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Posted on: June 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Dogs Looking for Their Champion on National Rescue Dog Day

Rescue dogs bring lots of promises of love, friendship and kindness. Each year, millions of animals, specifically dogs, are abandoned by their owners and end up on the streets. Many of these animals are used to a home life, which makes it difficult for them adapt to the threats of predators, disease, or urban life such as cars. Adopting, or even just fostering, helps people and the animals in the long run.

“The animals at SCAS are a direct result of strays and owner surrenders in Sumter County,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Veterinarian, Sumter County Animal Services. “We need people who are willing to open their homes to animals that may have been homeless, mistreated, or were just too much for their previous owners to handle in light of their own challenging situations.”

There are several things residents can do to help dogs in shelters. Of course, the best is adopting or fostering one or more! You will be providing a safe place filled with love and kindness to the animal and, in return, you will receive friendship and unconditional love.

If you’re unable to adopt or foster, you can still help by spreading awareness to of the animals needing a home. Use hashtags like #NationalRescueDogDay on social media platforms. Start a conversation about the campaign with others.

Another beneficial way to help is by volunteering at Sumter County Animal Services. You can shower dogs with love and care by taking them out for walks, playing a game of fetch, feeding them during their mealtimes, cleaning their beds and cages, among other needs.

Animal Services is located at 819 CR 529, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538; or call them at 352-689-4400.

To adopt, please fill out at or to foster, visit


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