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.
The organization was chartered in 1972 and the shelter was built in 1980. We have a staff of seven employees. Our shelter is currently located in Winter Haven on Sage Road. The shelter usually has twenty five dogs and twenty five cats in residence. Each year our number of animals fluctuates our last fiscal year over two thousand animals were taken in. All accepted animals are spayed or neutered, provided with shots, heart worm tested or feline leuk tested, de-wormed, micro-chipped, provided a physical exam by a local veterinarian and given comfortable shelter, food and water. These animals are given a great deal of TLC by a caring staff. Occasionally wildlife is accepted, but in general we try to turn these over to other agencies better equipped to handle them. Abused horses are also cared for on the premises.
Every day in the United States, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. When this number is compared to the 10,000 human births each day, it’s clear that there can never be enough homes for all these pets. Educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, from school children to adult groups, is one of our organization’s prime objectives. Educational programs are available upon request. We offer a low cost spay/neuter program at our shelter to provide our community a reasonable solution to the senseless slaughter of innocent animals.
At the Humane Society each animal will be observed and evaluated before going up for adoption. Health and temperament are closely evaluated by our vet and temperament specialist. We view euthanasia with mixed emotions. That animals must be killed is a difficult burden to bear; but diseased, frightened or injured animals trying to survive in a hostile community are infinitely worse. When Hurricane Charlie ripped through our hearts as well as our shelter, we decided that a change was necessary. Now more than ever we need the support of animal lovers like you to help us build a new safe haven for the animals in our community. The Humane Society is the first “No- Kill” Animal Rescue Shelter in Polk County. Our desire is to make our community a “no kill” community, one in which we kill the crisis, not the animal.
Meet with a Counselor Our well-informed staff will fill you in on the pet's story and answer any questions you may have. These questions will help ensure that your new pet will be a great fit for your family.
Complete the Adoption After you find the dog or cat that best fits your home, you will fill out an adoption contract and receive the pet adoption kit and records.
Adoption Fees The regular adoption fee for a cat or dog is $100.
Seniors for Seniors(60+), adoption fee for any adult dog or cat 5 years or older is $65. The fee to adopt multiple pets (two adult pets at one time) is $155.
To make your adoption speedy, please bring the following items with you to the Humane Society:
Picture ID with your current address
Your landlord's telephone number, if you're a renter
Proper form of payment (cash or check).
All adoptions include spay / neuter with physical exam, 1st set of shots (including rabies shot if age appropriate), collar, tag, leash / carrier, de-worming, feline leukemia / AIDS test, microchip implant with registration.
Saturdays are our busiest adoption day, so we ask for your patience. You may have to wait 15-30 minutes to visit with a furry friend.
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.