Published: Mar 31, 2013 9:17 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2013 9:26 AM EDT

Englewood, Fla. -- The selfless volunteers at the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) help those who can't help themselves. The no-kill, no-cage shelter rescues and cares for abandoned and abused cats and dogs.

On February 13th rescue crews found dead and filthy animals crowded into a home in Englewood. The conditions were deplorable and described as toxic. The animals were living in their own feces. Seven dogs and 25 cats were saved by EARS.

The animals received extensive medical treatment and are now available for adoption! Mary Curtis joined us on WINK News Now Weekend with more information on how you can adopt a loving cat or dog.

Curtis says to visit the EARS Pet Store & Adoption Center to learn about  the pets available for adoption.  No appointment is necessary during regular hours. The selection of animals can change daily. If you don't see what you are looking for the first time, put your name on the wish list. You may fill out an an Adoption Application at the store or online.

Rescuing these animals, however, isn't cheap. The Feb. 13th hoarding rescue cost $10,000 on its own. Donations are always appreciated.

EARS next fundraiser is May 18th and is themed "Rascal's Birthday Party". The event will help raise much needed funds for EARS. Vendor space is available; bands and DJs are needed to help make this event a huge success. If you are interested in participating or attending the event, visit the EARS website or call 941-681-3877 (FURR).