Adopting A Friend
We have a wide variety of animals available for adoption, from puppies and kittens to adult dogs and cats. We invite you to visit our shelter to look at the animals. Hopefully you will find a place in your heart to give one of our shelter animals a good home! Adoption fees are $55.00 for a dog, $35.00 for a cat, plus $5.00 license tag.
Come Visit Us!!
Shelter for Animal Adoptions:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
Manatee County Animal Services
305 - 25th Street West
Palmetto, Florida 34221 (941) 742-5933
Fax (941) 723-4708
Who We Are
The primary function of the Animal Services Division is the effective and humane enforcement of the animal ordinance and the protection of public health and safety throughout the incorporated and unincorporated area within Manatee County.
Our responsibilities include the apprehension and impoundment of stray and loose dogs and cats, including the sick and injured, the enforcement of rabies vaccination and licensing of dogs, cats, and ferrets, and the investigation and enforcement of dangerous dogs, animal cruelty and nuisance dogs and cats.
Animal Services works closely with the Humane Society of Manatee County, Bishop Animal Shelter (S.P.C.A.), and many other local animal groups.
To maintain public health and safety through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals. To promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation.
The History of Animal Services in Manatee County
An animal ordinance was not in existence until 1971 when the County Commissioners adopted the prohibition of dogs at large in platted subdivisions.
In 1975, at the direction of Florida State Statute, an ordinance was adopted to prohibit the fighting of animals. The laws relating to animals were handled by law enforcement. Animal Control did not exist. A few cages and a small building were on the site of the current facility.
In late 1980, an entire animal ordinance was adopted to include animals at large, rabies control, licensing, and providing for the adoption and redemption of animals. Animal Control was formed as a Department under the direction of the County Administrator=s Office.
In 1986, a new Animal Control Center was constructed with the ability to shelter 120 dogs and 100 cats. This was a new beginning for Animal Control.
In mid 1990, a new animal ordinance was adopted and the Department of Animal Control was officially changed to the Division of Animal Control under the direction of the Department of Public Safety.
In April 1999, the title of Animal Control was officially changed to ANIMAL SERVICES for a more positive role and public image we currently represent.
In March 2000, the entire animal ordinance was revised and approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Ordinance 00-01 is the current ordinance related to animals in Manatee County.