Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary

500 N. Indiana Avenue
Englewood, FL  34223
Tue. – Sat., 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
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Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary – Our History

OUR MISSION: EARS’ mission is to provide safe, clean, compassionate shelter for dogs and cats that have lost their homes and to place these dogs and cats into loving, permanent homes.

EARS is a 501(c) 3, non-profit, volunteer-based organization.  EARS receives no government subsidies.  Funding comes from monetary donations, receipts from EARS’ Thrift and Pet Stores, pet adoption donations and fund-raising events.

Members of our community and local businesses generously donate their time, skills and resources!

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EARS FOUNDER – Peggy Hauptman 

EARS was founded by Peggy Hauptman.  A woman with a pure heart who loved all living creatures had a vision to care for pets in need.  In 2001, supported by her husband Paul Hauptman and daughter Jaxzann Riggs-Berkowitz; other family members, and close friends she began to embark on the creation of what would become EARS, Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

Peggy personally supported increased spay/neuter programs, more aggressive adoption campaigns, and the development of a unique sanctuary to care for pets.  Her dream was to build and operate a care-for-life sanctuary for domestic animals – dogs, cats, and bunnies.

Peggy passed away in March of 2006 without realizing her dream but left it in the hands of the EARS board of directors, staff, and volunteers committed to finalizing her dream.

In March 2011, a new board of directors was established.  These dedicated individuals were involved with EARS and wanted to ensure that Peggy’s dream continued.  EARS continues to grow on a daily basis and increase the number of precious pets rescued and re-homed.