Thank you for your interest in becoming a Rescue Partner with the Animal Care and Adoption Division (ACAD). Together, we can save lives and give good animals a second chance to find safe, loving forever homes. This is hard work, but the rewards make it worth the time, effort and sacrifice.
If you are a qualified and experienced animal rescue organization that would like to become an approved Rescue Partner with ACAD, please review the terms of our Rescue Agreement. The agreement contains the straightforward policies and procedures that apply to our Rescue Program.
Rescue Partners must be approved prior to receiving or providing care for pets released from ACAD. In order to apply to become an approved Rescue Partner, the organization must meet the following requirements:
- Be an active501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of rescuing companion animals and providing care, medical treatment, behavior assessment or other assistance in order to rehabilitate ACAD animals for adoption.
- Have all appropriate licenses and registrations required by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations; local zoning approval, if applicable; and any other federal, state or local agencies.
- Have had no arrests or convictions of animal cruelty, neglect or abandonment, or ever been banned or suspended as a rescue group from another shelter.
- Complete and sign a Rescue Application
Once received, applications are reviewed for accuracy and completeness. Upon notification that your organization has been approved as a Rescue Partner, you will be eligible to participate in the rescue program and be registered to receive daily rescue bulletins that list animals who are in critical need for rescue assistance.
For more information about the Rescue Partner Program, please contact our Rescue Program Coordinator at 954-357-7093.