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:

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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MCAW Dog Park Day Out
November 30, 2023
Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) is getting ready for Dog Park Day Out at the Laurie Crawford Dog Park at G.T. Bray Park on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This exciting field trip for our pups to the Dog Park is FREE and open to the public, giving pet lovers an opportunity to experience the joy of playgroups with those adorable and adoptable dogs. These playgroups are the cornerstone of enrichment activities at MCAW.Read More
MCAW Waiving Adoption Fees
November 14, 2023
With kennels that are already full of adoptable pups, and more dogs arriving daily, Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) needs your help. That’s why, beginning today, adoption fees are being waived.Read More
Palmetto Adoption Center New Hours
October 31, 2023
Starting November 1st, the Palmetto Adoption Center has new hours: Mon-Sat 12-6 and Sun 12-4. Come on down and pay us a visit — our cute and lovable pups are eager to meet you! Get more information at More

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See available dogs and cats for adoption!

Adoptable Pets