Animal Welfare

Welcome to Manatee County Animal Welfare!

Manatee County Animal Welfare is open to the public. Appointments preferred. In an effort to offer optimal customer service and adoption counseling, MCAW recommends visitors fill out an adopter profile and arrange an online appointment prior to their visit to our shelters.

Click here to fill out an adopter profile and to schedule your appointment.

Click here to view all adoptable pets.

Foster parents are volunteers that provide temporary care for animals who aren't quite ready for adoption due to age, health or behavior. The necessary supplies are provided by MCAW, so all you need is time and love to give! If you have room in your home and heart and are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application above to start the process. For additional information about the program, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8314.

Click here to become a VOLUNTEER.

Click here to become a FOSTER.

If you are a current Rescue Partner, or would like to become one, please contact [email protected].

If you have LOST or FOUND a pet:

MCAW Field Officers are available Monday through Friday 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 Welfare 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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Clear the Shelters at MCAW this August
August 01, 2023
Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) will once again participate in “Clear the Shelters,” the annual, nationwide pet adoption drive, starting on Tuesday, August 1 and running through Thursday, August 31. For the entire month, adoption fees will be waived for all pets. Since its inception in 2015, Clear the Shelters has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes. Read More
$10 Kitten Adoptions This July
June 29, 2023
$10 Kitten Adoptions This JulyRead More
Fees Waived Through 4/30 -- Dog Fosters Needed
April 06, 2023
MCAW is waiving all adoption fees through Sunday, April 30. During this challenging time, MCAW is asking citizens to help by fostering dogs.Read More

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See available dogs and cats for adoption!

Adoptable Pets