Citrus County Animal Services

Frequently Asked Questions

I've Lost my Pet. What Do I Do?

Check this website frequently. Look through all of the available cats or dogs on our web-site. Stray animals are held as strays for 5 days. Staff members scan the animals for microchips and make every attempt to locate the owners. If unclaimed, they can go up for adoption. Citizens can also call the Citrus Chronicle at (352) 563-6363 and place a free lost pet ad. We encourage you to visit the shelter regularly and look for your animal. Only you know what your pet looks like, and only you can positively identify it. Post signs around the vicinity where you lost your pet. Remember, all pets have a better chance of being returned to their homes when they wear identification and are implanted with a microchip. Microchips are available at Animal Services for $15.00.

How do I report animal abuse/cruelty?

If you observe someone causing physical harm to an animal, see an animal in distress, or see visual signs of abuse, please contact Animal Control at the Non-Emergency Sheriff's Dispatch at (352)726-1121 immediately to report the situation you believe to be animal cruelty. Try to obtain as much information as possible such as; location/address, description of animal, dates and times, names, etc. This call can be made anonymously. Animal Control investigates all suspected cases with or without a named complainant. You may also contact Crimestoppers at (888) 269-8477.

I can no longer take care of my pet. What do I do?

Ask friends and relatives and post ads on line. You may also try to contact local rescue groups to see if they can take your pet. If you have tried all avenues with no success, you may surrender the animal to Animal Services providing you are a resident of Citrus County. A release form must be filled out for each animal surrendered. There is no charge for this service.

What animals are available for adoption?

Animal Services primarily adopts out a wide variety of breeds of cats and dogs, although we also occasionally have rabbits, chickens, horses, birds, livestock and other animals. All animals available for adoption are on this website. Stray livestock impounded at Animal Services is auctioned off by Animal Services (if not claimed by the owner). Animal Services will post all notices of auctions in the Citrus County Chronicle.

Can I bring my pet there for vaccinations?

The shelter currently holds a vaccination clinic each Thursday from 2 – 5 pm, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the shelter during normal operating hours. Please call 2-3 months prior to needing vaccinations, as the clinic fills up quickly.

Are rabies vaccinations mandatory?

Yes, the vaccines are mandatory. State law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets four months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies. No, you cannot administer vaccinations yourself. A licensed veterinarian is the only one who can administer the rabies vaccination to pets.

What can I do about a dog that barks all of the time?

The best solution is to try to work out an agreement with the animal’s owner if at all possible. If the nuisance continues, please call an Animal Control Officer at the Non-Emergency Sheriff's Dispatch at (352)726-1121.

What can I do about an aggressive dog?

If you encounter an aggressive dog, please call an Animal Control Officer at the Non-Emergency Sheriff's Dispatch at (352)726-1121.

What can I do about cats on my property?

If the cat has an owner, the best solution is to try to work out an agreement with them. If the problem is not resolved, please call an Animal Control Officer at the Non-Emergency Sheriff's Dispatch at (352)726-1121. If the animal is a stray, you may trap it on your property. Cat traps can be rented from Taylor Rental. After the cat is trapped, you may call Animal Control for pick up or bring the cat to Animal Services to surrender at no charge.

I have a raccoon in my yard. What do I do?

If the animal appears sick or injured, please call an Animal Control Officer at the Non-Emergency Sheriff's Dispatch at (352)726-1121. In any other cases, Animal Control is not a nuisance trapping service. If the wildlife in your yard is not posing a threat, please call a private nuisance wildlife trapper.

I want to read the County Ordinance.