Animal Services

Adoptions

Adoption hours: Monday-Saturday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

What types of animals do we have?

Our adoption shelter is equipped to hold approximately 80-100 dogs and 75-100 cats and is typically full.

Animal Services sometimes takes in small animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. and these animals are often available for adoption as well.

Can you see online what animals are available for adoption?

Yes. Our available animals can be found at petfinder.com

   Petfinder.com

Where do we get our animals?

These animals come to Animal Services in one of two ways:

  1. Their owner surrenders them
  2. They are picked up as stray animals

Therefore, background information is limited or nonexistent.

What are the adoption fees?

Dog: Fees may include microchip, vaccines, heartworm testing and sterilization.

Dog (requires sterilization, male or female)..........$80.00
Dog (existing sterilization, male or female)..........$20.00

Cat: Fees may include microchip, vaccines, feline leukemia testing and sterilization.

Cat (requires sterilization, male or female)..........$60.00
Cat (existing sterilization, male or female)..........$10.00

Seminole County residents are required to purchase a $5.00 Seminole County Pet License at the time of adoption.* Animal Services currently accepts Cash, Check, and Debit/Credit Cards; Debit and Credit Cards include Visa, Master Card, and Discover, and are subject to a $3 (Non-Refundable) Convenience Fee. There is NO refund when returning an animal, (subject to the terms & conditions of the Adoption contract, and is made at the sole discretion of Seminole County Animal Services).

What is done to the animals before being available for adoption?

  1. Cats are tested for the feline leukemia virus and dogs (over 6 months of age) are tested for heartworms.
  2. The animals are each given their first series of vaccines and a dose of dewormer for internal parasites.
  3. Animals that are over four months of age will also receive a rabies vaccine.

Are there are any health issues you should be aware of?

  1. Since Animal Services does not have a veterinarian on staff full time, we cannot guarantee the health status of any animal adopted from our shelter.  An animal may have medical or behavioral conditions that our staff has not detected. These include, but are not limited to, mange, internal parasites, parvo, etc. We strongly suggest that all adopted animals visit a veterinarian within three days of adoption for a thorough physical examination.  It is also recommended that any behavorial issues or questions be addressed with an established trainer.
  2. Dogs and puppies are very susceptible to kennel cough, an airborne upper respiratory infection similar to a cold in people. Unfortunately, most of our dogs and puppies have been exposed and have possibly contracted kennel cough and may need veterinary attention. The symptoms of this infection are sneezing, runny eyes, and coughing.
  3. Cats and kittens are very susceptible to airborne viruses that cause upper respiratory infections. These infections are virtually impossible to control in a public shelter. Therefore, most of our cats and kittens have been exposed and have possibly contracted an upper respiratory, which may need veterinary attention. The symptoms of these infections include sneezing and runny eyes.

Are all of the animals spayed or neutered?

In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 823.15, all dogs and cats adopted through a public shelter must be sterilized.

  1. What if the pet adopted isn't already spayed or neutered?  The Adopter understands that the animal will be transported to the County's contracted veterinarian for surgery. You will be able to pick up your animal from the veterinarian’s office on the day given on your adoption paperwork. This fee is included in the price of the adoption. Please bring all Seminole County adoption paperwork with you when you pick up your animal.
  2. What if the pet adopted is already spayed or neutered?  Once all the paperwork and microchipping has been completed, and depending on medical conditions, the adopted animal would leave the shelter with their new family.

What if things don't work out with your new pet?

Animal Services understands that sometimes certain animals do not work out in certain households. For this reason, any animal adopted from Animal Services may be returned at any time. However, there are NO refunds when returning an animal or cancelling an adoption.

What should you consider before adopting?

  1. Do you have the resources to fund the cost of pet maintenance & medical care?
  2. Do you have adequate time to devote to a pet?
  3. Does anyone in your household suffer from allergies?
  4. Do you have sufficient space for a pet?
  5. Do you have landlord or condo restrictions regarding not only pet ownership, but also the size and breed of pets?
  6. Does your homeowner’s insurance exclude coverage for certain breeds?
  7. Do you already have pets that will have to adjust to a new pet?
  8. Pets should never be given as gifts, particularly holiday gifts.
  9. Are you planning to move? Consider how a pet will affect your plans.

The number one reason pets are surrendered to Animal Services is that the owner is moving and unable to include their pets in the move.

PET PALS

Seminole County Animal Services is making it easier for County residents with disabilities (or their caregivers), residents who are 65 years of age (or older), or active/veteran military personnel to become pet owners by adopting pets through "Pet Pals”. Qualifying residents must be present to adopt and license a pet of their choice for a reduced fee of $5, which includes the adoption and license fees, spaying or neutering, required vaccinations and an implanted microchip for identification.  This opportunity is limited to a one-time pet adoption per household, and requires government issued photo identification to verify residency.