About Us

The mission of MarrVelous Pet Rescues Inc, a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to provide immediate, necessary counsel, care and treatment for animals abandoned, stray or in need. We seek temporary shelter in foster homes until permanent adoption into a compatible, loving, and caring home is achieved. We promote education for responsible animal care, spay & neuter, microchipping and training.



Get Ready to Meet Some Great Pets! Big or small, we have the right pet for you!


Volunteering, the Gift that Give Back We are almost entirely Volunteer Operated


We regularly sponsor events & fundraisers throughout the Upper Keys to bring awareness of our efforts to our community.


Help Us Help Our Pets! There are Many Ways and Reasons to Donate!

How We Started

MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions was officially formed in April 2007. Joy Martin, Broker/Owner of Marr Properties and American Caribbean Real Estate, has always been teased about having an ability to have animals find her. On a camping trip in Central Florida, there was an abandoned hunting dog that suffered hind muscle atrophy from his elongated time spent in a cage. Park Rangers asked for someone to please take the dog so he would not have to be put down. Joy and her husband Brad volunteered to take the dog and brought him home, got him a veterinarian for treatment, and began searching for a new home for him. Since Joy has a real estate company, filled with animal lovers (although some needed to be converted), she thought why not put him in our real estate ad? Well, the next thing you know, someone came in wanting to adopt “Trooper.” On Easter Sunday 2007, while out horseback riding in Homestead, Joy, Brad and several friends found a big planting bucket on the side of the road – inside was our first litter of dumped puppies left in the sun to die. 

Mission Statement

The mission of MarrVelous Pet Rescues Inc., a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to provide immediate counsel, care, medical treatment, and shelter for animals in need until permanent adoption is achieved. We promote education for responsible animal care, spay & neuter, microchipping, and training.

Get Involved

Marrvelous Pet Rescues is almost entirely volunteer operated. We think of our volunteers as MarrVelous Ambassadors and are so proud of the work they do. 
Volunteer Opportunities include: 
  • Volunteer at the Rescue
  • Volunteer at Events
  • Foster a Pet
  • Virtually Foster a Pet
  • Community Outreach
  • So Much More!!


MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation finding homes for animals in need of a family. Our rescues often have medical needs prior to being placed in homes and funding for these services comes through donations from our supporters.  
Many of the pets we rescue need to be spayed or neutered. Add the cost of exams, vaccinations, food and supplies while being fostered and you can understand why we are so thankful for your donations!!
Thank you for all of your support and help
We also accept checks or money orders payable to "MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions". You can either mail your check or money order to our office, or drop it off in person. Please do not mail cash donations.
Unfortunately one of the sweetest pups, known as Molly, had an intestinal obstruction from eating a plant pod and required life-saving surgery. We sent out an e-mail and got a generous response with donations to cover her surgery. Sadly, little Molly did not survive, but everyone involved decided that it was time to get more serious about helping rescue more animals. It was then that our initial Board of Directors was formed and we began the process to become a 501c3 non-profit animal rescue dedicated to finding homes for animals in need.
Through this process, we have discovered many other animal lovers. We have also found that people love to pet-work with their animals and we are trying on a local level to provide pet-working opportunities – see our EVENTS page. We try to help any animal we can, but we are limited by the amount of foster homes we have at any given time. All our animals live in foster care until they are adopted. This provides a nurturing environment and allows us to expose the animals socially as well introduce them to home life. We typically know a lot about our animals from their foster families and that allows us to make the best matches. Through the internet, we are able to widely promote all our animals and adopt them throughout the United States; we even have had some international inquires. We love to hear from our adoptive parents with follow up stories, photos and updates. A difficult economy is not only hard on people, but animals too, and we have had an increase in owner surrenders as a result. When people can no longer care for the animals we try to help find them loving homes so all can move on with their lives. We have had opportunities to pet-work and assist other rescues, humane societies and shelters, and have helped them when asked; it is all about the animals. We have been privileged to have placed several hundred animals as of 2017! We invite you to visit with any member of our Board of Directors for more information on MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions.

"Saving just one pet wont change the world.... but, surely, the world will change for that one pet..."



In this time of crisis,
Your Donations Are Needed Now More Than Ever!