Candaces Pack Dog Rescue

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Education & Literacy


8316 NW 2nd PlGainesville, FL 32607 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We will rescue shelter dogs with 3 core principles: ​Physically, Mentally and Permanently. We physically rescue dogs from shelters with high euthanasia rates. We mentally fulfill them using dog psychology based exercise, mental stimulation and affection. Our goal is to educate the public on dog behavior and psychology, making permanent life long matches between dogs and humans. We will strive to educate volunteers, dog owners and adopters about dog behavior and relationship building. We will practice calm and confident leadership so that all dogs in our rescue program can be living examples of what can happen when you give a dog a second chance. Our goal at Candace's Pack Dog Rescue is quality adoptions over quantity. For our complete mission statement please visit our website


On October 19th, 2014, we rescued an anxious and timid dog named Candace. We adopted her from an online rescue site, so we never got the chance to meet her beforehand. Leading up to adoption day, in my mind, she was the classic happy go lucky dog that would play fetch with me all day long. Reality ended up being very different from the way I had imagined. Her fearful nature inspired me to learn as much as I could about natural dog behavior. Trust, patience, conquering fears and paying attention to my own energy are the most important lessons I've learned from her. Seeing Candace's progress over the years has inspired me to rehabilitate other fearful and unbalanced dogs and help them find FURever homes.

When I founded the organization in 2020, countless hours were spent planning the logistics of the operation. What I didn’t realize is how much I need a team of dedicated people to help me carry out our mission. The more team members I can educate, the better quality of life the dogs at our facility will have. The more team members I have on hand, the more shelter dogs we can save. My goal is for our rescue dogs to have the most fulfilling, structured daily schedule they can possibly have no matter who is providing the training and care. Candace's Pack Dog Rescue is my dream, so my volunteers are literally my dream team!

JP Mendoza, Founder


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