Canine Castaways, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization established in 2003. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family while also encouraging responsible pet care and striving to increase awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation through educational programs and materials. We do not operate from a shelter but rather a network of foster homes in different areas of the state so it may not always be possible for you to meet more than one of our dogs at a time. While this can be frustrating for a prospective adopter, the foster home setting allows us to better evaluate the dogs' temperaments and help them adjust to family life. We deal primarily with dogs under 30 pounds but will also take in larger dogs if a foster home is available.
Filling out an ADOPTION APPLICATION is the first step in adopting a new furry family member. You should receive confirmation once you submit your application. If you do not, yoru application did not go through. Please verify all questions are answered and resubmit. If you continue to have issues, please let us know. Once your application is received, property ownership is verified and your references (Veterinary, Landlord, etc) are checked. The landlord / property owner must give the OK for adoption of a dog. The veterinary reference is specifically used to establish a consistent history of routine pet care. PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications cause a delay. Providing false or misleading information, no landlord approval or an inadequate veterinary history will result in the application being declined. After verification, your application will then be forwarded to a volunteer to set up a home visit. It is important that all applicants understand that it is the policy of Canine Castaways, Inc. that ALL pets in a possible adoptive home be spayed/neutered, on heartworm prevention and have a proper veterinary history unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. This information must be verified with your vet. Your vet reference is also used to establish a history of pet care. Once you are approved for a dog, you will be invited to meet the dog at a date and time convenient to the foster family or at an adoption event. Our goal is to place healthy, well-adjusted dogs. All of our dogs are vet checked including spayed or neutered; heartworm tested (prevention dispensed if negative and treatment started if positive); up to date on vaccinations (rabies, parvo, distemper); basic blood test performed; urinalysis; placed on flea/tick preventative if needed; intestinal parasite exam performed and treated accordingly; and provided with any other medical care necessary (dentals, surgeries, etc). All dogs have a numbered stainless steel Canine Castaways ID tag and are also microchipped for permanent identification. All vet records are provided to the adopter along with the remainder of the 6 month supply of heartworm prevention dispensed. Our adoption donation, which is normally $250 for an adult dog or $300 for a puppy, is to help offset these veterinary expenses. We also have reduced donations for senior dogs 8 years and older ($150). Our adoption contract allows for a dog to be returned within 30 calendar days for a full refund regardless of the reason; otherwise, all donations are non-refundable after that time. If any significant pre-existing undiagnosed medical problems arise within the first month after adoption, Canine Castaways will pay for treatment at Animal Ark in Arcadia. If for any reason you decide you no longer can keep your adopted dog, the dog MUST be returned to Canine Castaways.
Arcadia FL 34266 | 3 miles away
Desoto County Animal Services is dedicated to enlisting and employing dedicated animal care personnel. Animal Services and complaint calls for domestic canine, feline and fowl for both the city of Arcadia and Desoto county encompass response to strays, unwanted pets, nuisance domestic animals, neglect/abuse investigations, animals at large & sick & injured animals. Adoptions of domestic pe