When you adopt a shelter pet, you save two lives—the pet you adopt and the pet who takes the space your new pet just vacated. HSSC has been a no-kill facility since 2009, which means that no animal is ever euthanized to make space for another. Every animal in our facility is getting a second chance for a happy life.
Falling in love with a pet is easy. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require a lot of time, money, and commitment. HSSC encourages you to think through your decision before you adopt a companion animal. When you visit HSSC to adopt, our experienced Adoption Counselors and Matchmakers will help you find the pet that’s likely to be a good fit for your lifestyle and living arrangements.
Please read the Adoption FAQ below for other helpful information.
Special thanks to our Foundation Partner, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for their lifesaving support.
**COVID-19: HSSC is open to the public for normal adoption hours. Face masks are required, per Sarasota City Ordinance.**
Browse our real-time listings of available dogs and cats.
The adoption fees we collect help us provide food, shelter, important medical care, and treatment for the animals.
|Adoption Fees for Dogs|
|Puppies (up to 6 months)||$150|
|Adult Dogs (6 months to 7 years)||$85|
|Senior Dogs (7 years and older)||$55|
|Heartworm Treated Adult Dogs||$135|
|Heartworm Treated Senior Dogs||$105|
|Adoption Fees for Cats|
|Kittens (up to 6 months)||$85|
|Adult Cats (6 months to 7 years)||$65|
|Senior Cats (7 years and older)||$25|
HSSC accepts cash and credit card.
Plan to spend at least an hour at HSSC to complete the adoption process.
Our website has real-time listings of available dogs and cats. If an animal is not on the website, it has either been adopted or has been made temporarily unavailable. If you like to see which animals have been adopted, we post adoption photos on our Facebook page also.
Once you’ve met the pet you wish to adopt, we are happy to place a 24-hour hold on this pet if you are unable to adopt that day. The hold fee is $10 for adult pets. Holds cannot be placed on pets under 6 months. The hold fee is not refundable and does not go towards the adoption fee. If the adoption is not completed, the hold fee will be considered a donation to HSSC.
Generally, HSSC does not allow potential adopters to take an animal home on a trial basis. Only HSSC volunteers are permitted to take animals out of the shelter for fostering, staycations, and excursions.
However, some long-term residents have been approved for a Slumber Party, which is a form of “fostering with intent.”
We offer "Slumber Parties" with animals showing this tag near their kennel cards! The slumber party is an extended trial period where the available animal stays in your home for 3 days - 30 days. HSSC will provide all their food, medications, and necessities during this time. Should you fall in love with your new friend during this time, you simply return to HSSC to complete the adoption and live happily ever after.
Ask your Adoption Counselor or Matchmaker for details.
HSSC does not maintain a waiting list because we have no way to guarantee what animals will be available or when. We encourage those looking to adopt to regularly visit our available dogs and cats pages. Keep an open mind, too. We regularly see adopters fall in love with animals they never considered until they visited the shelter. Our Adoption Counselors and Matchmakers are excellent at helping your find the dog or cat who is right for you.
There is always an adjustment period with a new pet, especially if you have other pets in the home. HSSC can help you manage the adjustment. Several handouts are available in the Adoption Center and in our Pet Health & Safety section.
If you have any questions, issues, or concerns about your pet once you get home, please contact us. Your Adoption Counselor can ease the transition and can refer you to our K-9 Behavior Coordinators or Feline Specialist.
Make sure to schedule any follow-up appointments, including your complimentary first exam at the Animal Clinic of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Your exam expires 30 days from adoption, and there may be a 1-2 week wait, so we recommend you make your appointment soon after adoption. Call 941.364.3605 to schedule your appointment.
If an adopted animal turns out to not be a good fit, the animal may be returned to HSSC within 30 days of adoption, space permitting. There is no fee to return, but the original adoption fee will not be refunded.
After 30 days, animals must go through the surrender process at HSSC. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Learn more about Pet Surrender.
All returns and surrenders are by appointment only.
Read the Adoption Returns Policy (PDF).