Pet Adoptions

    When you adopt a shelter pet, you save two lives—the pet you adopt and the pet who takes the space your new pet just vacated. HSSC has been a no-kill facility since 2009, which means that no animal is ever euthanized to make space for another. Every animal in our facility is getting a second chance for a happy life.

    Falling in love with a pet is easy. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require a lot of time, money, and commitment. HSSC encourages you to think through your decision before you adopt a companion animal. When you visit HSSC to adopt, our experienced Adoption Counselors and Matchmakers will help you find the pet that’s likely to be a good fit for your lifestyle and living arrangements.

    Are you an active-duty member or veteran of the U.S. Military? Your adoption fee may be waived. Learn more about our Military Adoption Program.

    Please read the Adoption FAQ below for other helpful information. 

    Special thanks to our Foundation Partner, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for their lifesaving support.

    Available Pets

    HSSC Adoptable Pets Are:

    • Given a comprehensive medical exam
    • Up to date on vaccinations and flea, tick, and parasite preventives
    • Spayed/Neutered
    • Microchipped
    • Dewormed
    • Heartworm tested (dogs). If heartworm positive, the heartworm treatment is scheduled and continued at the shelter after adoption. Learn more about Heartworm Disease.

    In addition, cats are tested for FELV and FIV on a case by case basis if determined necessary by our shelter medical team.

    Browse our real-time listings of available dogs and cats.

    Adoption FAQ

    Adoption Hours

    Adoption Hours

    Monday: Closed

    Tuesday–Thursday: 10am–6pm

    Friday: Noon-7pm

    Saturday: 10am–4pm

    Sunday: Closed

    While we encourage all adoptions to be completed 30 minutes prior to closing, it is to be understood that our mission is to find the pets in our care homes, which may require Adoptions to be completed up to and past our time of closing. 

    No appointment is required.