Animal Resources & Care

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In addition to handling lost and abandoned animals, Alachua County Animal Resources & Care​ offers a wide range of services. You can view adoptable animals online and keep an eye out for that perfect pet from the comfort of your own home.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 

View the County's animal ordinances​ and affidavit from the documents below.
Foster kittens need cuddles 

Would you like a way to help homeless pets without committing to a lifetime of pet ownership? Are you willing to open your home to provide love and socialization to a pet that isn’t quite ready to be adopted? Do you want to help care for motherless kittens until they are old enough to find their forever homes? Able to house a heartworm positive dog while they receive treatment?  Foster care might be the perfect option for your family!

Contact for further information. 

Become a foster parent and save animal lives!


Want to Volunteer?

We woof our volunteers 

Alachua County Animal Resources & Care loves our volunteers, and our animals do too! Click here to find out more about volunteering with us!​​

Sign up to cuddle cats and exercise dogs. Help out with on and off-site adoption events, take photos of our animals or assist in the Paws on Parole Program. If you'd like to volunteer from home.. ..become a foster!  There are many ways to enrich the lives of animals at ACARC and ultimately help them find their forever home. It all begins with a little time.

Junior Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older, accompanied by an adult at all times

Our monthly group orientations are currently on hold due to COVID.  Contact Khendrea Wilson at 352-264-6870 ext. 2547 or email   to schedule an individual orientation. 

Managed Admissions
Managed Admissions

In an effort to maintain our 'No Kill' status, reduce shelter overcrowding and maintain a healthy animal population, Alachua County Animal Resources & Care is managing animal admissions.  We are accepting owner surrendered pets by appointment only.  If you need to surrender your pet please email Nikki Healy at  ​We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to save animal lives. 

Want to Donate?

Write a check to the Alachua County Animal Resource & Care Donation Fund​​​
Drop off

  • Blankets, towels or any soft bedding type materials
  • Martingale  or snap collars, leashes, harnesses (size large preferred)
  • Toys (KONGS, plush or rope toys, tennis balls, frisbees, or any cat toys)
  • Treats
  • Peanut butter
Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund
About Maddie
Maddie's Fund logo 

Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her guardians to start a charitable foundation, Maddie's Fund®, in her name. Dave and Cheryl Duffield fell head-over-heels for Maddie when she was only ten days old. "We held her in our arms, and loved her immediately," says Dave. "Maddie melted our hearts from the first second we saw her," adds Cheryl, "with her sweet ways, her stubbornness, her independence, her intelligence, her spirit, and her devotion."

Dave, Cheryl and Maddie shared ten memorable and happy years together. Dave remembers one particularly good day during the formation of his company, PeopleSoft. Playing with Maddie, he picked her up and made the following promise: "If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today."

Dave and Cheryl are fulfilling their promise to Maddie. They have endowed Maddie's Fund with more than $300 million and have spent $118 million through FY 2011-12 to save dog and cat lives. In their lifetime, Dave and Cheryl have given more of their personal wealth to the animal welfare cause than any other individuals. And although they don't want to make a big fuss over their unprecedented contribution, they do want to honor their cherished companion and the special bond they shared with her.

Animal lovers can understand this sentiment. More and more of us view our companion animals as family, giving them the same care and tenderness we provide our two-legged family members. Our pets enrich our lives with their unconditional devotion to us. They enhance our lives with their stability, love and companionship. The rewards of animal companionship are immeasurable. Maddie inspired Dave and Cheryl to give generously to help save homeless pets in desperate need of love and care. Thanks to the dog with the indomitable spirit, shelter pets are afforded new opportunities to find compassionate homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.

On behalf of all sheltered dogs and cats, we give thanks to Maddie, whose spirit lives on through the lives her memorable gift has touched.

More information about Maddie, and Maddie's Fund, can be found at the Maddie's Fund website.

Paws on Parole
Paws on Parole

Paws on Parole is a prison-based dog training program which pairs adoptable dogs from Alachua County Animal Resources & Care with inmates from the Florida Department of Corrections and the Alachua County Jail.

The dogs live with and are trained by the inmates for 8 weeks and learn the basic skills necessary to pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. The adoption fee is $30.00 and includes spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines.

Learn more at



The mission of Alachua County Animal Resources & Care is to promote public safety for the welfare of citizens and animals. We accomplish this through education, adoption, sheltering, enforcement, and the rescue of animals that may be stray, injured, unwanted, neglected, or abused.

View Our Kitty Kam

View our Kitty Kam
View a live video stream of the kitty play area at our facility!


  • Alachua County Animal Services
  • 3400 NE 53rd Ave
  • Gainesville, FL 32609
  • Phone: 352-264-6870
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
  • Fax: 352-955-2542​

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Closed Sunday, Monday & Holidays


View our Performance Measures Report:
Animal Services Performance Measures



  • Foster or Volunteer Concerns or Questions
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)