Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs

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Made possible through the generous donation of the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs, the UF Small Animal Hospital is honored to provide care for dogs from shelters and community non-profits.

Lichter’s life-saving support provides care for shelter dogs in need of specialized care. As our program grows, we look forward to sharing our success stories as these dogs find their fur-ever homes.

Success Story


Truffles was brought to Hernando County Animal Services as a stray and was recommended to be an only pet due to stress from long-term kennel life. She was taken to meet residents at a local assisted living facility and first responders at a local fire station, which led to her discovery by a family with three children who fell in love with her and wanted to adopt her. However, Truffles suffered a cranial cruciate ligament tear before her adoption was finalized, which would have been too expensive for the family to afford. Thanks to the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs program, Truffles will now be able to get the surgery she needs and recover with her adoptive family.


Criteria for consideration:

A. Dog must be owned by an eligible Florida organization. Eligible organizations must be a municipal shelter or a non-profit organization that has a 501(c)(3).

B. Dog must be examined by a veterinarian and determined to have a reasonable prognosis for good long-term recovery and adoptability.

C. The organization must be willing to pay the initial exam fee.

D. Dog must have a temperament and other characteristics that do not impair future adoption.

E. Dog will be placed for adoption following the conclusion of treatment.

F. The eligible organization will provide appropriate aftercare once dog is discharged from the UF Veterinary Hospitals and while still receiving follow-up care from the UF Veterinary Hospitals.

Please note: requests for funding can only be accepted from Florida shelters or non-profit organizations.

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