Stray or Abandoned Animals
What to do if you’ve found a stray?
- Number one when finding a stray animal is keeping yourself safe. If the animal seems aggressive or threatening, call for professional assistance from your local animal services.
- If the animal is deemed safe to approach, give it anything it needs immediately, whether that is water or to be taken to a vet for immediate medical attention.
- All stray animals should get scanned for a microchip. You can have this done at your local vet clinic, animal shelter, or animal rescue center.
- If the animal has a chip, the owner should be contacted immediately.
- If the animal doesn’t have a chip, you can post the animals picture on Lost & Found Pets of Pinellas County Facebook page, Pinellas County Animal Services, and other neighborhood organization sites like Nextdoor. Be sure to include the animals picture, location found, and any info you’ve found.
- The next question is if you can you foster the animal while owners are looked for. If not , or you don’t think the animal was owned and you don't wish to adopt the animal, we recommend calling your local shelters to see if they have space to take in the animal. You can also reach out to friends and family members to help find it a loving home.
Admitting a stray to Friends of Strays
We are a limited admission animal shelter founded in 1978. Since we do not euthanize animals to make room for others, our space is limited. In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our animals, staff, and visitors, we must follow a structured admissions process. Therefore, we cannot accept walk-ins or drop-offs; pets are admitted by appointment only. If you cannot care for the stray that you have found and would like to discuss the possibilities of admitting him or her to Friends of Strays for adoption, please follow the steps of our admissions process:
Email to request an admissions appointment
for a stray or abandoned animal
Appointments are made based on available space. To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details and your contact info. All pets must pass our medical and behavior evaluations.
At the appointment
Please bring the following things with you to your appointment:
- Pet (cats/kittens must be in a carrier; dogs/puppies must be leashed)
- Any veterinarian records or medications the pet is taking (if any)
- A valid Drivers License or Government issued I.D.
There is not a set fee to bring an animal in, but we do appreciate any monitary donations to go towards the animals' care.
*Note: an admissions appointment does not guarantee that the animals you found will be accepted. After a thorough examination of the pet, we will consider accepting it if we determine that it has a reasonable chance of being adopted. If we do not feel the pet is an adoption candidate, we will provide you with other options.