The majority of our shelter pets arrive as strays with no known background. Others are surrendered by their owners who may provide a little or a lot of information. If there’s a particular pet you are interested in and would like to know more, please email us at AnimalServices@ocfl.net, referencing the pet’s ID number, and we can share the information we know.
Due to the high volume of animals in our care at any given time, we are unable to provide extensive behavioral or medical screenings for pets prior to their departure. How they behave in the shelter environment may not necessarily be indicative of how they respond in a new home.
We cannot make any guarantees about the health or temperament of a shelter pet.
Our adoption contract requires adopters to keep newly adopted animals separate from resident pets for at least a week, to provide time for decompression. This helps the new pet adjust to the home and can better help friendships form among the animals. We also require adopters take their new pet to a veterinarian of their choosing, and at their expense, within 72 hours of adoption for a full screening. This helps begin the relationship between pet, owner and healthcare provider that will be beneficial for years to come.