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Heartworm Help

The Heartworm Help program boosts the chance of adoption for dogs with heartworm by giving adopters a choice to either have the dog treated at the Animal Service Center at no cost or take the dog to a partner veterinarian, where ASF pays a portion of the treatment costs directly, reducing the cost of treatment to the adopter. The program ensures every homeless, heartworm-positive dog gets a second chance.

Animal Birth Control

The Animal Birth Control program focuses on reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens surrendered to the Shelter each year. The program provides vouchers for no-cost spay or neuter surgery, which are distributed through the Shelter as well as by city and county animal-control officers.

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Through the Enrichment Program we are able to provide Kongs and other long lasting treats to keep the dogs busy while kenneled. We also provide leashes and collars for dog walking and treats and treat bags used for training. The cats are provided scratch pads and ping pong balls and other fun enrichment toys to keep them busy during their stay.

Doggie Manners Classes

ASF developed its Doggie Manners Classes to help keep adopted dogs in their homes by offering all adoptive families a low-cost basic dog training class. The classes teach the basic doggie manners needed to help keep shelter pups—and their owners—living happily together in their new homes. The cost is $50 and you can sign up for either the Tuesday or Thursday five week session held at 6:30pm at Tallahassee Animal Services.

Vet Care Program

The Vet Care program identifies animals in need and secures veterinary treatment, often at a reduced cost, from local veterinarians. The assistance ASF provides through the Vet Care program gets shelter pets healthy and ready for adoption into a forever home.


The canine HART program is a partnership between the Animal Service Center and Wakulla Correctional Institute (WCI) in Wakulla County. The program, which began in 2010, assists dogs with canine heartworm disease treatment and recovery to increase their adoptability. These dogs remain in the correctional institute for three months during their recovery and receive basic obedience training while they are there.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a holiday program that encourages animal lovers to make donations to benefit various ASF programs and ASC supplies, including formula for puppies and kittens, canned food, leashes, collars, carriers and toys.