The Animal Service Center offers many services. At the shelter, you can:
ADOPT A PET
Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, and sometimes birds, rodents, and reptiles can be adopted from the shelter! The adoption fees include basic vaccinations and a microchip. Many of the animals are already spayed or neutered so they are ready to go home with you today. Visit the Online Kennel to see adoptable animals.
LOOK FOR A LOST PET
The moment you realize your beloved pet is missing can be terrifying, but don’t panic. There are several steps you can take to help find your pet, and the quicker you start your search, the more likely you will be to have your furry friend back home. Call us first at (850) 891-2950. We’ll ask you to come to the Animal Service Center in person to complete a Lost Pet Form, and to look through our kennels. We also ask that you bring a copy of your Lost Pet Poster or a current picture of your pet so we can keep it with your Lost Pet Report. We take in many stray animals every day, so you’ll want to check back daily to see if your pet has been picked up. You should also call your veterinarian and other veterinarians in your area to let them know your pet is missing.
REPORT A FOUND PET
You may bring the animal to the Animal Service Center. During business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am-6:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm, you may bring the found pet to the Animal Service Center located at 1125 Easterwood Drive.
After hours you can still bring the animal to the Animal Service Center and place it in one of our overnight drop-off kennels located to the left of the main entrance. We have a limited number of kennels overnight drop-off kennels and cannot guarantee that a kennel will always be available.
You may also choose to hold onto the found pet in your home and file a found report with us by calling (850) 891-2950. You can also fax a completed Found Report to (850) 891-2977.
GET ID FOR YOUR PET
A missing pet is a scary reality that even the most responsible pet owner may have to face. The most well-cared for pooches and kitties get loose, slipping out of collars, digging under fences and jumping over walled-in yards—and many are returned simply because they were wearing proper identification. Bring your pet to the Animal Service Center to be receive a low-cost pet microchip and a FREE identification tag! FREE ID tags are available during normal business hours. Low-cost microchips ($16) are available Tuesday-Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Call (850) 891-2950 for more information about the ASPCA ID Me program that is FREE for Leon County residents!
LEARN TO CARE FOR YOUR PET
ASC offers a variety of educational programs for school and civic groups at the Animal Service Center. From pre-school to pre-vet, we’re able to tailor our educational programs to your interests and needs. Topics include: pet safety, responsible pet ownership, animal control the community, careers with animals. For more information on scheduling a presentation or group tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about caring for your pet? Attend an upcoming Responsible Pet Ownership Class. The course is sponsored by Pets Ad Litem a local animal advocacy group, and is a free, three-hour information program designed to help pet owners learn how to properly care for their animals and to increase awareness of the local laws governing animal care and treatment. The course covers a wide variety of topics including veterinary care, traveling safely with your pet, shelter, nutrition, humane tethering and more. For more information, including up-coming class dates contact City of Tallahassee Animal Control at (850) 891-2958.
Volunteering with us is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many animals. From walking dogs and assisting with special events to fostering orphaned or frightened animals, we need your help!
Foster a Pet
The Tallahassee Animal Service Center takes in over 10,000 homeless animals a year. With kennel space being limited, we rely heavily on citizens to open their heart and homes to these animals, providing them love and shelter while they wait for their “forever homes.”
Give Up a Pet
Sometimes a pet/owner relationship can go sour, or circumstances beyond your control force you to part with a loving pet. We do understand here at the ASC, and we recognize that there are many different reasons that you may no longer be able to keep your pet. Before giving your pet away, ask yourself if there is anything about your pet’s behavior or personality that could be worked on in order for you to keep him. If you’ve decided you just can’t keep your pet anymore, and you can’t find a new home yourself, there are a few things that we recommend you do before you bring your pet to the Animal Service Center:
- Take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up, vaccinations, and, most importantly spaying/neutering! Making sure you pet is as healthy as possible before the come to the Animal Service Center will greatly increase their chances of being adopted.
- Call us to talk about the issues you’re having with your pet to see if we can provide any information about community programs that may be able to help you keep your pet.
- Make sure everyone at home agrees about the decision to surrender your pet to the Animal Service Center.
- Print and complete our Owner Surrender Form and bring it with you when you come to the Animal Service Center with your pet.
REPORT A NUISANCE/PROBLEM ANIMAL
City of Tallahassee Animal Control Officers protect public health and safety and promote the general welfare of animals and citizens in our community. They accomplish this by responding to calls and concerns from citizens involving issues surrounding domestic animals. Common complaints that animal control responds to include nuisance animals, stray animals, abandoned animals and concerns for animals that may not be properly cared for. The goal of animal control is to educate and encourage responsible pet ownership while being a resource to our citizens on animal related issues. We depend on you to be our eyes and ears in the community. If you see a problem or have an animal related concern within the City limits of Tallahassee, please contact us at 850-891-2958.