MCAS is closed to the public

MCAS is closed to the public. Here's what you need to know and how you can help.
Posted on 03/18/2020
Manatee County Animal Services closed to the public on March 17 at 5:00 p.m.

In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), MCAS will be altering its operations with regards to intake at the center, in the community, and adoption of animals to patrons.

If you have lost or found a pet, we ask you to take these steps:
· Submit a Lost or Found Animal Report by going to to create a service request.
· 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.

MCAS Officers will still be responding to calls of service in the community based on high priority level, which could include law enforcement assistance, injured and sick stray animals, cruelty/neglect complaints and dangerous/aggressive animals at large. Non-emergency requests, such as welfare checks and nuisance issues, can be submitted through Officer responses will take longer than usual for lower-priority requests, such as contained strays.

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 will be facilitating adoptions through appointment only at 941-742-5933.

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 at or by visiting
· MCAS will provide supplies, but we encourage fosters to start planning ahead and gathering resources in anticipation of fostering a pet.
· Rescue organizations should call 941-527-9915 or email [email protected] to arrange pulling of MCAS animals.