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Hillsborough County Pet Resources

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

All of Hillsborough County including: Tampa; Plant City; Brandon; Ruskin; Temple Terrace; Lutz; Riverview; Sun City; & Wimauma.

About Our Shelter:

The Department of Animal Services enforces the County's Animal Ordinance and the Florida Laws relating to animals, provides an animal adoption program, picks up and shelters stray, sick and/or injured animals, offers spay and neuter vouchers to pet owners who have their animals spayed or neutered, issues rabies registration tags, investigates animal cruelty and neglect, inspects and provides permits to pet dealers, kennels, catteries, guard dog companies, and animal rescue adoption organizations, and quarantines animals that have bitten someone. The department also picks up dead small animals on county right-of-ways.

Come Meet our Pets:

440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619

Monday through Sunday - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,

Closed Holidays

Adoptions close 30 minutes prior to closing times.

Our Adoption Process:

We have companion animals we would like to see adopted to a responsible owner, but our first consideration is for the welfare of the animal. There are several things that you must consider and agree to before adopting an animal:

I.D & AGE - Your photo I.D. (valid driver's license, state or federally issued I.D.) will be photo-copied onto your application.

Proof of your current address will also be required. A person adopting an animal must be 18 years of age or older or have a parent or legal guardian present to sign adoption forms.

RENTAL & DEED RESTRICTED PROPERTIES - Properties with association/landlord rules regarding pets will require prior approval from property management before an adoption may be approved.

NUMBERS OF ANIMALS - Normally, we do not adopt more than two dogs or two cats during any 12-month period to the same person/family. Requests for exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Animal Services.

CASH, CHECKS, CREDIT CARDS - We accept cash, personal checks up to $150 on local banks, and major credit cards or bank debit cards with VISA, MasterCard, Discover emblems.

COMPLIANCE - Adoption of an animal is made with the understanding that an employee of Animal Services or a designated representative may visit you to check for compliance with our adoption policies you have agreed to on a future date.

PET OWNER EDUCATION PROGRAM - in order to adopt an animal, the prospective owner shall be required to participate in an educational program and to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter.

Many of our animals come from unknown medical backgrounds. Therefore, Animal Services does not make any guarantees as to the health, temperament, or ultimate size of any animal.

Please understand that we deal with unwanted and discarded animals. The adoption procedure may seem time consuming, but we wish to maximize the animal's chance for a successful adoption. Some pets may not be appropriate for families with children, or to be kept as an outdoor animal. Adopting a companion animal is a major consideration and responsible pet ownership demands a considerable commitment.

We invite you to look over our selection of animals. You must personally visit the shelter to submit an adoption application for approval, sign the adoption contract, and pay fees of:

Dogs $65.00
Senior Citizen (+62 Years) Adoption Fee: Dogs $25.00
Adoption Fee: Cats $50.00
Senior Citizen (+62 Years) Adoption Fee: Cats $20.00
Sterilization Deposit: Dogs $50.00
Sterilization Deposit: Cats $25.00
Permitted Animal Rescue Adoption Organization Sterilization Deposit $5.00

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.