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Our Grant Philosophy
Franklin’s Friends grants funds to deserving local 501(c)(3) and government animal welfare agencies. Grant applications are rigorously reviewed for veterinary and financial responsibility. We strive to support three pillars of animal welfare: Shelter/Rescue, Spay/Neuter, and Community Education. All funds granted are restricted to the use specified in the grant application.

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Franklin’s Friends accepts grant applications from local 501(c)(3) and government agencies in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, or Lake Counties year round. Each organization may only apply once per calendar year. We do not donate to breed specific rescues or to individuals. We do not provide grants for the purchase of property or buildings. We will not grant funds to organizations who do not treat heartworm positive dogs according to the American Heartworm Society guidelines unless they are applying for funds to allow them to do so. Any organization receiving a grant from Franklin’s Friends is required to furnish receipts demonstrating how our funds were spent.

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Grant Recipient:

Daytona Beach German Shepherd Resuce

December 2018


Franklin's Friends granted $10,000 to Daytona Beach German Shepherd Rescue to rescue and treat dogs in the state of Florida .



Paisley and Astro- 5 month old German Shepherd mixes were saved from Suwannee County Animal Services. They were originally found as strays, or possibly dumped on the side of the road and once they arrived at the shelter, they were placed in a cat room as all the dog runs were full. Once their stray hold was up, we sent a transporter out to go get them (3 hours away). We initially placed them in the same foster home but decided to separate shortly after as they were not dependent on each other. Paisley has been recently adopted and Astro is still available




Paisley and Astro- 5 month old German Shepherd mixes were saved from Suwannee County Animal Services. They were originally found as strays, or possibly dumped on the side of the road and once they arrived at the shelter, they were placed in a cat room as all the dog runs were full. Once their stray hold was up, we sent a transporter out to go get them (3 hours away). We initially placed them in the same foster home but decided to separate shortly after as they were not dependent on each other. Paisley has been recently adopted and Astro is still available




1 year old German Shepherd was saved from Chipley County Animal Shelter in North Florida. we recently signed up as a rescue partner with this specific shelter and he was our very first pull. He is currently in a foster home in Fernandina Beach, which he shares with 3 other German Shepherds (all previously adopted from our rescue). He does have some behavioral issues so need an experienced handler but he is available for adoption




12 year old German Shepherd was saved from Nassau County Animal Services. We were notified via social media by the shelter director that Moon was placed in a foster home via the shelter and unfortunately, he did not get the care that he needed so the shelter confiscated him back. Due to the shape he was in, he was not adoptable so the shelter reached out to us to see if we can help. He arrived with severe mange (which is still being treated), massive muscle loss, a growth on his belly and high heartworm positive. At this time, he is considered a hospice foster, aka forever foster and depending on how his health progresses or declines, he may or may not be available for adoption.



Suwannee Rescues

These non Shepherd dogs came from the Suwannee County Animal Shelter in McAlpin, FL. Our group of volunteers visited the shelter working on an improvement project when we found out that those dogs were the ones on the list to be put down the next day to make room for others coming in. We had a volunteer load them all up and bring to the boarding/vetting facility in Ocala to hold them until we could find a solution to place them.So 8 lives were saved and it also opened up 8 kennels at the shelter for the new arrivals.


Grant Recipient:

Husky Haven of Florida

December 2018

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Franklin's Friends awarded an additional $18,000 to Husky Haven for the shelter and veterinary care for dogs rescued in the state of Florida.



Holly was born with extremely deformed legs that make it very difficult for her to get around. We are currently working to get her a prosthetic! Holly is an amazing spirit, she does not let her disabilities slow her down in the slightest. She is an incredibly happy pup and will have a lifetime of love and adventures ahead of her!




Abigail found herself abandoned at the shelter at 10 years old with her right eye painfully swollen from untreated glaucoma. We are unfortunately very familiar with this problem in huskies of all ages. Abigail underwent an enucleation (removal) of her right eye and her left eye will be periodically monitored and treated in hopes to prevent or at least postpone the glaucoma. She’s healing well with her loving foster family. The vet recommended we shave her (typically a big no no for double coated breeds) to help prevent overheating due to her matted undercoat, since excessive panting could be detrimental to her post op recovery.




Sweet little Yuki was picked up by the shelter after being hit by a vehicle. She had an injury and open wound to her back right leg. After evaluation by one of our vets it was found she needed a Femoral Head Ostectomy. She’s still healing and working through physical therapy, but I’m happy to report she’s doing so with her furever family!!


Grant Recipient:

Way Home, Inc.

November 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted an additional $5,000 to The Way Home, Inc. to Trap, Neuter, and Release cats and kittens in Central Florida.



























































Grant Recipient:

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

October 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $211 to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to purchase vests for the four Comfort Canines in the Seminole County Public Schools system.

Grant Recipient:

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida

October 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $25,000 to Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida for the shelter and care of dogs rescued in the state of Florida.



Recently adopted!! This sweet little muffin was found with her mom and siblings, left outside to fend for themselves. The pups were tied up and tangled in landscaping net. Not all survived, but sweet Ava did. She went to an amazing home and they’re enjoying all there is to enjoy with a new puppy!




His senior citizen owner moved in with family and the family said the dog wasn’t welcome so off he went to Lake County Animal Services. Poodle and Pooch Rescue scooped him up and he’s oh-so-sweet!




Recently adopted!! He was a bit of a hot mess, senior boy who found himself a retiree in The Villages to spoil him rotten for the rest of his days. Life is good!




Recently adopted!! This girl was brought to PPR because she didn’t like to share meal time with a new pet in the household. She was recently adopted to a retiree and per the most recent update – she’s fitting in perfectly!




Recently adopted!! She had trauma to her tail and it took some time to heal and treat, but she’s looking and feeling good now and loving life!




She is new to PPR and has a significant heart murmur and she’s heartworm positive and had hookworms too. She is being treated slowly and carefully. She is a very fearful dog and came from a backyard breeding situation. Long road of recovery ahead for this sweet girl.




She is still in foster care – special dog because she needs to be an only dog and is working through some fear and confidence issues.




Betsy was surrendered to a PPR volunteer when her owners were done making money off of her from repeated breeding, apparently they raised enough to travel and decided Betsy was no longer worth anything. Betsy came to us in pretty rough shape – her mouth was rotten and she needed pretty extensive dental work done, but felt so much better after all of the infected teeth were removed and her mouth was cleaned up! She went into foster care and never left – her foster family “failed” and said Betsy was staying put. We love it when this happens!




Geppetto was an Orange County stray – nobody came forward and PPR was asked to help. He’s a great dog, learned tricks quickly in foster care and was just scooped up by his new mom, just in time for the holidays. :-)




Nyla came into our care recently and her vetting isn’t complete yet. She was hit by a car and suffered from a pretty nasty pelvic fracture. We picked her up from OCAS and had her rushed to our vet. She’s recovering in foster care on strict rest, minimal activity, slow, short leash walks and lots of tlc. She was a bit nasty initially, but this poor girl was in so much pain so who could blame her? She is recovering in a home and will be with her foster family for the holidays with her very own gifts.




Recently adopted and has his very own family for Christmas!! Adam was another pup that was found with his mom and siblings, left outside to fend for themselves – the pups were tied up and tangled in landscaping net, not all the pups survived, but Adam did. Photo here was pre-adoption, with his brother Alan :-)




Maple is a sweet, young girl who found herself pregnant and homeless at just 3 years old. She was given away twice, each time after the new owner discovered she was expecting and wanted to get rid of her before she had puppies. Fortunately, a PPR volunteer was able to step in and asked PPR to help. Maple gave birth on the way to the vet’s office. She had 4 beautiful puppies, we’ve cared for the entire family and have really enjoyed watching them flourish in foster care. The puppies will have their second round of vaccines this week, then they’ll be ready for adoption next week. Maple was just spayed after the pups were weaned and was just listed for adoption today. She’s really enjoying life in foster care, spoiled rotten and spending a lot of time lounging by the pool. She was a great mommy, but when they were weaned, she was thrilled! She’s loving her new life without pups hanging all over her. We’re confident she’ll get a lot of interest and we’ll find her the perfect family very soon.




Ah, sweet Sniffles! This young man has taken the nation by storm! From USA Today, The Today Show, People Magazine (online), and so many others – he became famous overnight! He was picked up as a stray in Orange County and we were asked to help. After his story went viral, we were able to learn his story. He was originally rescued off the streets in Puerto Rico after he was attacked by other stray dogs there. During the attack, his nose was ripped off of his face. He was rushed to a local vet and over the course of several months, went through several surgeries. When he was ready for adoption, the rescue organization in PR felt that he would receive better medical care in the states and they allowed for him to go to a family in Orlando. Unfortunately, that adoption didn’t work out and he was being left outside frequently and ended up on the streets as a stray again. OCAS picked him up and that’s when we stepped in to help. He’s being treated by Dr. Zern at CVH, he had his teeth cleaned and he requires several daily “flushes” of his nasal passage (which is not an easy task). He also requires daily eye drops for dry eye. We’re happy to report that a local physician saw his story and fell in love with Sniffles. We hope to make the adoption official by the end of the week. Even better….the family wants to adopt 2-3 more special needs dogs from PPR!! We’re so happy that Sniffles is getting the family that he deserves and that because of his famous face, he was able to shed some light on some of our other special needs dogs too. It's a beautiful thing!




Sweet Betty the Beagle has had a rough life – she came to us feeling pretty yukky with a huge mass on her vulva. Her owners couldn’t afford to care for her, they let her health go, never spayed her and when the mass grew larger, they surrendered her. Our vet at EOAH felt that the mass would go down post spay, but it didn’t. She’s now scheduled with our specialty vet at CVH and will follow up there for both a mastectomy and an episiotomy. When she came to us she was dehydrated, weak and had explosive diarrhea. She stayed at EOAH for a bit on IV fluids, they observed her, treated her, then released her to foster once she perked up and was feeling better. She’s really made herself at home, comfortable and happy in foster care and getting a ton of love. After her surgeries, she’ll have several weeks of recovery ahead so she won’t be ready for adoption any time soon, but her foster family loves her and she’s pretty content right where she is for now. Photos below are of the mass on her vulva (about the size of a cantaloupe) and two of her taking it easy in foster care.




This tiny nugget was picked up as a stray, the person that found her had her scanned for a chip, reported to AC, hung signs, searched for her people and nobody came forward. Once her stray hold was up, PPR was asked to help. She’s a middle aged Chi girl, terrified at the vet, but really warms up in a home. She wasn’t spayed when she was found, her nails curled into her paw pads, she had nasty ear infections, a rotten, infected mouth and she was underweight. The woman that found her put some meat on her bones, nursed her back to health and had her spayed and vaccinated. Gigi had a nasty UTI, a skin infection and a pretty rotten mouth so we accepted her into care, handled the remaining vetting and microchip, and sent her into foster care. She has some interested applications and should be adopted this week!




This beautiful boy was tied to a lead outside with no access to food or water. His humans left him tied outside and posted him for sale on a central FL FB post. Someone alerted us to it and we inquired. He was recently attacked by another dog on the property and wasn’t able to get away because he was tied to the lead. After speaking with the woman and contacting AC, she agreed to hand this dog over to PPR’s care and NOT try to sell him to someone who would want to breed him (yes, this is what she was trying to do). EOAH described him as a “hot mess” upon intake – he was matted, filthy, flea infested, full of parasites, bleeding and had cuts and puncture wounds in several places of his body that were discovered once he was shaved down. Despite his background, he is the sweetest and most gentle boy. He’s underweight and quite boney, but we’re working on that. First photos were upon intake and last two shots are him resting in his foster home. He has some recovering to do, weight to gain, confidence to build and things to learn so he isn’t ready for adoption just yet. His foster family just may be “foster failures” though….so far, he has their hearts.




Oleo aka Frodo is an middle aged Schnauzer mix guy who ended up at OCAS, passed by repeatedly because he had a large oral mass. We knew this was a PPR kinda’ guy so we scooped him up and off he went to our vets. The first two photos here were from AC, the 3rd photo was his freedom ride, the 4th photo was after the mass removal and the last photo is of his Valentines shoot that his foster dads took him to. We’re sad to report that we got the pathology report back and the mass was cancerous, melanoma. The oncologist reported that it’s an aggressive cancer and gives our sweet muffin about 6 months to live, tops. Frodo is seriously one of the happiest, friendliest and most loving chunky guys we’ve ever met. He doesn’t know that he’s sick and we aren’t telling him. His foster dads adore him and while they were devastated by the news, they were more than happy to keep Frodo as a PPR permanent resident for as long as he has. As of today, Frodo was playing in their backyard with their other rescued dogs and then came in for a nice long nap. We’ll spoil him rotten and make him happy until he tells us it’s time.




Carlos was beginning to show signs of his age and his family said they hadn’t taken him to a vet in over 5 years. He had a urine infection, bad teeth, and a tumor that needed to be biopsied and removed. The vet started him on a prescription diet that he needs to remain on for life to prevent further urine infections. He was a little sad at first, didn’t want to engage and just seemed depressed but he’s really feeling so much better now and he’s starting to come out of his shell and accept love and attention. He’s such a sweet and gentle guy. He’s really a great little dog and he will find his forever home soon!!




Roxy was found as a stray, the woman that picked her up reported her to AC, hung signs, had her scanned for a chip (no chip) and held her until her stray hold was up, then she asked PPR to help. It appears someone dumped her because she was in a rural area and seemed pretty confused and disoriented. Upon intake, she was loaded w/ worms, she was underweight, flea infested, she wasn’t spayed, she had a pretty rotten mouth and had a UTI. She was given a couple rounds of strong antibiotics and she’s on a special urinary diet for life now. Roxy was groomed, spayed, had her teeth cleaned, brought up to date on all vaccines and microchipped. She was really nervous and shy initially, but she’s starting to feel comfy in her foster home and learning how to be a happy dog. Her foster mom says she loves to sit in the sunshine and run laps around the yard. She’s enjoying blankets and snuggling too. She hasn’t been listed for adoption yet, but she will be soon. For now, she’s enjoying life with her foster family and doing quite well.




This older guy came to us as an owner surrender. His senior citizen owner went into nursing care and wasn’t able to bring him along. PPR was asked to help. When we brought him into our care, we noticed he was urinating and drinking frequently. We had him tested for Cushings Disease and it turns out that not only did Smoky have Cushings, he also needed to be on a special kidney diet. After all testing, Smoky was placed on meds and rx diet and seems to be doing much better in foster care now. He’s listed for adoption and will require a special person to accept a senior guy with special needs, but he’s so cute and charming, we’re sure someone will scoop him up soon. We’re hopeful his human is out there and until then, he’s safe and very loved in his foster home.




This sweet guy was shaking like a leaf on a tree when his last family abandoned him. He’s a 3 yr old, Terrier boy – perfect family dog, loves and trust all humans, kids, other dogs and even likes cats too. Boston is a giant softy – terrified at the vet’s office, so sad after his neuter surgery in his cone of shame photo below. Boston had all of his routine vetting done and we also removed one of his dew claws that was hanging from his foot and was at risk of getting caught on things and ripping off painfully, so we made sure that was addressed so he’d never need to worry. Once he made his way to foster care, he came out of his shell and loved life. He wasn’t in foster care long because this beautiful family pictured below adopted him right away!




Despite her last humans failing her, she is a trusting, gentle loving little girl. We received a call from OCAS about a dog that was hit by a car and in bad shape. She was chipped, the family was contacted and they said “We’re in the middle of moving so the front door has been open and the dog just walked out – she’s in the way anyway, we don’t want her back” – when OCAS called and told me this, I was appalled! These people were just told that their dog was hit by a car, sitting in animal control and that was their reply. So….we picked her up, rushed her to CVH and placed her into a loving foster home. She is better off without those worthless humans anyway! Coco had a bad pelvic fracture and some nerve damage. She was in so much pain, she couldn’t even urinate or defecate. This girl went through a lot of vet visits, pain management, cage rest and eventually a little light therapy and we’re happy to report that she made a full recovery! Once she recovered from her injuries from the car hit, we had to address her spay and mammary masses that she had as well. Your donation covered her surgery and medications. Coco was with one of our best foster moms and this foster mom did an amazing job helping sweet Coco to recover. Coco even made and appearance on our local Good Day Orlando show and she was a hit! After months in care, Coco was just adopted last week and is living life as one very spoiled pooch – just as she’s always deserved.




This sweet pup was brought to us after she was hit by a car and left in the road. She was estimated to be just about 5 months old, she was covered with road rash and she had a fractured femor and dislocated hip. She was also loaded with fleas and parasites, but those were the least of our concerns. Our vet performed and FHO surgery, she was required to rest and we’re happy to report that she’s recovered beautifully and feeling good! She’s a sweet, friendly, loving pup and she’s finally starting to enjoy being able to run and play like a normal puppy. Your donation helped to provide care for her post surgery, including radiographs, medications and vaccines.




This handsome guy was surrendered to us by a family that didn’t feel they could give him the best life that he needed. Jax was adopted from animal control and his family just didn’t feel like he was comfortable nor happy in their care so they asked PPR to help to find more suitable placement for him and someone who could commit to training and help Jax to gain confidence. He supposedly came from a neglectful and perhaps an abusive situation and he needs to learn to trust. He seems to do best with other dogs in the home so that is our goal. Jax was fully vaccinated and he received everything that he needed at CVH before heading to foster care. You covered Jax medical costs!




This guy was left at a boarding facility by his owners and they never returned for him. He was recently diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, which the owner shared when she left him to board. When the facility contacted the owner and asked when they’d be coming to get Leo, they said they didn’t want him back and that if they did come back for him, they were taking him to animal control. The facility asked that the owner sign Leo over to them and they asked PPR to help. Leo is an older guy, probably 13-14 yrs old, we took radiographs of his chest, confirmed that he was in CHF and that he also has a significant heart murmur. Leo is on medications and he’s responding well. We don’t know how long Leo has, but he’s a really happy, funny, loving little guy and our hope is that he finds a special adopter that will spoil him rotten for the rest of his days. Until then, he’s very much loved and comfy in his amazing foster home. You covered Leo’s vetting expenses.


Grant Recipient:

Spay N Save

October 2018

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Franklin's Friends awarded $11,250 to Spay N Save to perform 50 dog and 150 cat sterilizations for low income families in Lake County

Grant Recipient:

Florida Hospital Foundation

August 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $4167.80 to theFlorida Hospital Foundation to purchase protective vests for Florida Hospital's six K9 officers.

Grant Recipient:

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

July 2018

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Franklin's Friends pledged $40,000 to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. $10,000 will be used to fund programs to educate neighborhoods and communities about Trap Neuter and Release and enlist their help to identify colonies and to assist with TNR events. $30,000 will be used to fund 6 TNR events that will result in the TNR of 100 cats per month.

Grant Recipient:

Osceola County Animal Services

July 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $10,000 to Osceola County Animal Services to pay for 200 free spay/neuter services for cats found by citizens

Grant Recipient:

Husky Haven of Florida

July 2018

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Franklin's Friends awarded $10,000 to Husky Haven for the shelter and veterinary care for dogs rescued in the state of Florida.



Zeus was rescued from Santa Rosa County with severe skin issues and a seizure disordered. He is currently stable and treatment is being discussed to prevent more seizures. He is available now for adoption but will most likely be a foster failure.



Prince Charming

Prince Charming was rescued from Manatee county along with his sister. He is available now for adoption.




Bella is a 10 year old senior who ended up at St. John's County Shelter when her owner passed away. Husky Haven rescued her and she was adopted to a great couple that has another senior husky and is living a wonderful life.




Abby is a 9 year old senior rescued from St. John's county with 2 large tumors the size of golf balls. Both thankfully were benign. She has already been adopted!




Ramsey was rescued from the Hillsborough shelter within minutes of euthanasia. They thought he was 10 years old since he was in bad condition and blind. However, after examinations, the vet estimated him at around 3-4 years old. He had to have both eyes removed but he is the sweetest boy. He is going to be adopted by his foster home!




Slater is a 2 year old rescued from Polk county shelter. He had massive trauma to his genitalia that required amputation of his penis and reconstructive surgery TO make it so that he urinates more like a female. He has a very good prognosis for a long and happy life and has already been adopted.




Blanca a nearly two year old, was rescued from the shelter after an owner abuse case confiscation. She was severly underweight and healing from an infection where her collar had imbedded into her skin. Blanca is also heartworm positive and has begun treatment after taking some time to get her healed and healthier. She has already been adopted and her new daddy is seeing her through the healing process and showing her what a loving home is all about!



Cheddar Light

Cheddar Light was rescued from the St. Augustine Humane Society as a 10 year old in very bad shape. The shelter thought he was failing due to the stress of the shelter. We got him into an amazing foster home where he settled in nicely. When he didn't start to thrive we brought him to one of our vets to be looked over. It was discovered he had advanced stage organ failure and he became a hospice case. He was only with us a few short weeks, but they were full of adventures and love! Cheddar has crossed the rainbow bridge.




Cinderella was rescued from the Miami Shelter and is believed to be around 1.5 years old. She is also adjusting well in her foster home and is a good girl looking for her forever home!




Julius, Stalone, Katniss, Conway, Hubbard, Kaiser, and Cole are a liter of husky mixes we took in from a shelter in the Panhandle. They were dumped at the shelter at only 6 weeks old, to young to be weaned even. Aside from a few having kennel cough they are otherwise thriving and on schedule with vaccinations. Several already have adopters and are now beginning their new lives!


Grant Recipient:

Way Home, Inc.

July 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted an additional $2,500 to The Way Home, Inc. to Trap, Neuter, and Release cats and kittens in Central Florida.

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Grant Recipient:

Spay the Strays

June 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted an additional $5,000 to Spay the Strays to pay for veterinary care and microchipping of cats trapped or rescued in Central Florida.

Grant Recipient:

Sophie's Circle

June 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted an additional $10,000 to Sophie's Circle for the veterinary care of special needs dogs rescued in the state of Florida.



Cowboy is a puppy who was sold on CraigsList to someone who gave him away when he became ill. That person gave him away to someone else who eventually reached out to Sophie's Circle. It turned out he had parvo. He spent a couple days in the animal hospital but he pulled through and is now adopted into his forever home.




Hope is a husky rescued from a shelter in Palatka. Hope arrived with a terrible skin infection, ear infection, parasites as well as a very large mass. She needed some time to build her strength before having surgery to remove the mass but now she is doing wonderfully!




Noble was found as a stray and never claimed. He had an ear infection and terrible teeth. In fact he had to have surgery to remove all his teeth. But now he feels like a new man now and is waiting for his forever home.



Anna and Elsa

Anna and Elsa were left on a property where their owners were evicted. We believe Elsa is probably Anna's puppy. Elsa had some very serious infections in her skin and eyes, as well as a serious case of fleas. Anna could not bear weight on one of her legs and xrays showed major damage caused by a heavy blunt force - she may have been hit by a car. Unfortunately this is an old injury that cannot be surgically corrected and she will need to have that leg amputated.




Anna (name changed to Freya) the pup was non weight bearing on one of her legs and after xrays it shows major damage caused by a heavy blunt force. We think she was possibly hit by a car or something like that. Unfortunately this is an old injury and there is no fixing her now. She was finally cleared to have her leg amputated and is now recovering in her foster home.




Kona came from a shelter very pregnant. She gave birth 24 hours after leaving the shelter. She was a good mom and took care of all her babies. Unfortunately she developed pyometra and required an emergency visit. She is all healed up now and waiting to find her forever home.




Daisy is an old gal who was brought into a shelter as a stray. It was very apparent she had suffered years of neglect. She has had chronic skin and ear infections that her poor skin and ears are damaged for life. Along with getting her infections cleared up she also needed a dental for all her rotting teeth. She is feeling so much better now and waiting for her forever home.




Millie is an American Bulldog who was found as a stray in very rough shape. She had multiple cuts and punctures but we do not know from what. She needed multiple stiches, staples and drains but she is all healed up now and enjoying her new life with her forever family.




Enzo came from Orange County Animal Services where he was having difficulty walking. X-rays revealed he has an injury which he will need surgery to fix. He is still a puppy so the vet is waiting till he is closer to full grown before fixing his hip.



Missy And Maria

Missy and Maria are 2 puppies who were surrendered to us in very rough shape. They were crawling with fleas and infested with parasites. There skin was chewed up from probably having fleas eating at them since the day they were born. Both girls are now adopted and will only know love from here on out.




Leia was an owner surrender who owners were moving and could no longer keep her. Once she was in our care we noticed a large mass on her shoulder. We had it removed and it was confirmed it was cancer. Luckily the vet got all clear margins and she has been adopted and enjoying the good life.




Ricky was found in front of a hotel in Orlando with some serious injuries to his face. Animal control picked him up and we then pulled him from the shelter. He went straight to the vet where they were able to fix him. He is now waiting for his forever home.


Grant Recipient:

Partnership for Paws, Inc.

April 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $2,500 to Partnership for Paws, Inc. for the veterinary care, food, and supplies for rescued dogs.



Ted is a senior chihuahua (about 10 years old) who was surrendered by his owner. He was only four pounds when he was rescued but he is coming along wonderfully!




Holly is a young terrier mix who has a severe case of demodex mange. We began her incoming vetting in December.




We thank you for the opportunity to help us rescue Arnold from Lake County Animal Services this month. He was initially diagnosed with Coccidia and a moderate case of kennel cough.




We brought in several owner surrenders to keep them out ofthe shelter system. One of those surrenders includes Bullet, who had been suffering from recurring ear infections according to the former owner. He has needed several visits to the vet to treat this issue.




Lily and Paisley were owner surrendered in February 2019 after the owner was referred to us by Lake County Animal Services. They were living in filth in Paisley Florida and are now enjoying healthy lives with loving fosters. Both have found wonderful adopters for all puppies and they are all scheduled to go to their forever homes in late March after they have completed their spay/neuter surgeries.




Lily and Paisley were owner surrendered in February 2019 after the owner was referred to us by Lake County Animal Services. They were living in filth in Paisley Florida and are now enjoying healthy lives with loving fosters. Both have found wonderful adopters for all puppies and they are all scheduled to go to their forever homes in late March after they have completed their spay/neuter surgeries.


Grant Recipient:

Way Home, Inc.

April 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $2,500 to The Way Home, Inc. to Trap, Neuter, and Release cats and kittens in Central Florida.

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Grant Recipient:

Sophie's Circle

April 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $5,000 to Sophie's Circle for the veterinary care of special needs dogs rescued in the state of Florida.



Autumn is a husky who was brought into Orange County Animal Services after being hit by a car. She spent a few days boarding at a vet then went to a specialist for surgery. She is all healed now and has been adopted.




Blue was at a shelter with a huge mass on his back that needed to be removed. He went to University of Florida Small Animal Hospital where they confirmed the mass was cancer but they were able to remove it all. He is happily living with his forever family now.




Haidee was at a local shelter for 4 months and in quarantine due to a massive hematoma on her ear. Sophie's Circle sprung her lose and she was able to get the surgery she needed to fix her ear. Her foster mom fell in love and decided to adopt her.




Joanie was at Flagler Humane Society where she was brought in as a stray. Her owners never came and she was too old to spend one more day in a shelter so Sophie's Circle pulled her. She had to have a mastectomy and we are happy to report it was not cancer! Joanie recovered in her foster home and then was quickly adopted by a loving family.


Grant Recipient:

Chi Chi's Rescue Ranch

December 2017

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Franklin's Friends granted a holiday bonus grant of$10,000 to Chi Chi's Rescue Ranch, Inc. to pay for veterinary care (including spay/neuter, surgeries, basic vetting, treating injuries or illness, or heartworm treatment) and board and train expenses for dogs rescued from Central Florida kill shelters.



Poor Babey came from OCAS because her owners surrendered her to be euthanized because she was old and had a growth on her face. The shelter convinced the owners to let them place her in rescue with Chi Chi's. Babey is blind and has a wobbly back end due to arthritis. Her growth was nothing more than a small cyst on her cheek that was very easily removed during her dental. She was adopted but was returned due to peeing in the house. She is now staying with Chi Chi's founder and has no problem with potty trainer - so she has become a forever foster!



5 Retriever- Puppies Polly, Sadie, Sassy, Stella, and Spike

These AMAZING puppies were saved in the last hour before euthanasia when Brevard County Humane Society in Cocoa reached out to Chi Chi's saying they had a litter of 6 week old puppies one of whom was very sick with parvovirus. The parvo spread amongst them all within that first week and then they all got pneumonia. They had to be quarantined for four weeks! It was a rough month, but now they are all doing incredibly in forever homes!!




Sweet Grace was saved from OCAS. She is 15+ years old. She was FULL of intestinal parasites, skin irritated and itchy, hair knotted, ear infection, eyes infected etc. She got all her medicines, a nice grooming, and is being spoiled with one of our amazing hospice fosters. We are just keeping her happy and comfortable and enjoying each day we have her!




King was very sick when he saved from OCAS. He tested positive for distemper and had to be transferred to another vet that had a better quarantine area and more doctors available to tend to his urgent needs. So proud to say he bounced back and is doing great!! Unfortunately, distemper does have the risk of neurological issues presenting months down the road. He is in foster care because he needs to be away from other dogs as he can shed the virus for 60-90 days. We are also waiting to see if any neurological issues come up. If he does not develop neurological issues, he will be a normal, healthy dog!


Grant Recipient:

Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida

January 2018

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Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida success stories from their November 2017 grant for the shelter and care of dogs rescued in the state of Florida



Bella is a middle aged Boston Terrier that was owned by a breeder. She spent her life outside, in the dirt, in a kennel. She was given up because she had a growth on her rear end. She also was heartworm positive and had a mammory tumor and two hernias that required surgery. Luckily her tumors were benign. Bella recovered from surgery in her foster home for a few weeks, then was treated for heartworm. Now, Bella is ready for a home!



Halo and Skye

27 breeder dogs were hidden in a back yard in a rural area. Many of the dogs had been debarked to keep neighbors from complaining. Poodle and Pooch reached out to the owner and persuaded him to turn over the dogs. Many of them were deaf because of inbreeding. Halo and Skye, two pups, were also born with microphthalmia which means their eyes never developed properly. They are deaf and blind but they are happy, playful pups. They are bonded so they need a home who want to adopt them together.




Sophia was hanging out at a 7-11, blind and begging for food. A kind person took her home and called Poodle and Pooch. She’s about 8 years old and has been diagnosed with SARDS. The good news is that although there is no treatment, this is not a painful condition at all. These dogs are blind and drink and eat more than normal dogs. Sophia is lovely!




Tartis a sweet dog taken in from The Redlands. The Redlands is a rural area in South Florida where people dump their dogs.Tart was very sweet, but timid on arrival. He has come into his own and is now happy as can be!




Kelsey is another dog taken in from the Redlands. She had just given birth – another rescue took her pups but did not rescue her so Poodle and Pooch stepped in and saved her.




Bea was rescued from animal control and was heartworm positive. She has since been treated and is happy and healthy!




Scarlett is a senior Labrador who was left in a back yard after her owners moved out. She has a cancerous mast cell tumor on her side that is inoperable but she isn’t in any pain. She is on medications to slow the tumor growth and spread of the cancer. Poodle and Pooch cannot adopt out Scarlett because they want to control her veterinary care so she will be a Forever Foster.




Princess is part of a neglect case. She was living outside in a plastic drum, unable to stand, and stick thin. She is 9 years old and heartworm positive. She needed to be spayed, have a hernia repair, and have dental surgery. Princess is 9 yrs old and up to 8 lbs. She is heartworm positive, not spayed and has an umbilical hernia. Princess is in her foster home and will have her heartworm treated soon.




Taffy’s a wonderful little girl. She’s 8 yrs old and 8.4 lbs. She was owned by a woman who went into a nursing home. She is completely paralyzed in her back legs and does not have control of her bowels but this dog is very happy, loving and active. She scoots herself around and she is fast and in no pain. She would be a great candidate for a cart because she loves to be on the move!




Animal control asked Poodle and Pooch to help Bizzy because she had heartworms which need treatment. She was also found to have a bladder stone which will need surgery.



Shelby and Coco

Shelby and Coco are examples of the older dogs we save. These dogs are not often adopted or rescued from animal control. Most of the time they live much longer than our vets predict and their adoptive families love them..



Flip Flop

Flip Flop was shot in the penis with a pellet gun as punishment from peeing in the house. The pellet was surgically removed and he was started on antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. He also required dental surgery to remove many infected teeth. He’s a sweet boy and will be listed for adoption soon




Chester wandered into a parking lot, where a good Samaritan saw he was injured and called PPR for help. Poor Chester had a broken pelvis and a luxated hip. He needed hip surgery and neutering but the pelvis is healing on his own. Chester is doing great now and is listed for adoption.



Molly Mae

Mollie Mae is 8-9 yrs old. She just finished treatment for heartworm but has a large mammary tumor. In about a month she will be spayed and have a partial mastectomy. A month later she will need dental surgery. She will be listed for adoption soon and her adopters will return her for her surgeries. Mollie Mae is having fun in her foster home but she wants to start life with her forever family as soon as she can.




Tilly was neglected by a hoarder for a long time. She has pressure sores on her paws and hind end from sitting on hard surfaces, most likely a cage. Her mouth is a disaster, her belly is full of mammary tumors and she has heartworm disease. PPR started her heartworm treatment and will complete that this month, then give her body a recovery period. Next she will have a mastectomy on one side combined with her spay, then 4 weeks later a second mastectomy combined with her dental surgery. This dog is as sweet as she looks and enjoying her new life as a PPR dog.




Blue was intentionally run down by a man in a truck who was not deterred by witnesses. He chased Blue until he hit him. A bystander took Blue to their vet where they wrapped his leg, then drove the dog to PPR. His leg was too badly broken to be repaired so his leg had to be amputated.. This dog is wonderful. He loves people and other dogs. He kisses your face like it was covered in ice cream. Just an absolute doll.




Walter came to PPR from the Veterinary Emergency Clinic. This 3 yr old pup was a victim of neglect. He almost died from fleas because he lived outside in the back yard and was not given preventive flea medicine.. The fleas literally sucked so much blood from the dog that he became anemic and weak. He received a transfusion and was hospitalized for a few days until he was healthy enough to go to his foster home. Walter is ready for a forever home now.




Stormy was a stray picked up by animal control. She’s a senior whose condition is due to neglect. She was skinny with a skin and ear infection. Her teeth were horrible. Her eyes were not just infected, but inflamed because her dry eye had been ignored for so long. Stormy went on lots of medications for her condition and was sent to a foster home for recovery. Now she is looking like a different dog. She had her dental surgery and her eyes have improved markedly.




Casey is an animal control dog that arrived to PPR after being abused. His front left paw had been cut off, he had been shot at least 15 times and he has a dislocated left hip. He is also heartworm positive. He had surgery to fix his hip. He gets physical therapy every day and also hydrotherapy 3 times a week. Soon his heartworm treatworm will be started.




Jethro is a typical hoarder dog. He is an older boy. Somehow he escaped heartworm. He arrived very confused, but is warming up wonderfully. He has been treated very unkindly so it will take many months before he is ready for a home.




Mischa was found as a stray with a huge tumor. A biopsy showed cancer but it is a localized cancer that does not spread. PPR had the tumor removed in a successful 3 hour surgery. She is also heartworm positive and will be treated in 5 weeks. Then she will be spayed and have her teeth teeth cleaned. When Mischa is ready for a home, her adoption contract will include and require a 3 month recheck with the surgeon for a year, then 6 month rechecks the following year to ensure the cancer is GONE.




Clover was another Animal Control girl who was not adopted or rescued because of her age and her mammary tumor. The vet estimates her to be 9 years old and her mammary tumor was large enough to require a partial mastectomy. In 5 weeks, Clover will return to the vet to have her teeth cleaned and many extracted. She has the energy of a very young dog. Perhaps she is making up for lost time!


Grant Recipient:

The Pixel Fund

January 2018

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Franklin's Friends awarded an additional $10,000 to The Pixel Fund for heartworm treatment and medical expenses for dogs and cats pulled from Florida shelters




Ingrid is a 6 year old chihuahua who came into Orange County Animal Services with a massive inguinal hernia. She was considered an emergency as it was unknown if her colon was at risk in the hernia. She had surgery at Geneva Oaks to repair the hernia and she is recovering wonderfully. She will be available for adoption shortly.




Lillian Estelle

Lola came to Poodle and Pooch from a woman who became disabled and could not care for her. She had a condition called ‘phthisis bulbi’ where her left eye was shrinking away and non-functional. As the eye shrinks, it leave an empty socket that becomes a source of infection and discomfort. To prevent that, her eye was removed and she is much more comfortable.




Kiwi was a tiny horribly matted stray rescued from Orange County Animal Services. It was discovered that, likely due to an old shoulder or neck injury, she had permanent brachial nerve damage causing her front paw to knuckle under. She was walking on the top of her paw, and the abrasions had rubbed it raw with open wounds. Dr. David performed surgery to correct the paw position. She is currently in a cast for 6 weeks, after which we hope that, while the wrist will be stiff, she will have appropriate paw contact with the ground.



Sophia Lorena

Sophia Lorena was rescued from Orange County Animal Services. She had ears that were swollen shut, mammary tumors and severe dental disease. She was taken to UF Soft Tissue Department where they advised that the tumors were life threatening and were removed. We are awaiting results of the pathology. They also determined that her ear canals are intact but the surrounding tissue is deformed, and swollen. They believe that a course of steroids and antibiotics, both internal and topical, has an excellent chance of bringing down the swelling, making further surgery unnecessary.





Vance, a 6 week old puppy from a backyard breeder was brought in to OCAS because it had strangles (a skin disorder of the face common in puppies) and the owner did not want to deal with the expense of treatment. It turned out to be a particularly severe case that was resistant to treatment but he is finally on the mend.


Grant Recipient:

Happy Trails

January 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $5,000 to Happy Trails Animal Rescue to pay for training and veterinary expenses for dogs rescued from Central Florida shelters.



Loki is a one year old Australian shepherd and Catahoula mix. He had a lot of pent up energy from being crated all of the time because his previous owners were afraid of him. He struggled with resource guarding his food and toys, as well as some minor fear reactivity due to a lack of good socialization with strangers. These habits were highly correctable and this young guy has now completed training and has been cleared for adoption!




April was rescued from Orange County Animal Services. She went in for a routine exam upon leaving the shelter and some serious abnormalities were found in her lymph nodes. She has unfortunately been diagnosed with lymphoma. The vet is currently developing a treatment plan to give her the most quality time possible.




Journey was a dog found in the woods in Polk County. She unfortunately tested heartworm positive. The grant from Franklin's Friends helped to pay for her heartworm treatment.




Leo is a dog fighting victim who Happy Trails Animal Rescue saved from Orange County Animal Services. He had never had a home before and was not housebroken, so he was tearing the crate apart and the foster's belongings as well. He lost two fosters in three days! The grant from Franklin's Friends paid for him to do three weeks of board and train, and he has now transitioned into a foster home and is doing much better!!!




Buddy originally had some paralysis of his face but all his testing was negative. Then he woke up one morning with severe diarrhea and seemed really disoriented. Thankfully, it was just a bacterial infection and he was given antibiotics and will be fine.




Teddy was found as a stray in Orange County. He was heartworm positive and had testicular carcinoma. Franklin's Friends' grant helped to pay for his veterinary care.



Grant Recipient:

Spay the Strays

January 2018

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Franklin's Friends granted $5,000 to Spay the Strays to pay for veterinary care and microchipping of cats trapped or rescued in Central Florida.


Chester and Cheeto

These two precious boys came, from the street, with their kitty mom and another calico kitten. Although their mom is semi-feral, all went into one of our foster homes. These two boys were a bonded pair since the beginning. Once neutered, we took them to our adoption events at Petco, waiting for the purrrfect family to come along and adopt them together. At last, a wonderful family came into Petco and the daughter fell in love with them. They are two lucky boys to have found their forever loving home. They are now showered with lots of love and attention.



Mr. M and Socks

These two gentle giants were originally adopted out five years ago as kittens to a young couple that had to move out of state and they were unable to take them. Sadly these boys are still with us being juggled around to different foster homes and living at our habitat at Petco. They are absolutely two super awesome felines. They are on a special diet for chronic urinary issues. But other than that, they have a clean bill of health and are waiting for their forever home.




Juju is a drop dead gorgeous medium haired gray female. We received a phone call from a young woman who could not keep this cat because her child has allergies. One of our volunteers went to the house to pick her up. When she arrived, she was surprised to see that the conditions of the home were not good. We took her to our vet and got her ready to be adopted. One of our volunteers happened to know a co-worker who wanted to adopt a cat. He chose Juju and another one of our kitties for his family. Juju is now the queen of their very nice, clean house.




Tuck is a blind kitten that recently had a surgery to correct her ribcage and umbilical hernia. An online fundraiser helped us with the cost. Now healthy, this little girl may be among our foster fails. She has been spayed and is growing up happy, loved by her foster family,







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This gift represents the love that Art and Phyllis had for animals in need.

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