Adopt, volunteer or donate: Guide to Central Florida animal rescue groups

Adopt, volunteer or donate: Guide to Central Florida animal rescue groups

There are so many animals that need a loving home. If you are looking for that purrrfect kitty to snuggle with, or a fun-loving pooch to play with, there are many rescue groups across Central Florida that could have just the companion you’re looking for. If you can’t own a pet, many facilities need volunteers and are in much need of donations, not just monetary, but food and blankets, too.

ORANGE COUNTY

- Happy Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, foster-based rescue network located at 1720 North Goldenrod Road, Unit 8 in Orlando, 32807. It’s mission is to “educate and provide assistance to pet owners in an effort to create a better community for the animals in Central Florida and help reduce overpopulation and keep existing pets in their homes.” Click/tap here for more information.

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- Houndhaven, Inc. rescues dogs and puppies from euthanasia at kill shelters. The staff brings dogs that are up for adoption to the Petsmart in Winter Garden Village. Click/tap here for more information.

- Orange County Animal Services is located at 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando, 32839. Click/tap here for more information.

- Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is a no-kill shelter dedicated to the welfare and well-being of dogs and cats in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. P.A.G.O. has several locations. Click/tap here for more information.

SEMINOLE COUNTY

- Save A Life Pet Rescue is a nonprofit organization that has rehabilitated, spayed/neutered and placed more than 15,000 animals with families. Click/tap here for more information.

- Pet Rescue By Judy is located at 401 South Laurel Avenue in Sanford, 32771. Click/tap here for more information.

- Greyhound Pets of America Greater Orlando is located at 1260 S. Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Longwood, 32750. The facility’s purpose is to find homes for ex-racing Greyhounds and to educate the public on the suitability and availability of Greyhounds as pets. Click/tap here for more information.

BREVARD COUNTY

- The Animal Sanctuary is located in Melbourne. It’s a no-kill rescue working to build a campus-style facility on 17.5 acres in Brevard County, thanks to the generous donations that are still much-needed. Click/tap here for more information.

- Brevard Humane Society provides animal welfare shelters and programs that foster a humane ethic toward animals. The Cocoa intake and adoption facility is located at 1020 Cox Road, 32926. The Merritt Island Adoption Center is located at 155 Pioneer Road, 32953. Click/tap here for more information.

- SPCA of Brevard is located at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville, 32780. It’s no-kill mission includes providing shelter and to find homes for unwanted animals. Click/tap here for more information.

- Animal Guardians of Brevard is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to the welfare of homeless animals.” Click/tap here for more information.

VOLUSIA COUNTY

- Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary Located in Glenwood, the facility “provides lifetime care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, and birds that have been abused, neglected or have special needs. Rather than emphasizing adoption, Journey’s End provides a homelike setting where animals can enjoy the remainder of their lives in a comfortable, loving atmosphere.” Click/tap here for more information.

- New Hope Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization located at 800 Humane Society Road in DeLand, 32720, with a mission to “allow adoptable animals the opportunity to be placed in a good home, provide shelter, and care for homeless animals.” Click/tap here for more information. | Facebook

- Halifax Humane Society provides for the needs of lost, forsaken and abandoned animals. The facility is located at 2364 LPGA Boulevard in Daytona Beach, 32124. Click/tap here for more information.

- Southeast Volusia Humane Society focuses on the “prevention of suffering, neglect, abuse, and cruelty of animals.” The facility is located at 1200 South Glencoe Road in New Smyrna Beach, 32168. Click/tap here for more information.

OSCEOLA COUNTY

- Osceola County Animal Services is located at 3910 Old Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud, 34769. Click/tap here for more information.

POLK COUNTY

- Humane Society of Polk County is a nonprofit, no-kill organization located at 3195 Dundee Road in Winter Haven, 33884. Click/tap here for more information.

- Oscar’s Cause is an organization with a sentimental story. The nonprofit was put into place to “ensure that all animals can get the appropriate care that they need,” so that no other animals or families have to suffer the way the founders’ pet dachshund, Oscar, and his family, did. The facility is located at 29890 HWY-27 in Dundee, 33838-4207. For more information and to read more about Oscar’s story, click/tap here.

- Crossed Paws Pet Rescue, Inc. is a nonprofit pet rescue organization located at 3205 Recker Highway in Winter Haven, 33880. Click/tap here for more information.

LAKE COUNTY

- Humane Society of Lake County is a no-kill facility that relies on the generosity of the community to fund lifesaving programs and does not receive government funding. The facility is located at 16435 McKinley Road in Umatilla, 32784. Click/tap here for more information.

- Leesburg Humane Society is a no-kill facility that offers reduced rates for spaying and neutering to those who need financial assistance. The facility is located at 41250 Emeralda Island Road in Leesburg, 34788. Click/tap here for more information.

- Lake County Animal Shelter is the countywide receiving facility for housing strays, animals in quarantine and unwanted domestic animals. The facility is located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares, 32778. Click/tap here for more information.

- Central Florida Parrot Rescue and Parrot Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization located in Eustis. Click/tap here for more information.

- Cat Protection Society is a no-kill shelter that provides a safe place for abandoned, homeless and stray cats in Lake County and the surrounding Central Florida area. The main facility is located at 2700 Getford Road in Eustis, 32726. Click/tap here for more information.