Friends.....In rescue, we see a lot, and I mean a lot. A lot of things we never want to see, a lot of things that hurt our hearts, leave imprints in our brain, and convince us that we have seen it all. Today, sadly, our intake team learned there was still more to see. FLDR mobilized to take in twenty terrier mix pups from a local animal control. Pups that were discovered when an eviction was being served - and in conditions so bad - the county literally called in a Hazmat tea...m to assist. A Hazmat team. Let that sink in a second. The pups are all in varying stages of medical distress, and needed immediate assistance. This shelter is currently without a vet due to scheduling, so we agreed to take all twenty puppers, issues unknown, with NOTHING done medically except a fecal exam and deworming - so that they could stand a chance at a good outcome. Normally our pups arrive with basic vaccines and a heartworm test from the shelter - these twenty didn't, as it was crucial to get them into care in an expedient time frame. The shelter has been amazing and the staff truly cares - which is why we know this case hurt them too. When the "owner" was contacted and begged to please come sign them over, she commented "they are still alive?" That is the shape they are in. I won't post the pictures here of all of the issues - but there are puppers with mammary tumors that are so big they have exploded and abcessed and are wide open and....gross. Let's just leave it at that. Jan and Debra went and picked everyone up today, and met Laurie and Doc at the vet clinic to get everyone in, settled, and a quick assessment. Tomorrow is an entire day of vetting - and we already know it isn't going to be an easy day - but the pups are worth it, so we go all in, and get them taken care of. Having to take them into care today without their initial vaccines and heartworm tests means our vet bill just went up $1000 right from the start. Not quite what we were planning for, but necessary to take care of them properly. We have handled many, many hoarding and mill cases, and yet these pups....there are not words. They need a chance. They deserve a chance to know a good life - they truly have lived through horrors. These are just some of their faces. Please, lend a helping paw towards their care. This time of year is very rough in rescue with a dramatic slowdown in donations, and we are barely getting by as it is. Please, please help us help them have a chance at a life they deserve - a chance to put the horrors behind them - to be healthy, and not covered in open sores, wounds and abcessed tumors. Please also react, share, comment as that helps with post visibility, allowing us a greater chance at getting assistance with their care. We will provide updates on they detailed exams tomorrow, but we are already realistically aware of the expenses involved, so please help. Thank you!
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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!