Adoption Process

***Adoptions will be by appointment ONLY while we are closed during COVID-19*** 

If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please follow these steps until further notice:

  1. View our adoptable dogs and cats
  2. Fill out an online application for the animal you would like to meet. 
  3. One of our adoptions counselors will contact you to set up an appointment. Please allow up to 48 hours for this.

Appointments will be scheduled Wednesday-Sunday between 10:00-7:00. 

For dogs only: If you are looking to adopt a dog and already have a dog at home, please bring them with you to your appointment.

With as many as 100 companion animals temporarily residing at our shelter at any given time, Friends of Strays strives to provide the utmost love and care for every animal that comes through our doors. Our adoption fees include a wellness exam, vaccines, spay/neuter surgery. and a microchip. 

Preparing for your Visit to our Shelter

  • Talk with all of the members of your family to ensure that you are all in agreement on adding a new family member. We encourage the entire family to come to the shelter to help choose your new companion animal.
  • View our adoptable dogs and cats
  • Please download and bring in the filled out Adoption Application to the Adoption Center. If you are unable to download one at home you can fill one out in person at the shelter. Online applications will not be accepted.

Adopting a dog or cat from Friends of Strays is a wonderful experience! All pets must be adopted in person, so please come by our shelter at 2911 47th Ave N. St. Petersburg, FL. We are open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) to assist you in finding your new best friend. When you come into the shelter, we invite you to interact with our dogs and/or cats. Our adoptions staff will be available to answer questions and give you as much information as possible on our homeless pets. Please remember that most of our animals are strays, so we have a limited history prior to their arrival at our shelter. We will do our best to make the perfect match, but adopters need to commit to working with the companion animal they choose to add to their family..

Adoption Requirements

Friends of Strays reserves the right to deny any adoption that we see as unsuitable for the animal and/or adopter. It is important to the entire Friends of Strays staff that all animals in our care find the right home. We will not adopt cats to families who intend to declaw or allow their cats to be indoor/outdoor cats as both of these situations negatively affect the health and well-being of the animal. See our position statement on declawing. We will not adopt dogs to families who intend to ear crop, tail dock, implement debarking tequniques, or have the dog live outside. 

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to adopt from Friends of Strays.
  • We require a government-issued photo ID.
  • Proof of responsible housing
    • If you own your home: We will verify ownership through online public records.
    • If you rent your home: You must have written consent from your landlord contained in a lease agreement or as an addendum to a lease agreement. Letters from a landlord will not be accepted. We must be able to gain verbal approval to support your lease.

Bringing Home Your New Family Member

All dogs must go home with an approved leash and collar; all cats must go home in an approved carrier. You may bring these items in with you, or we have them available for purchase at the time of adoption. We only accept credit card or cash payments for the adoption.

Every adopted animal will go home with a recent medical history, information on a microchip already registered to the adopter with, and a sample bag of food.

Adoption Fees


Specialty Breeds: $200+
Kittens (Under 1 Year): $100+
Cats (1-7 Years Old): $50+
Senior Cats (7+ Years Old): $25+


Island Dogs: $300+
Puppies (Under 1 Year): $200+
Dogs (1-7 Years Old): $150+
Senior Dogs (7+ Years Old): $100+

Make An Appointment With Your Veterinarian

Most of the animals we take in have unknown histories. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the health of any animal adopted from Friends of Strays. Our staff and medical team provide the best possible care and treatment to each animal during their time with Friends of Strays, but their stay is limited and there is a chance that an existing parasite or virus may not become apparent until after they are in their new home.

We suggest making an appointment with your veterinarian for a wellness check within 2 weeks after adoption. You may also want to inquire about discounts for pets that were adopted from rescue groups.

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