Sunshine Fund

The Sunshine Fund is an ongoing chip-in to help the dogs and cats rescued by The Animal League who have special medical needs.

Broken bones, puppies with parvo, skin diseases…all part of our everyday shelter life. With rising veterinary costs and so many pets in need, we appreciate any donation to our Sunshine Fund. Because of our generous supporters, we can help save animals that require extensive veterinary care.

The need for your donation has never been greater!

Donations to the Sunshine Fund have helped hundreds of pets receive the medical care they need. If you are contributing towards a specific pet, you can indicate that pet by choosing “Add Special Instructions” after clicking on the Donate button below. Thank you for your help in saving them!

Circle of Life – Monthly Donations

Circle of Life Monthly Donations provide a consistent, reliable income stream, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs and less on raising the necessary funds. Please choose an option below to make a 12 month pledge. Funds will automatically be withdrawn once per month for 12 months. Thank you for your dedication and continued support!

The Sunshine Fund at Work – More


We are so grateful that you are with us in caring for pets like little Dash.

Read Dash’s Full Story

You saved this little soul and he is happy to be alive. ❤️ Thank you!

As most of you know, we are a rescue that takes in the abandoned, abused and neglected and we go above and beyond to help them.

The only way we are able to save dogs and cats like this is with the funds in our Sunshine Fund. The extra fee on some of our highly adoptable pets and your direct donations to the Fund go exclusively to this type of emergency medical care. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING.


Look at his face. Finn was frightened and alone in a county shelter. He was nipping if approached without care. We were asked if we could help him by the kind shelter volunteers who saw he was just scared and craved love when given the chance. Before we could arrange for his check up and transport Finn became ill. We worked with the shelter to get him quickly to a nearby vet and Finn was found to have the deadly disease Parvo.

Parvo is usually a puppy disease as most adult dogs have some immunity if vaccinated. Finn did not and his extremely scared mental state likely decreased his resistance even more.
Finn is fighting his battle with Parvo. Please donate to help him get him through this so we can show him the world is not always a scary place.
This poor little guy needs a chance.

Ways to help:

  • Become a member of our Circle of Life, a monthly tax deductible giving program to our Sunshine Fund.
  • Do a one time donation to our Sunshine Fund.

The Sunshine Fund is set aside specifically for these cases – the worst-of-the-worst, the animals who have no other helping hand to save them. Come along with us on this journey and watch these pets transform into the happy, carefree creatures they were born to be.

Thank you for helping us to save lives. We appreciate you immensely and so does Finn.



Meet Peace. Her story is a sad one, but all too familiar to us in the rescue community. Her owner, living in an under-served neighborhood, were kind people but did not have the means or knowledge for proper pet healthcare.

Peace had been tied up outside until the rope rotted away and she then wandered the streets blind due to eye infections.

This sweet girl, not even a year old, came to us with her eyes swollen shut. The untreated mange caused skin infections leaving her skin raw, irritated, and broken. After all the neglect she has gone through, she still has the biggest, sweetest heart and seeks the love and attention of everyone. She is quiet for her medicated baths as if knowing we are here to help her.

We need your help to save pets like Peace who come to us neglected and in poor health. As a private non-profit rescue, we do not receive government or taxpayer funding; we rely on the donations and kindness from people like you. Our Sunshine Fund, a Fund for our rescue medical emergencies, was created to help pets like Peace.

The ONLY way we can save dogs and cats like this is with these funds. The extra fee on some of our highly adoptable pets and your direct donations to the Fund go exclusively to this type of emergency medical care. 

Tiny Sydney needed heart surgery

Little Sydney has been diagnosed with a Grade 5/6 heart murmur and needed surgery.


Charlie was found on Highway 90 in Suwannee County with a mangled and mutilated leg and a slit throat. Who could do such a thing is beyond our comprehension. Thanks to our Sunshine Fund we were able to immediately rush Charlie to the emergency room.

You can keep tabs on Charlie on The Animal League’s Sunshine Fund Facebook page.

Ocala Puppy Rescue

Four hungry and itchy puppies were discovered abandoned in the Ocala National Forest. Read about their story here and make a donation to their care.  Look how well they are doing with your help.

Dumped Puppy

Puppy dumped on the side of the road and hit by car.


And there are many other Sunshine Fund stories we could tell thanks to your generous donations! Twinkle, the Chihuahua, came to us with severe injuries including a protruding eye, a puncture wound to the shoulder, and a broken jaw. Despite all of those injuries she is as sweet as can be and is on her way back to good health under our care. Then there’s Star who came to us with severe neglect. At just 10 weeks old she has laxity in her ankles and has severe demodex mange.  She is recovering with our help. The two hounds are another story: Sierra and Andy came to The Animal League scared to death having been left in the yard since puppies.  In spite of not being socialized, they are sweet with not an ounce of aggression. Sierra came to us pregnant and is now in foster care.  She will stay in foster care until after her pups are born and old enough to be adopted. Andy is learning to socialize while at our adoption center.

Sunbeam’s Story 

Sunbeam The Animal League took in a small young border collie from Lake County Animal Services. The dog had been abused by someone and was extremely afraid of men.  She was completely covered in open sores, infection and was furless on her entire face, head, neck and legs. SUNBEAM is what we called her because we knew one day she would truly shine! It took weeks where she was “in the back” where we loved her, gained her trust, bathed her wounded and infected skin, and planned her recovery with veterinarians. It was not until she was healthy that a volunteer photographer came out took her adoption picture and it was then that she was ready to ‘meet’ the world again. Because of the dedicated staff and volunteers, and because of the financial support from donors like you, Sunbeam recovered and once gain looked fabulous and regained confidence. In early October Sunbeam was adopted to a wonderful family.

This is what we do.

We do not post photos of our dogs and cats when they arrive. Most people have enough of their own worries and life trials and would understandably prefer not to see them.  Medical Rehabilitation is not cheap. The average cost for us per pet is over $500.00. Because we have increased the number of heartworm positive dogs we take in (a cost of $400-$800 per heartworm treatment) that number is now even higher.

Every single happy adoptable pet you see has a story. When you share them and adopt them you are helping us to save their lives as well as the lives of the ones waiting for us to come to their aid.  Thank you so much for adopting, donating, volunteering, and thank you for caring and sharing!


More about the Sunshine Fund


The Sunshine Fund helps the pets who come to The Animal League with injuries and illnesses that are beyond normal circumstances. These are the sick, abused, and abandoned pets we take in and nurse back to health. Most require surgeries other shelters would not be willing to provide and we can’t do it without your support!

The Animal League was asked to help with a sad case involving rescuing 14 small breed dogs living in poor conditions. These dogs suffered from a variety of medical conditions and ailments. These ailments included severe eye and ear infections, glaucoma, skin infections, flea and tick infestations and severe dental disease. A few of the dogs were scared and unsocialized. We accepted this huge undertaking and asked for your support in helping provide the medical care they so desperately needed.

Tilly is a 4 month old schnauzer who was brutally mauled by a bigger dog sustaining severe injuries to her leg including three fractures. We were able to take her in and get her the treatment she needed due to your generosity in contributions to our Sunshine Fund.

Thanks to your help, we have been able to take in so many Sunshine Fund dogs and cats this year.  Please consider giving a tax deductible contribution to our Sunshine Fund this Holiday Season to help these beautiful pets in such great need.

Why The Sunshine Fund Started: The Story of Sunshine

This one-year-old shy and sweet spaniel-mix should have been lavishing someone with puppy kisses and love. Instead, she had a terrible case of mange and was scheduled to be euthanized on a bright spring morning. The Animal League’s Adoption Center was full but we asked Animal Control for an extra day to give us time to find a solution…That extra day was granted!


Lots of wonderful people hustled to try and help but things were still uncertain. The end of the day drew near and we scrambled harder… With a little shuffling within our adoption center, we were able to fit her in. This was a really close call for a sweet little dog and we decided to call this precious baby, Sunshine, and the Sunshine Fund was born.