Cigarette burns on his tiny body and buckshot in his leg. Freddy (photo 2 in the gallery) was shivering and terrified when we rescued him from a life of abuse.
After months of tender, patient love and top notch veterinary care, Freddy (also known as Disco Freddy) found family who will treasure him forever and never let him come to harm.
We cried when we first met Freddy and gathered him in our arms!
Tears were shed again as Freddy left us but they were happy ones! Happy tears are shed after every adoption, even after yours! Each furry face that passes through our doors leaves pawprints on our hearts.
The Animal League has been saving abused, neglected and unwanted dogs and cats for nearly 30 years and finding them wonderful families! 100% of our funding supports the animals. We do not receive any financial support from the government, county, state or any national organization but rely solely on the generosity of people like you who care about homeless pets.
Due to several major set-backs the past year we are in a financial bind.
First the septic field overflowed, then the special air-conditioning system at the shelter needed major costly repairs, we had to put down tons of concrete in the play yards to control parasites, our clinic, established to help the community, had a slow start and then the air conditioning there also needed a full replacement. These are just some of the unexpected challenges we have faced recently.
Rescue is so expensive. Many do not realize that every injured, abused or neglected pet we brought in to the shelter in 2016 cost us an average of $565. This is because we most often save those who need a great deal of medical help. We do not always share their sad stories because we know not everyone has the fortitude to hear them. We like to show off our adoptable dogs and cats once they are happy and ready for loving homes. But the sad stories are very real. It is heartbreaking but rewarding work we do. We save approximately 1200 pets every year and find them wonderful, loving homes just like yours!
But rescue isn't the only thing we do! We serve our community through various programs, many of which would be in jeopardy should we have to close our doors. Programs like Nourish the Needy, a pet food pantry program that allows pet owners who have fallen on hard times feed their furkids; the Neighborhood Pet Program, which targets underserved neighborhoods in Central Florida and provides them with spay/neuter and vaccine services at no cost to them; and the Companions for Courage program, which helps young children find the courage to testify in court with the companionship of a furry friend.
We do everything we can to ensure the maximum amount of money possible goes to our pets. We buy our equipment second hand and use it until it's worn out. Our staff and volunteers give up their nights, weekends, and vacations to help our pets! We do all that we can to be prudent with our funds, but septic fields, air conditioners, and parasites don't care how judicious you are!
Think of all the smiles, love, and happiness your furkid has brought to your home - and you'll see why what we do is so important. We always talk about rescuing animals, but we don't always mention how animals often rescue us.
Thank you for always being there to support us in saving these sweet dogs and cats from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
We have never needed your help more then we do right now. Please consider an ongoing monthly donation of $10 (or more). Circle of Life Monthly Donations provide a consistent, reliable income stream, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs and less on raising the necessary funds. You can sign up easily through our website https://theanimalleague.org/make-a-cash-donation/
or, make a one time donation using the button in this fundraiser. Freddy is only one of the thousands who we rescue. Thank you for being part of our life saving work. Please help us reach our goal! We can not continue this good work without you.