Animal Control

 
Bissell Pet Foundation

Shelter Hours:

Monday-Friday:
11am - 5pm

Saturday:
11am - 5pm

Sunday:
12pm - 4pm

Phone:
(256) 760-6676

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Cheryl Jones
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cjones@florenceal.org


3240 Roberson Road
Florence, AL 35630


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Mission and Vision

 

Florence Lauderdale Animal Services is dedicated to the delivery of humane and responsive animal care and control services for our community. We receive all stray, abandoned, and surrendered pets in the City of Florence as well as Lauderdale County. We work in partnership with fosters, volunteers, local adopters, and various rescues to rehome thousands of homeless animals every year. 

Our shelter has an abundance of adoptable pets at any given time. It is our goal to provide exceptional services to the pets and people of our community and we hope we can count on you to help us end the needless suffering of pets in our area. We are actively seeking loving, caring and dedicated volunteers from our community to provide daily pet care and socialization to the shelter pets. If you would like to share your time and love at the shelter, please submit an online sign up form  here or stop by the shelter to sign up.

It is our goal to reunite all pets with their families. Florence Lauderdale Animal Services makes every effort to contact owners when an animal comes into the shelter with identification tags or a microchip. Since 90% of shelter dogs and cats do not have any correct form of identification, the pet owner must be proactive in reclaiming the pet. Florence Lauderdale Animal Services wants the pet owner to reclaim the pet and when financial issues are a hardship, we will work to find a solution.

It is recommended that pets have both microchips and a buckle or snap collar with a personalized identification tag and the State of Alabama required rabies tag.

  • Collars should fit snugly on the neck closer to the pet’s ears
  • Identification tags should feature a few phone numbers and an address
  • It is best to purchase multiple tags in case one is lost
  • Remember to keep your pet’s microchip information and ID tag updated
  • Register your pet’s microchip with Florence Lauderdale Animal Services by calling (256) 760.6676  We scan every stray dog and cat for a microchip!

The City of Florence's Animal Control Department is responsible for enforcing all city ordinances. 

If you would like to foster a shelter pet, please visit this link and fill out a Foster A Pet form here.

Animal Surrender by Appointment, Call 256.718.5171 to schedule an appointment. 

  • Monday- Wednesday -Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Click here to see some of the animals available for adoption

 Pet Food Pantry

Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services food assistance program provides free, supplemental cat and dog food when available, to individuals facing economic challenges. This program helps keep pets and their families together during tough economic times. While some owners need pet food on a short-term, emergency basis, we also may provide pet food long term to individuals that may be unemployed, disabled or on government assistance.

Provide proof of income (can include award letters for Social Security, unemployment, disability letter or medical cards, etc.) Provide photo ID - required to be approved All animals belonging to clients must be spayed or neutered (We can offer assistance if an animal is not altered) Call us to find out more information  (256) 760-6676.

If you have questions or need more information about adopting, please give us a call at (256) 760-6676.

Licenses & Pet Ordinances

 

LICENSES

All dogs & cats over the age of 3 months in the City of Florence,  must be registered & licensed each year through the Florence-Lauderdale Services Shelter located at 3240 Roberson Road.

Owners will need to bring:

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination, such as a copy of the certificate from your vet.
  • Proof of spay/neuter (for a reduced license fee), either notated on the rabies certificate by the vet, a spay/neuter verification form, or a note from your vet.
  • Payment – cash, check, credit card. Licenses for altered pets are available for a one-time fee of $35 for a lifetime license or $10 for a one-year license.  If your pet is not spayed or neutered or ‘intact’ your annual license fee is $50.

Exotic Pets (as defined in the ordinance) do not require a city license, but must be registered with the City. This is an effort to know what types of exotic animals reside in our city and where they can be found. This will benefit public safety should an emergency arise. There is no fee for registering the exotic pets.



IDENTIFICATION & MICROCHIP

It is recommended that pets have both microchips and a buckle or snap collar with a personalized identification tag.

  • Collars should fit snugly on the neck closer to the pet’s ears
  • Identification tags should feature a few phone numbers and an address
  • It is best to purchase multiple tags in case one is lost
  • Remember to keep your pet’s microchip information and ID tag updated
  • Register your pet’s microchip with Florence Animal Services by calling (256) 760.6676.  We scan every stray dog and cat for a microchip!