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Animal Services

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous support to our animal control facility during the last few weeks. In an ongoing effort to ensure that all of the animals taken into our custody on July 10th 2015 continue to receive the proper medical attention that they so require, we have transferred them to the following facilities:

Please make all inquiries, donations and gifts directly to the facility of your choice.   

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue
4951 Lorraine Rd
Bradenton, Florida. 34211

Humane Society of Manatee
2515 14th St W
Bradenton, Florida. 34205

Canine Castaways
PO Box 3295 Arcadia  Florida 34265

Great Dane Love
PO box 237852
Cocoa, Fl. 32923

Labor of Love Animal Rescue
4427 Hill Dr.
Valrico, Florida 33596

Great Dane Rescue of South Florida
10730 150 th Ct N.
Jupiter, Florida 33478



Desoto County Animal Services is dedicated to enlisting and employing dedicated animal care personnel. Animal Services and complaint calls for domestic canine, feline and fowl for both the city of Arcadia and Desoto county encompass response to strays, unwanted pets, nuisance domestic animals, neglect/abuse investigations, animals at large & sick & injured animals. Adoptions of domestic pets and coordination with pet rescues serve to place these pets into safe, lasting homes. Redemption of lost or missing pets can be conducted at the Animal Services kennels Monday thru Friday from 10 am till 4:30 pm. Kennels are open and  adoptions are conducted Monday thru Friday from noon till 4:30 pm.

Adopting a friend

We have both dogs and cats available to the public for adoption. All animals must be spayed or neutered when adopted. The cost at adoption is $47. This includes $10 adoption fee, $12 for rabies shot, $25 towards spay/neuter. Our adopted pets are micro-chipped free of charge. Privately owned pets can be brought to the shelter and micro-chipped for $9.


Come Visit Us!

DeSoto County Animal Services is located at 2048 McKay Street off of Hwy 17 North in Arcadia.


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September is National Preparedness Month. View this information on preparing your pets for a disaster.

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Debbie Merkin
Animal Control Supervisor
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Ph:   (863) 993-4855
Fax:  (863) 993-4711

Animal Control
2048 NE McKay Street | Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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Jorge L. Hernandez
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Administration Building
201 E Oak Street | Suite 204
Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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