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Our Featured Gainesville, FL Partner:

Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Inc.

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Inc. focuses our efforts primarily on animals in Alachua County. The majority of our animals come from the euthanasia list at Alachua County Animal Services. We also take animals from surrounding counties if needed.

Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Inc. does not require that an adopter be local. However, the potential adopter must meet the animal in person before being allowed to adopt.

About Our Rescue Group:

Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, adoption-guarantee rescue group for companion animals. Most of our animals are saved from the euthanasia list at Alachua County Animal Services, our county's only open-admission municipal shelter. We work to end euthanasia in our local shelters through a high volume of rescues and adoptions.

Helping Hands strives to provide the best possible outcomes for homeless animals facing certain death by rescuing as many of them as possible and finding them the best homes possible.

Helping Hands pairs people and pets with complementary lifestyles and needs, and educates owners on veterinary and behavioral care for long, happy lives.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

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Come Meet our Pets:

All adoptable pets are listed online and available for viewing at PetSmart most Saturdays.

PetSmart in Butler Plaza
3736 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

Please call or email to confirm dates and times to meet your next family member!

Our Adoption Process:

To adopt an animal from Helping Hands, you must:

1. Send an inquiry email regarding the availability of the pet you are interested in. Any questions you have will be answered and an application will be emailed to you.

2. Return the completed adoption application.

3. Come meet the pet at one of our adoption events. If we agree that he/she will be a good fit for your home, we are able to complete the adoption on the spot. You will receive all medical records at the time of adoption as well as a list of local veterinarians who will examine the pet at no charge within one week of adoption.

Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Inc. requires all applicants to be at least 21 years of age.

Adoption fees vary according to species, age, length of time in our adoption program, medical expenses acquired while in rescue, and sponsorship. All pets come spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations, dewormed, heartworm negative (dogs), tested for FELV and FIV (cats), and current on heartworm prevention and flea control.

The average fee to adopt a dog or puppy is $125 but can range from $50-$250.

The average fee to adopt a cat is $50, but we often have special reduced fees at our adoption events.

The average fee to adopt a kitten is $75.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.