success stories

Since our formation in 2005, Save a Life Pet Rescue has successfully rehabilitated, spayed/neutered, and placed over 7,000 animals with warm, loving families. This page lists only a few of Save a Life Pet Rescue’s success stories. With the generous support of adopters, volunteers, fosters, and the community, these wonderful animals were given a second chance at a long, happy, and healthy life. If you would like to help us continue to save and enrich the lives of thousands of additional animals in desperate need of assistance and loving, forever homes, please make a tax-deductible donation to Save a Life Pet Rescue using the following link : 

Donations can also be made in-person at an adoption event (see our "Events" page for our next adoption event) or by mail to the following address:

Save a Life Pet Rescue 
P.O Box 623341 
Oviedo, FL 32762


Recent Success Stories:


Joe, a six-month-old, twenty-five-pound Beagle-mix, spent the first few months of his life enduring brutal biting, intimidation, and vicious assault wounds inflicted by large and aggressive dogs trained to kill for the blood sport of dog fighting. Joe was a bait dog— a dispensable victim used solely to test another dog’s fighting instinct by restraining the bait animal and allowing the fight dog to attack the defenseless bait animal until its incapacitation or death. At the direction of his former owner, fight dogs ripped Joe’s flesh, tore through his muscles and tissue, and inflicted deep puncture wounds into his body. Unable to serve as a bait dog any longer due to his injuries, Joe’s former owner carelessly abandoned him and left him struggling for life. If not for the compassion of a Good Samaritan who found Joe and brought him to Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital, Save a Life Pet Rescue would never have had the opportunity to save Joe.

Joe's outer leg wounds

Joe's inner leg wounds

When Joe arrived at Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital in January 2013, he was barely alive and suffering from immense pain, blood loss, and infection. Given Save a Life Pet Rescue’s reputation in the community, Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital immediately contacted our organization for assistance with Joe. Without seeing the extent of Joe’s injuries, Save a Life Pet Rescue
offered to cover all veterinary care, regardless of cost, to ensure that Joe would survive. During Joe’s first two weeks at Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital, the veterinary staff clipped, cleaned, and bandaged Joe’s numerous wounds and treated him with heavy pain medications and antibiotics to eliminate infection and stabilize Joe for surgery. Once Joe was healthy enough for surgery, Save a Life Pet Rescue transferred him to two other veterinary hospitals, where Joe underwent specialized procedures to close his wounds and repair extensive muscle and tissue damage to his legs. Altogether, Save a Life Pet Rescue spent over $6,000 bringing Joe back to a healthy, happy state.  

Given Joe’s horrifying start at life, Save a Life Pet Rescue worked tirelessly to find Joe the perfect, loving, forever home upon recovery from his injuries. By the end of February 2013, a wonderful family adopted Joe. Joe is currently making the most of his second chance at life, sharing lots of love, fun, and happiness with his new family. Most importantly, Joe will never worry about being a bait dog again. 

Joe enjoying his wonderful new life!


On a quiet, humid March night in rural Georgia, three-month-old Shepherd mix, Lexi, found herself in a cardboard box, writhing in pain, suffering from shock, and unable to walk. After inflicting injuries brutal enough to shatter Lexi’s pelvis, hip, and leg, Lexi’s former owners abandoned her on the front steps of a high-kill animal shelter, leaving her with little chance of survival. The shelter’s staff discovered Lexi and inspected her extensive injuries before determining that they lacked the capacity and resources to keep Lexi. Ultimately, the shelter would have to euthanize her without additional support. Lexi’s story is the perfect example of Save a Life Pet Rescue's immense willingness to rescue all cats and dogs in need, despite geographic barriers, dismal health conditions, and substantial treatment costs.

If not for the high-kill shelter’s desperate call to Save a Life Pet Rescue, Lex
i would not be alive today. Without hesitation and reservations concerning Lexi’s severe physical condition, Save a Life Pet Rescue agreed to rescue and rehabilitate Lexi. Save a Life Pet Rescue staff immediately drove eight hours from central Florida to southern Georgia to rescue Lexi from euthanization and transport her to a local veterinary hospital. The veterinary staff at Altamonte Veterinary Hospital performed internal and external inspections of Lexi’s injuries, which revealed that her leg was irreparably damaged and required amputation for eased mobility. Save a Life Pet Rescue agreed to pay the nearly $2,000 in veterinary expenses necessary to provide Lexi a new, happy, and healthy outlook.                                                

Following her amputation procedure and recovery, Save a Life Pet Rescue worked tirelessly to find Lexi a loving, forever home capable of providing her with comfort, care, and affection. By August 2013, a wonderful man named Jeff adopted Lexi with the promise of sharing an unyielding love and compassion for Lexi. Despite Lexi’s devastating start in life, she has a great disposition and hopeful future, proving that animals are capable of love even when their owners are not.


In November 2012, Tommy the cat was alone, cold, and barely hanging on to life outside a local 7-Eleven store. Due to an attack from another animal, Tommy’s front right leg had severe lacerations that exposed the muscle and tissue beneath. A concerned bystander immediately contacted Save a Life Pet Rescue for our assistance.

Without hesitation, Save a Life Pet Rescue instructed the bystander to take the injured cat immediately to Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital, where he would receive the medical attention he desperately needed. Without hesitation and regardless of cost, Save a Life agreed to pay all of Tommy's Aloma Jancy veterinary bills to ensure that he received the treatment he needed to be healthy and happy again.  Once stabilized, the expert veterinary staff at Aloma Jancy Animal Hospital performed multiple skin grafts to close Tommy’s wounds. After nearly a yearlong veterinary treatment process costing $1,600, Save a Life is happy to report that this Tommy is now in excellent condition.   

Tommy was once a very scared and frightened little fellow without a home, love, and medical care.   Now he is only in need of a new, loving forever home. We are looking for a special family to provide a forever home for this deserving and wonderfully loving cat.

*Adopted June 2013*

"My family adopted Dan one weekend last June. He has been such an amazing addition to our family and we couldn't be happier with him! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity!" 
- Joy




Hope’s life started out without knowing the feeling of true love. As a young puppy, Animal Control Officers obtained Hope after reports that a person was seen throwing puppies from a moving car. Hope sustained a broken leg from her incident and ended up in a rural Georgia pound with little chance of adoption due to her injury. With no way to avoid euthanizing Hope without outside help, the Georgia pound called Save a Life Pet Rescue, "The Rescue That Takes Everything.”  Upon receiving a plea from the Georgia pound, Save a Life Pet Rescue staff rescued Hope and quickly gave her the medical attention she desperately needed. In February, Hope underwent surgery to fix her leg and received all of her puppy vaccines and worm prevention. 

Hope's Broken Leg

Now, Hope has recovered and found a new, forever home with the Roberson Family. We could not have asked for a better family to spoil Hope, like she deserves! 

Hope settled into her new home

In addition to the Roberson Family, Save a Life Pet Rescue would like to thank everyone else that supported Hope's recovery and future well-being.

*Adopted by the Sullivan Family*
August 2013

We are happy to report that "Rosie" is doing wonderfully with her newly adopted family!

Rosie sleeps right next to her mommy Susan's ribs so that she can feel  her heart beating and is quickly filling the hole left in the Sullivans hearts when they lost their sweet yellow lab, Cassie 4 months ago. Susan, Rosies  Mommy, tells us what a smart girl she is too. She already knows to sit to get her leash put on or off, heel, and shaking hands/paws!
Special thanks to the Sullivan family for adopting such a beautiful lab mix and allowing her into their hearts and homes. We have no doubt that Rosie will be loved unconditionally!

*Maier Family Adoption*
September 2013

This little girl is now the lucky puppy that gets to go home with the Maier Family! Lots of puppy kisses and tail wags to come! We know she will be raised to be a smart and obedient girl!