It’s time for furry fun! The weather is right and the time is perfect to make a new best friend. Whether you love the wet noses, are a sucker for sloppy kisses, or simply can’t do without the unconditional love, it’s easy to see why owning a pet can be a life-changing opportunity. Although adopting a pet is a serious responsibility, being lucky enough to have one (or five) in your life is a gift that gives every day. Help save a life and check out these South Florida animal rescues helping to make a positive difference in the lives of the pets who need it the most.
Where: 571 N.E. 44th St., Oakland Park, FL (12 minutes from 13th Floor Homes Tamarac communities.)
When: Pet adoptions Monday-Saturday, 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
If you’re looking for a new friend, the perfect one could be eagerly waiting at Animal Aid Inc. A non-profit, no-kill, pet recovery organization and animal rescue, Animal Aid Inc. provides care for neglected, injured, abused and unwanted dogs and cats, many rescued from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade County shelters. Services provided include humane trap, spay, and return services for cats and participation in the SNIP voucher program, which provides free spay and neuter services for Broward County residents. The center also offers vaccinations, Aids/Leukemia testing, and general medical care. Their thrift store (2266 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton) supports the adoption center and clinic, so please consider donating unwanted items or making a purchase. Visit soon, your new best friend awaits!
Where: 2070 Griffin Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (16 minutes from 13th Floor Homes Tamarac communities.)
When: Pet Adoptions Monday-Saturday, 10:30 A.M.-6:30 P.M. Sunday, 10:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
The Humane Society of Broward County is dedicated to providing shelter, aid, and responsible adoption services to the animals in their care. Their 33,000 square foot fully air-conditioned facility has the ability to house over 300 cats and dogs. Committed to educating the community, the organization encourages respect and kindness to animals through responsible ownership. Along with pet adoptions, the shelter also offers dog, cat, and rabbit behavior classes as well as dog obedience classes and crate training. Clinic services include low cost spay and neuter programs, vaccinations and micro chipping, as well as pet health information and resources. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, flea/tick treatment, deworming and preliminary vaccinations, heartworm test, microchip, Feline Leukemia test, one bag of Purina pet food, pet behavior helpline, 30 day free trial of pet insurance, and limited 10-day follow up-care at participating VCA Animal Hospitals. Everything is covered; the only thing missing is you!
Where: 1137 N.E. 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (19 minutes from 13th Floor Homes Tamarac communities.)
When: Pet Adoptions Wednesday-Monday, 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
One of the largest no kill shelters in South Florida, Abandoned Pet Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned, neglected and abused animals, helping them have a second chance at finding a forever home. When adopting a pet from A.P.R., your new family member will be micro chipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and spayed/neutered. Your human family can meet Abandoned Animal Rescue’s adoptable pets and learn more about the organization at their shelter, or by visiting PetSmart (1700 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale) on the first and third Saturday of every month. On the fourth Saturday of every month, adoptable new furry family members can be played with at Pet Supermarket (801 E. Sunrise Blvd.)
Where: 2400 S.W. 42nd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (15 minutes from 13th Floor Homes Tamarac communities.)
When: Pet Adoptions open Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Broward County’s Animal Care and Adoption Center’s primary mission is to promote responsible pet ownership and community safety. The organization provides care for hundreds of abandoned, stray, and impounded dogs and cats every day. Part of their efforts to educate the community and increase awareness include rabies clinics, spay/neuter programs, and outreach events. Lucky pets adopted from here will be spayed/neutered, have a physical exam, all necessary vaccinations, a Broward County rabies registration tag, and a microchip, so you’ll always know where your new friend is.