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Pinellas Cats Alive! intake reopened

Intake for our Return to Field program, Pinellas Cats Alive! has reopened! Thank you for your patience.

The program will resume its regular hours unless otherwise posted. Intakes are... Read more

Published: 11/28/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! RTF closed for intake

Intake for Pinellas Cats Alive! RTF program is closed today, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, through the rest of the week.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please check back on social media... Read more

Published: 11/22/22

Thanksgiving Weekend Shelter Hours

Our Adoption Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. We will reopen Friday, Nov. 25 and resume regular operation hours (1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. -  6 p.m. Saturday and... Read more

Published: 11/18/22

Friends of Strays welcomes Sarah Penner to the Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Sarah Penner as a new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors! 

Sarah is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of... Read more

Published: 11/17/22

Pawsgiving Adoption Special: Nov. 16 - 20!

Come celebrate Pawsgiving with Friends of Strays: Nov. 16-20, the adoption fees for all of our pets will be reduced by 50%!
Whether you're looking for a new feline friend or a puppy pal,... Read more

Published: 11/15/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! intake updates for Nov. 2022

Due to limited surgery space, we can only accept a total of 10 community cats per day from Sunday, Nov. 13 – Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, for our Pinellas Cats Alive! return-to-field... Read more

Published: 11/14/22

Take the #PawsOnBlackFriday pledge and raise funds for Friends of Strays!

For every pledge received, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and Foundation will donate $10 to Friends of Strays! Read more

Published: 11/09/22

RTF closed for intake Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, 2022

Due to the inclement weather expected this week, our return-to-field (RTF) program, Pinellas Cats Alive!, will be closed for intake on these dates (or until further notice):
Wednesday, Nov. 9,... Read more

Published: 11/08/22

Friends of Strays welcomes Cathy Unruh to the Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Cathy Unruh as a new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors! Cathy is an Emmy award-winning television journalist who currently hosts shows for WEDU PBS in... Read more

Published: 10/31/22

Jurassic Bark was an epic success!

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we were finally able to gather once again and host our gala, Wags & Whiskers: Jurassic Bark. 
After a fabulous evening of T-Rex costumes,... Read more

Published: 10/28/22

Friends of Strays welcomes Nikola Couling as MEOW Now Program Manager

As part of joining forces with MEOW Now, we'd like to welcome Nikola to the Friends of Strays staff! She will be managing MEOW Now as a program of Friends of Strays.Nikola comes from a background... Read more

Published: 10/19/22

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month: Adoption Special for October 2022!

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. We work with several county and municipal shelters around Florida to help them when they are at capacity, and some of our partners are full of dogs... Read more

Published: 10/05/22

Let's go for a walk! Here are four benefits of taking a stroll with your pup

This week is National Walk Your Dog Week! We are feeling the first wave of Florida fall weather, so it’s a great time to get into a daily habit with your pup.
Most dog owners can relate:... Read more

Published: 10/03/22

Adoption Center reopens Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

After hunkering down for Hurricane Ian, our adoptable kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are ready to get out of this shelter and go home!Adoptions: Our shelter and Adoption Center will reopen Friday,... Read more

Published: 09/29/22

Hurricane Ian Shelter Update

As we prepare for Hurricane Ian’s arrival, the shelter will close to the public at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. If you finish your own preparations and you have spare sand bags... Read more

Published: 09/27/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! closed for intake

Due to inclement weather, our Return to Field program, Pinellas Cats Alive, will be closed for intake beginning Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, until further notice. Please do not trap any cats for intake... Read more

Published: 09/26/22

Friends of Strays, MEOW NOW join forces for community cats

Two community nonprofits, Friends of Strays Animal Shelter and MEOW Now, are coming together to solve a community issue: reducing the reproduction of free-roaming cats.A female cat can get pregnant... Read more

Published: 09/01/22

UPDATE: 2022 Labor Day Closures

Friends of Strays will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.

 

Pinellas Cats Alive! will also be closed for intake these days. Please do not trap any cats... Read more

Published: 08/25/22

Cat Adoption Special for Clear the Shelters 2022!

August 1-31 is Clear the Shelters month, a national movement designed to bring attention to the thousands of homeless animals across the country waiting in shelters to be adopted. The Clear... Read more

Published: 08/23/22

Staff Spotlight: Jax, ACE Specialist

Our Clear the Shelters activity this week is to introduce you to some of our amazing team members (and their favorite adoptables!).
Meet Jax! Read more

Published: 08/12/22

Staff Spotlight: Megan, Veterinary Technician

Our Clear the Shelters activity this week is to introduce you to some of our amazing team members (and their favorite adoptables!).
Meet Megan! Read more

Published: 08/12/22

Staff Spotlight: Joel, Veterinary Technician

Our Clear the Shelters activity this week is to introduce you to some of our amazing team members (and their favorite adoptables!). Meet Joel! Read more

Published: 08/11/22

Staff Spotlight: Kelly, Foster Manager

Our Clear the Shelters activity this week is to introduce you to some of our amazing team members (and their favorite adoptables!). Meet Kelly! Read more

Published: 08/11/22

Staff Spotlight: Lauren, ACE Specialist

Our #ClearTheShelters activity this week is to introduce you to some of our amazing team members. We couldn't do what we do without them. Lauren is one of our awesome Animal Care &... Read more

Published: 08/10/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! will be closed for intake Tuesday, Aug. 9

Hey, Return To Field volunteers: Pinellas Cats Alive! will be closed for intake Tuesday, Aug. 9. Please do not trap any cats to bring in that day.
The program is still open for intake August... Read more

Published: 08/03/22

Friends of Strays nominated in Best of the Bay 2022!

We have super exciting news to share!
Friends of Strays has been nominated for "Best Place to Adopt a Pet" in Creative Loafing Tampa's Best of the Bay 2022! We could not have been nominated... Read more

Published: 08/03/22

Clear the Shelters is August 1-31, 2022!

August 1-31 is Clear the Shelters month, a national movement designed to bring attention to the thousands of homeless animals across the country waiting in shelters to be adopted. The Clear... Read more

Published: 08/03/22

Friends of Strays welcomes Jennifer Silva, Director of Development 

We are excited to welcome Jennifer Silva to our team! In her role, Jennifer will seek out and build relationships with local businesses, adopters, donors, volunteers, and other supporters... Read more

Published: 07/22/22

Catsmas in July Adoption Special

Adoption fees will be waived for all cats one year old and older from July 20-31! Read more

Published: 07/18/22

Friends of Strays welcomes Jenn Held, Intake & Adoptions Manager

We are excited to welcome Jenn Held to our team! As our Intake & Adoptions Manager, Jenn coordinates with other shelters and rescue groups to transfer pets in and out of our facility, and... Read more

Published: 07/13/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! closed for intake Thursday, July 14

Hey, Return To Field volunteers: Pinellas Cats Alive! will be closed for intake Thursday, July 14. Please do not trap any cats to bring in that day.
The program is still open for intake Wednesday,... Read more

Published: 07/12/22

Pinellas Cats Alive! intake closed Thursday, July 7

Please do not trap any cats to bring in that day. Read more

Published: 07/05/22

2022 Fourth of July Holiday Closures

Friends of Strays will be closed Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Read more

Published: 06/27/22

Claire Wray retires from Friends of Strays

She has served many roles throughout her near-decade with our shelter. Read more

Published: 06/23/22

Benjamin J. Kirby joins Friends of Strays Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Benjamin J. Kirby as a new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors! 
Benjamin is a communications professional with thirty years in politics, federal... Read more

Published: 06/16/22

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

We have lots of fabulous felines to choose from, but if you're not ready to adopt there are other ways you can support our shelter cats! Read more

Published: 06/08/22

2022 Stray Pride T-Shirt Fundraiser

Three local businesses are supporting Friends of Strays with sales from their Stray Pride merch! Read more

Published: 05/27/22

Help Support Our Kittens By Participating In Our Kitten Shower!

Kitten season is just around the corner and we'll need all the help we can get to keep the kittens happy and healthy. Read more

Published: 03/16/22

Friends of Strays Competes in March Muttness 2022 Fundraising Competition

Friends of Strays, St. Petersburg’s oldest no-kill animal shelter, is participating in March Muttness 2022, a nationwide fundraising competition for nonprofit animal welfare organizations.... Read more

Published: 02/28/22

FOS Sets Adoptions Record With 1,547 In 2021

The total smashes the previous shelter record of 1,276 Read more

Published: 01/01/22

Friends Of Strays Sets Record With 4,017 Surgeries Performed

Friends of Strays finishes 2021 with 4,017 spay/neuter surgeries performed Read more

Published: 12/31/21

Friends of Strays Sets New Record For Adoptions In A Year

Friends of Strays, St. Petersburg’s oldest no-kill animal shelter, has set a new shelter record for completed adoptions in a single year. The previous record, 1,276 was set in 2020. Friends of Strays completed its 1,277th adoption Saturday morning. Read more

Published: 11/01/21

Eve Epstein Joins Friends of Strays Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Eve Epstein as another new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors!  Read more

Published: 10/25/21

Michael McKenny Joins Friends of Strays Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming Michael McKenny as another new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors! Read more

Published: 10/12/21

Rosa Lopez Joins Friends of Strays Board of Directors

Please join us in welcoming the fabulous Rosa Lopez as a new member of the Friends of Strays Board of Directors!  Read more

Published: 10/06/21

Friends of Strays Awards Community Foundation Of Tampa Bay Grant To Sue Rountree For TNVR Services

Friends of Strays Animal Shelter was delighted this Spring to receive a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay that provided funding for the spay or neuter procedures for 104 community cats. Read more

Published: 06/01/21

Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of Friends of Strays

Friends of Strays Animal Shelter announced today a $7,500 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in Pinellas County. Read more

Published: 04/20/21

Laurel Moves out of Retirement

Laurel spent the past nine years living with her mom at Westminster Suncoast, a retirement community in St. Petersburg. Their compassionate staff ensured she received great care throughout her time with them, but when Laurel’s mom was diagnosed with dementia, they decided it was in Laurel’s best interest to be rehomed. Read more

Published: 04/01/21

Brody’s Retirement to South Pasadena

In honor of Heartworm Awareness Month, the Friends of Strays staff decided to pay Brody a visit. After Dan’s passing, Brody moved into his nextdoor neighbors Michel and Dolores’ lovely cottage overlooking the Gulf. Brody, now heartworm free, excitedly greeted us at the front door, tail wagging and insisting belly rubs.  Read more

Published: 03/29/21

Spring Break Campers Join Friends of Strays’ Furever Family

Friends of Strays Animal Shelter welcomed children from the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center into its Furever Family. On March 18, Friends of Strays Shelter Director Mari Salls had the privilege of engaging with the participants of the Sanderlin Center’s Spring Break Camp on the topic of responsible pet ownership. With the help of her canine assistants... Read more

Published: 03/23/21