CANINE CASTAWAYS, INC. - PO BOX 3295 - ARCADIA, FL 34265 - (863)491-MUTT(6888)
"Saving one dog won't change the world but it will change the world for that one dog."

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Adoption Process


Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment and is a responsibility that should be taken very seriously. Our dogs may have been lost, abandoned, abused or surrendered by a previous family and may require time to adjust to a new home. Many times there will be more than one application for a dog but we strive to match each dog with the most appropriate family.

Filling out an ONLINE ADOPTION APPLICATION is the first step in adopting a new furry family member. Once your application is received, it will be forwarded to a volunteer to set up a home visit and check your references. It is important that all applicants understand that it is the policy of Canine Castaways, Inc. that all pets in a possible adoptive home be spayed/neutered and on heartworm preventive prior to adoption unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. Once you are approved for a dog, you will be invited to meet the dog at a date and time convenient to the foster family or at an adoption event. It is very important that you read and understand the ADOPTION CONTRACT prior to adoption. At this time, adoptions are limited to within the state of Florida.

Our goal is to place healthy, well-adjusted dogs. All of our dogs are vet checked including spayed or neutered; heartworm tested (preventive dispensed if negative and treatment started if positive); up to date on vaccinations (rabies, parvo, distemper); blood work performed; urinalysis; placed on flea/tick preventative; dewormed and provided with any other medical care necessary (dentals, surgeries, etc). All dogs have a numbered stainless steel Canine Castaways ID tag and are also microchipped for permanent identification. All vet records are provided to the adopter along with a single dose of advantage / frontline and the remainder of the 6 month supply of heartworm preventive dispensed. Our adoption donation, which is normally $250 for an adult dog or $300 for a puppy, is to help offset these veterinary expenses. We also have reduced donations for senior dogs 8 years and older ($150). Our adoption contract allows for a dog to be returned within 30 calendar days for a full refund regardless of the reason; otherwise, all donations are non-refundable after that time. If any significant pre-existing undiagnosed medical problems arise within the first month after adoption, Canine Castaways will pay for treatment at Animal Ark in Arcadia. If for any reason you decide you no longer can keep your adopted dog, the dog MUST be returned to Canine Castaways.








COME MEET OUR ADOPTABLE DOGS:
Bradenton Petsmart - 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 am until 2 pm
University Petco (Sarasota) - 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 am until 2 pm
Pt Charlotte Petco - 3rd Saturday of each month from 11 am until 2:00 pm
Sarasota Petsmart - 4th Saturday of each month from 11 am until 2 pm


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BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ADOPT

Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment and should be taken very seriously. Not all rescues operate in the same fashion. Just because a rescue is asking a large adoption donation, doesn't mean that they have fully vetted the dog. It is very important to ask the following questions before you consider adopting a new dog into your household:

What veterinary records will I receive with this dog?

What vaccines (distemper, parvo, rabies, bordatella, etc.) have been done within the last year? Will proof be provided that these vaccines were given by a licensed veterinarian?

Has this dog had a heartworm test within the last SIX MONTHS? If so, what were the results? If positive, is the dog being treated? If negative, what preventative is the dog currently taking?

Has the dog been treated with a tick/flea preventative within the last month? If so, what is the brand name?

Is the dog spayed/neutered?

Is the dog microchipped? If yes, will I have to pay an additional fee to register the microchip?

If I discover that the adopted dog is not "working out" at my home, can I return it? Are there any conditions under which I will receive a refund of my adoption donation?

If the adopted dog becomes seriously ill immediately following adoption, will the rescue help with veterinary expenses?

Is the organization an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit organization?

Is the organization registered with the State to solicit donations of any type?

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ADOPT A RESCUE DOG

THINK ABOUT THIS: Your new dog may have been abandoned, abused or surrendered by a previous family. The dog had to adjust to life at it's foster home with Canine Castaways and is now going home to a new, unfamiliar place with strangers. Kind of scary if you think about it! Being gentle, considerate, kind and patient will help ease your new dog into its new family.

SCARED: Your dog might be afraid and unsure of his new surroundings. If he appears to be scared, keep him in a small, quiet area to start, and take it slow. Don't allow children to bother the dog if he is afraid; fear can result in nipping. Instead, give your dog plenty of time to adjust to his new surroundings, taking it one step at a time. Don't give up!

EXPECT MISTAKES: Even a potty trained dog can make mistakes in a new home. He doesn't know which door to go to or how to ask his new family what he wants. Keep a very watchful eye on your new friend and confine him when you can't watch him.

EXPECT BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: Your dog had a whole different set of rules in his previous home. He may have been allowed to sleep in bed or beg at the table. It's up to you to teach him your rules. Teaching proper behavior takes time and patience.

HOW LONG WILL ALL THIS TAKE?: Allow several weeks to adapt to his new surroundings and up to four months to fully adjust (Adults may take longer than pups). Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. We assume that you will make a patient and concerted effort to achieve a successful placement.

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WHY NOT FREE?

WHY IS AN APPLICATION, HOME VISIT AND ADOPTION DONATION REQUIRED?

  1. Rescues have learned that people do not value something that is free and/or easy to get and consider it more easily disposable.
  2. Ethical rescues spay or neuter, give shots, heartworm test, and provide a loving home for these dogs while they wait for their forever family. Keep in mind that rescues are not funded with tax dollars to pay these expenses but are private organizations operated by volunteers and from donations. Adoption donations do not cover all expenses with many of the dogs but do help to defray the cost. Consider if you were to take a dog to the vet to be altered, health checked, heartworm tested, brought up to date on shots, etc. What would this cost you?
  3. There are always people looking to take "free" dogs to be used for laboratory research, fight bait for larger dogs or even the next meal on their table. Hopefully our process helps to keep this from happening.

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WHAT TO DO IF I HAVE LOST OR FOUND A DOG...

LOST DOG

1. Post signs (with photos if possible) in the area immediately.
2. Contact Animal Services for your county.
3. Contact all area rescue groups. Search on Petfinder by your zip code.
4. Call area vets, groomers and pet resorts.


FOUND DOG

1. Post signs in the area. Include a vague description but no photo.
2. Call area vets, groomers and pet resorts.
3. Contact all area rescue groups. Search on Petfinder by your zip code.
4. Contact Animal Services for your county.


WHAT IF I THINK I SEE MY DOG ON THE CANINE CASTAWAYS PAGE?
The majority of the dogs with Canine Castaways come from Animal Services. These dogs have waited out their hold time and were in danger of euthanasia. At that point, Animal Services had legal custody of the dog and it was transferred to Canine Castaways. If you believe that a dog listed is your missing pet, please contact us immediately. We will require proof of ownership such as vet records and photographs and payment for any medical expenses.

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SENIORS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM
We encourage the adoption of senior dogs by senior citizens. Even though many times we have added expenses in senior dogs, we offer them for adoption for a reduced donation of $150.

Senior Partners: Older Americans and Mature Pets
Click here to find out when and where to meet the dogs...




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Volunteer Information

VOLUNTEER TO HELP TODAY!

Canine Castaways could not operate without the hard work and dedication of volunteers who want to help make a difference. Volunteers are needed in all areas of the state to help with home visits and transports. Volunteers are also needed to help at events; handle dog assignments via the internet; fundraising; and creative writing for dog information, press releases and public service announcements. If you have ideas of other ways to help, we'd love to hear from you. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kim at CanineCastaways@hotmail.com.

Fill out our Volunteer Application.






Foster Information

FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!

Foster homes are such a vital part of our organization since we operate through a network of foster homes rather than a shelter facility. One person CAN make a difference in the life of a dog. The more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. Sometimes it may be hard to let go when an adoptive family is found; however, it is very emotionally rewarding to know that you have helped save the life of the dog you foster. Please consider opening your heart and home to a dog while it waits for its "forever family". Becoming a foster home is EASY and the biggest way that you can help. First, complete our foster application and then a volunteer will contact you for a home visit. At that time, we will go over what is involved with being a foster home and discuss how involved you would like to be in the adoption process. Once you have your foster dog, it is important to be patient and allow time to adjust to the new surroundings. As a foster parent, you will play an important part in a successful adoption by observing the habits of the dog and helping to determine the type of home that would be best suited for the dog. Canine Castaways covers all medical needs and even provides a dog crate and the first bag of food if needed. The foster family only needs to provide LOVE. Help make a difference today! Remember, "Saving one dog may not change the world, but it will change the world for that dog!"

Fill out our Foster Application.





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Donate

DONATE ITEMS FROM OUR WISH LIST
  • Collars, harnesses and leashes
  • Advantage or Frontline
  • Dog Toys and Beds
  • Office Supplies (Paper, Printer Ink, etc.)
  • Gas Cards
If you would like to donate any of these items, please send to:
    Canine Castaways
    Post Office Box 3295
    Arcadia, FL 34265

or email us at CanineCastaways@hotmail.com for more information.

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MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION

No Donation is too small. Send your tax-deductible donation to:
    Canine Castaways, Inc.
    PO Box 3295
    Arcadia, FL 34265
or make a donation online using paypal by clicking the graphic link below.
If you would like to make a donation to aid specifically with our vet expenses, you can mail a check payable to:
    Animal Ark (Canine Castaways Account) to Animal Ark of Arcadia
    2987 SE Hwy 70
    Arcadia, FL 34266
or call them at 863-494-2101 to donate using your credit card.

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SPONSOR A DOG

If you are unable to adopt a dog at this time, why not consider sponsoring a dog while it waits for it's forever family? As a sponsor, you will make a donation on behalf of a certain dog and will then receive updates and pictures of that dog via email. These monthly donations, no matter how small, help with everyday expenses such as flea preventative and are especially helpful for special needs dogs that require extra vet care. You can even sponsor a dog "In Memory of" or "In Honor of" a special person or pet. If you are looking for an extra special gift for the person that has everything, sponsor a dog with a one time $25 donation and a card will be sent to the person along with a picture of the dog sponsored. Please email CanineCastaways@hotmail.com for further details.



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About Us

WHO WE ARE

Canine Castaways, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family while also encouraging responsible pet care and striving to increase awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation through educational programs and materials. We do not operate from a shelter but rather a network of foster homes in different areas of the state so it may not always be possible for you to meet more than one of our dogs at a time. While this can be frustrating for a prospective adopter, the foster home setting allows us to better evaluate the dogs' temperaments and help them adjust to family life. We deal primarily with dogs under 30 pounds but will also take in larger dogs if a foster home is available.

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MISSION STATEMENT:

Canine Castaways, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family while also encouraging responsible pet care and striving to increase awareness of the consequences of pet overpopulation through educational programs and materials.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

RESCUE -
  • Work in conjunction with area animal control and welfare agencies to rescue dogs in need
  • Focus on dogs, primarily under 30 pounds, with no other hope
  • Take in owner surrendered dogs as needed to prevent euthanasia
  • Volunteers pick up and transport dogs


REHABILITATION -
  • Address behavior and training issues prior to adoption
  • Have all dogs checked by veterinarian for wellness, including but not limited to spay or neuter, heartworm test, update vaccinations
  • Help dogs with special needs such as heartworm positive, mange, diabetes
  • Have dog placed with a volunteer foster family while waiting to be adopted
  • Foster families will help work with any behavior or health issues


ADOPTION -
  • Require completion of adoption application with references
  • Volunteers to conduct a home visit and prior veterinary check of each applicant
  • Base adoption approvals on the needs of each individual dog and family in order to increase the likelihood of successful permanent placement
  • Volunteers to conduct adoptions at local pet stores, vets and groomers at least once a month


EDUCATION -
  • Provide educational literature at adoption events as well as other pet related events on topics such as:
  • Pet Overpopulation / Puppy Mills
  • Importance of Spaying/Neutering Pets
  • Responsible Pet Care
  • Heartworm Disease and Preventative
  • Animal Cruelty and Abuse
  • Be available to assist adopters with behavior and training issues
  • Inform all adopters of adjustment issues for rescued dog and new family
  • Recognize and help publicize ASPCA's Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

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CONTACT INFO

CANINE CASTAWAY'S PHONE NUMBER:
(863) 491-MUTT (6888)

CANINE CASTAWAY'S MAILING ADDRESS:

    PO Box 3295
    Arcadia, FL 34265


CANINE CASTAWAY'S EMAIL ADDRESS: CanineCastaways@hotmail.com

CANINE CASTAWAY'S WEBSITE: www.caninecastaways.org





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100% of all donations benefit Canine Castaways, Inc.
501(c)(3)non-profit - TAX ID #20-0416812 - Solicitation Registration #CH16703

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Canine Castaways - Post Office Box 3295 - Arcadia, FL 34265
Email: CanineCastaways@hotmail.com

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