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A SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats.
Pets at Broward County Animal Care & Adoption
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Areas Broward County Animal Care & Adoption Serves
Broward County Animal Care & Adoption's Adoption Process
1. Submit Application
View our pets on our website at www.broward.org/animal and submit an Adoption Application.
2. Meet the Pet
Once your application is reviewed and the pet is available, our staff will call you to schedule an appointment to meet the pet.
3. Take the Pet Home
If you decide to adopt the pet, you will be able to take him home!
We make it as easy as 1, 2, 3 to get your new friend home! Here's all you have to do:
1. View our pets on our website at www.broward.org/animal.
2. If you find a pet you are interested in adopting, complete and submit an Adoption Application (instructions are given on our website).
3. If the pet is available, our Customer Service team will make an appointment for you to meet the pet.
Your new pet will come complete with:
A physical exam
All necessary vaccinations
Spaying or neutering
Broward County Rabies Registration License Tag
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About Broward County Animal Care & Adoption
Animal Care provides shelter for homeless pets and helps reunite owners with their lost dog or cat. Animal Care offers spay/neuter services for pets and community cats, as well as neighborhood Rabies Clinics. In addition, the agency enforces animal laws to help support public safety. Animal Care also offers Volunteer and Foster opportunities to those interested in supporting pets in need.
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Adoptions are by appointment only:
SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Pet Adoption Hours:
closed Monday and holidays
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Why Should You Adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life.
What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder?
When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes.
So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.
Animal Resource Services
The Town of Davie does not operate its own animal shelter or holding facility for lost and found animals. We work diligently to reunite lost animals with their owners, but in the event, an owner cannot be located, we rely on assistance from local rescue groups, the county animal shelter, or farms to temporarily hold the animal(s). If you have lost or found a pet or livestock, please contact the Davie Police Department dispatch at to provide a detailed description and your contact information. To report a lost or found dog or cat to Broward County Animal Care & Adoption, send a detailed email to [email protected]
Please be advised it is unlawful to not report a found animal to the appropriate animal shelter or Police agency.
For immediate assistance with loose, aggressive stray dogs, cruelty to animals, dog bites, or loose livestock, please contact the 24hr non-emergency police dispatch number at or the Davie Police Department
For all other complaints that are general in nature, please call the Code Compliance division at If you would like to send an email please send it to our Animal Resource Officer by clicking here. Always include a phone number where you can be reached and unless otherwise noted, all calls, emails, and complaints are generally handled within 24hrs.
In the officer’s absence, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division handles calls and complaints within the Town, regarding dogs and cats only. then press 2, in the event you have to leave a message, please make sure you provide a callback phone number.
In the event of an emergency always dial
FOR SICK, INJURED, OR ORPHANED WILDLIFE
A wide variety of wildlife can be observed here in the Town. If an injured or sick animal is observed it is best to consider how it may defend itself from a perceived attack from the person trying to help. Raccoon, fox, and opossum all have very sharp teeth, many birds are designed with long necks and sharp beaks and are able to strike the eye, others have powerful jaws that could crack a nut. Before handling a potentially dangerous injured wild animal, consider these things and if there is concern that human injury may occur, then someone with protective equipment or experience should be notified.
- Please contact the South Florida Wildlife Center 7 days a week am pm at
- You can also take the animal for treatment at SW 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Note: the trapping of nuisance wildlife on your property is permitted by a licensed wildlife trapper and is the responsibility of the property owner. Please refer to www.myfwc.com for more information.
DECEASED ANIMAL REMOVAL
For removal of dead animals from the Town roads and right-of-ways, please contact the Town of Davie Public Works Department at
Note: removal of dead animals from private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
Hired amid shelter crisis, Browards new director of animal care off to a rocky start with activists
By Francisco Alvarado, FloridaBulldog.org
Six months into her tenure as director of Broward County Animal Care and Adoption, Emily Wood is in a vicious dog fight with animal activists and municipal elected officials who accuse her of doing a horrendous job of reforming the embattled agency.
Since taking the helm in January, canine and feline advocates accuse Wood of getting rid of invaluable volunteers whom she disagrees with; artificially reducing the county shelters dog and cat population by refusing to accept stray and abandoned animals; and downplaying the need to fix problems identified in a year-long county audit.
“There is a major disconnect between the new director and the community,” Hillsboro Beach Mayor Deb Torrant told Florida Bulldog. “Her Utopian ideal of keeping animals that are not sick or injured out of the shelter is a good sound bite, but it doesn’t change the reality of needing a well-run shelter that accepts all animals and focuses on placing them.”
Torrant, whose town is among several Broward municipalities that have passed resolutions urging the county to fast track solutions to the deficiencies cited in the audit, said Wood told members of the county’s animal advisory board at a recent meeting that the audit’s findings are not as important to her as changing public perceptions and culture in finding homes for unwanted and lost dogs and cats.
The mayor noted that adoptions for cats and dogs were significantly down during Wood’s first four months compared to the same period in , and For instance, Broward Animal Care had adoptions in February , adoptions in February and adoptions in February This February, the animal division had adoptions.
Wood takes charge of animal care
Wood, who was given a $,a-year salary, told Florida Bulldog that the decrease in adoptions reflects national averages due to more people keeping pets for companionship during COVID lockdowns. The criticisms against her began before she started her new job, she added.
“It’s disappointing, but it has no bearing on who I am and how well we do,” Wood said. “There is a breakdown in trust no matter what the numbers show. I recognize their frustrations have more to do with systematic problems than with me. I am doing a lot of things that the community asked for.”
After accepting the Broward job in December, Wood officially took the reins a month later following the release of County Auditor Bob Melton’s final findings on the $million No-Kill animal shelter at SW 24th St. in Fort Lauderdale. The facility has been plagued with overcrowding, minimal staff and volunteers, dog escapes and bites and poor building design since opening four years ago.
Wood previously worked as animal services director for Yolo County in California and is the former placement and customer care director for the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. She is also an environmental scientist who worked for more than a decade at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Her Broward predecessor, Lauralei Combs, resigned in March of last year after nearly three years on the job amid complaints from activists, volunteers and county commissioners that she was not improving the deplorable conditions of the shelter and its animals that had been documented by outside non-profit animal advocacy organizations. Combs’s failures prompted the audit investigation by Melton and his team.
Animal care audit findings
Things got so urgent that Melton issued an interim report in April outlining immediate fixes that animal services needed to implement in order to improve the quality of life of the dogs and cats housed in the shelter.
For instance, animals were left unattended for 16 to 18 hours without any human interaction; employees and volunteers were not adequately trained to handle dogs with behavioral problems, which resulted in nearly $50, worth of liability claims for animal bites, and that the shelter’s design did not adequately address the county’s objective of having a shelter that doesn’t kill any of its animals for lack of space.
During a recent tour of the animal shelter, which is still primarily closed to the public except for people dropping off animals or making appointments to see animals for possible adoption, Wood showed Florida Bulldog some of the steps she’s taken to address the audit’s findings. Each canine pen is now only housing one dog as opposed to multiple pooches and employees are working hour shifts on four-day schedules to maximize the time dogs interact with humans.
Wood said she has also been able to reduce overcrowding at the shelter by minimizing the number of animals being surrendered by their owners and restricting the number of stray animals being brought into the shelter. One way to do this is to convince pet owners thinking about abandoning their animals not to go through with it.
“One of the best practices is to not operate at over capacity,” Wood explained. “Our goal is to only house animals that really need it. So if I can provide a person with free dog food because they feel they have to give up their pet because they can’t afford it, we are coming up with a better solution.”
Animal activists alarmed
As part of the strategy, Broward Animal Care posted on its Facebook page on May 19 that the agency would accept only sick and injured dogs and cats while “pet surrenders are suspended.” Police departments were also notified that animal control officers would not be picking up stray dogs. These decisions alarmed animal advocates who accuse Wood of shirking her responsibility to accept all dogs and cats that need new homes.
“I am so disgusted with what’s going on,” Joanne Oyen, an animal activist who recently resigned from the county’s advisory board in protest, told Florida Bulldog. “It is just criminal what is going on over there.”
Oyen said Wood also recently fired Meredith Bruder, director of the nonprofit Pets’ Broward, as a volunteer for the shelter. Bruder, whose organization has pledged $, to fix drainage for the shelter’s canine play area, declined comment.
Wood didn’t like Bruder’s constructive criticisms, Oyen alleged. “They claim Meredith didn’t follow shelter protocols,” Oyen said. “Meredith got tons of dogs adopted through a lunch buddies program and was working on the backyard renovation. Yet, [Emily] cut her off.”
Wood said Broward Animal Care is not turning away dogs and cats. She said the Facebook post was incorrect and that it was quickly edited. Indeed, the post no longer contains the sentence that “pet surrenders” are suspended.
“The phrasing wasn’t perfect,” Wood said. “And it was only that month because we had a fair increase in the number of dogs. We are trying to let our police department partners know that we are not mandated to take [strays], but we have picked them up, historically.”
Reform efforts dont end problems
Wood declined comment about Bruder, but said animal services can part ways with people who violate terms of the volunteer agreement. “We are very cognizant of the need for volunteers,” she said. “But we don’t have to accept just anybody as a volunteer. We have done a complete overhaul of the volunteer program, emphasizing a culture of solutions and collaboration.”
Although Wood’s relationship with local animal advocates is deteriorating over personality clashes, even regular residents had recent bad experiences with Broward Animal Care. On a Saturday in early April, Pompano Beach resident Mattie Smith and a friend went to the shelter to drop off a dog that had just been abandoned by its owner at a dog park in Hollywood.
When she tried to pull into the shelter’s parking lot, she was stopped by an armed guard at the entrance, Smith said in a phone interview. “He told me I had to park outside on the grass and that someone would come to the car,” Smith recalled. “We waited for like 45 minutes and no one came to get us.”
The guard allowed her to go to the front door and she spoke to an employee who informed her that “they were super-backed up and that I had to be patient,” Smith said. The same employee came out a few minutes later and told her that everyone was going on a lunch break. “I would have to wait until they were done,” Smith said. “We waited another three hours when she came back and told me that they won’t be able to take the dog because they were so busy and for me to come back the following day.”
Smith said she took the dog to the Hollywood Police Department, where officers agreed to keep the dog until Animal Services could pick it up on Sunday. Four days later, Smith said she emailed Broward Animal Care to get an update on the dog. “They told me the dog had been very sick and sent me medical records showing that he had been euthanized,” Smith said. “I had the impression that all shelters want to help animals. But in Broward, it doesn’t seem that they care about the animals.”
Wood admitted that Smith had a terrible experience and that Broward Animal Care provided bad customer service. She noted the armed guard is stationed at the entrance after her predecessor received death threats. “What was so frustrating for her is that she picked up a nice dog and we euthanized him,” Wood said. “It was adding insult to injury.”
But the dog was infested with heartworms and one of his lungs was filled with blood, Wood said. “Euthanization was a tragic choice, but the correct choice for him,” she said. “But the frustrating, incompetent customer service doesn’t give her a lot of trust that the euthanization was correct.”
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Section
COVID UPDATE:Animal Care services including adoptions, fosters and issuance of pet licenses are being performed online and/or remotely. Call , Ext. , to make an appointment for a pet surrender.
To adopt or reclaim lost pet: Tuesday - Friday PM - PM, Saturday - Sunday AM - PM To drop off unwanted dog/cat: Tuesday - Friday AM - PM, Saturday - Sunday AM - PM
Enforces ordinance for stray dogs and cats, rabies/license tag and cruelty to animals; shelters and returns lost/stray animals, offers cat and dog adoption and accepts unwanted pets. Offers low cost sterilization for pets whose owners meet financial qualifications.
Animal Care Officers are available between AM - PM to pick up a found pet. After hours and 24 hours on weekends and holidays call BSO's non-emergency number ()
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Individuals requiring animal services.
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Animal Shelters in Broward County, Florida
Abandoned Pet Rescue Inc Northeast 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division Pampano Beach Shelter Northwest 19th Terrace Pompano Beach, FL
Broward Ferret Rescue and Referral Northwest 2nd Court Coconut Creek, FL
Cats Exclusive Inc. West Atlantic Boulevard Margate, FL
Doberman Rescue League PO Box Oakland Park, FL
Doggone Dogs of South Florida, Inc. Hallandale Beach Boulevard West Park, FL
Duck Haven Northwest 61st Avenue Margate, FL
Eyes of an Angel Dog Cat Rescue, Inc. Kensington Circle Coral Springs, FL
Fort Lauderdale Animal Control Southwest 39th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL
Friendly Felines Key Largo Lane Fort Lauderdale, FL
Give Them a Second Chance Rascals Orphan Care Network West Broward Boulevard Davie, FL
Hollydogs Inc South Dixie Highway Hollywood, FL
Humane Society of Broward County Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kaz's Corner Pet Rescue Northwest 19th Street Margate, FL
Luv-A-Bull All Breed Rescue Northeast 7th Street Pompano Beach, FL
New Beginnings North Nob Hill Road Sunrise, FL
New Beginnings Greyhound Adoption Organization Southwest 95th Avenue Davie, FL
Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Florida, Inc. Southwest 87th Avenue Cooper, FL
Pet Rescue, Inc. North 41st Court Hollywood, FL
Pompano Beach Animal Control Northeast 5th Avenue Pompano Beach, FL
Save The Pets PO Box Sunrise, FL
Top Paw Rescue Inc Northwest 81st Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL
About Broward County Animal Shelters
Animal Shelters in Broward County, FL are responsible for providing temporary care, housing and adoption services for unwanted, owner-relinquished, and lost pets including cats and dogs. Shelters provide a variety of services that promote the humane treatment of animals in Broward County.Interested parties may contact Animal Shelters for questions about:
- Lost dogs and cats in Broward County, Florida
- Fostering dogs and cats
- Broward County pet adoption fees
- Spaying and neutering pets
- Florida animal control and welfare
Broward County animal shelter sees surge of pet surrenders as people return to pre-pandemic lives
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials at Broward County’s animal shelter is experiencing an emergency, as they are quickly running out of space for pets.
Officials believe as more people return to work and get back to their pre-pandemic lives, they’re getting rid of the pets they adopted during the pandemic. Now, they need help giving the animals loving homes.
A lot of folks went looking for four-legged friends at the start of the pandemic. Now, after the spike in adoptions, shelters around the world are seeing a large number of returns.
“We get dozens of animals every single day. Every single day,” said director of Broward Animal Care and Adoption Emily Wood.
They’re being called pandemic pets, and many shelters said they’ve seen a surge of surrenders as people return to their pre-pandemic lives.
“People having to move, take new jobs, all of those things are contributing to animals coming in,” Wood said, “but that’s why we’ve always been here, is when it’s challenging for you to take care of your pet, that there’s a safety net.”
The Broward Animal Care and Adoption Center in Fort Lauderdale has hit its capacity with dogs and cats.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recorded a nearly 60% rise in pets taken to shelters recently.
“Our main goal is to get animals home,” Wood said. “They don’t belong in a shelter. They belong at home.”
Despite the surge in number, the staff remains hopeful that with the help of the community, they’ll find these pets forever homes.
“If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. If you can’t do any of those things, tell your friends,” Wood said.
If you’re inclined to pick up a pet, the Broward Animal Care and Adoption is hosting adoptions by appointment only due to renovations. For more information, click here.
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Broward County Animal Shelter. Abandoned Pet Rescue APR is a C3 IRS tax-exempt qualified not-for-profit charitable organization that rescues and shelters abandoned abused and neglected dogs and cats with the goal of rehabilitating and finding them new homes. Since our inception we have saved over 68k domestic animals from being euthanized. Animal Care provides shelter for homeless pets and helps reunite owners with their lost dog or cat. Broward County pet registration tag Microchip Broward County Animal Care is one of South Floridas largest public Adoption Centers. S State Rd 84 Miramar Fl. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs please complete a pre-adoption application online. Promote responsible pet ownership and community safety Renunite the lost Rescue the neglected Increase adoptions and Reduce pet overpopulation through innovative programs and services. Combs replaced Thomas Adair who resigned as director in September just as the county launched an audit into the shelters euthanasia records after Lazarow one of Browards leading animal activists began requesting records and asking questions about the number of cats and dogs being put down. Please check the photos below for dogs that are currently available. We are now open for cat and exotic adoptions.
About Broward County Animal Care Adoption. Advocating for and improving the lives of animals by providing adoptions community services and education. The Humane Society of Broward County. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs please complete a pre-adoption application online. Animal Care provides shelter for homeless pets and helps reunite owners with their lost dog or cat. As of Tuesday more than dogs were waiting on homes at the county-run shelter at. AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Broward County pet registration tag Microchip Broward County Animal Care is one of South Floridas largest public Adoption Centers. The Humane Society of Broward County. We provide shelter aid and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to our care and educate the community about respect and kindness to all animals.
The Humane Society of Broward County is proud to be a Purina Shelter Champions Partner.
Promote responsible pet ownership and community safety Renunite the lost Rescue the neglected Increase adoptions and Reduce pet overpopulation through innovative programs and services. As of Tuesday more than dogs were waiting on homes at the county-run shelter at. Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is a division within the Countys Department of Environmental Protection and Growth Management. Abandoned Pet Rescue APR is a C3 IRS tax-exempt qualified not-for-profit charitable organization that rescues and shelters abandoned abused and neglected dogs and cats with the goal of rehabilitating and finding them new homes. About Broward County Animal Care Adoption. Advocating for and improving the lives of animals by providing adoptions community services and education. Tri-County Animal Rescue is a No-Kill c3 nonprofit animal shelter working to prevent the killing of over unwanted pets in Broward Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties each year. The Division is the open admissions animal shelter for Broward County taking in over dogs and cats each year and providing a full range of animal services covering a square mile area. Our benefits package includes. In addition the agency enforces animal laws to help support public safety. Combs replaced Thomas Adair who resigned as director in September just as the county launched an audit into the shelters euthanasia records after Lazarow one of Browards leading animal activists began requesting records and asking questions about the number of cats and dogs being put down.