Animal Services - A No Kill Community About Animal Services



The Division of Animal Services enforces the County's Animal Ordinance and the Florida Laws relating to animals, provides an animal adoption program, picks up and shelters stray, sick and/or injured animals, issues rabies license/certificates, investigates animal cruelty and neglect, and quarantines animals that have bitten someone.

Animal Services works closely with all area shelters, many other local animal groups and animal welfare organizations.


To maintain public health and safety through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals. To promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation.


Meet Your Animal Services Officer

Image Meet Your Animal Services Officer

There's a person in our community who works to protect stray, injured, abused, and unwanted animals. This person also helps the public deal with problems caused by animals.


I am your local animal care and control professional. I'm the one who responds to calls about neglected or lost animals, and I'm often the first person to provide comfort and compassion to animals in need.


Long gone is the term dogcatcher and the image of a man with a butterfly net. Animal care and control professionals now perform a variety of services that help animals as well as people: rescuing injured animals, controlling stray and potentially dangerous animals roaming at large, and bringing lost pets to our animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them. We also work with other local agencies, such as social services and law enforcement, to protect all members of families, both two-legged and four-legged.


In addition to our enforcement role, the Animal Services Division maintains a shelter to care for stray dogs and cats impounded for violations of applicable ordinances and laws. Animals placed in quarantine for rabies observation by the Manatee County Health Department are also sheltered at our facility.


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Animal Care Specialists

Image Animal Care Specialists

An animal care specialist is a professional who works in the care and management of animals in a variety of settings.


Many people love animals, but not everyone has what it takes to turn that passion into a profession. Animal Care Specialists are animal lovers who dedicate their careers to keeping animals healthy, safe and happy.


Our Animal Care Specialists are Special



State-of-the-Art Animal Services Van
State-of-the-Art Animal Services Van

Our state-of-the-art van has 12 air conditioned animal transport cages.  All are constructed of stainless steel.  Four cages on each of three openings; driver's side, passenger's side and rear.  A storage compartment is also used.








Four of the air conditioned cages...


A laptop computer system is installed in each of the vehicles with access to our animal program.