Published: Dec 22, 2013 7:59 AM EST
Updated: Dec 22, 2013 9:39 AM EST

Englewood, Fla. -- EARS animal rescue sanctuary shelters and cares for abandoned and abused cats and dogs. The no-kill, non-profit shelter rehabilitates animals, giving them a second chance. Mary Curtis with EARS explains that on average, EARS rescues five dogs each week.

On Thursday, EARS rescued a Boxer/American Bulldog and her seven puppies. The puppies are just four weeks old, so they're not quite ready for adoption but will be soon. For pictures of available cats and dogs from EARS, visit Pet Finder or Adopt-A-Pet

If you're unable to adopt a lifelong pooch, consider fostering instead. Rescued dogs aren't kept on-site but with foster families. EARS is in need of individuals or families available to take care of a dog temporarily until it is adopted by its "forever" family. If you're interested in fostering, visit for more information.

EARS also has more than 60 beautiful cats and kittens in need loving homes, and adoption fees have been greatly reduced. Cats over one year old are now $35 and kittens are $50. Each cat or kitten is Veterinarian Certified healthy, spayed and neutered, tested for FIV and FELV, have had all of their shots, microchipped, dewormed and treated with flea medication. Many cats are now available to see and play with at EARS Pet Store & Adoption Center located at 145 W. Dearborn Street in Englewood (phone:(941) 475-0636).

Unable to adopt or foster but want to help? Consider donating money or your time. The average cost to get a pet neutered/spayed and ready for adoption is $250. Any donations to help with these costs are greatly appreciated. And if you're able to donate your time instead, volunteers are needed to help walk dogs, clean the cat room and run EARS' on-site thrift store.

EARS is hosting a cat adopt-a-thon on Sunday, February 23rd from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Tringali Center, 3460 N. Access Road in Englewood. They are looking for vendors to participate in the event. If you're interested please call (941) 475-0636.