EARS is a 501c3 non-profit, care for life, animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find their "forever homes" and live the lives they so truly deserve.
EARS is a volunteer based organization of animal lovers with a desire to help precious pets in need. We work from the heart and receive an abundance of love and gratitude from the animals we save.
We are not funded by the state or government, we survive solely on the generous people from our community. Our thrift store enables us to generate some of the much needed funds to care for our animals. Pet adoption fees fund our ability to rescue more animals. Local businesses and individuals generously donate much needed supplies and food.
Our cats are in a spacious area that includes an outdoor patio for them to enjoy. They are well socialized. Volunteers and members of the community spend quality time with them.
Our dogs are in foster homes so that they may receive all the love, care and training they need. Each foster parent learns the wants and needs of each individual dog so that they may be placed in the perfect home. We are in need of fosters. If you would like to help a precious pet get a second chance and find a loving home, please foster.
Our passion is rescuing dogs and cats from SWFL County Open Admission Shelters with high euthanasia rates. We save pets from Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Arcadia, Sebring and Collier County shelters with high-kill rates.
The more pets we are able to rescue, the more lives we save from being prematurely killed. In 2016 we were able to rescue and find “forever homes” for 177 dogs and 175 cats, 95 of these dogs (66%) and 71 of these cats (43%), were either transferred in or strays from these high kill shelter areas, where they face imminent death either by starvation, hit by vehicles, being killed by predators in the wild or euthanasia at a shelter. These numbers were slightly up from 2015 where 93 of the 167 adopted dogs and 70 of the 157 adopted cats were strays or transfers. Interestingly, while the numbers went up the percentages stayed the same.
EARS does adoption and fundraising events in Englewood, Venice, Northport and Pt. Charlotte. We work directly with other small, non-profit groups such as: Venice Cat Coalition, St. Francis and Community Cats of Charlotte County to help reduce the number of stray cats in our area.