Animal Services Lost & Found
If you have lost an animal please come to the shelter at least once every three days during visiting hours to see if your animal is there. Animal Services generally holds stray dogs and cats for three business days from the day they are brought in. There are some exceptions to this holding period, such as if the animal has suffered severe injuries, so we recommend that you begin looking for your animal as soon as possible.
If you live near a county line we recommend that you contact the Animal Control Departments in the neighboring counties.
Also Contact the Humane Society and the SPCA and advertise in the local newspapers.
If your animal is wearing tags which can be traced to you Animal Services will make every effort to call you to let you know that your animal was impounded. But please don’t rely on this; many animals lose their tags or someone takes the tags off before they are picked up. Make sure that if you move or change telephone numbers that you call and update your tag information. If your animal is impounded at Animal Services you will be required to pay a $25 impound fee and $10 board for each day the animal is here in order to reclaim the animal. You will also be required to show proof of a rabies vaccination and county license. If you do not have this information you will be required to have it done at the shelter, as long as the veterinarian is available to vaccinate your animal. The 1-yr rabies vaccination is $10, then you will be required to purchase the Hernando County Animal License, which is an additional $10 for sterilized animals or $30 for unsterilized animals. If you are unable to afford those fees on top of the impound/board fees you will receive a citation from a Hernando County Animal Services Officer that allows you to provide proof of vaccination and license within a specified time period. Additionally, there may be other citations issued unless you qualify for one of the incentives offered to responsible pet owners. If a citation is issued you will have the option of paying the fine within 30 days or contesting the fine in court.
If you have found an animal and would like to hold it until the owner is found, please call Animal Services at (352)796-5062 to report it . We keep a book of found reports so that if the owner calls we can put them in touch with you. If you would like the animal picked up please contact the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352)754-6830 to request a pick up. If you would like to bring the animal in please do so during our visiting hours.
If you are unable to keep your pet, you are responsible for finding that pet a new home. Animal Services is unable to accept owned animals due to space limitations. If we take your owned animal, a stray animal that the owner may be looking for would have to be euthanized to make room for your unwanted pet. You can try finding a new home using the internet through sites like Craigslist or Facebook, or by advertising in the newspaper, or by finding a rescue organization. You can also contact the Humane Society of the Nature Coast at (352)796-2711 and the SPCA at (352)596-7000 to see if they are able to take your pet.