Getting Loud About VOCAL

Putt-Putt is a Plott Hound and Dutch Shepherd mix with light brown eyes and a dark brindle coat. His floppy ears and joyful personality make this nine-month-old puppy a hoot to hang out with. He’s got basic obedience training already and knows sit, lie down, wait, in your crate, away and leave. And he’s learning to “give paw.” Putt-Putt now waits for a forever home at the Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL).

The Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL) are in the midst of an incredibly busy year that saw the nonprofit complete construction of its pet clinic and continues its many pet care programs. The organization’s mission is to solve the homeless pet problem in Marion County. With a combination of prevention programs like low-cost neuter/spay assistance, trap-neuter-spay (TNR) of feral cat colonies, community outreach and education, and adoption, VOCAL helps homeless animals become family members who are loved and cared for.

Donations are easy to do. You can donate to a specific goal of the group, like chip in for an automated gate for the entrance or heartworm treatments. Or you can choose a specific animal that needs medical care, like Zeus, a dog who has an undiagnosed large mass on his shoulder. You can set up a recurring monthly donation or provide one-time support on their website. In its three years of official existence, VOCAL has already received a Platinum rating on Guidestar for its transparency and financial clarity about their donations, programs, and spending.

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful. VOCAL has an array of programs, like the Office Buddy program where you can help socialize a dog by taking it to your office/workplace. Dog walkers provide exercise, socialization, and companionship to the shelter’s dog. You can also help out with property maintenance, animal transport (to events or veterinarian visits), or event planning and implementation.

Putt-Putt is eagerly awaiting his new home and even has his own video. He’s an energetic puppy and will need to be able to exercise and play with his new family. Take a look at his antics and see if there’s a place in your heart for this charming pup. 

To celebrate National Dog Day on August 26th we’ve partnered with  VOCAL – Voices of Change Animal League, Ocala to help aid their mission to solve the homeless pet problem in Marion County.  From August 12 through August 26 we’re asking our followers to donate as little as $1 to VOCAL and for every dollar you donate we’ll match it up to $1,000.00!
  • To donate simply visit,
  • Click on “General Donation”, add your desired donation amount then click on “Donate”.
  • You’ll be redirected to a new window. On this new page click on “other notes” and type out “Ocala Style Fundraiser”.
As an added bonus on August 27th we’ll pick one random winner from the donor’s list to receive a special dog prize courtesy of Chewy!  There are plenty of places to order pet supplies online, but has totally captured the market when it comes to incredible customer service, not to mention a staggering variety of quality products for pets of all kind.  Founded in 2011, Chewy has quickly grown to become the country’s leading online retailer of pet food and supplies. Headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, Chewy was created to provide pet parents with the convenience of online shopping enhanced by the expertise and wide range of products found at a premium pet store.
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