Save 2 Lives Blood Drive and Adoption Event
Alachua County Animal Services, along with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine's Student Association of Veterinary Surgery, and Life South Community Blood Centers are offering free pet adoptions to those donating blood on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Animal Services Headquarters (3400 NE 53rd Ave, Gainesville). Blood donors will receive a "voucher," which is good for a waived-fee adoption on any pet at Alachua County Animal Services. These vouchers are transferrable and do not expire.
There will also be raffles, silent auctions, snow cones, and "goodie bags" for each adopted pet. Each pet will receive a free pet id tag made possible by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Blood donors must be 17 or older, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show ID.
Pet adopters must be 18 or older, and show ID with proof of current address. If there are already pets in the home, the potential adopter must show proof that owned animals are current on rabies vaccinations and licensed. All dogs and cats available for adoption are examined, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered before leaving Animal Services.
For more information, call Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6870.
Would you like a way to help homeless pets without committing to a lifetime of pet ownership? Are you willing to open you home to provide love and socialization to a pet that isn’t quite ready to be adopted? Do you want to help care for motherless puppies and kittens until they are old enough to find their forever homes? Foster care might be the perfect option for your family!
Our next foster orientation is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd from 8:00am-9:00am here at Animal Services located at 3400 NE 53rd Avenue. Become a foster parent and save animal lives!
Email Foster@alachuacounty for details.
In addition to handling lost and abandoned animals, Alachua County Animal Services offers a wide range of services. You can view adoptable animals online and keep an eye out for that perfect pet from the comfort of your own home.
Find your next four legged family member here!
ACAS loves our volunteers, and our animals do too! Click here to find out more about volunteering with us!
Our next volunteer orientation is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30am-12:30pm here at Animal Services located at 3400 NE 53rd Avenue. Come and see how your involvement can save animal lives!
Want to Donate?
Write a check to the Alachua County Animal Services Donation Fund
- Blankets, towels or any soft bedding type materials
- Toys (Hard chew toys for dogs, tennis balls, frisbees, or any cat toys)
- Dry food
- Peanut butter
- Pet Shampoo
- Wet pads
Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her guardians to start a charitable foundation, Maddie's Fund®, in her name. Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell head-over-heels for Maddie when she was only ten days old. "We held her in our arms, and loved her immediately," says Dave. "Maddie melted our hearts from the first second we saw her," adds Cheryl, "with her sweet ways, her stubbornness, her independence, her intelligence, her spirit, and her devotion."
Dave, Cheryl and Maddie shared ten memorable and happy years together. Dave remembers one particularly good day during the formation of his company, PeopleSoft. Playing with Maddie, he picked her up and made the following promise: "If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today."
Dave and Cheryl are fulfilling their promise to Maddie. They have endowed Maddie's Fund with more than $300 million and have spent $118 million through FY 2011-12 to save dog and cat lives. In their lifetime, Dave and Cheryl have given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause than any other individuals. And although they don't want to make a big fuss over their unprecedented contribution, they do want to honor their cherished companion and the special bond they shared with her.
Animal lovers can understand this sentiment. More and more of us view our companion animals as family, giving them the same care and tenderness we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance our lives with their stability, love and companionship. The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable. Maddie inspired Dave and Cheryl to give generously to help save homeless pets in desperate need of love and care. Thanks to the dog with the indomitable spirit, shelter pets are afforded new opportunities to find compassionate homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.
On behalf of all sheltered dogs and cats, we give thanks to Maddie, whose spirit lives on through the lives her memorable gift has touched.
More information about Maddie, and Maddie's Fund, can be found at the Maddie's Fund website.