August 28, 2012, marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Save-A-Pet by Gertrude Maxwell!

In 1972, Gertrude Maxwell was horrified when she learned that every month over 90,000 animals were destroyed in the United States. Strays were being scooped up, and after five days or less, they were euthanized.

Gertrude attended the City of Highland Park’s Council meeting on August 28 and asked for, and was granted, authorization to save their homeless animals from the Highland Park, IL dog pound. As of Aug. 28, 1972, she was a pioneer in founding Save-A-Pet, Inc., Illinois, as a “No-Kill” humane organization in Highland Park. Animal euthanasia would never be practiced.

Gertrude brought Save-A-Pet to Florida when she moved here in 1978 and her legacy lives on in the work that we continue to do each day. We honor her through our efforts of caring for the homeless, discarded & forgotten animals; and by providing the following programs to our communities:

Foster / Adoption Program
TNR Program – the trap/neuter/return of homeless cats
Feral Cat Food Program – distribution of food to caregivers of managed, sterilized colonies
S/N Assistance – for companion pets of financially challenged people (qualification required)
Financial Aid Program: veterinary care for sick or injured companion pets of financially challenged people (application & qualification required)

To learn more about these programs, click here.

Our goal is for people to keep their pets, not abandon them because they cannot provide financially for them. These programs are only possible through the generous giving of our animal loving friends. Your donations are greatly needed to enable us to continue our work.


Our adoptable cats and dogs can be seen every weekend at PETCO on 901 W. Indiantown Rd. Jupiter, FL 33458. Adoption hours are 11am to 4pm every Saturday & Sunday.

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