Animal Welfare

Welcome to Manatee County Animal Welfare!

Manatee County Animal Welfare is open to the public. Appointments preferred. In an effort to offer optimal customer service and adoption counseling, MCAW recommends visitors fill out an adopter profile and arrange an online appointment prior to their visit to our shelters.

Click here to fill out an adopter profile and to schedule your appointment.

Click here to view all adoptable pets.

Foster parents are volunteers that provide temporary care for animals who aren't quite ready for adoption due to age, health or behavior. The necessary supplies are provided by MCAW, so all you need is time and love to give! If you have room in your home and heart and are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application above to start the process. For additional information about the program, please contact 941-742-5933 ext. 8314.

Click here to become a VOLUNTEER.

Click here to become a FOSTER.

If you are a current Rescue Partner, or would like to become one, please contact [email protected].

If you have LOST or FOUND a pet:

  • Submit a Lost or Found Animal Report
  • Search for your lost pet at MCAW
  • Go to Petco LoveLost to upload a photo of the lost or found pet. Petco Love Lost is a nationwide database which utilizes facial recognition to reunite lost pets with their owners. 
  • Post the pet as lost or found on sites like Lost Pet Services, Nextdoor, Craigslist, and social media platforms
  • Hang flyers where the pet was lost & found, as most pets are found less than 1,000 feet from their home
  • If you have lost your pet and believe the animal is at MCAW, please call (941) 742-5933 to begin the process of reclaiming your pet

MCAW Field Officers are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you are in need of our Field Services, which includes but is not limited to, bite cases, confined strays, barking complaints, hoarding/neglect, please call our dispatch at 941-742-5933, ext. 1. 


The mission of Manatee County Animal Welfare is to maintain public safety and health through the enforcement of laws and ordinances related to animals, promote responsible pet ownership, promote adoptions and reduce pet overpopulation. View Manatee County's shelter statistics and animal save rates.



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Fees Waived Through 4/30 -- Dog Fosters Needed
April 06, 2023
MCAW is waiving all adoption fees through Sunday, April 30. During this challenging time, MCAW is asking citizens to help by fostering dogs.Read More
"St. Pawtrick’s Day" Offers Fee-Waived Adoptions
March 15, 2023
The “St. Pawtrick's Day” Adoption Promotion runs from Thursday, March 16 - Sunday, March 19. Adoption fees, for all pets at MCAW, will be waived during this limited time.Read More
Holiday Party & 3 Ways to Help this Season
December 02, 2022
Come celebrate the Holiday Season with local shelter pets! Join Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW), Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS), and Best Friends Animal Society at the Best Friends Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read More

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