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The Sarasota County Animal Services section is located at 8451 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. The administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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ABOUT ANIMAL SERVICES
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office took over the responsibilities of Animal Control from the County Government on Oct.1, 1994. The name "Animal Control" was changed to "Animal Services" due to the many services provided to all of Sarasota County.

Animal Service Officers respond to calls for service, including nuisance complaints, animal bites, injured animals and animal cruelty. We would be glad to address your school or group to give them an idea of what we do or educate them about animal safety. Call the administrative office for more information. To review the County's Animal Ordinance click below.

 
PET DISASTER PLANNING
Pets need a plan for hurricane season and other emergencies. The link below will take you to the Sarasota County Emergency Services page for pet preparations.

PET LOST AND FOUND
Our goal is to help reunite lost animals with their families. We keep a list of animals that are reported missing and those that are found in hopes of making a match. We recommend that pets be microchipped as a means of secondary identification. To make it easier for your pets to be returned should they get lost, be certain to keep current identification tags on them at all times.

If you wish to report a lost animal contact Animal Services at 941.861.9501. If you get the answering machine leave a message, as it is checked regularly including weekends & holidays. We will need to know the animal type/description, name, location it was last seen, your name, address, and contact information. You can email a photo with the above information to kennel1@scgov.net.

PET PARKS
Sarasota County has a number of parks and beaches that are pet friendly, allowing both on-and-off-leash activity. The link below will provide a list of those locations and some rules and regulations.

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

SPAYING/NEUTERING PROGRAM
Sarasota County Animal Services has a no cost/low cost spaying and neutering program for your pets. This program is designed for people who are on low or fixed incomes. If you are qualified to receive benefits from other social programs or have a low or fixed income, you probably also qualify for this program.

Funds have been appropriated in the budget of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are born each year in Sarasota County. Minimizing these births reduces the operating cost of Animal Services to Sarasota County taxpayers. Because this program is so popular it is administered on a "first come, first serve" basis and will continue until all the annually appropriated funds have been exhausted. The fiscal year runs October through September. This program does not cover the cost of a mandatory rabies vaccination and license tag, additional examination fees or vaccination fees that may be required by your veterinarian.

In addition to managing the animal population, sterilization prevents irritability and aggressiveness. It can increase the lifespan of your pet, among other health benefits, reduce the urge to roam, and reduce spraying in male cats.

In addition to Sheriff's Office Animal Services, the following organizations offer no or low cost spaying/neutering:

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA
          2331 15th St.
          Sarasota, FL
          941.955.4131

 SUNCOAST HUMANE SOCIETY
          6781 San Casa Drive
          Englewood, FL
          941.474.7884

 ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION
          6320 Tower Ln.
          Sarasota, FL 34240
          941.957.1955

CAT DEPOT
          2542 17th Street
          Sarasota, FL 34234
          941.366.2404

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ANIMAL SERVICES DONATIONS
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!

VICIOUS/DANGEROUS DOGS
Vicious/dangerous dogs are a serious threat to the safety and welfare of the people of Sarasota County. Such attacks are, in part, attributable to the failure of owners to properly train and control their dogs. Therefore, Sarasota County government has found it necessary to impose uniform requirements on the owners of dogs declared dangerous or vicious, including being publicly listed here.

DANGEROUS DOG SEARCH

LEGAL DISCLAIMER
This document has information regarding dogs that have been declared dangerous and whose owners are required to register their dog pursuant to Florida State Statute, Chapter 767. While this information is believed to be accurate, no claims, promises or
guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information are made. Readers are encouraged to review the official version of all documents on which they plan to rely. Official records of these documents are maintained by Sarasota County Animal Services.

Reference copies are available by contacting:
Animal Services
8451 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, Florida, 34241
941.861.9500