Help shelter medicine change everything for Alachua County’s homeless pets

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program helping dogsSupport Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida during Give Local 2015

There was a time when, if serious disease broke out at Alachua County Animal Services, all the shelter’s 150 dogs or cats would have been euthanized. But we don’t do that anymore.


Now, at the first sign of a problem, the county shelter contacts the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University fo Florida, and we immediately deploy with our veterinary students, testing kits, and biosecurity gear.

We test and treat these homeless pets, using cutting edge protocols that were often developed right here at the university. We find a way to keep the animals separated, monitored — and alive!

Can you help us keep doing this lifesaving work — and more?

Because our care for the homeless pets of Alachua County doesn’t end there. We’ve been working with the Alachua Humane Society to create a program to rehabilitate dogs with behavior problems, giving them in-shelter enrichment and helping get them into foster homes until they’re ready to be adopted.

We partner with the county shelter to hold one-day adoption events, sponsored by our veterniary students, where more than 100 pets are adopted! Not only that, but the week before the events, we head out to do spay/neuter and heartworm and feline leukemia testing, so the pets are healthy and ready to go when their big day comes!

Tuesday, May 5, is Give Local 2015, a day when people can show support for hometown programs that are making life in their community a better place. And what better way to Give Local than help us help the animals of Alachua County?

Your donation will:

  • Provide life-saving care for sheltered animals who could not otherwise be saved
  • Train a shelter vet for every shelter pet
  • Support lifesaving research
  • Give assistance to shelters in need

Give now, and show the country that Gator Pride is on the side of homeless pets!

Then tell your friends to #GiveLocal!

Thank you from all of us at Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida