Steps to Adopt a Cat or Dog
- Come to the shelter during business hours.
- Fill out an application form. Matching pets with their new owners is a high priority for the division. Due to background checks, sterilization verification and other legal issues, the adoption application process can take as much as 48 hours.
- You will need to provide a legal photo ID, and proof that any pets at home have a current rabies vaccination.
- If you have other pets in your household, you may want to bring them to the animal shelter for introduction with the animal you wish to adopt to determine if temperament of the animal will be compatible.
- If you have children under the age of 6, or elderly family members, you may want to have them visit with the animal prior to the adoption to help assure a good placement and mitigate any problems that could happen before you bring your new pet home.
- Pay adoption fees for your new pet and arrange to take him or her home safely from the veterinarian after completion of the sterilization.
Important Things to Know
- We will not knowingly adopt out aggressive animals.
- All adopted animals will be spayed or neutered.
- Although we strive to note any temperament or health concerns, the health or temperament of adopted animals cannot be guaranteed. Most animals in the facility came in as strays, therefore we have no actual knowledge regarding the history of the animal.
The fee to adopt a pet is $25 and includes:
- Voucher for spay or neuter surgery.
- All dogs and puppies 6 weeks and older are given a four in one vaccine and bordatella. All cats and kittens 6 weeks and older are given a five in one vaccine.
- An AVID® microchip.
- A CAPSTAR® tablet or flea shampoo.
- Strongid® Wormer.
- All dogs over 6 months will be given a heartworm screen, and all cats over 6 months are given a Feline Leukemia screen. If an animal tests positive, you will be contacted and asked to make an informed decision as to your wishes to proceed with the adoption. Treatment will be at the expense of adopter and under the care of a veterinarian.
Fees are due at the time the contract is completed. The shelter accepts cash, credit cards (visa and master card), and personal checks.
Florida Spay/Neuter Law
Florida law requires that pets adopted from a shelter must be spayed or neutered. Animals that cannot be spayed or neutered at the shelter due to age or compromised health will have to be spayed or neutered by an agreed-upon date. The adopter will need to provide a $100 deposit with the adoption of such an animal, which will be refunded when proof of the spay/neuter is provided to the shelter.