About Us

Friends of Strays Animal Shelter is St. Petersburg’s oldest no-kill animal shelter. Founded in 1978, our top priority is to connect animals in need of rescue with people who will love them. With thousands of cats and dogs entering our shelter every year, Friends of Strays’ staff and volunteers provide the utmost love and care for every animal that comes through our doors.

Through our outreach, advocacy, and services, we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all. In addition to pet adoption, we seek to create a better world for pets and people by focusing on life saving programs promoting pet retention, community empowerment, and humane pet ownership education.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Friends of Strays receives no government funding, and our lifesaving success is only possible by the support of friends like you. Please consider an individual, business or planned giving gift to provide compassionate care to pets and the people who love them. We realize that our efforts on behalf of the animals would not be possible without you by our side.


Our mission is to inspire compassion for all animals, provide shelter and humane care to homeless animals, and promote adoptions and responsible pet guardianship in our community.


Through our efforts, there will be a safe and loving home for every adoptable animal and humane treatment for all.


Please take a moment to listen to this video of Co-Founder Jean Bomonti telling the story of how we came to be and why our mission to save the homeless and abandoned animals lives on in her legacy. We hope her words have a profound impact on your decision to support Friends of Strays.

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