Admissions

Found a Stray?

Friends of Strays is a no-kill, limited admission shelter. We accept stray or abandoned cats and kittens from in or around Pinellas County, as space and resources permit. If you've found a friendly cat or kitten without identification and would like to turn it in to us, please set up an intake appointment with our shelter director at 727-522-6566 x105 or [email protected] Animals will not be accepted without an appointment. 

When arriving at the shelter, please be sure to have the animals contained in a carrier or crate. You must have a valid photo ID. If you have any information on the history of the pet, or any previous medical care it received, please bring that with you as well.

We will evaluate the pet for health and temperament at the intake appointment. At that point we will let you know if we are able to accept the animal into our care. There is no set fee to bring in an animal, however we do ask for a monetary donation to help us care for all the animals under the Friends of Strays umbrella. We keep our doors open because of generous donations from our community, so whatever you can give is appreciated.

Per our agreement with Pinellas County Animal Services, all stray dogs or cats with identification must be referred to PCAS or your county animal services to aid in pet owner reunification.

If You've Found Kittens:

If you find young kittens without their mom, it does not necessarily mean they have been abandoned. Their mother could be out looking for food, or finding a more suitable home for her kittens. If you find one or two kittens, mama may be in the process of moving the family and is on her way back for the others. If the kittens appear healthy, please wait and observe from a distance for an hour or two before doing anything else.

If, after 1-2 hours of observation, you haven’t seen signs of the mother, you will ultimately have to use your own judgment to decide how to handle the kittens, depending upon the litter’s needs and your time and resources.

Keep the following in mind when deciding what to do next:

  • Kittens have the best chance of survival with their mother.
  • If you bring the cats inside, you should keep them separate from your animals until evaluated by a veterinarian.
  • For proper social development, kittens should be kept with their litter (and mother, if possible) until at least 8 weeks of age.

owner surrenders

As of March 1, 2020, Friends of Strays is expanding our reach to help owned pets facing shelter surrender. Pinellas County defines an Owner as any person possessing, harboring, keeping, or having control or custody of an animal or, if the animal is owned by a person under the age of 18 years, that person's parent or guardian.

We will accept owned cats and dogs from Pinellas County residents as we have space and resources available. A surrender appointment can be made through our Shelter Director, Mari, at 727-522-6566 x105 or email [email protected]

At the time of appointment, we ask all cats to be in cat carriers and all dogs to be leashed securely. There will be paperwork to fill out (you can print the forms prior to your appointment). You must have a valid photo ID and reside in Pinellas County. If you have any information on the history of the pet, or any previous medical care it received, please bring that with you as well.

We will not accept walk ins.

Surrender fees:

Dogs- $50 per pet
Cats- $50 per pet
$75 per litter (kittens or puppies)

Please print and bring the appropriate forms with you to your appointment:

Incoming Dog Profile

Incoming Cat Profile

Feline House Soiling Profile

Friends of Strays makes it our mission to help as many animals as we can, but we do not have the capacity or resources to take every pet that comes our way. In the case that we cannot help your pet, please contact the SPCA of Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas County, or your local SPCA or Humane Society.


*In the case you have a mom cat or dog with a litter, you may be eligible for our Keep the Mom Program. Keep the Mom is designed to keep adult animals in their home and out of the shelter system. You'd surrender the babies to us, and we'll spay, vaccinate, and microchip mom at no cost to you. Restrictions apply. Please email [email protected] to inquire about Keep the Mom.

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