Adoptions FAQ

SPCA Florida has both dogs & cats for adoption. If you see an animal online that would be a great fit for your family, please visit our campus to meet and interact with your new friend!

Animals are adopted throughout the day, so our family can change hour-to-hour!

Where 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.

All incoming animals receive a medical examination and are tested for heartworms (if age appropriate), feline leukemia, and FIV. 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 are current on heartworm and flea preventatives.

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.”

How often do you receive new animals?

We intake new animals on a daily basis.

Do you ever receive purebred animals?

Yes, it can range from a gorgeous German Shepherd with AKC papers to a five-month old purebred Boston Terrier puppy…

Approximately 25% 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 Control (PCAC). Depending on our population, SPCA Florida transfers in pets from partner agency PCAC 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.