Dog Kennel Temporary Quarantine
We are voluntarily self-imposing a temporary quarantine of our DOG kennels due to a contagious, but presently unknown, upper respiratory infection. Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine graciously took samples yesterday from infected dogs and is helping us to better determine with what kind of infection we are dealing and the appropriate course of treatment.
The good news is that our canine patients are responding very well to initial antibiotic treatments administered, and we are hopeful both for speedy recoveries for the rest and that our kennels will reopen to the public within 2 weeks or less.
Meanwhile we do respectfully request that owner surrenders be held, if possible, until this situation is resolved. If needed, we can provide support or refer you to one of our Alachua County Animal Welfare Coalition partners. We thank you in advance for your cooperation! For support and additional questions please contact us at 352-264-6870.
Additionally, the Blood Drive adoption event that was scheduled for this Saturday, April 29th has been cancelled due to our temporary quarantine.
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, May 27th from 9:00am-10:00am here at Animal Services located at 3400 NE 53rd Avenue.
Become a foster parent and save animal lives!
Email Foster@alachuacounty for details.
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, May 27th from 10:30am-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.
Paws on Parole
Paws on Parole is a prison-based dog training program which pairs adoptable dogs from Alachua County Animal Services with inmates from the Florida Department of Corrections and the Alachua County Jail.
The dogs live with and are trained by the inmates for 8 weeks and learn the basic skills necessary to pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. The adoption fee is $30.00 and includes spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines.
Learn more at pawsonparole.com.