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Printable Coupon: Donate a Toy to a Shelter Cat!

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Paws on Parole – Powered by Canidae & Earth Pets Organic!

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We are proud to announce our partnership with Canidae Pet Food to make sure the Paws on Parole dogs in our community are eating a healthy, all-natural diet.

Canidae Pet Food Company and Earth Pets Organic Feed & Garden have teamed up to donate 100% of the dog food needed to feed all of the Paws on Parole dogs in Alachua County!


Rescue Chocolate: The sweetest way to save a life!

Click here to explore the Earth Pets websiteWhat could be better than helping animals and eating chocolate at the same time?  Earth Pets is joining the efforts of Rescue Chocolate, a Brooklyn-based company founded to raise funds for animal rescue groups.  Rescue Chocolate donates 100% of their net profits to animal rescue organizations around the country and now Earth Pets Organic is adding some LOCAL FLAIR to this very worthy cause.

Rescue Chocolate is now available at Earth Pets Organic and for each chocolate bar sold, we will donate $1 to a local organization working to rescue and improve animals lives.  Check out the poll below to vote for which local animal rescue group Earth Pets will donate to this month.

Rescue Chocolates are vegan, kosher and made in the finest Belgian tradition.  Better yet, indulging yourself  these gourmet chocolates will help save animals lives – both Nationally and Locally!

The company’s signature chocolate bars (which are strictly for humans, of course) come in yummy flavors like Peanut Butter Pit Bull , Pick Me! Pepper,  Foster-iffic Peppermint, and Mission Feral Fig; each one bringing awareness to different aspects of the pet overpopulation epidemic.  Priced at just $5.99 each, the bars truly are, as their tagline suggests, “The sweetest way to save a life!”

Last Month’s Donation Recipient

Animals Abandon All Hope When Entering Animal Shelter (Gainesville 41 years ago)

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Posted by: Joy Drawdy

Many years ago, I found this old Gainesville Sun article and have kept it with me since.  It’s sad and gruesome but I find it to be an enlightening look into our past as a community; a way to truly understand where we’re at – by seeing where we’ve been.  Written over 40 years ago, the article describes a day at our local animal shelter in 1970.  Read by anyone familiar with our community’s current passion for animal welfare, I think the article speaks for itself: we’ve come a long way baby!

Gainesville Sun Photo: Gates at the Gainesville Animal Shelter 1970

Gainesville Sun: December 6th, 1970

Animals Abandon All Hope

When Entering Animal Shelter

The Dogs We Get in Here are the Ones

Nobody Wants or Will Take Care Of

By Stacey Bridges
Sun Staff Writer Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Dante's Inferno _____________________________________________________ 

Propped over the entrance gate was a plastic human skull staring down at the visitors.  The skull’s ‘other” eye had been pecked out by birds.  Inside, the 39 pens seemed strangely quiet.  Just the day before their occupants were boisterously barking and frantically meowing in hopes someone would notice them.   But during the morning, the 12 cats and about 15 dogs who had lived out their last weeks there were silently exterminated.   Only two mother mutts were allowed to stay and nurse their newborn puppies. Their young would stay in hopes of finding human parents once they were old enough, but the mothers would soon die also if they were not adopted.

These are the daily activities at the Gainesville Animal Shelter which is run by the city at 25 SE 13th Road.  There, C.E. Broskey and his wife are foster parents to these stray, unwanted animals.   But none of the “tenants” stay very long. Cats are kept for about three or four days, mixed-breed dogs about a week and pure-breds for about 10 days before they are gassed. The burly animal keeper, who is also the city dog catcher, said the shelter usually has about 30 or 40 cats and dogs at all times.  However, he was quick to point out that if one animal becomes diseased or comes in that way, all of the animals must be exterminated.   “You just can’t believe how fast other dogs can pick up a disease like distemper or pneumonitis (respiratory ailment) can be gotten by cats.” he added.  The shelter has no veterinary service.  If an animal becomes ill he is immediately taken to the gas chamber.

Gainesville Sun: December 6th, 1970

Such was the case with the animals that had been there the day before.  Broskey explained – several of the animals were diseased and the entire kennel had to be purged.  Smiling behind his dark glasses, Broskey said he had been kennel keeper for eight years.  Before that he was a mechanic.  He shares his office with another shelter warden.

The Broskey’s love of animals brought them to the new employment where they live right next to the shelter.  “I just got tired of being covered with grease all the time and since I liked dogs anyway, I decided to take the job,” he commented.  His three young children, Edwin, Judy and Carl Edward Jr. also play an active part in taking care of the animals.  But occasionally that causes trouble.  “Judy is always feeding and petting the dogs, particularly the puppies,” he described.  “Sometimes she gets attached to them, and when it comes time to put them to sleep, it gets really rough around here.”

But Broskey said gassing the animals doesn’t really bother him.

“The dogs we get in here are ones nobody wants or will take care of” he expressed.  “So I’d rather see them put to sleep than find them splattered on the road or with their backs broken from being hit by a car.”  He said this was the reason the city leash law hadn’t made much difference in the amount of business the shelter has been doing.  “The people who want their dogs keep them locked up and take care of them,” he explained.  “The other dogs just run loose.  That was the case all along.”

Broskey said tiny puppies are the easiest to get adopted because everyone wants them.  Baby kittens go the second fastest.  He said on some days, particularly during the Christmas season, the shelter can get up to 150 visitors who want to get pets for presents.  Other days, only two or three people come by.  Broskey said the summer season was the worst for cats.  “With students leaving to go home from school, we sometimes get four or five cats a day, “. he said.  Most of these are pregnant and have eight or ten kittens.  This happens everyday.  The head warden estimated his animal food bill per month is about $40.00.  He gets the food wholesale.  The city finances the operation, which costs $21,777.  Of this, $14,867 is for salaries for the two wardens and a clerk-typist.  Broskey’s wife does the paperwork.  Those who wish to buy a dog must pay a three dollar adoption fee.  Cats cost only one dollar.

Gainesville Sun Photo: Gas Chamber at the Gainesville Animal Shelter in 1970

Those doomed animals who aren’t bought must face the shelter’s large six-foot square steel gas chamber.  Broskey explained the chamber is hooked up to an engine which generates 100 percent carbon monoxide.  The fumes are funneled through a water tank to cool them off before they enter the chamber.  He described the process as taking less than three minutes.  Turning the chamber on to demonstrate, he closed it up to show exactly what happens.  The motor rattled noisily, but there were no animals in the chamber to hear.  When Broskey opened the door after several minutes, a tiny wisp of smoke curled up from the empty chamber.  A pungent smell, like gasoline, eeked forth.  The gassed a animals are buried behind the municipal airport, Broskey said.

Less than a mile away from the city shelter, a county has 12 cages behind the jail for stray animals picked up outside the city limits.  These dogs are free for the asking, explained county jailer R.A. Hinson.  Trustees at the jail take care of the dogs, along with the sheriffs official dogs.  Those dogs that are  not adopted at the county pound are given to the university medical center for research experiments, Hinson said.  The county does not exterminate the dogs, he said, but the medical center occasionally does.  A local vet’s office said there used to be a Humane Society here a long time ago but couldn’t remember if the group ever ran an animal shelter.  So the only hope for man’s best friend and his stray companions in Gainesville is finding willing parents to keep them from lonely, silent deaths.

Puppies For Adoption!

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These are the foster puppies we took in a few weeks ago.  Can you believe how much they’ve grown?! They are all spayed now and are healthy and playful little girls getting ready for their new Forever homes. Interested in adopting one?  Just call, come by the store or email Joy at to arrange to meet the puppies in person.  Thanks!  And now for the really fun part….

Meet the Puppies!

Molly: Adopted!






Foster Love for Homeless Pets


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First Annual Fall Garden Boot Camp!

Join us for the

First Annual Fall Garden Boot Camp

August 14 — 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Loga Springs Academy, 931 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville

This is the time to start your Fall garden.  At this primer you will:

Learn about what grows here best, and how to get it started.

Find out how to grow healthy produce without scary chemicals.

Get your hands dirty planting seeds, starts and ‘edible plants’.

Take home a pile of info, some packets of various seeds, and other start-up materials to get your garden going.  We’ll have some other special offers.


  • Denise Weber – landscape designer/builder and intensive gardener
  • Jim Notestein – Gainesville nurseryman and horticultural guru
  • Paul Miller –  organic farmer, horticulturist,  and green web designer
  • Floyd Gainey  – Local expert in composting  and soils amendments

Classes will be taught partly inside in the air-conditioned comfort of Loga Springs Academy, and outdoors using the site’s gardens and edible landscaping. Morning snacks and a tasty, nutritious lunch will be provided.

Registration –  $25 per person, $10 for children under 12

Please pre-register by August 10 online by clicking here

Or, by referring to Fall Garden Primer, at 352-336-0904 or email at

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