Safer At Home

Friends of Strays is proud to announce its new Safer At Home Fund, a resource for Pinellas County residents facing financial hardships. It is designed to offer an alternative to surrendering their beloved pet to a shelter by providing vouchers for free veterinary care and pet supplies. 

To qualify for assistance, you must be a Pinellas County resident and facing a temporary financial hardship.

**Applications are temporarily on hold. Please check back soon.**

CLICK HERE TO Apply for assistance through the safer at home fund

 Once received, a Friends of Strays staff member will mail vouchers to recipients that can be redeemed at the program’s partner locations: 

  • Operation: SNIP: 13489 Walsingham Rd, Largo, FL 33774
  • SPOT: Spay & Neuter: 4403 62nd Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
  • Pet Food Warehouse: 1830 61st Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33714
  • Park Feed Store & Pet Supply: 5775 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
  • Pet Supplies Plus - Pinellas Park: 7331 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 
  • Pet Supplies Plus - Clearwater: 1500 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759 

Vouchers for the following goods and services are distributed based on individual need and location:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Core vaccines
  • Annual veterinary exams
  • Dewormer
  • Cat and dog food
  • Cat litter
  • Flea and tick preventative

After filling out an application, please allow our staff up to 72 hours to review submissions. You will be notified via email after your application has been reviewed. Individualized, need-based vouchers will be mailed to the address on your application to those to those who qualify.

If you have questions, please email Claire Wray at [email protected]

“Our Safer At Home Fund is designed to prevent beloved pets from entering shelters by providing options and assistance,” says Friends of Strays CEO, Dara Eckart. “This is an unprecedented time for all of us, and nobody should have to worry about giving up their animal on top of so much uncertainty. The benefits of this new program are two-fold: our community members get the support they need to care for their pets, and it eases the burden on shelters by helping to keep animals at home. We hope this fund will help ease the stress of our community during this crisis.”