How to Help

Medical Fund

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Sarasota in Defense of Animals (SDA) assists Animal Services with the adoption of dogs and cats, and has established a clinic to sterilize feral cats. SDA has also created a 501(c)(3) organization "Friends of Animal Services," to help defray the cost of treating the animals brought to Animal Services each year. To donate to this medical fund click the “Just Give” button.

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Through Kuranda, you can donate a bed that will be directly shipped to Sarasota County Animal Services. Click the button above to learn more.



Animal Services has a foster program to socialize animals for adoption. If a dog is not adjusting to kenneling, we will try to place him in a foster home until a suitable permanent home can be found.

Sometimes the animals are too young to be kept in the shelter or the animal may be injured and need a little more attention. Without foster homes, many of these underaged animals would die because their immune systems are weak at such an early age.

If you have room in your home and your heart, call Animal Services at (941) 861-9500.

Foster Home Application


Animal Services welcomes volunteers who have some love and time to spare, to work with the animals that are in our adoption program. We utilize volunteers in a variety of capacities, but mainly to socialize and play with the animals to help them become more adaptable to a kennel situation. Animals need and crave human companionship, and do not thrive without it. You must be over 18 to volunteer.


The link below is for approved Animal Services volunteers only and requires a log-in and password.

Volunteer Application | Volunteer Sign-In


Animal Services accepts donations of dog/puppy and cat/kitten food and treats. Toys are always welcome. The shelter is always in need of towels and blankets. These items don't have to be new, just clean and in good condition!