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The animal shelter on Falkenburg Road in Tampa 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 (see below) 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 animal shelter is an "open-access" adoption facility. This means that while a lost animal waits to be reclaimed by its owner, adopters can still view, visit, and apply to adopt it. Adopting a pet is a joyful occasion, and we hope to make your experience a positive and memorable one. While a few moments of paperwork are required, this process helps 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 on adoptions, contact Animal Services at 813-744-5660 or email .

Animals are available for adoptions at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa: Daily from 10 AM - 7 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, call Animal Services at 813-744-5660 or email .

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. 
  • Only two dogs or two cats will be adopted out to the same person or family during any 12-month period. 
  • 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, Animal Services 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.