Be a Rescue Warrior

Special pets are among the hardest for rescue shelters to place. Many remain in the animal shelter for months, sometimes even more than a year, always overlooked because of the perceived extra work or cost involved. A special pet does not necessarily mean the animal has a physical disability. It can be a hard-to-place animal, long-term residents who are passed by over and over again, or senior pets. Most often, the extra “cost” of adopting one of these amazing animals is negligible. Many of them need a chance to live a comfortable life in a forever home for their genuine, lovable personalities to shine.

Be a Rescue Warrior for our special residents! Whether it’s by giving one a forever home, or sharing their stories with your family, friends, and social media, or BOTH! Stop by Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County to say hello to our special friends. Look for the I Need A Rescue Warrior tags.

Save our Seniors (S.O.S.)

Senior Pets also need Rescue Warriors! While adoption is our goal for every cat and dog, special and senior pets have been the most difficult to place. Medical issues or age make them less attractive to potential adopters. The need to find homes for these pets in loving environments gave rise to the creation of the Save Our Seniors (SOS) program.

Although they may sometimes seem less energetic or eager to meet people, senior pets need a home just as badly as younger animals — maybe even more. The good news? For many people seeking companionship, an older pet may be a great fit.

At the Animal Welfare League, every animal seven years or older is considered senior, and we have a special adoption fee for them. Save our Seniors!

Sleepover Program

The Sleepover Program was developed to allow potential adopters to help determine whether a particular animal is a good match for their household, lifestyle, and family. Special Pets in need of a Rescue Warrior can be approved to participate in a sleepover for the weekend! There is a $50 fully-refundable deposit for the animal. You can keep the animal through the weekend and up to Tuesday, or return them any day before then during operating hours if it is not a good match.

Friends like ME!

This program focus on matching special pets with special humans! For example, a diabetic pet would be a purrfect companion for someone with diabetes.

Meet Mighty Lou

He was found lying on side of the road. People who saw him thought he had been hit by a car because he could not stand or walk on his back legs. Concerned neighbors called Cat Depot, a no-kill cat rescue organization in Sarasota, Florida for help. Cat Depot came and picked him up and took him to receive medical care. After several x-rays it was determined he did not have broken legs he had neuropathy caused by prolonged undiagnosed and untreated diabetes. It was also determined that he is completely deaf. After months of medical care to stabilize his diabetes and other vital signs he started to recover but was still having a lot of trouble regaining good health. He was taken into a foster home where he received strict control of his insulin and diet as well as acupuncture and exercise for his neuropathy. He turned the corner and began to gain weight and regain good health.

Today Mighty Lou is indeed mighty. Through acupuncture and exercise, he can walk, run and jump as any cat should. He is currently off insulin and doing well maintaining his own blood sugar. Once he got his health back his unique personality became apparent. He loves people and loves attention. He enjoys going on adventures and is comfortable in any situation. Mighty Lou has become quite a celebrity. He is a spokescat for Cat Depot and for other disabled cats. Mighty Lou has been adopted by a loving family who loves and understands his unique needs. His interest is to help other cats like him receive proper medical and financial care and to be adopted into loving homes who understand their uniqueness.

Mighty Lou is known by the cape he wears. His cape gives him special powers over his limitations and helps him to achieve far greater things than he would be able to do on his own. Mighty Lou celebrates animals and people alike who have limitations but have mighty missions and can achieve mighty feats.

Painting of Mighty Lou
by His Owner and Artist Nancy Colby

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