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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your mission statement?

We are the Doghouse Rescue Academy and Education Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foster-based dog rescue, but we are more than just your typical rescue! We are animal advocates and rescuers, we rehabilitate and we re-home. We educate the public on resources that are available to them, spay & neuter, and offer training. We work closely with rural/high kill shelters to pull dogs and get them completely vetted, evaluated, rehabilitated and re-homed to their perfect forever family.


Do you have any plans for the future?

We want to offer/sponsor free spay & neuter clinics as well as working on grants to assist our shelter partners. We believe that partnering up with the other rescues for the greater good of the animals is the best way to operate. We donate when we can, cross post potential rescues, sponsor, and offer training to all of our rescue partners. The Doghouse Rescue Academy is 100% volunteer run. We are a foster based rescue that relies on donations from the public. Check back often for updates on our Facebook and website for available dogs, news, and more! To all of our followers, we thank you for your continued support and love! It takes a village. Together we will make a difference!


Where can I go to see your adoptable dogs?

You can see all of our available dogs on Petfinder, Adopt-A-Pet, or our Facebook page. We do not have a shelter facility to house the dogs, we are foster based so the dogs are all around Southwest Florida. To meet a dog you are interested in, please complete the Adoption Application to start the process (once approved will contact you for a meet and greet) or check out our Events where we bring some of our adoptable dogs.


I did an application, but haven't heard back from anyone yet. When will you call or email me?

Please remember that we are a group of volunteers that have full time jobs and families, when we get the chance we will get in touch with you. Sometimes it takes us a few minutes or a few days, but we do our best to reach out to everyone as soon as we can. You can always email adopt@doghouserescueacademy.org about the status of your application.


Can your rescue take in a lost/stray dog I found?

Doghouse Rescue Academy only accepts only owner-surrendered pets if we have a fosters. We do not have the means to pick-up lost, stray, or abused pets. To report a lost, stolen, found, or abused pet, please contact Lee County Domestic Animal Services at 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit them at 5600 Banner Dr Fort Myers FL 33912. We can only accept these animals after the hold period at Domestic Animal Services; although keep in mind that is only if the owner does not claim, and if we have an available foster.


Where do you get your funding?

We do not receive funding from any government entity nor are we affiliated with any other national or local organizations. We rely on donations, bequests, fundraising events, company sponsors, and grants to sustain our programs and services.


How can my company become a sponsor or donate to Doghouse Rescue Academy?

Email donate@doghouserescueacademy.org if you would like to become a sponsor or make a donation to our rescue and we can add your company to our Sponsors list.

Other Information

Vaccinations and Spay/Neuter

We make sure all of our dogs have age appropriate vaccinations and spay or neuter all animals prior to adoption. Spaying and neutering is the first step in the battle against pet overpopulation. Spaying and neutering your pets also provides numerous health and behavioral benefits. Vaccinations are also important to prevent the spread of contagious disease.


Heartworm Prevention

We require all of our animals that get adopted from us to be on heartworm prevention. It can be in tablet form, injection, or in a topical liquid that is applied to a dog’s skin. A veterinarian will perform blood test (usually during the check up annual exam) to detect if heartworm is present, and then prescribe you prevention to keep your dog heartworm free. Some of these preventatives also prevent ticks, fleas and other parasites, ask your veterinarian for more details.


Owner Surrenders

Doghouse Rescue Academy can only take animals that are surrendered by their owner (and if we have an available foster). There is a surrender fee to help offset the cost of caring for your animal while it is in our care. Due to requirements by Lee County Domestic Animal Services, we are unable to take strays or abandoned animals. These animals should be taken to Lee County Domestic Animal Services. You will find directions from LCDAS on what to do if you found a lost pet here. You can visit them at 5600 Banner Dr Fort Myers FL 33912 or call 239-533-7387 (LEE-PETS).