This page is dedicated to all the wonderful rescue groups in our community who strive to reduce euthanasia of healthy pets here in Alachua County and surrounding areas. If you require assistance from them, please be patient when you contact them, as most of them have regular day jobs and are doing this in their off time.
Below is Copied Directly from Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project website.
Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project Alachua County is a community collaborative effort to end the killing of healthy shelter dogs and cats in the city of Gainesville and the surrounding rural communities of Alachua County, Florida by July 1, 2006, and treatable pets by July 1, 2015. In June 2002, Maddie’s® Fund awarded a Year One grant to the Alachua County Humane Society as lead agency for the project to support activities designed to increase adoptions, increase spays and neuters, and reduce euthanasia in Alachua County. The spay/neuter component of the project was dropped in January 2002 and taken over by the Alachua County VMA. All adoption and euthanasia goals for Years One and Two were achieved or exceeded. In Years Three and Four the partners began to struggle with the increasingly high adoption goals of the project, but exceeded reduction of euthanasia goals by a significant margin. In Project Year Five, the partners were successful in achieving and maintaining zero healthy deaths throughout the year. Reduction of overall euthanasia also exceeded goals for the year. During Project Year Six, the partners dealt with a distemper outbreak, leadership turnover and overcrowding issues, resulting in a temporary loss of Zero Healthy Death status. By February of Year Seven, the partners once again achieved Zero Healthy Deaths while expanding their lifesaving targets to increase the number of treatable pets saved. Project Year Eight saw partners maintaining Zero Healthy Deaths (with the exception of the death of one healthy pit bull late in the year) and a continued decrease in shelter intakes, while struggling with declining adoptions in a down economy. Project Year Nine seemed to mark a turning point for the project, as euthanasias began a better-than-predicted decreasing trend and reduced community public intakes even though adoptions continued to decline. During Year Ten, adoptions began to increase again, with some partners breaking previous records for total annual adoptions, while the euthanasia total plummeted to its lowest point ever. Project Year 11 was the final year that Maddie's® stipend funds were available at the reduced level. We are delighted to report that total animal deaths were halved as compared to Project Year 10 and we exceeded our goal performance in reduction of treatable deaths by almost 40%. Adoptions increased 16% against the previous year and the Adoption Guarantee Organizations exceeded their annual adoption goal for the first time. Community intakes dropped almost 4% against Year 10, with ACAS intakes down 7% against previous year. Collaborative efforts between the partners increased and became more efficient, and our participation in the 2013 Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days made our community even more determined to achieve our vision of an adoption guarantee community by 2015!
Below is a list of 501C.3 Rescue groups here in Alachua County
(in alphabetical order)
Alachua County Humane Society
ACHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping healthy and treatable dogs and cats in Alachua County for more than 40 years. We strive to offer the best resources for pets and people in our community. Whether you are looking for your new best friend, interested in volunteering your time or interested in low cost spay/neuter resources, ACHS is here for you.
Florida Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue
Shar-Pei are a unique breed! We are a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Shar-Pei throughout the state of Florida. We also do our best to assist with the rescue of Shar-Pei throughout the Sunbelt region, including FL, GA, SC, AL and MS.
Gainesville Guinea Pig Rescue
Still closed! I am still available for referrals. If you previously adopted any guinea pigs from me and you can no longer take care of them, please return them to me. If you need to place your guinea pig please check out the information on www.cavyrescue.com. If you are looking to provide a home for a Guinea Pig, please check out the above websites as well as your local shelters, humane societies and small animal rescues. Good things do come in small, squeaky packages...
Gainesville Pet Rescue, Inc.
GPR is a not for profit organization that strives to match pets and people for a lifetime. All animals that are rescued and taken into our program are guaranteed a home regardless of the length of time they may have to stay in our foster care program. Since its inception in 1993, thousands of animals have been placed into loving, permanent homes.
GPR continuously pushes forward to meet our county's goal of ending euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. We are proud and honored to launch the GPR Community Cat Initiative in partnership with Alachua County Animal Services to create a successful feral cat spay/neuter program.
Gainesville Rabbit Rescue
GRR is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 by 2 University of Florida students. GRR’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out rabbits to loving homes, as well as educate current and potential rabbit owners. GRR does not turn away any rabbit regardless of disability, illness, age, or temperament. Rescued rabbits are nursed back to optimum health and spayed/neutered before being placed up for adoption. The organization’s main goal is to see that the right rabbit is placed with the right family, so GRR screens all adoptive families to ensure the rabbit is placed in a secure and loving home.
Haile's Angels Pet Rescue
Our adoption center is open 10-6 Wednesday through Friday and 8-12 on Saturdays. We are in the office on Tuesdays and can show animals by appointment only, as Tuesday is our administrative work day. Finally, you can find us at the Haile Village Farmers Market and Millhopper PetSmart many Saturdays. Be sure to check our Facebook page to see where we’ll be each weekend.
Helping Hands Pet Rescue
Helping Hands was formed in 2000 by a team of veterinary technicians and a few wonderfully supportive veterinarians. Initially, we were completely based out of the animal hospital and focused on greyhounds and puppy mill dogs. In 2001, we joined up with 4 other local adoption agencies as part of the Alachua County Maddie’s Fund Partners. Since then, our focus has been reducing euthanasia at Animal Services. The majority of our intakes are straight off of the euthanasia list from Alachua County Animal Services the small rural kill shelters in surrounding counties.
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing Labrador Retrievers in loving, permanent homes. Our organization is comprised of hardworking volunteers and veterinarian partners that are committed to placing Labs in new homes. Lab Rescue started in 2000 as a grassroots organization and has pioneered the talents and techniques of its volunteer base to become one of the most successful dedicated breed rescue in the State of Florida.
Phoenix Animal Rescue
We are now closed as a rescue, and have re-opened as Pets & Patriots Foundation, whose mission is to provide service dogs to veterans. West End worked closely with Phoenix as their veterinary partner from 2009 through 2016. In all, Phoenix and West End saved over 1500 dogs together. For more information on our new organization and purpose, check out our new website at Pets & Patriots Foundation.
Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue
We are a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible animal rescue organization whose mission is to save as many animals as possible. We work closely with Animal Services in Alachua and Bradford counties to reduce euthanasias at the county shelters.
Second Chance Rescue & Rehoming
Our adoptable animals come to us from our local animal shelter, Alachua County Animal Services, and each of them was slated to be euthanized for one reason or another. We reserve space in our program for animals that are from our county shelter, that would not have a chance for adoption if we did not take them in. Thus, we are not able to take pets directly from the public at this time. We have VERY limited space and unfortunately, there are enough "owner-less" critters out there to keep us quite busy!
Southern Comfort Maltese Rescue
West End works closely with SCMR, and has helped them save many, many little white fluff-balls. We are dedicated to rescuing and caring for Maltese and other toy breeds (as room allows) who are either rescued from shelters, found as strays, or no longer wanted by their families (owner).
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so all donations are tax deductible. These little dogs need YOUR help now. Every little bit can help. Donations can be made out to:
SCMR P.O. Box 2005 Chattanooga, TN 37409