A microchip is a very important safeguard to ensure that your pet is reunited with you if separated. This is especially important in case of a natural disaster. Though a license worn on your pet’s collar is important, a microchip provides a means of permanent identification and cannot be lost. Shelters and most
veterinary offices are equipped with microchip scanners and can
immediately identify an animal’s owner (provided the owner has kept his phone number and address current). You can obtain a microchip for your pet from any local veterinarian or by visiting Pinellas County Animal Services.
In the State of Florida it is required by law that each dog, cat and ferret over the age of 4 months receive a rabies vaccination. In Pinellas County it is also required that you obtain a license for your pet. You can obtain a license from most local veterinarians or at Pinellas County Animal Services. All dogs and cats that are adopted from Animal Services are provided with their initial vaccines, spayed or neutered, de-wormed, checked for certain diseases, and given a rabies vaccine and a county license. In order to ensure that they remain healthy, you should establish your pet with a local veterinarian as soon as possible after adoption.
Help in an Economic Downturn
Many local animal shelters can direct you to resources that may be of assistance should you have difficulty providing for your pet. Animal food and other necessities are often available as well. In the worst case, animals may be surrendered to shelter for low cost to give them an opportunity for adoption (should they be healthy and of good temperament).
Citation Fine / Ordinance Violation
Pay fines at the County Court House, 315 Court St., Clearwater, FL. The Probate office is located on the first floor near the information desk. If you have the case number or date of birth of the person who recieved the citation, you can pay on-line.
Our front service counter personnel will no longer loan traps to citizens for trapping raccoons. We will refer the citizens to licensed trappers for this service. Customers who are loaned traps for cats are also being informed that we will not pick up traps with raccoons or opossums in them. Their options are to release the animal, call a licensed trapper to pick it up or to call PCAS for an officer who will release it on their property.
We loan traps to residents, but we do not deliver them. There is a $50 refundable deposit required on the trap, which you can pay by cash or credit card. The deposit is held and returned to you when you return the trap to us. The traps are rented out for 4 working days to start and then after that if the trap is active we will extend the time limit to 7 days to allow for you to continue to trap. If the trap is not active, then it has to be returned by the agreed date or $5 per day will be deducted from your deposit.
The only animal that you can return to us in the trap is a cat. Simply call us at (727) 582-2600 and we will send an officer out to remove them or bring the cat inside the trap back to Animal Services. We do not charge a fee for servicing the trap.
There is no charge for Stray/ Feral Cat pick ups.
- We rent out Cat traps- $75 with $50 refunded minus the $25 service fee. A deposit is required on each trap.
- Cash or Credit card accepted.
- The traps are rented out for 3 working days included in the fee. For additional days we deduct $10 per day from the deposit.
- If the trap is active we can extend the time limit to 7 days to allow for you to continue trapping (just call us to extend the trapping time 727-582-2600 remember fees are charged per day)
- The remainder of your deposit is returned to you when you return the trap to us.
- If the trap is not active, then it has to be returned by the agreed date or $10.00 per day will be deducted from your deposit.
- Cat traps are for cats only, if you capture a raccoon or opossum release the animal, call a licensed trapper to pick it up or to call PCAS for an officer who will release it on their property. Do not relocate wildlife.
- If you need a wildlife trap-please refer to licensed trappers for service.
- Customers who are loaned traps for cats are also being informed that we will not pick up traps with raccoons or opossums in them.
- We loan traps to residents, but we do not deliver them.
- Trapped cats can be brought in anytime during normal business hours for drop off or Simply call us at (727) 582-2600 to have an Animal Control Officer come and pick up trapped cat (Monday- Friday).
Look on the web for licensed trappers or pest control in Pinellas County.
Also a current list can be found at FWC website:
Dead Animal Pickup
To report a dead animal on the road:
- On a state road, call the Dept. of Transportation at (727) 570-5101.
- On a county road or right of way, call the Highway Department at (727) 464-8900.
- On a city road, call the city (see White Pages phone book, blue tab sections for “Government Pages – City Offices – Public Works Dept.)
For disposal information, see dead animals.
Cat on a Leash?
Pinellas County regulations require cats to be kept indoors, unless they are on a leash. Please review the information below.
Chapter 14 - Animals
Sec. 14-30 Public nuisance animals.
(4) Placing food or garbage, allowing the placement of food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts cats, dogs, raccoons, coyotes or other wildlife and thereby creates a public nuisance.
Sec. 14-63 Dogs or cats at large.
(a) No dog or cat shall run at large within the county, as defined under this article. Any person who possesses, harbors, keeps, or has control or custody of any dog or cat which is running at large shall be in violation of this article, regardless of the knowledge, intent or culpability of the owner.
(b) This section shall not apply to police dogs as defined in F.S. § 843.19 when such dogs are engaged by a law enforcement agency in an official capacity, or to any dog which is actually engaged in or being trained for the sport of hunting during a legal hunting season within authorized areas and supervised by the owner.
(c) The owner of any female dog or cat in heat (estrus) which is not kept confined in a secure enclosure, such as a building, veterinary hospital, boarding kennel or closed kennel, such that the female dog or cat cannot come in contact with any male dog or cat, except when the owners of both animals intend to breed such animals, shall be deemed in violation of this article. A fenced area is not sufficient enclosure for the purpose and intent of this subsection.
(Ord. No. 92-15, § 5, 3-10-92)
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