Pinellas County Animal Services News
In the past year, we’ve adopted out more than 1,700 cats and dogs, and we’re thankful for all the families who decided to make one of these pets a member of their family.
As COVID-19 regulations are loosened and residents return to work, we recognize that many of them may be struggling to adjust their pet’s routines around their new lifestyle. We want to help make this period of transition as easy as possible, and we’re here to provide the guidance and resources needed to do so.
Guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Slowly introduce workday routines to ease your pet’s anxiety.
Give your pet plenty of exercise; keep them engaged.
Recognize signs of stress.
Speak with your veterinarian.
Full guidance from the AVMA can be found here.
If during this time you’ve discovered that you can’t leave your pet at home, you can consider one of Pinellas County’s numerous businesses offering pet care services such as training, daycare and boarding. If you need help finding these resources, we’re here to help. Call us at (727) 582-2600.
Also, Animal Services and many of our welfare partners, including the Humane Society of Pinellas, offer pet food pantries for those facing financial hardships. Our food pantry is based on an honor system, and you can get two bags of food at one time.
There is no shame in needing or asking for help, and we encourage you to reach out to us if you are ever in need of guidance or resources for your pet. We’re here to help, and we look forward to working with you.
Visit our website at www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices for our updated hours and additional information
Doug Brightwell, MBA, CAWA
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774