Animal Resources

dog at shelter with volunteer

Our main goals and responsibilities are to return lost pets to their owners and adopt animals that don’t have a home.


Animal Rescues

S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, Inc. of Northeast Florida

P.O. Box 840215
St. Augustine, FL 32080-0215

TARAA – The Animal Rescue & Adoption Agency

Jennifer Coscia

Golden Retriever Assistance Team

Judy Brown
(904) 501-6899

German Shepherd Rescue

Nila Walden-Hughes
(904) 276-4637

Feline Canopy of Care

(904) 717-3231

Ayla’s Acres

Animal Re-homing and Surrender
(650) 520-5201

B’s Furry Friends Rescue (BFF Rescue)

Welfare Organizations

Animal Welfare Organizations

Friends of the Pet Center

A non-profit organization that supports the St Johns County Pet Adoption & Holding Center and its animals in our community. To find out how you can help, visit us on Facebook.

The Shelter Pet Project

A joint venture between The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, with one goal: to give shelter pets a voice.

The Pet Shelter Project

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

(217) 337-5030

ASPCA Poison Control website

Humane Society U.S. Headquarters

Humane Society

Humane Association of Wildlife Care & Education (H.A.W.K.E.)

(904) 692-1777

P.O. Box 188, Elkton, FL 32033


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

(212) 876-7700


American Federation of Aviculture

(602) 484-0931

American Federation of Aviculture

St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center

(904) 797-5770

Formed by veterinarians from Putnam, Flagler and St. Johns counties, the Center provides emergency care to any pet in their time of need.

St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center

Animal Friend License Plate

Help “Fix” Florida’s Pet Population! When you purchase a Florida Animal Friend license plate, $25 of every plate sold goes directly to fund organizations across the state who offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services. By purchasing the plate or donating to show your support, we become one step closer to ensuring that all animals can have a safe, happy and loving home.

Florida Animal Friends
Disaster Planning

Be Prepared

The mission of the Preparedness section of the Division of Animal Control is to help you and your pet(s) prepare for an emergency situation. A pet is a part of the family too. DO NOT leave your pet during a disaster.

This page will help familiarize you with supplies you should have on hand, precautions you should take in your home and on your property, and with other areas of concern you may inadvertently overlook.

If you have any questions or concerns about something we have not covered, please feel free to contact us and bring them to our attention. We will do our best to research these concerns or unique situations, and update our web pages accordingly.

Pet Friendly Shelters

Preparing Your Pets

Dogs and Cats

  • Our main goals and responsibilities are to return lost pets to their owners and adopt animals that don’t have a home.
  • Make sure your pet is current on all inoculations and is wearing proper identifying tags: Rabies tag, tag with owner’s name, address and phone number.
  • Keep a leash handy.
  • If your dog normally wears a “choker” collar, have a leather or nylon collar on hand if you have to leave him alone for several days.
  • Obtain a pet carrier or crate in which your pet can stand and turn around.
  • When assembling emergency supplies for your household, include items needed for your pet:
    • Extra dry food. Store food in sturdy airtight containers.
    • Kitty litter if you own a cat.
    • A large capacity self-feeder and water dispenser.
    • Extra medications your pet may require.
  • Evacuation Shelters are starting to allow pets. Please check with your local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for “Pet Friendly” shelters.
  • “Trained Guide Dogs” in most states, will be allowed to stay in emergency shelters with their owners. Check with your local emergency management officials for more information.
  • If you plan to evacuate to a hotel or motel, check in advance whether your pet (s) will be welcome.
  • Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.


Caring for birds in a disaster requires special consideration. Listed below are some recommendations.

  • Determine if your birds need a continuous supply of power. Purchase a generator to meet your facilities’ needs. Make sure your generator is in good running condition by starting it monthly.
  • Make sure you have a sufficient water supply. Large water containers with chlorinated water (10 drops of chlorine bleach to each gallon of water) can be used to store water that prohibits bacterial growth. Store water away from sunlight.
  • Aviaries should be equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. In fires, this will help minimize smoke inhalation, cool the air, and reduce the chance of burn injuries.
  • Aviculturists should have enough carriers on hand to evacuate all birds.
  • Many birds will run into their nest boxes during a crisis. Nest boxes should be equipped with quick-release latches and a hinge-type cover over the entrance to enable you to remove the nest box and use it as a pet carrier.
  • Flights should be constructed with easy access into and out of them.
  • Birds often require specialty foods. Make sure you know what these are and where you can get them. Although surplus food can often be refrigerated, this may not be possible in a disaster when the power supply is out.
  • Birds should be tested and free of psittacosis and tuberculosis. These are serious diseases and are transmissible to many other animals and people.
  • Do not leave your birds where they can be exposed to fumes from fires or chemicals. Birds are sensitive to smoke and fumes and succumb quicker to smoke than most other animals

Pet Disaster Kit Checklist

  • Your written family / pet disaster plan
  • Crate / carrier and bedding
  • Food, water, manual can opener and dishes
  • Plastic bags, paper towels, newspaper (when shredded, can be used as cat litter)
  • Cleaning supplies, disinfectants
  • Collar, leash, harness
  • Muzzle, gauze rolls
  • Identification tags
  • Current medical and vaccination records
  • Extra bottles of daily medications or copies of prescriptions with current expiration dates
  • Current photos of you and your pet(s) together
  • Pet comfort items: towels, blankets, toys
  • A list of hotels, motels and boarding kennels that accept pets
  • Detailed instructions for animal care and rescue workers
  • First aid kit for your pet(s)
  • Flashlights, batteries
  • Flat tire repair kit
  • Out-of-state telephone contact number
  • Label all pet supplies with your name, address and telephone number

Other Resources

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Spay and Neuter Resources

Atlantic Veterinary Hospital

(904) 738-8391

Atlantic Veterinary Hospital is the provider of spay/neuter services for The Pet Center. They are well known in our community and their practice spans Duval, St Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Clay Counties. They offer very competitive rates on all veterinary services.

Atlantic Veterinary Hospital

Shelton Veterinary Clinic

Shelton Veterinary Clinic offers competitive rates on all veterinary services including low cost spay/neuter.


Elkton Office (904) 692-3935

Bunnell Office (386) 586-3000

Palm Coast Office (386) 447-7381

Interlachen Office (386) 684-4077

Shelton Veterinary Clinic

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill pet rescue and adoption agency. They also operate SNAP, a low-cost spay/neuter assistance program to help end the heartbreak of pet overpopulation and the high rate of euthanasia in shelters. SNAP certificates are available at their adoption booth in Petco, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30-5:00pm, or at their website.

Wags & Whiskers Pet Rescue

St. Augustine Humane Society

Their goal is to ensure all dogs and cats have access to medical care, regardless of financial circumstance, including discounted vaccines, heartworm tests, de-wormers, flea and tick preventatives, microchips, skin & ear treatments, and more. Their Spay Neuter Clinic is part of the Humane Alliance clinic network, addressing the pet overpopulation issue with low-cost fees. Clinic days are scheduled throughout the month. For more information, visit St. Augustine Humane Society Facebook Page.

St. Augustine Humane Society

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is to eliminate the killing of dogs and cats in our community through free and low-cost spay and neuter programs. Spay and neuter programs are the only proven method for controlling the pet overpopulation crisis and they are committed to reaching those who need assistance. If you need help having your pet spayed or neutered, please visit

Fix-A-Feline Program

First Coast No More Homeless Pets

St. Johns Animal Emergency Hospital Low Cost Spay / Neuter Clinic

The Animal Emergency Hospital offers low cost spay neuter clinics as a community service for St. Johns County and surrounding areas. This service is designed for young, healthy pets. Older pets or those with medical issues, please check with your regular veterinarian.

St. Johns Animal Emergency Hospital Low Cost Spay / Neuter Clinic

Does your clinic offer low cost spay / neuter services?

If your veterinarian clinic offers low cost spay and neuter services and you would like to be added to this page, please contact us at (904) 209-6109.