Frequently Asked Questions
Where do the animals come from?
Our adoptable pets come from a variety of sources, including cats and dogs surrendered by their owners, strays, and transfers from other animal care facilities.
All incoming animals receive a medical examination and are tested for heartworms, feline leukemia, and FIV, as appropriate. Alla animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated prior to adoption.
Why do you charge an adoption fee?
Every cat or dog that is adopted out has been spayed/neutered, is up-to-date on vaccines, microchipped, and current on heartworm and flea preventatives. On average, a pet costs us between $250 and $350 for food, medical care, and similar. The adoption fee only covers a small amount of our actual costs for each pet.
Why do some dogs have a higher adoption fee?
We match our adoption fees at or slightly below current marketplace fees for specific breeds. This is to discourage "flipping" of animals. We want them to find a good forever home, not to be immediately resold for profit.
Why are the animals sterilized?
PCA Florida sterilizes all adopted pets in accordance with Florida Statute 823.15which 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.”
How often do you receive new animals?
We take in new animals on a daily basis.
Do you ever receive purebred animals?
Yes, we get everything from gorgeous German Shepherds with AKC papers to Boston Terrier puppies. Around 25% of animals the come to us are purebreds.
How long until an animal is euthanized?
SPCA Florida is a managed admissions shelter, and that means we take in animals based on available space in the shelter. We do not euthanize based on length of stay.
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 also 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 Breward 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.