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The Pet Resource Center is the County's animal shelter on Falkenburg Road in Tampa that shelters cats and dogs of many different breeds, colors and personalities. Adoption specials are regularly available for adult pets and special-pets-in-need as incentives to help save lives and to assist adoptive families.

Before visiting the shelter, you may view the kennel online and download the adoption application. Once at the shelter, open your heart to the many choices and possibilities! Many pets have been abandoned and simply need a little love and care. Remember that animals entering a shelter need time to adjust to the new, and often hectic environment, and your compassion is appreciated.

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Open Adoption Shelter
Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center is a managed open-access facility. As a public shelter, it is the official holding area for all lost and stray animals in our large county, many of which could be reclaimed by original owners. Due to legal property ownership, some animals may not be immediately available for adoption. When touring these kennel areas, shelter visitors are required to have a staff escort. This effort also helps to curb the spread of disease-causing germs. As animals become available for adoption, each pet will be fully spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped to start a new life with a loving owner.

The Pet Resource Center is open daily from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM for adoptions, lost pet searches, and tag sales. On any day, the shelter typically showcases 100 or more animals waiting for a loving home. A few moments of paperwork helps our staff ensure a successful adoption for both you and your new pet.

If you think your missing pet may be in the Hillsborough County shelter, visit immediately during normal business hours to personally verify and reclaim the four-legged member of your family.

For more information, e-mail the Pet Resource Center or call at 813-744-5660.

The shelter is located at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa, open daily from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Due to the large numbers of animals constantly arriving, some pets in the kennels may not yet have photographs online. Volunteer kennel photographers are always needed and appreciated!

For more information, e-mail the Pet Resource Center or call 813-744-5660.

Things to Consider When Adopting:
  • Many shelter animals have unknown medical backgrounds.
  • There are no guarantees as to the health, temperament or ultimate size of any animal. 
  • Some pets may not be appropriate for families with small children. 
  • Some pets may not be kept as an outdoor animal. 
  • Many pets do just as well with another pet as they do with their humans (consider adopting a pair)! 
  • An adopter's photo I.D. will be photo-copied as part of the application. 
  • The adopter's current address will be confirmed. 
  • An adopter must be 18 years of age or older to sign adoption forms. 
  • Prior approval from any applicable property association or landlord may be necessary for some pets. 
  • There are fees for adoption, which may be paid by cash, personal checks up to $150 (on local banks), and major credit or debit cards. 
  • Checks may be done to verify an adopter's compliance with adoption policies. 
  • Educational programs may be required.

On rare occasions, the Pet Resource Center may reserve the right to refuse any adoption if it is determined that the best interest of the animal would not be served.

*Florida Statutes, Section 823.15 requires that all dogs, and cats placed for adoption from animal shelters or animal control agencies will be sterilized within 30 days from the date of adoption or prior to sexual maturity. A deposit guaranteeing same is required.