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:

  • Submit a Lost or Found Animal Report
  • Search for your lost pet at MCAW
  • Go to Petco LoveLost to upload a photo of the lost or found pet. Petco Love Lost 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 MCAW, please call (941) 742-5933 to begin the process of reclaiming your 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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Manatee County takes over Bishop SPCA property
March 17, 2022
Manatee County has officially taken over the management and operation of the Bishop Animal Shelter from the Bishop Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Manatee County. Read More
$10 Pet Adoptions Start Today for St. Patty's Day
March 11, 2022
The “St. PETrick's Day” Adoption Promotion runs from Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 20 at both MCAS locations. All pet adoption fees, for both dogs and cats, will be $10. Read More
Celebrate Valentine's Day by Adopting a Pet
February 14, 2022
Manatee County's only open-admission shelter will offer waived adoption fees for six pets (referred to as “The Lonely Hearts Club”) who have been in the care of MCAS for extended periods of time. All other pets will have reduced adoption fees of $10 from February 12-18.Read More

View Adoptable Pets

See available dogs and cats for adoption!

Adoptable Pets