selected by shelter personnel and volunteer trainers, who test the dogs around other dogs, cats, and people. Selected dogs are matched with inmates at the Work Camp. Under the supervision of volunteer professional trainers the dogs and their handlers spend eight weeks learning basic obedience.
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Pets For Patriots

Pets for Patriots helps shelters, rescues and municipal animal controls adopt some of the more challenged pets in their care to veterans living in your community - and partners with local veterinarians for ongoing, discounted care. In addition, they provide a range of benefits to help make pet adoption and guardianship affordable for our nation's heroes, while at the same time saving the most overlooked dogs and cats.

Operation Catnip

Their goal is to reduce the population of free-roaming community cats since 1998.
As a result of their humane Trap-Neuter-Return efforts, shelter admissions have decreased, reducing the number of community cats killed unnecessarily and the financial burden on county taxpayers.
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K9 Veterans Memorial Foundation

​This non-profit is full of 'K9-loving veterans' who support working dogs and their handlers, both here and abroad.  They became a 501-3c non-profit in 2014, and started because of the lack of recognition for our 'four-legged soldiers' in the Veterans Memorial Park in Gainesville, Florida. They honor our K9's and handlers and provide funding for any needed equipment or medical needs for our Law Enforcement or Military K9s, or for the K9s of American Veterans.
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