Florida Pet Rescues

This page updated 03/10/18

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SPECIAL NOTE: This section contains a few organizations that work with Greyhound adoptions. FloridaPets.net does NOT endorse greyhound racing, but we are very supportive of rescue and adoption efforts on behalf of these beautiful dogs.

Abandoned Pet Rescue
Group serving Ft. Lauderdale.
Adopt A Cat Foundation
Group in Lakeland Park.
Adopt A Pet
This group is now part of Humane Society of Greater Miami's family of shelters serving the Miami area.
Akita Rescue Society of Florida
This group has representatives in Jacksonville who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome needy Akitas.
American Bouvier Rescue League
This is the national rescue group, a division of ABDFC (American Bouvier des Flandres Club.)
Ana's Angels
This is a Jacksonville-based cats and dogs rescue.
A New Beginning Pet Care and Rescue
Group working in Orange and Polk counties.
Animal Aid, Inc.
Non-profit, no-kill rescue with a mobile clinic in Coconut Creek. Serves Palm Beach, Dade & Broward counties.
Animal Matters
A resource for the public about companion animal issues.
Animal Refuge Center
A no-kill rescue serving the Fort Myers area.
Animal Rescue Center of Bay County
A Panama City-based rescue serving the Bay County area and focusing on working with the local kill shelters to rescue and rehome needy cats and dogs.
Animal Rescue Movement
A no-kill rescue movement in the Orange Park area.
A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue
A West Palm Beach rescue group that rescues rehabilitates and rehomes needy dogs and cats of all ages.
Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida, Inc.
A group in Delray Beach that rescues and rehomes needy Boston terriers.
Bradford County Paws
A group in Starke in Bradford County. They no longer actively rescue animals but act as a sanctuary for those rescued in the past who were unable to be adopted due to behavioral or medical issues. They also provide referrals.
Brevard County Pug & Boston Terrier Rescue
A small group in Cocoa that rescues and rehomes pugs and Boston Terriers.
Florida Brittany Rescue
A group based in Myakka City that rescues and rehomes Brittany Spaniels.
B's Furry Friends Rescue
A small animal rescue, including exotics, in St. Johns County.
Buddies Thru Bullies
A South Florida organization specializing in English bulldog rescue.
An animal rescue and educational shelter in Odessa.
Caring About the Strays
A group working in South Miami to rescue and rehome dogs and cats in need.
Cat Depot
The largest sanctuary for cats-only based in Sarasota.
Cat Network
Group in South Florida. Focuses on rescue, education, and spaying & neutering of stray and feral cats & kittens.
Catahoula Rescue Network
A group in Mims which works to find caring homes for Catahoulas, which are herding canines also known as Catahoula Leopards.
Cats Exclusive, Inc.
This group has a shelter facility in Margate and offers low-cost spaying and neutering through their Spay Neuter Assistance Program (S.N.A.P.).
Central Florida Pug Rescue, Inc.
This group works throughout Central Florida to rescue and rehome pugs.
Great Dane Love
This Winter Park-based group works with other Great Dane Rescues to find good homes for Danes and to promote education and spay/neuter.
Chihuahua Rescue & Transport
This national Chihuahua rescue has coordinators in Florida for rescue and placement purposes.
Coastal Golden Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc.
A Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine-based group that rescues and rehomes the Goldens.
Cocker Spaniel/Small Dog Rescue of Central Florida
A small group of volunteers who rescue and rehome small dogs, serving an area of 200 miles around Orlando.
Collie Club of Greater Miami
Provides rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and education services.
Dachshund Rescue of South Florida
A foster-based hotdog rescue based in Miami Beach.
DARE (Dachshund Adoption, Rescue and Education)
This group helps needy doxies in Florida and Georgia.
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund
This group is not Florida-specific, but we feel their work is quite worthy and they need to be included here. They provide education and funding for the purpose of improving and/or saving the lives of deaf dogs everywhere.
Doberman Rescue League, Inc.
A group in Oakland Park whose mission is the rescue and adoption of dobies.
Dogs and Cats Forever
A no-kill animal sanctuary in St. Lucie County.
Dogs Rule Rescue Group, Inc.
A Deerfield Beach-based rescue group serving the Tri-County area, West Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County.
Dolly's Foundation
This Geneva-based group rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes homeless, neglected, and abused American Pit Bull Terriers and other bully breed dogs.
English Springer Rescue America
A national referral and foster care group that works to rehome impounded English Springers.
Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue Inc.
A nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned or stray golden retrievers and serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier, and Lee counties.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets
A group in Jacksonville dedicated to sterilization, education, and adoption.
Florida Boxer Rescue, Inc.
Provides rescue and adoption services for needy boxers in Florida.
Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc.
This Palmetto-based group rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes cocker spaniels in need.
Florida Dachshund Rescue
Provides rescue, transport and adoption services for abused or neglected doxies.
Florida Doberman Rescue
This group has been doing rescue, foster, and adoption for 20 years.
Florida Doggie Paws Rescue
This group is based in New Port Richey rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes needy animals.
Florida English Bulldog Rescue
This group is based in Odessa and cares for needy Bullies.
Florida Great Pyrenees Club
Dog club with an active rescue, foster and adoption program for these beautiful big dogs.
Florida Panhandle Rabbit Rescue
Rescue group for needy rabbits that serves the Panhandle area.
Florida Poodle Rescue
Group in St. Petersburg that focuses on finding good homes for poodles.
Friends for Animals Sanctuary
Advocates in Brevard County who rehab and rehome needy animals and who are currently working to build a state-of-the-art NO-KILL Sanctuary in the area.
Friends of Collies and Shelties, Inc.
This group rescues, rehabs and rehomes unwanted and homeless collies and shelties in NE Florida.
Friends of Greyhounds, Inc.
A Fort Lauderdale-based group working to provide loving homes for retired racing greyhounds and to educate the public about these dogs.
Friends of Surfside Cats
This group works to spay and neuter area beach cats and provide homes for as many as possible.
Gainesville Pet Rescue
A no-kill rescue and adoption group in Alachua County.
German Sheperd Rescue of Central Florida
An Orange County-based organization that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes shepherds and other breeds, including mixed.
Get a Life Pet Rescue
A group based in Broward County that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes needy animals in the Tri-County area.
Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida, Inc.
This group provides new beginnings for a wonderful breed!
Golden Retriever Rescue South Florida
This group is based in Boca Raton and works in the south Florida area.
G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida, Inc.
A Jacksonville-based rescue affiliated with the Golden Retriever Club of America.
Greyhound Adoptions of Florida
Located in Sparr, this group's mission is to help ANY greyhound in need.
Greyhound Pets of America - Emerald Coast/NW FloridaA chapter of Greyhound Pets of America which is a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation in Pensacola organized to educate the public of the value of retired greyhounds as pets and receive and process greyhounds for adoption.
Greyhound Ranch Adoptions, Inc.
This group is based in Longwood and rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes these special canines.
Greyhound Pets of America - Senior Sanctuary of Florida
This Dade City group rescues and rehomes greyhounds seven years or older.
Greyhound Pets of America, Southeast Coast
Located in West Palm Beach, this adoption group works from Deerfield Beach through Vero Beach to find good homes for retired greyhounds.
Greyhound Pets of America, Tampa Bay Chapter
Located in Largo, this adoption group covers Northern Manatee to Hernando counties, including the Greater Tampa Bay area.
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay, Inc. (a/k/a GREAT)
This group is located in the Tampa Bay area and places greyhounds in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Polk counties.
Gulf Coast Dachshund Rescue
This group is dedicated to helping needy doxies in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Rescue
This rescue is based in the South Florida area and helps rescue, rehab, and rehome the Goldens.
Gulf Shore Animal League
This Bradenton-based group provides foster, spay/neuter, education and adoption assistance.
Gulfstream Rottweiler Guardian Angel Rottweiler Rescue
A non-profit group in Plantation that rescues and rehomes Rotties in need.
Have a Heart Rescue for Companion Animals 
A no-kill rescue group in Marion County that also works to educate people about animals.
Heartland Cat Rescue & Adoption Society, Inc.
A cat rescue group in Sebring.
Heavenly Acres Pet Rescue
A rescue in Okahumpka which rehomes needy dogs, puppies, exotic animals, and livestock.
Honor Sanctuary
Animal rescue group serving the Manatee and Sarasota metro areas.
Hopes' Furever After Animal Rescue and Rehab
A Bonita Springs-based rescue focused on needy dogs, cats, and reptiles.
Hope's Haven Chinese Crested & Hairless Dogs, Inc.
A rescue network with contacts throughout the United States.
Houndhaven Inc.
A no-kill, all-breed rescue in Clermont with a specialty in labradors and golden retrievers.
It's Meow or Never Animal Sanctuary
A feral/stray cat rescue based in Miami.
Jacksonville Sheltie Rescue
This group is so serious about finding good homes for abandoned shelties, they perform home visits before adoptions. We like that!
Journey's End Animal Sanctuary
Based in Glenwood, this group provides lifetime care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, and birds that have been abused, neglected, are aged or have special needs.
Kitnhevn Rescue
A network of concerned folks who rescue adult cats and kittens.
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc.
A Deerfield Beach group which provides rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption for labs.
Little Angels Rescue
A no-kill small breed dog rescue in Arcadia.
Lost Angels Animal Rescue
A no-kill rescue group serving Tampa, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas.
Lucky Cat Adoptions
Based in Jacksonville, this group works to rescue, rehabilitate, foster and rehome cats and kittens.
Maddie's Pet Rescue of Alachua County
A Gainesville-based community collaboration of pet rescue organizations throughout Alachua County that work to help needy cats and dogs.
Magical Miniatures Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Sanctuary
Haven in Parrish for injured, orphaned, neglected, or unwanted exotic and farm animals.
Magic Great Danes, Inc.
This Space Coast group handles education, rescues, and adoptions.
Marr-Velous Pet Rescues & Adoptions
This Key Largo-based group rescues and rehomes needy animals.
Mid-Florida Australian Cattle Dog Rescue
This group rescues, fosters and rehomes these remarkable dogs.
National Pet Foundation
A resource for those working with rescue animals.
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue - Florida chapter
This group rescues, fosters, and rehomes Australian Shepherds and Australian Shepherd mixes.
No More Homeless Cats
This group rescues, fosters and rehomes abandoned, abused and homeless cats in the Volusia County area.
North Florida PAWS, Inc.
A group in Lake City (North Central Florida) working to rescue and rehome animals.
North Florida Scottish Terrier Rescue
A Greencove Springs-based group in North Florida that serves Florida and Southern Georgia.
Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Florida, Inc. (OESRofFL) 
This group doesn't yet have a Web site, but they do have great dogs in need of good homes. If interested, contact Candace Pridavka via email at: SPrid13450@aol.com or via phone at: 954-434-4970.
Palm Beach County Cats
This group assists residents of Palm Beach County with the Trap-Neuter-Return program for stray and feral cats.Panama City Beach Paws and Claws
This group rescues and rehomes needy animals utilizing the area PetSmart Adoption Center, has a large foster care network and offers many other programs such as TNR and low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for the community.
Papillon Pals Toy Dog Rescue
A group in Jacksonville working to rescue and rehome the toy breeds in need.
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
A non-profit rescue in St. Petersburg.
Pet Rescue by Judy
A non-profit, no-kill dog and cat rescue in Central Florida.
A small central Florida group dedicated to sheltering and adopting hard-to-place dogs and cats.
Pet Rescue, Inc. - Miami
A no-kill rescue group in south Florida.
Pet Rescue North
A no-kill dog shelter in Jacksonville.
Pets In Distress
An all-volunteer group in the Ft. Lauderdale area working to rescue and rehome animals.
Pit Bull Happenings
This Pit Bull rescue in Pasco County serves Florida, primarily the greater Tampa Bay area.
Pit Sisters
This pit bull rescue is based in Jacksonville and works hard to rehome needy pitties.
Professional Animal World/H.A.L.O., Inc. Rescue Shelter
A no-kill, all breeds cats and dogs rescue in Sebastian.
Pug Rescue of Florida, Inc.
This Seminole-based group is also known as Tampa Bay Pug Rescue and serves pugs in that area, as well as those in Orlando.
Puppy Hill Farm
A no-kill rescue and shelter in Gainesville.
An Internet-based group that works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs living in puppy mills throughout the U.S.
Purrs and Whiskers Shelter, Inc. (PAWS)
Located in Melbourne.
Raining Cats and Dogs
A no-kill rescue based near Jacksonville.
Ratbone Rescues
Based in Jacksonville.
Rescuing Animals in Nassau Humane Society SPCA
Known as RAIN, this is a no-kill rescue based in Callahan.
Rescuing Animals In Need
Also known as RAIN, this group has taken over the efforts of Animal Rescue Foundation in the Orlando area.
Rocket Angel Italian Greyhound Rescue
Based in the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers areas.
Based in Lake Worth.
S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue
Based in St. Augustine, this group fosters and adopts needy animals in the Northeast Florida area.
Safe Animal Shelter
A no-kill animal shelter group in Orange Park.
Safe Harbor Animal Rescue and Clinic
A group in Jupiter Inlet which provides intervention, education and low-cost medical services, including spaying and neutering.
Save a Homeless Puppy, Rescue an Older Dog
A free service to shelters, dog rescue groups and people who want to either adopt or relinquish dogs that provides a point of contact between those trying to find homes for dogs and those looking for dogs to adopt.
Save the Pets, Inc.
Based in Sunrise.
Schnauzer Love Rescue
Located in Alabama, but with rescue centers in Florida, this group helps rescue and rehome schnauzers in need.
Shih Tzu Rescue, Inc.
This south Florida-based group rescues and adopts Shih Tzu's and other small companion dogs.
Siberian Husky Rescue of Florida, Inc.
A Seminole-based group that works to make sure every Siberian husky in Florida has a nurturing, comfortable home.
Skyway Border Collie Rescue, Inc.
This group is based in St. Petersburg and rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes border collies -- you know Web Mistress loves this breed!
Small Dog Rescue of Central Florida
This group rescues and rehomes small dogs in need and serves an area of 200 miles around Orlando.
South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc.
Volunteer group that rescues huskies throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and adopts them into screened, permanent homes.
South Brevard German Shepherd Rescue
This group rescues German Shepherds in need of new homes throughout Brevard County, Florida and beyond.
South Lake Animal League
This no-kill rescue group serves the South Lake county/Clermont area.
Southern States Mastiff Rescue
Works throughout eight southern states to rescue and rehome Mastiffs.
Southern States Rottweiler Rescue, Inc.
Assists rotties in several states and Northern Florida.
Southeast Border Collie Rescue League, Inc.
It's the Web Mistress's opinion that every responsible pet owner should have a border collie to keep things organized around the house -- including the children!
Space Coast Feline Network
A non-profit organization dedicated to the humane care and control of the homeless cat population of Brevard County, Florida.
Space Coast No More Homeless Pets
A Brevard County-based group with a mission "to end euthanasia as the primary means of animal population control and enhance the quality of life for the dogs, cats, birds and other companion animals in Brevard County."
A group of volunteers based about 120 miles south of Tampa and 35 miles north of Naples.
Spayed With Heart
A Jackson County-based group working to rescue and rehome animals and educate humans about the importance of spaying and neutering and responsible pet guardianship.
Springfield Animal Care and Rescue Club
This no-kill rescue group works in the Jacksonville area.
St. Francis Society Animal Rescue
A no-kill rescue group working in the Tampa area.
Stop Shipping Horses to Slaughter
This Juno-based group pulls horses out of the "slaughter pipeline" and out of neglectful/dangerous situations. After evaluation and medical care, if needed, the horses are then placed into safe homes.
Stray No More
A Lake Worth-based animal rescue that also promotes their own low-cost spay/neuter program.
Suncoast Basset Rescue
A network of Basset fans, working to find good homes for Bassets all over Florida.
Sunshine All Breed Rescue
A dog rescue group working in the Broward and Palm Beach county areas.
Sunshine Corgi Rescue, Inc.
A corgi rescue group working in the Orlando area.
Suntree-Viera Pet Rescue
A no-kill dog and cat rescue group based in Brevard County.
Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue
A foster network rescuing and rehoming dogs and puppies from area shelters.
Tallahassee Collie Rescue, Inc.
A group that matches collie lovers with collies needing good homes.
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue, Inc.
This group rescues shelter dogs and rehomes them in caring environments.
Tampa Bay GSD Rescue
This group rescues and provides medical care and foster homes to needy German Sheperd dogs until new homes can be found.
The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, Florida
Based in Port Charlotte, this group provides medical and rehoming services to animals in need.
The Grey Muzzle Organization
Provides resources and funding to non-profit groups helping older dogs find good homes. (Not in Florida, but important enough we wanted to list it here.)
The Old Dog House
A Jacksonville-based group dedicated to older dogs.
United Yorkie Rescue
A group dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkshire Terrier mixes in need.
West Volusia County Humane Society
We've listed a humane society with our rescues because this is one of only a few NO-KILL shelters in the Central Florida area.
Whiskers Hollow
A small group in the Gainesville area dedicated to rescuing and rehoming needy animals.
Yorkie Friends Rescue Corporation
This Cocoa Beach-based group rescues rehabilitates and rehomes needy Yorkies.
Yorkshire Terriers - Florida Yorkie Rescue
A group that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes needy Yorkies along the east coast of Florida.
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, Inc.
About 50 volunteers in Florida work with this national group to rescue, foster and adopt Yorkies in need.


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