animal services

11150 144th Street
McAlpin, FL 32062-2231

Phone: 386-208-0072

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office/ Animals Services Division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing Suwannee county code. In addition to code enforcement, the Animal Services Division is also responsible for the capture, confinement and care of nuisance and stray animals, the investigation of animal cruelty/nuisance complaints and animal bite investigations, the enforcement of the Rabies Control Program. The Animal Services Division also presents animals for adoption..

At Suwannee County Animal Services, our mission  of caring for the cats and dogs at our facility goes beyond providing a clean and safe environment. In addition to the operation of a very busy Adoption Center, we provide services to protect public health,  safety and welfare. We are firmly committed to public education that promotes  responsible pet ownership. 


Services performed include:

  • Animal Control - State certified  Animal Control Officers provide countywide enforcement and assistance to  citizens with animal related problems.
  • Protect the public  welfare and enforce the law regarding animal issues, such as dangerous dogs and feral cats.

In Addition:

  • Last year the Shelter & Adoption Center cared for over  4,990 dogs and
  • Animal Services receives more than 50  telephone calls daily from citizens.
  • Animal Services provides a wide variety  of volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers are a great help! We need volunteer dog walkers, cat socializers, animal control officer assistants, kennel assistants and greeters.
  • Animal Control Officers received  approximately 2,600 service requests, contacted almost 22,500 citizens on such  requests, and served over 750 various citations last year.

   Adoptions make everyone smile at Animal Services. With your help, adoptions have quadrupled in the past five years. Loving families adopted 5,085 pets in 2011. For a small fee, you can choose a dog or cat to be a part of your family. Adoptable animals will be vaccinated and sterilized prior to moving to their new homes.           

  Animal Services pledges its commitment to the public and the   animals in their care. Citizens are urged to tour the facility and visit with the   adoptable pets.

Adopted pets are required to be spay/nuetered 7-14 days after adoption along with a Veterinarian Check up.



Thank you for helping out the homeless animals of Suwannee County.  We appreciate your generosity.  There are several ways to donate to the shelter.

Send a check or money order payable to:

Suwannee County Animal Shelter 11150 144th Street McAlpin, FL 32062-2231dog

We also accept food and supply donations:

Items may be dropped off at

11150 144th Street McAlpin, FL 32062-2231

We are in need of the following items:   Dog Food, Cat Food, Blanket, Chew Toys and Litter     

Animal Cruelty

Pets are a  source of incredible joy and unconditional love. Unfortunately, there are people who don’t act  responsibly toward their four-legged family members, and may purposefully  mistreat them.  Cruelty to animals  could mean depriving a pet of food,water, shelter or veterinary care. Extreme  cases of animal cruelty include torture, maiming or killing animals.

The causes of  this behavior can vary widely, but can often be attributed to past abuse.  Often, a person who will abuse an animal will also abuse other people.

What are the signs of animal cruelty?

           Animal cruelty  can take many forms. Some of the warning signs include: 

  • Wounds – especially ones that have not been tended to or treated by a veterinarian
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners
  • Extremely thin or starved appearance
  • Patches of missing hair
  • Limping
  • Tick or flea infestations. If left untreated, this can lead to an animal's death

Other action are  considered signs of animal cruelty:            

  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Dogs that are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard
  • Dogs that are kept outside in extreme weather conditions without appropriate shelter

How can I report animal cruelty?

           If you notice  signs of animal cruelty, it’s important that you call your local sheriff's department or Suwannee County Animal Services at (386) 208-0072. You may provide anonymous information, but remember that  any e-mails are subject to the public records laws of Florida. 

You can help!        

              Help educate  others about the danger of leaving pets in cars, outdoors in the sun and in  other situations that expose them to Florida’s  heat. Not everyone realizes this, especially if they are visiting the area or  have recently relocated. Educate others about the need for clean water and food,  safe areas for animals to live and play. Tell them about the need for  veterinary care. Vaccinations and spaying and neutering information is a good  way to start.

Set a good  example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and  care they deserve. Taking care of a pet is more than just providing food, water  and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring him to the  veterinarian. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered, licensed and vaccinated.

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