FAQ

When are you open?

Staff are available seven days a week for fosters and volunteers, as well as for adoptions. We always prefer adoption appointments to ensure the best adoption counseling we can provide, and so staff may schedule such appointments around in-house care. Please send us an email to schedule at hailesangelspetrescue@gmail.com or give us a call at 352-505-0302.

I have a cat/dog that I can’t keep/found/don’t want anymore. Will you take it or do you have to take it?

We are a privately run, closed admission, non-profit rescue. We must manage our intakes accordingly. If you have an animal in need or one you believe you need to surrender, please fill out our owner surrender form found below. Although we may not be able to reply right away, we put these in order by need and will contact you — situation depending — as space permits. We prioritize animals within our county and surrounding areas in order to best serve the animals, mitigate suffering, and address overpopulation. If you found a stray animal, please report the animal to your county’s animal control or animal services. 

If you are a previous adopter and are considering surrendering your Angel, please fill out the forms below and we will be in touch with you. If you are attempting to surrender an animal who was not adopted from our facility, please use the forms and be as detailed as possible. We welcome photos of the animal to our email at hailesangelspetrescue@gmail.com.

Click here for the CAT surrender form

Click here for the DOG surrender form

Click here to learn what to do if you find kittens outdoors

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! We are always in need of animal lovers willing to help out at the rescue in various capacities. If you are interested in learning more or are ready to sign up please visit our volunteer page.

Do you need foster homes?

Yes! Very much so! Due to the size of our facility and our commitment to staying within our capacity for care, we primarily rely on fosters to temporarily house animals. We are always in need of additional folks willing to foster animals. If you are interested in fostering or are ready to make the commitment please visit our foster page and fill out an application. Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us an email at hailesangelspetrescue@gmail.com. 

How can I adopt an animal from you?

Please visit our adoption page and fill out an application. Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us an email at hailesangelspetrescue@gmail.com. 

How much does it cost to adopt an animal?

Puppies under four months of age have an adoption fee of $300. Adult dogs (over four months of age and through ten years of age) have an adoption fee of $175. Senior dogs (over ten years of age) have an adoption fee of $99. Kittens under six months of age have an adoption fee of $99. Cats over six months of age have an adoption fee of $59. 

Our average cost for caring for and preparing each animal for adoption is greater than our adoption fees, but we try to balance demand and our goal of saving and appropriately placing animals in setting our adoption fee structure.

Do you have any trainers you recommend?

We do. We recommend certified professionals. The data shows that positive reinforcement is the most effective way to modify behavior. It also reduces stress, builds the human-animal bond, and helps provide opportunities for enrichment in the home. We are opposed to the use of punishment. Punishment includes physically harming an animal and intentionally scaring an animal. We do not condone the use of punishment for any of our animals, nor for our adopted animals. We recommend finding a certified trainer who uses positive reinforcement only. You can search for a trainer near you by visiting ccpdt.org. You can learn more about training methods and animal behavior, as well as locate a certified behavior consultant near you, by visiting iaabc.org. And, as always, be sure to visit with your primary care veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing your pet’s unwanted behaviors.

What are your thoughts on Dominance Theory?

We do not support the use of punishment or harm for animals. Dominance theory is exceptionally outdated, and typically involves the idea that we need to “control” our animals by way of a “hierarchy” as the “pack leader.” The data show this is simply untrue. The use of dominance or pack theory often involves the use of punishment or harm in order to get an animal to “submit.” What we instead like to emphasize is promotion of the human-animal bond through positive reinforcement. Dominance is not a natural order between us and our pets, nor is it a natural order between our domesticated pets.

How about raw food?

The FDA and our medical team caution against feeding a raw diet to pets. A raw diet can be dangerous to both the pets and the humans in the family. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine conducted a study to analyze the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in raw food, and remarked on the public health concerns raw food poses. Our veterinary team cautions against feeding a raw diet to pets for similar reasons.