Are you hoping to adopt a Maltese in the state of Florida?
Well, then you are going to need to know of your local rescues that will enable you to do so.
This adoption directory guide aims to help you do just that.
Here, you can find all the main Maltese rescues in The Sunshine State, along with all the contact information you need to start the process.
So without further ado, onto the rescues!
Florida Maltese Rescue
Florida Yorkie and Maltese Rescue is a designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Palm Spring, Florida.
They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of Malteses along with Yorkies and Morkies under 12 lbs.
They are not a shelter.
Instead, it is a volunteer-run charity that puts up dogs in their own homes prior to making them available for permanent adoption.
Florida Maltese Rescue provides medical care, spaying/neutering, socialization, and training during the time dogs are in their care.
Florida Maltese, Yorkie & Small Dog Rescue
The Florida Maltese, Yorkie & Small Dog Rescue is a community forum that aims to help dogs be rehomed.
They operate primarily via their Facebook page.
A Better Life Rescue, Inc
A Better Life Rescue is not a Maltese rescue specifically but rescues rehabilitates and rehomes all small dog breeds that have been abandoned, abused, neglected, or are no longer wanted.
They therefore sometimes have Malteses available for adoption.
This rescue is based out of Palm Beach Gardens and provides health screening, socialization, and house training for all dogs if required.
Rescue Pets Of Florida
Rescue Pets of Florida is an all-all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works in conjunction with PetsMart and local shelters to find loving homes for abandoned and homeless cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies.
All adoptable pets are fostered in suitable temporary foster homes before being made available for adoption.
While they cater for dogs of all breeds, they have been known to have Malteses from time to time and with a lot of connections, may be able to help you find one at the time of your search.
100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida
Another general animal rescue, but certainly one to get in contact with. This 501(c)3 organization routinely has Malteses available.
They have rehabbed and rehomed over 4,000 dogs and cats in the Everglades area of Florida (Florida City, Homestead, and Redlands) and the surrounding areas of South-East Florida since being founded.
How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Maltese In Florida?
You can expect to pay anywhere from $100-$500 to adopt a Maltese in Florida. The range, and total price, depends on the costs incurred by the rescue to support the dog, and of any required medical care.
As each dog’s medical needs are different, so too are the adoption fees. The cost is simply passed on to the family who adopts.
There is one main Maltese rescue in Florida; going by the namesake ‘Florida Maltese Rescue’.
Other than this your main options are to get in contact with the other dog and large animal rescues in the state.
And don’t rule that out.
They might actually have a Maltese available at the time of your inquiry, and even if they don’t, you can build connections that may help you find your future dog.
Just be patient and willing to wait. It’s essential that each dog is placed in the right home.
And as such, the application process is generally quite lengthy.
You will likely need to complete multiple forms, conduct interviews, meet and greet, and even complete a vet reference/home check.
It sounds like a lot, but it is essential to ensure there is a good fit.
That not only is important for the dog, but for you as owners too.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.