Dr. Doolittle Fund

Animals encountered at the Alachua County Animal Shelter often have serious but treatable medical conditions, as determined by veterinarians and Gainesville Pet Rescue in accordance with the Asilomar Accords*. GPR’s commitment to rescuing treatable shelter animals significantly adds to the amount of money we spend on medical care.

For example, we routinely treat animals with eye, ear and upper respiratory infections; demodectic and sarcoptic mange; heartworm disease; and injuries and deformities including broken bones. We also provide medical and supportive care for neonatal puppies, kittens and nursing mothers. Additionally, on a case by case basis and under the guidance of veterinarians, animals having more complicated medical conditions may be treated.

Responding to the cost of medical care, Gainesville Pet Rescue created the Dr. Doolittle Fund to raise contributions specifically for treating sick animals we adopt from the shelter. We hope everyone reading this statement will consider making a contribution to the Dr. Doolittle Fund.

Donations to the Dr. Doolittle Fund have helped us care for many animals just like the ones below. Make a donation today to help a pet with special needs!

Elmer was severely malnourished which caused his legs to be crooked. He required splints to straighten his legs so that he could walk. He also had a severe scabies infection of his skin that was treated with oral medication and prescription shampoos.

Popeye had a severe eye infection that had gone untreated causing the eye to rupture. He is now pain free without the eye and has been adopted into a forever home!

Connor was found with a severely injured leg that had to be amputated. He gets along great on 3 legs!

Cinderella developed a severe case of phenumonia and had to be hospitalized on oxygen therapy. She is now fully recovered and looking for her forever home.

Snowball was born with severely deformed eye lids that caused her eyes to be in constant pain.  Efforts were made to save her eyes but, for her comfort, removing her eye’s was the only way to alleviate her pain. She is now pain free and gets around just fine in her new home!

*The Asilomar Accords provide uniform standards, applied at shelters around the country, for classifying the health status of shelter animals. Animals are designated as healthy, treatable (rehabilitatable or manageable), or unhealthy and untreatable. The standards are directed at saving the lives of all healthy and treatable companion animals.