No Appointment Necessary
Unlike many non-profit shelters, SPCA Tampa Bay allows owners to surrender their pets without an appointment. We admit all canine and feline breeds as well as sick and injured strays.
Our doors are open six days a week -- Tuesdays through Sundays. We are closed on Mondays.
Healthy strays are referred to Pinellas County Animal Services. Admission for Pets from Outside of Pinellas County: Animals that are from outside Pinellas County must be owned. (We do not accept strays from outside Pinellas County.) No more than two pets from outside of Pinellas County will be admitted from one person or family each week.
Animals from outside Pinellas County must have had a CURRENT rabies vaccination dated at least six months prior to admission. Kittens must have a mother who meets this criteria. Proof will be required. A donation for admission is also required.
Our Call Back Program
The decision to surrender your pet is a serious one. SPCA Tampa Bay will work hard to
find a home for your pet. However, some animals are not adoptable due to behavioral issues and due to medical conditions. Animals that cannot be put up for adoption are humanely euthanized.
For $45 per pet, we will contact you if your pet does not pass medical or behavior testing and is deemed 'unadoptable.' The non-refundable $45 fee includes the cost of vaccines and boarding and is paid at time of intake. As the surrendering owner you will have 48-hours to reclaim your pet. This time can be helpful in allowing you to find another option for your pet. You will be responsible for rabies and the county license if your pet is not up to date. At this time we are only offering this service on owner-surrendered animals.
Things to Consider Before You Surrender Your Pet
- Prior to Surrendering your Pet, please fill out the appropriate form below:
- Cat Personality Profile
- Cat Elimination Profile
- Dog Personality Profile
- Pocket Pets Personality Profile
- Notarized Owner Surrender Form -
use this form if you are asking someone else to surrender your animal.
Does everyone in the household agree with the surrender of the pet?
Only the legal owner can surrender the pet. If there is any doubt, we will ask you to please take the pet home with you rather than surrender it.
Have you tried other options for animal placement?
Take some more time to think over giving up your pet. If surrendering is best for you and your family, you are welcome to admit your animal. We are open six days a week for your convenience.
YOUR DECISION TO SURRENDER YOUR PET IS FINAL! ONCE YOU HAVE GIVEN UP
OWNERSHIP, YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR MIND AND GET THE PET BACK.
ONCE YOU SURRENDER THE ANIMAL, NO MORE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN
TO YOU ABOUT THE ANIMAL.