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Muffin Came into the Shelter in Bad Shape

While we were scrambling to get dogs out of icy weather in Union County, we had several other rescues in progress, including one at another over-crowded rural shelter in Bradford County.

Muffin came into the Bradford County Animal Control as a stray. She came into the shelter with major dental disease, fungal skin infection, bilateral ear infections, and she was very skinny. When she's healthy enough, she desperately needs a dental cleaning and most likely several extractions.

Despite being super sweet, she wasn't getting much interest due to her age and medical problems. Kelly Thomas took her home to temp foster, but with the shelter completely full, bringing her back would have been a death sentence. Susan Merrill relentlessly promoted her and thankfully, we got an offer from experienced, trusted fosters. Gabriele and Laura Cagnani are fostering Muffin and she has an appointment scheduled with Dr. Mack at Palm Valley Veterinary Center to get her treatment started.

Thank you Kelly Thomas and Susan Merrill for advocating for this sweet girl, and thank you to Gabriele and Laura Cagnani for fostering her. Welcome to FUR, sweet girl- you're going to love it!

The road to adoption is especially tough right now, and it's even tougher to get rescues to commit if the dog has medical problems. Every rescue is essentially writing a blank check.

Thankfully our FUR Monthly donors allow us to take on these challenging cases— cases where we commit to helping without knowing the full extent of the medical bills. Your support allows us to be a lifeline for Muffin and other dogs like her.


Sick and injured animals need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again.

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7643 Gate Parkway #104-27

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Florida Urgent Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and FUR earned a Four-Star Rating on Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating. FUR also received a 2023 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency by Guidestar, and is a 2023 Top Rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits.

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