Our mission is to provide the best care possible to animals that come to our shelter regardless of circumstance, to be diligent in our efforts to save lives, and to educate and assist our community with animal related problems. We work to reduce threats posed by animals to public safety through proactive enforcement, education, assistance, and prevention based programs.
Osceola County Animal Services is a department of Osceola County government funded by County taxes.
Our budget is supplemented by the generous donations of our community as well as grants.
As a municipal entity, we are an open access animal shelter which requires us to accept all animals regardless of temperament, health, or history. Each animal is individually evaluated for potential adoption.
We are a managed intake animal shelter with procedures in place to help families keep their pets. For more information about the surrender process for owned pets, click here.
Our field officers work to ensure public safety and animal welfare within our 1500 square mile jurisdiction.
We hold stray pets for the legal hold period of three business days after which time they are evaluated behaviorally and medically for potential adoption. Pets that are wearing valid ID are held five working days. Community cats, feral or free roaming, are not considered owned and therefore do not have to be held any required time frame. Instead, those cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies and other disease, ear tipped and released to the location from which they came. For more information on community cats, please click here.
Valid ID must track to a current telephone number where the owner can be easily reached.
We believe that education is an integral component of everything that we do.
Animal Services maintains partnerships with numerous entities to help achieve our mission. These entities include schools, businesses and non-profits.