ADOPTING A DOG
Dogs are spayed or neutered (depending on their sex), microchipped, dewormed, vaccinated, heartworm negative, and medically cleared by our Veterinarian. Upon adoption, dogs will receive an adoption packet including a complimentary Dr. Exam at Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic, discount coupons to local pet food stores, microchip registration information, suggested doggie day care and boarding facilities, and more.
ADOPTING A CAT
Cats are spayed or neutered (depending on their sex), microchipped, dewormed, vaccinated, Feline Leukemia/AIDS negative, and medically cleared by our Veterinarian. Upon adoption, cats will receive an adoption packet including a complimentary Dr. Exam at Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic, discount coupons to local pet food stores, microchip registration information, suggested day care and boarding facilities, and more.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO OWN A HOME TO ADOPT SOME OF OUR DOGS?
Certain breed are considered “dangerous." While we know that this is a stereotype, insurance companies won’t insure so landlords won’t allow. Additionally, hound dogs are not good in apartments due to their vocalizations.
THE PIT PROJECT
Pit Bull Terriers are best known for their tenacity, strength and loyalty. It takes a special type of person to be a Pit owner and with the right leadership and training we can get you prepared for one of the best experiences of your life!
Pit Bulls are a misunderstood and often mistreated breed of dog. As a result, shelters across America are facing an increase in the number of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes that are being surrendered because their owners could not or would not properly care for their animals.
The Pit Project is a program being offered by Pet Pal Animal Shelter with a goal of rescuing and adopting out more Pit Bulls by educating adopters about the breed. While at the shelter, all Pit Bull Terriers and Pit mixes will receive temperament testing and evaluations from CDPT certified trainers. Once these dogs have been assessed, a training regimen will be put into place to keep them active and motivated during their stay at the shelter.
Upon adoption, with the help of their “guardian angels”, all Pittie adopters will go home with a crate, leash, collar, Kong toy, small bag of Science Diet, and free initial vet visit at Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic (where a 1 month supply of heartworm and flea prevention will be provided) as well as a review of the training program being used at the shelter. Additionally, a group training class will be offered by a certified trainer to provide guidance in leadership skills for all family members. Prior to adoption, all dogs have been neutered/spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.
Our mission is to rescue dogs and cats from shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training. We are dedicated to educating the public about the pet overpopulation crisis, the importance of spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership.
Pet Pal Animal Shelter, formerly known as Pet Pal Rescue, was founded in the early 1980′s by two women when they realized the high number of animals that were being euthanized due to pet overpopulation and neglect. Driven by their desire to make a difference, they began taking animals from shelters and finding permanent homes for them. By 1988, they organized Pet Pal Rescue as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Pet Pal Rescue was located in the Orlando area until August 2002, when we moved to Pinellas County. In 2008, Pet Pal built a low cost spay/neuter clinic, and in 2009, we expanded our services and changed the clinic's name to Pet Pal Veterinary Clinic. At the clinic, we offer exams and procedures at affordable rates to the general public, aiding the fight to reduce the number of pets that are relinquished to shelters each year. Under the direction of Executive Director Scott Daly, Pet Pal has stayed true to our mission as we continue to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and responsible pet ownership.
Kill vs. No Kill Shelters
Thousands of unwanted cats and dogs across the Tampa Bay area end up in animal shelters each year and high percentage of these animals are euthanized. Shelters that euthanize (kill shelters) do so out of necessity; there is simply not enough room or resources to house all of the animals. No-kill shelters, on the other hand, will provide long-term care and homes for animals, but are limited in the number of animals that they can accept. Pet Pal Animal Shelter, classified as a no-kill shelter, will NOT euthanize ANY pet unless the following circumstances are present:
In both instances, euthanasia will only be considered upon the advice of our veterinarian and experienced behavioral specialists and after all treatment options have been exhausted. Therefore, with rare exceptions, any animal for which we assume responsibility will be cared for at our shelter until a permanent loving home is found.
In order to be most effective, Pet Pal Animal Shelter concentrates our attention and resources on one segment of the animal problem: those in shelters and facing euthanasia. These animals need a second chance at life and it is our goal to provide that opportunity for as many of these pets as possible. Therefore, the shelter does not accept strays. Pet Pal Animal Shelter invests hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars rehabilitating the animals we rescue. Unfortunately, the adoption fee does not cover our actual out-of-pocket expenses for surgery, medications, food etc. As a non–profit 501(c)(3) organization, we rely solely on donations, bequests, and grants.
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
405 22nd Street South
Staint Petersburg, FL 33712