Welcome to Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue

We are a small, but mighty, Not-For-Profit - 501(c)(3) - No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization in South Florida.  We are comprised solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in loving homes.


We are comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers with full-time careers and families. We believe the best environment for a dog or cat is a loving home.  Acquiring and staffing a shelter becomes a tremendous overhead cost as we want 100% of our funds to go towards the rescue, care and adoption of our animals.  We depend on our Foster Families to care for our rescued animals until we can find their "Forever" Family.  We do the rescue stuff (which is our true passion) after work and on the weekends. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away --- it's probably because we are at work and will reply as soon as we get home.

Learn more about us.

Jodi Recalt is the Winner of the Raffle for the 7 night 8 day Holland America Cruise.  Congratulations and Enjoy!


 We try to have adoption events every weekend.  We will be at Petsmart, 1700 N. Federal Hwy, from 11am until 3pm with some of our adoptable dogs. View ALL upcoming events HERE

Walters' Story

Grateful Paws received a call from one of our volunteers who found Walter.
***Walter's adoption is pending and we hope to finalize it soon.  Thank you to everyone who has donated towards Walter's Care, and for the interest you have shown.  He is on a path to recovery and is doing very well.

A WALTER UPDATE... 4 days ago this malnourished, emaciated dog was brought into our care. We named him Walter. He is about a year old, intact, a blue nose pit -- sweet as can be and a total bag of bones. The good news is: he is heartworm NEGATIVE! He was bathed, de-fleaed and de-ticked... and put on a small, and frequent restricted diet. He weighs 40 lbs. Should weigh about 55.

We are happy to report that we DO have a foster home for him. (fingers crossed that her dog and Walter will get along enough to be able to cohabitate.) If not, we will be looking for an alternate foster home. He was not comfortable in the run at the hospital. Too noisy, too many dogs, too much confusion. 

FOUR DAYS later, he looks like a new man. Of course, the angle of pix #2 doesn't show his skeletal frame... but he sure looks 100% better. As soon as he gains a little more weight and is re-checked, we will arrange to have him neutered and micro-chipped.

And of course, we welcome ALL contributions towards his vet bill. You can donate via PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button on the upper right hand side of this page, or to see all the ways to donate CLICK HERE. And know that all donations go towards vet bills as we are 100% volunteer, no-one receives a salary.

Please earmark it WALTER and be sure to include your email address so we can acknowledge your generosity.


****Know also that any donation you make is a taxable deduction on your Federal income taxes.


Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc.
Email: gratefulpaws@bellsouth.net

Featured Pet
Meet ABIGAIL (ABBY GIRL)  SHE LIKES CATS LOVES TO PLAY BALL! She is a HOOT! And she is one heck of a CATCHER! You toss - she fetches - and actually brings it back! She drops it and if you don't pick it up and toss it again - she will bark at you until you do! Amazing lady and very sweet. and - SHE IS OK WITH CATS! This member of the gray muzzle club was found wandering on a major highway near the Everglades -- her eyes were a mess and she could hardly walk...certain to get hit by a car or worse (snake, gator). We are pretty sure she was DUMPED -- At any rate, one of our friends picked her up and took her to the Vet, and now Grateful Paws is trying to find her a new forever home. She WAS totally emaciated --not able to walk -- had been eating dirt (lots of dirt in her stool)- and was loaded with fleas. AND the good news is -- she is heartworm NEGATIVE! She is FINE NOW... running, walking, eating well.  Her coat is shiny and she has gained a couple pounds, And... this gal is NOW playing and was running circles with the young Jack Russell pup (Eddie) she  shared a foster home with! She is looking good and doing GREAT! NO health issues. The eye specialist at Hollywood, Dr. Swinger performed surgery on her eyes as her lid was growing incorrectly -- so we did the surgery on both eyes - both successful and now she is FINE! She is sweet and gentle and most likely about 10 years old, maybe 45 - 50 lbs. She does not pull when on a leash - rides well in the car -- listens and knows commands. We have named her Abigail. She is currently living in a foster home in Ft. Lauderdale -- and is doing great. AND--- She gets along well with CATS! She will be a GREAT companion!
Support From Local Business Owners


Grateful Paws tries to be supportive of local businesses and is trying to help our economy by buying MADE IN AMERICA products whenever we can—and supporting independent business ~~~ and the first place to start is in our own backyard.  READ MORE on our Sponsors Page.

Grateful Paws was featured on LOCAL Channel 10!  See the video clips below...







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