PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Looking to adopt a new furry friend for the holidays? Pinellas County Animal Service has started a program called "Home for the Holidays" that allows residents to foster dogs for two nights in hopes they find the perfect fit for their family.
- December campaign aims to give dogs a 'Home for the Holidays'
- Residents can foster dogs for two days before adopting
- Click here for more info and to view adoptable dogs
The program gives residents a chance to make sure the dog fits with their family as well as provides a comfortable break for the pet.
Home for the Holidays is only available for adult large breed dogs, with a focus on dogs that have been with Animal Services for more than 100 days.
If you are looking to adopt a pet, costs for all cats and kittens are $5, for large adult dogs it's $25, and for small breeds and puppies it's $75.
Doug Brightwell, director of Pinellas County Animal Services, cautions that not everyone should adopt a pet during the holidays. Adoption parents should be committed to offering a new furry family member a forever home. Animals are also not good gift ideas and those who would like to offer someone a new pet can purchase a gift certificate from Animal Services. This allows the future pet owner to make an informed decision and find the perfect match.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering a pet, you should contact the Pinellas County Animal Services adoption coordinator at 727-582-2600 to schedule at appointment for pick up.
The adoption center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
The campaign runs from December 1 to 21.