Animal Rescue and Care

We provide care to over 1000 animals each year. Some of the abandoned animals that enter our doors are sick, injured, or traumatized. Each animal receives the care that is necessary to make them feel safe and loved. Our trained staff gives each animal medical attention upon intake. It costs us an average of $150 to care for each animal including a Veterinarian exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, county license and daily care until they are placed into a new home.

If you would like to donate to our medical fund please click here.

Doggy day out

Someone let the shelter dogs out! Friends of Strays is proud to announce its new Doggy Day Out program, which pairs members of the community with our shelter dogs for field trips. Outings can last anywhere from an hour to all day, and can include a hike, a trip to the beach, a nap in a home or even a nice dinner in a pet-friendly restaurant. It’s a great way for people to get their pet-fix in and to give our dogs a break from the shelter and learn more about their wonderful personalities! Plus, it’s a great excuse for you to spend a day exploring Saint Petersburg!

Learn more about Doggy Day Out

kitten heroes

The Kitten Heroes Program is a partnership between Friends of Strays Animal Shelter and the caregivers of community cats, working together to keep underage kittens out of our crowded shelters and rescues. Instead, we help empower caregivers to adopt kittens into loving homes after completion of spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines! This program is intended to ease the burden on shelters and rescues, and we ask you as caregivers to seek adoptive homes for kittens through word-of-mouth or other social networks. 

Learn more here!

Keep the Mom Cat Program

Oops, she did it again! Did Miss Kitty sneak out and return home pregnant? Or did you welcome a friendly stray into your home without knowing she was expecting kittens? We're here to help! 

Friends of Strays will welcome in all the kittens from the litter and place them into loving forever homes. We'll also spay Mom at no cost so you can keep her with no more worries!

Did you know that cats can get pregnant as early as four months and can have up to 3 litters with four or more kittens … every year? And cats will not hesitate to mate with their littermates and offspring. Please get your kitty fixed!

To find out more about our Keep The Mom Program, contact Mari. (727) 522-6566 x 105 or

Pet Food Pantry

Friends of Strays has joined forces with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for our Community Pet Food Pantry. The Friends of Strays’ Pet Food Pantry has been providing low-income households with free cat and dog food since 2015. In the past, the program has allowed for community members to come to the shelter during open hours to collect food for their pets, now they will be redirected to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic at 836 3rd Avenue North. Friends of Strays still collects donations at the shelter, picks up donations from local Target and Walmart stores, and arranges for transport for distribution.

Pets for Patriots

Proud Partner

Friends of Strays is honored to partner with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a not-for-profit that connects our long time resident cats and dogs with our country’s loyal service men and women. This increases their chance for adoption through veterans and active service members of the United States military. Friends of Strays waives all adoption fees for program participants.


Community cats, sometimes called free-roaming or feral cats, are common in Pinellas County. In order to work towards a no kill Pinellas, we work with community caregivers to get these cats spayed/neutered and returned to the location at which they were found. 

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the internationally proven practice of humanely trapping, spaying/neutering, vaccinating, then returning (to their colonies) feral or free roaming community cats. Successful TNVR involves a volunteer colony caretaker who provides food and adequate shelter, and monitors the cats’ health. TNVR has been shown to be the least costly, most efficient and most humane way to stabilize cat populations.

Friends of Strays offers TNVR services for $25.

Pinellas Cats Alive!

Pinellas Cats Alive! is a Friends of Strays return-to-field (RTF) program that provides a lifesaving option for community cats that would have otherwise been euthanized, while continuing to work toward the goal of reducing the overall community cat population. Under the program, community cats that are surrendered to Friends of Strays are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given basic medical care, and then returned to their communities.

Click here to learn more