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 A Very Ruff Week....

Hey friends…..

This last week has been “ruff”, like really, really “ruff”, so please bear with us as we try and catch you up. This will be a series of posts, likely three, with each one talking about the specific groups/pups that have joined the FLDR pack in the last week ~ their care being the reason we have been quiet on social ~ as these have pups have taken up all of our extra time (and then some) so social posts have been lagging and we apologize (kinda a sorry, not sorry as the pups’ care comes first) Anyhow…last week began with a Tuesday, that decided to be Tuesday, aka Monday the sequel - which let's be honest, sequels are always worse than the original anyhow, so yeah, 0 stars, do not recommend, and it was heart wrenching. I have seen a lot in rescue, a lot I won't talk about, a lot I don't want to relive or think about, but I always focus on the fact that we saved all the dogs. I have actually delayed this post, hoping, praying that we could get the rest of the dogs. Every text ding is me hoping it’s a message that she has decided to give the rest up. Last Tuesday, we couldn't. The woman wouldn't let us. We were contacted by another breed specific rescue that we have worked with before about a situation. A woman had reached out to them explaining she had a lot of dogs and had been “reported” and needed to give up some of the dogs. Our friend, A, from the partner rescue went out and evaluated the situation and within 30 minutes I had a Jeep full of carriers and was headed out. She allowed us to take 10. Crates were in the garage, some without bottoms so the pups were using the bathroom and it was falling to the crates below (and the other dogs). All shih tzus, malteses, yorkies, a papillion and mixes thereof. She still has at least 15. Code enforcement had been there in the last few days, then animal services was called by them. Animal Services got there about 2 hours after we left - and I KNOW she didn't have time to clean and scrub all the crates (which were so filthy gross) (A and I begged her to let us please do it before we left - just so the dogs could have clean water (the bowls were so so gross), she said no, no, she would do it, she was fine). We begged her to let us please help her and take a few more of the dogs - nope, nope, she had places for all of them. We warned her that if code enforcement has been there, animal services will be next - they will call them - nope, she wasn't worried, this was hard enough and stop asking her for more dogs. I have NEVER walked out of a hoarding/backyard breeder call without almost all (if they were keeping 1 or 2 as allowed by the county) or all the dogs - even if it was 134+ of them. Ever. Tuesday I had to. And then to find out animal services won't even take the dogs when they did go - they just supposedly gave her citations (and the city has a 4 dog limit!!!)! Seriously. If you saw the videos of the dogs.....I just don't understand. At all. The ones we did save? Two have major mammary mass clusters up and down their mammary chain. When we were preparing paperwork for the vet’s office and had to put down color, the best description was “urine” which there wasn’t a choice for (obviously) but it made me laugh and cry all at the same time. The pups have been settling in at our vet and received emergency grooming. Everyone is scheduled for their full vetting this week and while we are hopeful for great news, we are realistic that some of the news we get might suck. We have asked our vet (who is amazing) to write detailed reports so we can present them to the county and hope they will actually do something to help the other pups still there. Obviously, this is going to be a major veterinary bill, so we are asking for helping paws. We have two other significant medical cases (both orthopedic) as well, so until we can fundraise, our intake is going to have to be closed:( All of these pups are in addition to our “normal” rescues, so as you can gather, its been a lot. A lot, a lot. You can donate to the pups through any of the links on our website. Please also like and share on socials as that helps as well. Thank you all so much for all of your continued support in helping us save pups. Thank you.

*NOTE: These pups are NOT available for adoption at this time (so please do NOT ask!). We do not have a time frame when they will be. When they become available they will be posted on the adoptable dogs page of our website and we will accept applications at that time. We do not maintain waiting lists or take names in advance. We know NOTHING about the pups and what kind of homes they will need, so we wait until we do and we thank you for understanding that!!

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Tucker, a Havanese
Meet Tucker! Tucker is an 11 year old male Havanese and he weighs about 13 pounds. He arrived in rescue when his previous family had too many dogs and could no longer care for him. Tucker is a very good boy and has limited range of motion in his right rear leg. It's arthritis from old injury that did not heal correctly and there is nothing surgical that can be done, but he doesn't let it bother him! His foster mom says, "Tucker has a mind of his own but don’t think because he’s older, he’s not quick when he wants to be. Most of the day he is pretty chill though. He likes lying on the furniture or on the cool tile. He sometimes get the zoomies and requires belly rubs after. Tucker does not like to be left alone and security cameras have caught him voicing his opinion on the matter, so he must be in a home with no shared walls. He’s not a big fan of toys, but LOVES treats. Tucker has been working on his housetraining by getting treats afterwards, per his demands. He even knows the command “sit,” but sometimes has selective hearing for that word. Tucker would probably be ok with another older dog if they would leave him alone, as I think younger dogs would bother him too much. He would be just fine as an only dog as well so he can get all the belly rubs. I think younger kids would bother him, so only older children for his new family. Tucker sometimes sleeps in the human bed with the use of doggie steps and sometimes he sleeps on a dog bed in the next room." Tucker is neutered, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative, microchipped and has had his teeth cleaned! He is fostered in the Orlando area and his adoption donation is $250.
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Lucy has found her forever home!
 In Our Birthday Era!!

FLDR IS FIFTEEN!!!! FIFTEEN years ago we decided we wanted to save the unsaved, the leftovers, the ones passed by, overlooked ~ our founders wanted to save some puppers, and not change the world, per se, but change THEIR world~ show them that humans were kind, that they could be healthy and pain free ~ and the joys of belly rubs, warm beds, cuddles on couches. It was big dream, an ambitious goal. We were told it wouldn't work. We were told we would be done, broken, within a year. We were laughed at. We came from different rescue backgrounds, different family and work dynamics, but we all believed the dogs came first - their needs came first - we would find dogs their humans, not find a human a dog. It hasn't been easy. Enough tears to flood a river. Sleepless nights. Long days, longer nights. Interrupted vacations, cancelled date nights. Doubt beyond doubt, second guessing that became third guessing. Heartbreak. So much heartbreak ~ and yet 5,480 days, 5,175 wet noses, 15 years. All worth it. SO worth it. Worth every tear, every late night, every heartbreak ~ your kind words and support on some of our darkest days made it worth it. Every pup saved made it worth it. Fifteen years. It's still sinking in, but 15 years! There are not enough words to express our gratitude to all of you that have joined our rag-tag little pack along the way - that have cried with us, shaken your heads in disbelief with us, cheered with us, and loved our rescued pups with us as your own. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And the number will go up, as at least 8 more pups are headed to us!


FLDR wants to save as many puppers as we possibly can and the only way to do this is by YOU joining our team!! We need fosters!! If you live in the Orlando area and would like to help save lives, we want you to join our pack! We are in need of foster homes willing to open their hearts and make a space on the couch for a rescued pup, usually just for a couple of weeks! We take care of the vetting, grooming, medications and you provide the love and snuggles! Please complete the "Adoption Application" and just put in the comments - "Want to Foster" and a Foster Coordinator will reach out to you right away!  

We are also in need of people willing to do transports, usually from Winter Haven to St. Cloud or from north Orlando to St. Cloud a couple of times a month, during a weekday. Please email for more info on helping with Freedom Rides!

Welcome to Florida Little Dog Rescue Group!

Florida Little Dog Rescue rehabilitates unwanted, abused and abandoned little dogs and places them in loving and responsible homes to live out their lives as cherished family members.  We would love for you to join us by adopting a dog, volunteering as a foster home or donating money to help save the dogs.  We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization, and all donations to FLDRG are tax deductible!

Save a Dog on Death Row!
They need YOUR help right now!!

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!

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    Florida Little Dog Rescue Group

    A 501(c)3 Charitable Organization

    Serving the Central Florida Area

    PO Box 702364
    St. Cloud, FL 34770
    Phone: 407-279-1127
    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!
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