Welcome to Friends of Strays

Friends of Strays is a non-profit organization founded in September 1978 in St. Petersburg, FL, dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets.

Our organization is funded by individual contributions, wills, bequests, and memberships. Friends of Strays provides services to the most needy section of our pet population, the homeless animals of Pinellas County. These services include the daily care, sterilization and temporary shelter until adoption of the pet can be arranged. The primary goal of Friends of Strays is to stop the reproduction of homeless cats and dogs who are abandoned and left to roam, unable to care for themselves. We are active in programs which educate the public about humane treatment and care of animals. Friends of Strays is a no-kill animal organization dedicated to caring for those who cannot speak for themselves - our voiceless friends - the animals.


A highway is no place for a kitten, as Highway the kitten discovered.

The little 8-week old black and white kitten was rescued by a stranger, a young girl, and Bob Hicks, the husband of a Friends of Strays’ volunteer, who stopped traffic to scoop her up. It is not known if she was injured by a car or from something else, but it was obvious that something was wrong. Bob had been on his way to work. He volunteered to transport the kitten to FOS for treatment in t... Read more

Published 07/30/2014

Adoption Center Volunteers Needed

Calling all potential volunteers! With our new adoption hours we need some new volunteers to help us in the adoption center. Duties include answering phones, greeting and answering visitor questions, helping with paperwork, assisting adoption counselors, etc. If you are a people person and would enjoy helping our animals find their new families, this might be the place for you! We especia... Read more

Published 07/15/2014

It's Purricane Season!

Cat 5 Purricane headed our way! Summer Adoption Specials and our new extended Adoption Center hours - Tue - Sat 12 - 6pm! Read more

Published 07/10/2014


The Muttman presents K9Impossible

Thursday, August 28

Stacy Moore a.k.a. The Muttman presents a three hour seminar on how to dog whisper. K9Impossible will cover subjects such as what drives a dog and how to access these drives while being mindful of a dog’s natural sensitivity to body language along with some handy tips and much more! The Muttman will donate 25% to benefit Friends of Strays which will go towards the renovation the dog yard.1... Read more

2014 GeckoFest in Gulfport

Saturday, August 30

We will have a booth at this year's GeckoFest. This quirky family friendly street festival has become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated annual celebrations.  Combining the artistic energy of Gulfport with the colorful flair of Mardi Gras, Geckofest includes live music on two main stages, over 200 art, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, street performers and costumed... Read more

Save the Date for the Fall Fur Festival.

Saturday, October 25

This year’s annual Fundraiser, A Fall Fur Festival. It will again be held at the Saint Petersburg yacht Club from 11 am- 2 pm, with a delicious luncheon and a fabulous fashion show. As always, the program will feature our four-legged friends on the runway. There will be cat cocktails, dog beers, and a spectacular silent auction. Donations of silent auction items are needed this year. Gi... Read more

Foster Program

Do you have the time and space to provide temporary homes for animals until permanent, loving homes are found? Friends of Strays provides all necessary training, cages, formula, and pet food. All you need to provide is temporary love and care. You can have all of the enjoyment of watching the kittens grow and play without the long-term commitment or give a temporary loving home to an older cat until a spot opens up in the shelter. Become a Foster family today!
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