Whether you’re ready to commit to your first pet, or you’re adding another member to the family, it can be difficult to know where to go to find your perfect companion. If you are interested in adopting a rescue, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of our favorite rescues in Central Florida.
Rescuing Animals In Need (RAIN)
P.O. Box 608221
Orlando, FL 32860
R.A.I.N. commits their work to rescuing cats and dogs from local animal shelters, individuals who choose to surrender their pets, and animals who live their lives as strays. Their aim is to help as many animals as possible and make a difference in their lives.
In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven
N. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32818
In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven originally began as a bird and reptile refuge and eventually, other animals started coming along. They are a 501(c)3 charity organization with a mission of working closely with nature and using holistic methods of care as often as possible. Due to the nature of their work, they are not open to the public, so please contact them for further information!
God’s Greys Greyhound Group, Inc.
7259 Hiawassee Oak Dr.
Orlando, FL 32818
God’s Greyts Greyhound Group, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit, family-friendly adoption group dedicated to the placement of retired racing greyhounds. Their mission is to place these retired greyhounds into loving, qualified, and caring homes. Since forming in 2007, they have taken in more than 1,600 greyhounds from Sanford Orlando Kennel Club, other dog tracks, shelters, and individuals who could no longer care for their dogs. Their group is neither pro, anti, or racing neutral. They choose instead to put their focus on working hard to find caring homes for all the greyhounds.
Patty’s Parrot Palace
1065 S Beresford Rd.
Deland FL 32720
Patty’s Parrot Palace is a licensed, nonprofit organization with a sanctuary in DeLand, Florida, supported by corporate sponsors, “parronts,” volunteers, donors, and bird owners who let their pets stay at the Palace while they are away. The Palace provides temporary boarding, bird rescues, rehabilitation, and more. Owner Trish Koile also hosts classes for bird training and offers one-on-one behavioral counseling for birds with bad habits or unruly personalities.
The Way Home
P.O. Box 541502
Orlando, FL 32854
The Way Home is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cat rescue. This organization has their adoptable cats and kittens in foster homes until they are adopted. They are an all-volunteer animal adoption organization. They do not have a shelter, but rather foster homes to house the cats and kittens until permanent, indoor homes can be found.
It’s All About the Cats, Inc.
P.O. Box 141443
Orlando, FL 32814
It’s All About the Cats, Inc. was founded in 2005 with a mission committed to rescuing the population of homeless cats by rescuing, spaying and neutering, fostering, and placing cats and kittens in suitable homes. They are classified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3). They hold adoption events at different locations throughout Central Florida, so check out their website for additional information!
LoveyLoaves Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 special needs dog rescue devoted to saving and rehabilitating dogs that have been dealt different circumstances in life. This organization is a place where dogs with special circumstances can receive rehabilitation, physical therapy, love, and possibly be re-homed, fostered, or peacefully live out the rest of their days. Please contact them via e-mail for their address and additional information.
Orange County Animal Services
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
Orange County Animal Services is a progressive animal welfare-focused organization, enforcing Orange County code to protect both animals and citizens alike. OCAS is the only open admission shelter in Orange County and accepts all animals, despite their temperament or health. OCAS offers various services, such as a foster care program, a volunteer program, community outreach and education, low cost spay and neuter services, and low cost microchipping.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Orlando: 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839
Sanford: 2800 County Home Road Sanford, FL 32773
Originally known as the Orlando Humane Society when it was founded in 1937, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando works hard to provide positive and safe outcomes for all pets. They particularly focus on the well-being of dogs in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Their main mission is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable services for pets and to be the leading organization in innovative animal care and veterinary medicine. They have three different locations, very involved within the Central Florida community, and pet services such as their “Pawsitive Care” program.
A Cause 4 Paws
Contact through website
A Cause 4 Paws is a small group of loving animal rescuers that are very passionate about rescue and education. Their ultimate mission is to rescue unwanted dogs and rehabilitate and rehome them. A Cause 4 Paws is unique in the sense that a large aspect of their mission is to educate the next generations to prepare them to be responsible pet owners as well as advocates for animals that are in need.They are a registered 501c3 nonprofit and are 100% funded by donations and adoptions, and are all volunteers.
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida
1950 NE 6th St #10365
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
The Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida is a nonprofit organization that commits themselves to placing labrador retrievers into loving, permanent homes. They partner with veterinarians and have volunteers that are dedicated to their mission. Not only do they have an adoption program, but they also provide a foster care program, veterinary care, spaying/neuteuring, and microchips for labradors in the adoption program. Although located in Pompano Beach, they put on many different events throughout the state!
Pet Rescue By Judy
401 South Laurel Ave
Sanford, FL 32771
Pet Rescue by Judy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They are a “no kill” shelter. They pride themselves on their commitment to rescuing, rehabilitating, resocializing, and rehoming of companion animals. They are also very active in the Central Florida community, specializing in providing educational information to the general public on non-medicinal basic cat and dog care. Additionally, they provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, micro-chipping and veterinary treatment along with the daily care of the dogs and cats at the shelter until they are adopted.
Seminole County Animal Services
232 Eslinger Way
Sanford, FL 32773
Seminole County Animal Services is a division of the Seminole County government. They are open Monday-Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and have extended hours on Wednesday until 7:00pm. You can adopt a pet Monday-Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Wednesday until 6:30pm.They hold events throughout the year and offer $10 rabies vaccine and microchipping. They also have educational programs like the animal bite prevention program, rabies prevention program, shelter awareness program, pet care, spay and neuter program, and hurricane preparedness.
Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida, Inc.
4300 W Lake Mary Blvd #1010-358
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing Boston Terriers in Florida and the southeast of the United States regardless of their age, health, or adoptibility. Part of their philosophy as a rescue organization is utilizing private foster homes spread throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee as temporary homes for the dogs to get them ready for their forever homes by receiving necessary care and training while being part of a loving family. They have volunteer opportunities and you can even make donations or sponsor dogs through their website!
Save A Life Pet Rescue
P.O Box 623341
Oviedo, FL 32762
Save a Life Pet Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to save and enrich the lives of dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, sizes, and conditions that have suffered from neglect, cruelty, abandonment, or overpopulation in high-kill animal shelters. They rescue both dogs and cats that are in need of their assistance, including blind, deaf, and severely injured animals. They formed in 2006 and have successfully rehabilitated, spayed/neutered, and placed over 15,000 animals with warm, loving families. They hold several adoption event weekends throughout the year as well.
Sniffing Snouts Pitbull Rescue
Contact through their website
Sniffing Snouts Pitbull Rescue is a 501(c)(3) pitbull rescue organization based out of Central Florida and the Bay area of California. Their purpose is to rescue pitbulls while educating the public on animal overpopulation. Sniffing Snouts wants to be a part of the solution for ending overpopulation in shelters, while making a positive name for pitbulls. Before adopting, they conduct mandatory home visits for all potential fosters/adopters. Their adoption fee is $150 and all dogs come fully vetted, spayed/neutered, and microchipped.
If you are a current client of Hunter’s Pet Sitting and are interested or in need of assistance in adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, please reach out to Hunter Bonar with any questions.
This blog post was written by Kelsey Kryger. Kelsey is a fitness professional, writer, and social media manager. She has been a part of the HPS Team as their social media manager, blog writer, and pet sitter for nearly two years. When she’s not working on Hunter’s Pet Sitting’s latest blog post or sharing cute pics of furry clients, she’s hanging at home with her pup, Leo, and her kitten, Elvis!