Programs & Impact
Animal Rescue and Care
We provide care to over 1000 animals each year. Some of the abandoned animals that enter our doors are sick, injured, or traumatized. Each animal receives the care that is necessary to make them feel safe and loved. Our trained staff gives each animal medical attention upon intake. It costs us an average of $150 to care for each animal including a Veterinarian exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, county license and daily care until they are placed into a new home.
If you would like to donate to our medical fund please click here.
Keep the Mom Cat Program
Mom Cats Matter
Friends of Strays: Keep The Mom Program!
Did Miss Kitty sneak out and return home pregnant? Or did you welcome a friendly stray into your home without knowing she was expecting kittens? We're here to help!
Friends of Strays will welcome in all the kittens from the litter and place them into loving forever homes. We'll also spay Mom at no cost so you can keep her with no more worries!
To find out more about our Keep The Mom Program, contact Mari. (727) 522-6566 x 105 or Mari@FriendsofStrays.org
Diamond Dog Club -
Sponsored by Love My Dog Resort
Friends of Strays has joined Love My Dog Resort in their effort to find the silver generation of dogs a forever home. The Diamond Dog Club is an effort to provide potential adopters with advanced medical screening to give new owners of the “grey muzzles” peace of mind when adopting.
Read more about this great program.
Pet Food Pantry
Friends of Strays has joined forces with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for our Community Pet Food Pantry. The Friends of Strays’ Pet Food Pantry has been providing low-income households with free cat and dog food since 2015. In the past, the program has allowed for community members to come to the shelter during open hours to collect food for their pets, now they will be redirected to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic at 836 3rd Avenue North. Friends of Strays still collects donations at the shelter and arranges for transport for distribution.
Foster Care Program
Our foster program is a vital part of how we are able to save so many lives. Kittens come to us before they are old enough to be available for adoption and they need a place to go. They need a place that will help them stay healthy, get socialized, and receive lots of love!
This is where our fosters come in. These incredible people have dedicated sleepless nights, and endless hours of cleaning, feeding, playing, and holding our little kittens who are in need.
Are you interested in joining our foster team? Email Laine, email@example.com.
You can find out more about our Foster Care Program here.
Pets for Patriots
Friends of Strays is honored to partner with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects our long time resident cats and dogs with our country’s loyal service men and women. This increases their chance for adoption through veterans and active service members of the United States military. Friends of Strays offers veterans a discounted adoption fee and a wellness exam and vaccines on their one year adoption anniversary date.
Seniors for Seniors
Friends of Strays believes that age is just a number and senior humans can rediscover the benefits of having a senior dog or cat sharing their home. Senior citizens, over the age of 65, will be matched with a dog or cat over the age of 10. Our adoption counselors will help you meet your companion to ensure a smooth transition into your home and the adoption fee is reduced.
Friends of Strays supports the mission of Meow Now, a local organization dedicated to reducing the free-roaming cat population in Pinellas County through targeted trap/neuter/vaccinate/return (TNVR) services, caregiver support, and advocacy. We have worked with Meow Now for several years through our Pet Food Pantry by providing dry cat food to caregivers of community cat colonies. In 2017, we expanded our partnership to include providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to cats that Meow Now traps.
Friends of Strays is part of a group effort in Pinellas County to work with our partner shelters to save lives and impact the community through responsible pet ownership. The SPCA Tampa Bay, the Humane Society of Pinellas County, Pinellas County Animal Services and Pet Pal Animal Shelter are all working together to make an impact in our backyard through effective community outreach.