What is it you do now, if you don’t rescue anymore?

We were a very successful rescue, and over the years placed many wonderful dogs with great loving families and saved many many lives, but some of the dogs for a variety of reasons remained unadopted or returned to us.  Some were not young pups when rescued and couldn’t get the potential adopters to over look that they were no longer little puppies,  but had some age and wisdom behind those eyes.  Some were returned due to no fault of their own.  Families lost homes, jobs, divorce, new babies, allergies etc.. and the dogs that were once in a fine loving home had to be returned.  We have always made it a policy of this rescue that Bradford County PAWS would take back any animal adopted through us if the family had to give them up.  We never wanted them to end up back at animal control with the potential danger of being euthanized again after  saving them. So many animals at the sanctuary have returned to us after being adopted for several years.  Some returned with health issues such as Holly, and some returned for behavioral issues such as Sookie.  Some even returned with a “doggie friend” (Winston and Chloe) because the family had to “downsize” to an apartment because they lost their jobs.  Whatever the reason, they are now safe and sound at the sanctuary and get lots of love, attention, and medical care as needed for the remainder or their lives.  We love them all!  We made a commitment to the animals when we saved them, and we will see that commitment through until they cross the Rainbow Bridge.



Banjo is a Australian Cattle Dog or better known as a Blue Heeler. Banjo was adopted from our rescue 5 years ago as a pup of only 8 weeks. He came back into our rescue a few years ago after being found on the streets in Ocala. When I contacted the adopted family they said the family went through a divorce and the wife got the dog but OBVIOUSLY she didn’t want him. Well we do.  We have always had a policy of taking back animals that we adopted out no matter what the circumstances are.  We are very happy that a good hearted stranger contacted us and we got Banjo back. To quote my favorite country singer, “He is not as young as he once was but he is as good as he ever was”! Banjo has a permanent home here at the sanctuary so he never has to be worried about being left on the street again.

Cat adoptions

Due to the fact that we rescue adult dogs of varying breeds etc we have opted not to rescue cats at this time for the safety of our dogs, handlers, and most of all the cats.

We will be glad to offer any assistance we can and we will be glad to refer you to cat only rescues or rehabs.

Holly says come and play with me


Holly was returned to us in September of 2013 after being adopted since she was 8 weeks old. Her family told us that she had a serious skin condition and they couldn’t afford the medication and treatment for her care any more. The good news:  It was only fleas!!!!!! Holly is doing much better now and has a permanent home here at the sanctuary.