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Adoption Requirements

When you visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center, knowledgeable adoption counselors are available to help you find the right companion pet to fit your lifestyle and home environment. Our goal is to help people and animals come together to make a special connection that will lead to adoption and a life time of unconditional love.

Ready to Adopt?

Here's what you'll need to bring:

  • A copy of your driver license or valid state picture ID.
  • Proof of current address.
  • Payment for the adoption fee which helps us to cover some of the costs of caring for homeless pets. Forms of payment include cash, Visa, MasterCard or personal check with valid ID.
  • A collar and a leash for your dog or puppy which not only ensures the safety of your pet, but is also required by law when taking your pet outdoors. Collars and leashes are also available for purchase at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

What you need to know:

  • Minimum age to adopt a pet is 18.
  • Should the pet you adopt have a medical condition, you'll be given a medical release ensuring that you will provide any necessary medical care.
  • A $50* refundable deposit and a signed spay/neuter agreement is required for a pet that cannot be sterilized at the time of their adoption. The $50* deposit will be refunded when proof that the pet has been sterilized is submitted —as per Florida Statue 823-15.
  • Some adoptions may not be finalized until the required three day stray/hold period— the amount of time before a stray animal brought into the Pet Adoption and Protection Center is legally made available for adoption— is up.  A final adoption may also depend on the animals spay/neuter status if you have signed a spay/neuter agreement.
  • Your pet may qualify for the Foster to Adopt Program that allows you to take the pet home and care for them during the mandatory three day hold period.
  • The number of adult dogs allowed in your household pet County law are as follows:
    • under one acre - 4 dogs allowed
    • between one and two acres  - 6 dogs allowed
    • over two acres - 8 dogs allowed
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