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Animal Services Division

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.





Hours of Operation

Lobby and Kennels are open to the public for adoption, return to owner and owner surrender

Tuesday  thru Friday 12:30 pm till 6:00 pm

Closed Saturday, Sunday and Mondays

Rescue groups by appointment

Micro chipping by appointment only

Emergency animal calls - 24/7



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.


Newsletter Link

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

Additional Department Pages


Jorge L. Hernandez
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Administration Building
201 E Oak Street | Suite 204
Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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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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Department News

November 2014 Newsletter
http://desotobocc.com/images/animal_control/November_2014_newsletter.pdf  read more

August 2014 newsletter
Animal Services Quatrerly...  read more

Live Traps Available
Live humane traps are available for nuisance hard to capture animals. Cat, dog & chicken traps...  read more

Available Pets
Be the first to hear about the pet of the week by tuning in to radio stations 106.9 fm “The...  read more

Animal Services Dangerous Dogs
Following is a listing of dangerous dogs residing in Desoto County, having been so deemed by...  read more

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