Adoptions FAQ

family kittenWhere do the animals come from?

Our adoptable pets come from a variety of sources, including owner surrendered animals, stray animals and transfers from other animal care facilities in our community. All incoming animals receive a medical examination and are tested for heartworms, feline leukemia and feline AIDS.  All animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Why do you charge an adoption fee and what does it cover?

On average we spend $250-$350 per dog or cat for food, medical care and testing. This also includes spaying and neutering and our costs for operations (utilities, supplies, insurance, etc.). Our adoption fees only cover a small percentage of our cost compared to what we invest in each animal. All adopted dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and come with a 30 day supply of heartworm and flea preventative.

Why are some dogs’ adoption fees more expensive?

We match our adoption fees at or slightly below current marketplace fees for specific breeds. This discourages adopters from re-homing pets for a profit.

Why are the animals sterilized?

SPCA Florida sterilizes all adopted pets in accordance with Florida Statute 823.15 which states:

“The Legislature has determined that uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats in the state results in the production of many more puppies and kittens than are needed to replace pet animals which have died or become lost or to provide pet animals for new owners. This leads to many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens being unwanted, becoming strays and suffering privation and death, being impounded and destroyed at great expense to the community, and constituting a public nuisance and public health hazard.”

Match Maker - Sarah Michaels and SamHow often do you receive new animals?

We intake new animals on a daily basis.

Do you ever receive purebred animals?

Yes, from a gorgeous German Shepherd with AKC papers to a five-month old purebred Boston Terrier puppy approximately 25 percent of SPCA Florida intakes are purebred pets.

How long before an animal is euthanized?

SPCA Florida is a managed admissions shelter, which means we intake based on population. SPCA Florida does not euthanize based on length of stay or space. If we do not have room at our facility, we will direct those wishing to relinquish their pet to Polk County Animal Services (PCAS). Depending on our population, SPCA Florida transfers in pets from partner agency PCAS multiple times a week. SPCA Florida works with Lee County Animal Control to transfer in fully vetted felines. We work with several counties across the state including, but not limited to: Lee, Polk , Sumter, Hillsborough ,DeSoto , and Brevard to find homes for as many homeless dogs and cats as possible. If you have any questions on our policy, please call the Adoption Center Manager, (863) 577-4617.