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Duchess,
 
 
 It's Summer in Florida..... 

So, you all know how Duchess has been alerting you to the fact that we have been a *little* busy at FLDR? It's Summer in Florida, and as all the locals know, that means its the "rainy season". Well, its been raining.  Raining puppies and litters at animal control, raining special needs dogs at animal control, seniors at animal control, quite frankly, it feels like we are in the middle of a torrential down pour, and our umbrella is collapsed:( These are just 6 of the puppies we have taken in recently, part of a litter that was accidental and then given up when it was discovered puppies are hard work and not just a quick buck, especially when you aren't keeping them properly cared for to begin with!  We also have a mom and four pups, with mom in rough shape, a senior pom mix girl needing help and the list goes on. It's heartbreaking to get 20+ surrender requests every single day, PLUS the "time is up" lists from animal control, and know that with just a little more funds or just one more open foster space we could save just one more. Just one more. Donations are super super slow, in fact only 4 sets of Duchess's notecards were ordered yesterday, and we were hoping that would be a bigger success:(  Summer is ALWAYS a struggle, and we could really use some helping paws. Please, please consider lending a helping paw and making a donation to help out these pups, as well as the others that are coming in or the ones hoping we can find a foster and funds to take them in.  You can donate using any of the paypal links on our website or the link right below our cover picture on Facebook.  Please also like and share our Facebook posts, as that helps people see it in their feeds and spreads the word!! You never know who seeing a post like this might be the one to help us save "just one more".  Thank you SOOO much!!

NOTE: The puppies in the picture are about 5 months old, all males, and will be listed for adoption sometime this weekend on our website, after their vetting this week, and we will accept applications ONLY at that time. If you are interested, please APPLY once they are listed on the website, any applications submitted prior will not be able to be considered, as we have limited volunteers to answer the floods of emails and calls. We promise we are not trying to be difficult or cagey, it's just that we get 100+ emails/calls almost every day, and it is hard enough to keep up with them:( Too often, in the time we take to discuss a pup at length via email/phone call with someone who has not yet applied, a good application is submitted by someone else, and then the caller/emailer gets furious with us if they do apply and now someone is ahead of them:( Our adoption process is on our website, and we have lots of wonderful pups ready NOW on the adoptable dogs page:)

June 26th UPDATE - Canelo came through his FHO surgery today with no issues, so all paws crossed for a swift and easy recovery so this sweet puppy can get back to being a puppy!!!

 Trivia Nights! 

Looking for something super fun to do every Tuesday night, AND enjoy the amazing weather we are having?? Join our friends at The Hammered Lamb for a fun-filled entertaining night of trivia from 6-8:30, Hosted by the always entertaining Scottie Campbell. All proceeds go to Florida Little Dog Rescue! Come have some fun on the patio and enjoy the weather! 1235 North Orange Ave. Orlando, Fl. 32804 Located Across from Lake Ivanhoe:)

During May trivia nights raised over $400 to help us save dogs from Animal Control:) Please go have some good food and good fun and let's save even more this month!!

 Meet Ella! 

 

Ella is a sweet, loving, fun 3-4 year old Lab mix girl who weighs about 25 pounds. She came into foster care after her owner was arrested, and well, wouldn't be getting out to take care of her. They didn't really do the best job to begin with, because she did arrive heart worm positive, but she has been treated for her heartworms and is good as new!! Her foster mom says,"Ella is an energetic, fun loving gal who loves to run and play, play, play. She may have too much exuberance for small dogs and young children, as she is just so happy and bouncy during playtime. She's full of energy and just a short "potty" walk on a leash 2-3 times a day won’t be enough for her, a fenced yard and some older kids or playmates her own size would be ideal. No kitties though, as they really don't appreciate her ideas regarding "fun play", LOL! She’s very loving and affectionate too, and will curl up next to you for snuggles. Her forever family must be active and ready to include her in their plans for an ideal companion!" Ella is spayed, up to date on vaccines, on flea and heart worm prevention, microchipped and has had her teeth cleaned! Ella is fostered in the Orlando area, and her adoption donation is $250.

 
Prince was just adopted by a wonderful family who found it in their hearts to open their home to such an awesome rescue pup! Congratulations Prince!
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 Duchess's Story, "It's About Time" 
There aren't words. No explanation, no rationalization, no excuse. There just are not. Her family was not sick, dead, moving, financially strapped, no new baby. The box was checked "don't want anymore" and they called for an officer to collect her from their porch. Instantly, my heart broke looking at her picture - heartworm positive, a broken rib that healed bad, a mammary tumor, emaciated, arthr...itic, anemic, and just so full of love with no one who wanted it from her. Fourteen years, and this is the ending they were ok with. There are not words. There are however actions. We weren't ok with this ending for her. (I couldn't shake her picture from my head. My head, which is normally pretty rational after all this time in rescue, even said "ditch rational, go with your heart"). So we took action today. Her story was NOT going to end there - alone, scared, confused, abandoned. Even if her story just ended with a blissful car ride, a bath and massage, and a fresh grilled steak, and some loving cuddles, her ending was going to be better - she deserved better. Fourteen years for a Great Dane is practically unheard of....I grew up with Danes and we considered ourselves blessed when they hit double digits. She's on borrowed time, per se, but it's almost like she just wouldn't give up ~ she just knew there was "more" if she could just hold on a little longer, the good life was right around the corner.... Even my husband, who's allergic to dogs, agreed - declaring he would just double up meds and not breathe for however long, it was a small sacrifice to him, for her. A temporary, workable plan was in place ~ enough of a plan to get her out. NOW. Today. When I got to the shelter to pick her up, she just laid in the back of her kennel and stared at me, through the gunk in her eyes, with that look. That look of uncertainty, as she was already on “that aisle” ~ was I there FOR the end or UNTIL the end? The rescue coordinator helped get a slip lead on her, and we led her out, down the aisle. She walked with her tail between her legs, wobbly, head down. We told her it would be OK. When we got to the front gate, her microchip was scanned, paperwork signed, and we headed to the parking lot. It was at that moment she seemed to realize that this was NOT "the" end. We got to my van and she sat and looked at me, with her big eyes, as if to say “am I allowed to go too?” and I helped lift her in. She immediately greeted Lindsay (my 11 year old) who then said “Hi, Duchess”. I said “Who’s Duchess”, and Lindsay said it was her new name, picked from a list Jan sent, just for her. So Duchess settled in for the ride and looked longingly out the window. We always ride with dogs crated for safety, but for Duchess we had to use a seatbelt clip attachment since we didn’t have a giant sized crate. I looked back at her in the rearview mirror, and put her window down just a little bit for fresh air. I swear you could almost hear the Hallelujah Chorus playing in her head ~ her eyes got big, and she reached up to stick her nose out ~ and just rode along catching the fresh air like it was her own little piece of heaven - and that is when I just cried. I pulled over, called my mom to thank her for raising me to love animals, texted Jan and Debra the picture of her with her head out the window (Lindsay took it, I was driving!), and just cried. With everything that has built up over the last few weeks - fundraising concerns, large influxes of rescue requests due to large numbers of surrenders, fosters starting vacations, boarding spaces disappearing, cases like Shyann and Tyla, it just all came out. Lindsay looked over at me, put her hand on my shoulder and asked if I was going to be ok. As I looked over at her, she simply said “I know you’re not ok now, but you will be, and she’s kinda worth crying over”. (I love that kid) And she’s right - Duchess is worth it. She has to be. They all have to be. I know we can only save so many, but sometimes, we just have to beg, and plead for “just that one more”. Today that was Duchess. Lynsey C. had already made the trip to animal control in the morning to give six pups a freedom ride to the vet, and those 6 made 75, yes 75, pups that she has given freedom rides to in the last 2 months - all with a baby with her! FLDR is blessed with some amazing supporters and volunteers for sure, and Mishka told her parents to make room, she was getting a big sister! Not only is she getting a big sister - but she's taking action too! Mishka said today starts Duchess's "It's about time" list!!! Starting NOW Duchess is going to be checking items off her "it's about time” (IAT) list (kinda a bucket list of sorts)……Her “IAT” list started with a “head out the window” freedom ride. Check. Vet exam to get an overall assessment and some meds to help her feel more comfy. Check. Baths and Massages (x3, lots of fleas). Check. (and about that, after her bath she came over and sat next to me, and just looked up at me, and then nuzzled next to my leg and sighed, and at that moment, my heart burst with joy for her, and shattered for her all over again at the same time). On with the IAT list: Treats. Check. Lounging in the soft grass. Check. Ride to meet her new foster sister Mishka. Check. A foster dad so excited to meet her he prepped a special room for her and was waiting outside? Check. (We adore you Rob!). A night spent on a comfy bed being fed great food with non stop loving. Check. The list goes on for what we want to check-off with Duchess. She is going to have the BEST re-written story we can give her. Period. It won’t be written with just with words, but with actions. She will hear how much she is loved and cherished now, and she will FEEL it and KNOW it. In her soul. Period. We will not settle for anything less. So as we work on Duchess’s “IAT” list, please know how much we value your continued support in saving “just one more” (or five). Helping paws still needed and much appreciated. It means a lot to us humans, but it literally means EVERYTHING to the pups. Thanks, and I promise this is my last super long novel length post. For now:) - Laurie

Cost today (6/11) to save Duchess: $110 (vet trip, pull fee, meds)
That last picture?: PRICELESS
Thank you all. Sincerely. For believing in the mission at FLDR and helping us save so many, and the "just one mores" like Duchess.

 Mr. Magoo, We Love You! 

$569. One year ago, we asked all of our fans and supporters how much a life was worth. For Mr. Magoo, it was $569 - this hospice case pup needed a safe, loving place to spend whatever time he had left - our vet and animal control both let us know up front if we had a month with him, it was borrowed time. He was in rough shape, no hair, a growth in his abdomen, and pretty much everything else a pup could have wrong, and over 12 years old, easily. Foster mom Debra vowed to love him, spoil him, and make however long he had left the best time he ever had. Well, Mr. Magoo just thrived under Debra's love, and he has decided that he is going to fight to get every extra day he can. So, a year later, Mr. Magoo is celebrating his "gotcha day", having defied ALL odds. He's had some rough bouts, but always seems to rebound. He's pretty much lost his sight, and sleeps a lot more now, but his favorite place is snuggled right up next to Debra, getting love and snuggles. $569 was what we needed to save his life and give him a year. We asked all of you at the time - was he worth it? Your resounding replies were "YES" and we can't thank you enough. In Magoo's honor we would like to welcome Magoo's Minions....pups that we simply want to take a chance on, so that their story doesn't end alone in a kennel when they deserved to be loved to the end of their days, not discarded. This week we have saved several senior pups - and we can't wait to introduce them to you. They need some extra care, but we think they are worth it. Our vet bills are pretty high right now, so any help you can give us would be great. You can use any of the links on our website, or the link below our cover picture on FaceBook. We can't think of a better way celebrate our Miracle Mr. Magoo, who is totally "worth it"! We also have our Amazon Smile Wish List (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/…). We also could use foster homes - so if you are in the Orlando area and would like to foster, please email littledogrescue@gmail.com and one of our foster coordinators will reach out to you. Thank you for helping us save lives, because every one of them matters!

Welcome to Florida Little Dog Rescue Group!

Florida Little Dog Rescue rehabilitates unwanted, abused and abandoned little dogs and places them in loving and responsible homes to live out their lives as cherished family members.  We would love for you to join us by adopting a dog, volunteering as a foster home or donating money to help save the dogs.  We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization, and all donations to FLDRG are tax deductible!

Save a Dog on Death Row!
Many need YOUR help right now!!

Please help us save dogs on Death Row at local Animal Controls. These are dogs that can't be adopted out directly from Animal Control, mainly for medical reasons. When they can't be adopted, they need a rescue to save them when their time runs out.  These pups desperately need our help, we are their last hope!

Click the Picture to Save One More!

 Florida Little Dog Rescue Group rescues dogs from all over the state of Florida, but our main focus is the Central Florida area.  Our volunteers live anywhere from Tallahassee to Tampa, but almost all of our dogs are fostered in the Orlando area.  We are 100% volunteer-based, which means no overhead or salary costs.  Your donation is used directly for dog care. We do not receive government funds. We are entirely supported by charitable donations.

We ensure that each dog is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for heartworms and other parasites, examined by a vet and treated for any known conditions prior to adoption.  All known medical information is fully disclosed to new families.  While awaiting adoption, the dogs live in foster homes that provide love, patience and TLC to the pups! A pup's stay in foster care could vary from several days to several weeks, depending upon the dog's conditions and needs.  Unlike shelter or kennel living, fostering the pups in a home environment allows us to personally evaluate each dog for behavior and temperament issues.  We are able to see how they interact and react to other animals and children, if they are house trained, like to go for walks, play ball, etc. and that makes it easier to know what type of home/family would be best suited for them!

Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit.  We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!

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    Florida Little Dog Rescue Group

    A 501(c)3 Charitable Organization

    Serving the Central Florida Area

    PO Box 702364
    St. Cloud, FL 34770
    Phone: 407-279-1127
    E-mail: littledogrescue@gmail.com
     
    Please note, we are not a shelter. We do not have a kennel or facility that you can visit and see all the dogs. Each dog is fostered in an individual home. We do rescue out of our private homes and in our spare time. So, you cannot come visit our dogs until you have gone through the application and interview process and we have contacted you about scheduling a visit.  We do not have set "hours" and we answer all calls and emails as quickly as we can!
     
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