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ABANDONED PET RESCUE (APR) is Fort Lauderdale’s NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER with the mission of rescuing and sheltering abandoned and abused pets with the goal of finding them new homes. APR provides daily care for up to 200 cats and 30 dogs at its adoption center that is equipped with free-roaming cat rooms, air-conditioned dog kennels, a play-yard and veterinary clinic.
APR began with a group of volunteers who were helping trap, neuter and release community cats. In 1996, these animal advocates recognized a great need to help abandoned pets and registered APR as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. APR is funded solely by generous donors and grants. Donations are tax-deductible.
7 Days a week 12 Noon to 5PM
LOCATION 1137 NE 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. In the Lake Ridge Neighborhood off Flagler Drive and the railroad tracks north of Sunrise Boulevard.
ADOPTION PROCESS We have dogs and cats of all shapes, ages and sizes. Small and young dogs and cats are the first to be adopted while the older and bigger pets sometimes take longer to find homes. Visit APR’s website www.abandonedpetrescue.org to see photos and bios of the pets available for adoption.
ADOPTION FEES AND INFORMATION We do not do same day adoptions and can take multiple applications on a pet.
Prospective adopters must fill out the application on the website abandonedpetrescue.org/adopt/adoption-application/. A team member will contact you to set an appointment to meet the pets. The application process helps our team match the adopter to the right pet and the pet to a forever home. The process can take up to two weeks. Once a pet is adopted, APR’s team is available to offer advice or support to make the adoption a success, but if it’s not the right match, the pet must be returned to APR.
Puppies (under 1 year) = $175
Dogs (1 year and older) = $150
Two puppies/dogs = $250
Kittens (under 1 year) = $75
Cats (1 year and older) = $60
Two kittens/cats = $100
A 10% discount is offered to veterans, service members and first responders.
Every APR pet is examined by a veterinarian and vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/ neutered, tested and treated for common illnesses and given flea/tick preventatives. APR’s onsite veterinary clinic is equipped to treat common ailments and perform general surgeries for the shelter animals.
RABIES TAG All county shelters, including Broward County, require pets who are residing in the county to carry a rabies tag, which is given with a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine. Broward County residents can purchase the tag at Broward County Animal Care & Adoption or visit broward.org
VOLUNTEERS Thank you for wanting to help save lives! Volunteer opportunities of all kinds are available. Included are opportunities in the shelter, at events and even at your own desk. You must be 18 years old to be an unsupervised volunteer. Please fill out our application to be considered and contacted for volunteer work. The volunteer application is on the website abandonedpetrescue.org/volunteer-application/
Teens, 16-17 years old, may volunteer and receive community service hours, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Dog handlers and walkers must be at least 21 years old.
All volunteers must sign a hold-harmless agreement.
Peruse our VOLUNTEER GUIDE on the website to learn all about volunteer opportunities.
FUNDRAISING APR is funded solely by generous donors and grants. Donations are tax-deductible and 98% of funds go directly to the pets in our care. APR has a small team of employees and many active volunteers. APR’s voluntary Board of Directors has seven members.
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LIFE-SAVING SUCCESS APR rescues on average 365 cats and dogs per year that were surrendered, abandoned or saved from high-kill shelters. Responsible, loving homes are found for about 350 pets annually, including 20 Medical Adoptions, which allows pets with special needs to be in a home while receiving medical care from the shelter veterinarian and ongoing support.