Alachua County Animal Services - Gainesville Pet Shelter

The mission of Alachua County Animal Services is to promote public safety for the welfare of citizens and animals. We accomplish this through education, adoption, sheltering, enforcement, and the rescue of animals that may be stray, injured, unwanted, neglected, or abused.

  • Shelter Address
  • 3400 NE 53rd Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Phone
  • (352) 264-6870
  • Contact Name
  • Contact eMail
  • ACAS@alachuacounty.us
  • Website
  • https://www.alachuacounty.us/
  • Pet types
  • Dogs/Cats
  • Location served
  • Alachua County

Adoption Process

Alachua County Animal Services is a great place to visit when considering animal adoption. We aren’t just your local animal shelter, we will help you find the right pet and educate you on how to care for your new companion. Our pet adoption process is friendly and thorough, to ensure a lifetime of love and companionship. We are also always available to offer advice after you’ve taken your animal home. All pets available for adoption receive basic health exams, tests and vaccinations. We require that all dogs and cats adopted from the shelter be spayed or neutered prior to going home. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Whoever meets the animal out of the kennel first is first in line to adopt….and so on. If others are ahead of you, we will notify you if you become first in line or if someone else adopts the animal. If you have requirements to meet, you will be given until the close of business the following day to complete them. If not completed, your application will expire and we will move on to the next potential adopter. If you are unable to adopt your first choice, we will hold your application on file for three months. Once you have met your animal of choice out of the cage or kennel, you will complete an application and an adoption counselor will review it with you. However, if you are interested in adopting a puppy, you must have approved application prior to meeting the puppy out of the kennel.

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