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Leicas Saving Paws is
Tampa Bay GSD Rescue in Florida

To apply to be a foster, foster to adopt, or adopt a dog in Florida, please complete this application.


This site uses the Adobe {.pdf} file format for printable documents to download & view PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer or phone.

Florida dogs can be seen here.

Thank you for your interest in Leica’s “Saving Paws” Rescue and our dogs. In this disposable world where dogs are bought and sold like accessories, we greatly appreciate you for reaching out to rescue rather than shoppingfor a dog.
Leica’s “Saving Paws”  is a rescue, we do not have a facility, but instead we
have a network of foster homes. We work with volunteers and fosters, all with the goal of getting our rescued dogs to a better place. That said, we all work full time, have families and family responsibilities, and our own dogs outside of our crazy rescue lives.

1. Please fill out the application. Once its reviewed and processed which can take several days (we are thorough) as we are looking for the best home for each dog as we do not want to see them in "the system" again. We reserve the right to decline any application, or you may cancel the process at any time.
2. Once your application is approved, we will match you with the best dog for your lifestyle.
3. Since our dogs are in foster homes, we will schedule a meet and greet at fosters' and your convenience.
4. Adoptions and fees vary. Adoption fees include full vetting, not something you receive when you "buy" a dog.
5. We do not place dogs on a first come first serve basis but rather who is the best home for that particular dog.
6. Fostering is a temporary situation for a dog. Based on this fact, there are times an applicant is approved to foster but not approved to adopt.

7. Please foster a dog because you love them and want to help, not to expect to adopt the dog for free. However, we will give a discount off the adoption fee, should you decide to adopt.

Now that you know the process, what are you waiting for? Please complete an application.

Still on the fence about fostering?

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and learn more about fostering an animal in need.

Each year, over 3-4 million animals are euthanized in the United States at shelters across the country. Animal rescues groups have become strong advocates for these animals. Their volunteers work tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. Through education, spay/neuter programs, and advocacy they try to curb the overpopulation of pets that inevitably leaves so many without homes.

Most rescues are volunteer-based rescues who take animals in and place them in foster homes until they are adopted by a forever family. Because most rescues are small, non-profit organizations, they rely on the public to participate in their mission of saving animals by donating and more importantly, providing short term, in-home care for animals until they can be adopted.

Please keep in mind that if you choose to apply to foster, you are never obligated. You are completely in control of when, who, and how frequently you take an animal into your home. It is best to work closely with the rescue to discuss your specific lifestyle and home situation to find an animal that will be a fit for your home until that animal is adopted.

Thank you for your interest in fostering, and I hope you will find information that answers your questions and that ultimately you are encouraged to open your heart and home to an animal in need. Every foster home with their doors open is a life saved. Please share the information you learn and tell others about how they can help.
If you cannot foster, please consider volunteering. We need help with everything from transport, computer work, events, arts and crafts, garage sales, fundraisers, networking, etc. Please help out however you can!

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