The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation takes pride in the hard work of all its
grant recipients, but the Palmetto Animal League (PAL) represents the best and noblest
of rescue enterprises. PAL boasts a remarkable success rate of placement – nearly
100% – with the average time a pet is fostered at less than four months. In the
true spirit of caring, nurturing and rescue, they work to avoid euthanasia at all
costs. To their minds, there is no other option than to keep a dog or a cat as long
as it takes to find them a forever home.
This is Bailey, a high-energy two-year-old boxermix.
A private non-profit, the PAL organization has operated most of its 30 years
using a network of volunteer foster families. Now, however, they are slowly transferring
to the nearly completed construction of their first facility, the PAL’s Adoption
Aside from their caring rescues, PAL takes as their mission to be the voice for
animals in need through the active promotion of long-term pet adoptions, educating
the populace about the humane treatment of all animals and working to end pet overpopulation
through low cost spay/neuter services.
The folks at PAL feel strongly that rescues shouldn’t be confined to crates 24
hours a day. They are working to create a communal feeling among the pets, helping
to relieve the stress of their abandonment and to socialize them to adapt to multi-pet
families later in life. During the day, dogs will be free to roam with their canine
peers in a collective play area (with constant supervision, of course). And cats
will share a common area, too (but not with the dogs!). At PAL’s place, prospective
pet parents will be able to view the dogs and cats interacting, which aids them
in their decision about who they want to adopt.
Just as the PAL folks have instituted a higher standard for their care, they
also thoroughly pre-screen all of the adoptive pet parents, too, as this allows
for a better chance of a great placement. If, for any reason, an adoption doesn’t
work out, the standard adoption contract requires that the animal be returned to
Setting an example through their comprehensive-planning and bold leadership,
PAL envisions a time in the not-too-distant future where all animals are treated
humanely, where all pets live in loving, responsibly-minded households and where
euthanasia is no longer the default position on population control. According to
the group, their goal is to “build a community where no animal is left behind”.
Since 2002, with the help of a team of generous volunteers, PAL has fostered
and adopted out over 5,000 cats and dogs.
Here’s Chettah and Tucker, two young males looking for a home.
Thanks to our readers, supporters and customer purchases, The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet
Foundation was able to donate funds to help with the construction of the PAL Adoption
Center, a 7,700 square-foot building. Our financial grant will help to provide clean
water and multiple dog kennels for night-time care.
If you wish to send additional support to our foundation, you may do so when placing
an order online or by sending a personal check to The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation,
Inc. at P.O. Box 1425, Palm City, FL 34991. Even if you can only spare a dollar
or two, you’ll be providing much needed aid to the organizations attempting to reverse
the trend the abandonment in America.
From all of us here at Life's Abundance, we honor the fine work of this tireless organization.
Kudos to you, PAL (www.palmettoanimalleague.org), for doing your utmost to make
the world a better place for companion animals!