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The mission of Rescue Garage is to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome vulnerable and at risk dogs and provide educational tools and support, community outreach programs, and advocate on behalf of stable pet ownership and animal welfare issues.

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A Bit About Us

Having owned and trained Belgian Malinois dogs, a specialized working breed, a need was recognized for a dedicated organization to support the rescue and rehabilitation of this breed; Chez Malinois (House of Malinois) was formed. While our primary focus was on the working breeds, it became apparent that Southwest Florida was overpopulated with all breeds in need of rescue, veterinary care, foster, training, and just a new chance at a better life. While we continue to dedicate capacity to the Malinois, working breed dogs, and their specialized training and rehabilitation, we have expanded our services through Rescue Garage to include all breeds of dogs in need.


Chez Malinois, dba Rescue Garage, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization whose rescues are mostly pulled from high kill rate shelters in the surrounding communities of southwest Florida, while others are rescued directly from adverse living conditions. We evaluate and address any medical conditions, spay or neuter, microchip and provide training to all the animals in our care.

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Make a Donation

Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Rescue Garage an even better animal shelter than it already is. The increased numbers of surrendered and at risk dogs continue to stress our resources and facilities. Your generous donations help Rescue Garage continue providing help to rescues who need a second chance at life.

Rescue Garage is a volunteer-based organization. We are not funded by the state or government and rely solely on charitable donations.

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Partner with Us

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Partner with us and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help our rescues.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

 - William James

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