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So you're ready for a new friend? Follow these simple steps and take home a wonderful new companion!

Stop by and play with our wonderful animals!

Our lobby adoptable room houses available cats, and dog kennels 1 - 70 house our dogs and puppies. Some of them may not be ready for adoption yet. They will have a sign saying they are not available, so please do not pet or handle them yet.

Fill out an adoption application and pay adoption fees.

You must be 18 years old to fill out an application. We will review your application and tell you when you're approved. To be approved, your landlord must approve your bringing an animal into your home. Any cats, dogs, or ferrets in the household (four months of age or older) must be vaccinated and licensed for rabies as required by law. The first approved customer will be allowed to adopt an animal.

Wait patiently while your pet is prepared to go home with you.

ALL pets are sterilized before they leave the shelter, in accordance with state law and the local Animal Control Ordinance. Your pet will also receive a number of shots to keep it healthy. The delay is normally no more 1 - 2 days after the adoption is finalized before you can take your new pet home with you. Sometimes they can even go home the same day!

Take your pet home and love it!

When you bring your pet into a new environment, it may take some adjustment for you and for your pet. Give your new pet lots of love and that love will certainly be returned. Proper care for your pet (see AVMA) requires periodical care from a veterinarian (see Local Veterinarians). If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (352) 264-6870.

Adoption Hours

(352) 264-6870
9:30 to 5:00 Tues. through Sat.

Your application must be approved before adoptions end in order to adopt the same day. Remember, it may take half an hour or possibly longer to approve your application. Adoptions stop 30 minutes before closing.





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