Animal Services

COVID-19 Update

Manatee County Animal Services is open by appointment only. In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), MCAS has altered its operations with regards to intake at the center, in the community, and adoption of animals to patrons.

MCAS will be facilitating adoptions through appointment only. Click here to fill out an adopter profile and to schedule your appointment.

MCAS will still approve foster applications and transfer of animals to rescue. Residents can help shelter animals by signing up as an emergency foster to provide animals relief from the shelter environment. Individuals interested in fostering can do the following:

  • Sign up to be an emergency on-call foster by filling out the application.
  • MCAS will provide supplies, but we encourage fosters to start planning ahead and gathering resources in anticipation of fostering a pet. If you have specific questions about fostering, or fostering a specific pet, please email
  • If you are a current Rescue Partner, or would like to become one, please contact

If you have lost or found a pet:

  • Submit a Lost or Found Animal Report
  • Go to Finding Rover to upload a photo of the lost or found pet. Finding Rover is a nationwide database which utilizes facial recognition to reunite lost pets with their owners. 
  • Post the pet as lost or found on sites like Lost Pet Services, Nextdoor, Craigslist, and social media platforms
  • Hang flyers where the pet was lost & found, as most pets are found less than 1,000 feet from their home
  • If you have lost your pet and believe the animal is at MCAS, please call (941) 742-5933 to begin the process of reclaiming your pet

MCAS Field Officer Operations operates 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you are in need of our Field Services, which includes but is not limited to, bite cases, confined strays, barking complaints, hoarding/neglect, please call our dispatch at 941-742-5933, ext. 1. 


The mission of Manatee County Animal Services is to maintain public safety and health through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals, promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions and reduce pet overpopulation. View Manatee County's shelter statistics and animal save rates.



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$10 Adoption Fees Starting Friday, May 7
May 06, 2021
With Mother's Day almost here, Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) is offering $10 adoption fees for all pets from Friday, May 7 - Thursday, May 13. Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate -- a value of over $300 in savings.Read More
$15 Pet Adoptions Starting St. Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2021
The “Feelin' Lucky” Adoption Promotion runs from Wednesday. March 17 - Wednesday, March 31 at both MCAS locations. All pet adoption fees, for both dogs and cats, will be $15.Read More
Fee-Waived Adoptions for All Pets Through February 28 at MCAS
February 12, 2021
In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS) is offering fee-waived adoptions, in lieu of a donation to Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS), for all pets from February 13 - February 28. Adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate -- a value of over $300 in savings. Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20. At the time of this release, MCAS has 47 dogs and 13 cats at the shelter.Read More
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