|Monday - Friday
||11:00 to 6:00
|| 10:00 to 5:00
|| 11:00 to 4:00
|Closed on all major holidays.
Animal Care and Control is part of Palm Beach County Government. Our shelter was started in 1969. We are located at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida (five miles west of I-95).
In 1974, the shelter became a division of the Public Safety Department. Programs and services were expanded to keep pace with the growing human and animal population. In 1980, the division became fully accredited by the Humane Society of the United States. Animal Care and Control was the first agency in the southeast and the second in the entire nation to achieve this distinction.
The animal services and programs offered to county residents are:
- animal law enforcement
- pet adoption of stray and unwanted pets
- animal sheltering and caring of stray, unwanted, injured and sick pets
- pet friendly shelter (disaster shelter for pets and owners)
- computerized pet identification through the rabies license program
- pet identification with (EAID) microchipping
- rabies vaccinations and microchipping offered to the public 7 days a week, no appointment necessary
- educational programs and tours available for schools and organizations
- the rescue of abused domestic animals and livestock
- livestock adoptions (horses, cows, pigs, poultry)
- the lost and found web site SNAP
- the volunteer program for adults and students
- the foster care volunteer program
- low-cost spaying and neutering programs for dogs and cats
The mission of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Staff and Volunteers:
- Encourage pet owners to be responsible for pets in their care by providing educational programs on humane treatment, animal behavior training, and proper control.
- Appropriately enforce county, state, and federal animal laws.
- Provide safe shelter and veterinary care for lost, abandoned and unwanted animals.
- Return to owners or adopt to new homes, as many impounded animals as possible.
- Humanely euthanize injured and sick animals.
- Encourage spay/neuter and provide reduced-cost surgery for Palm Beach County pet owners through three spay/neuter programs.
- Conduct other effective programs, which protect the health, safety, and welfare of animals
and the residents of Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County Animal Care Transparency Data Report:
Our community is making steady progress towards the goal of saving the lives of 90% or more of the animals entering the shelter, but there is still much work to do.
In 2016 , 82% of the dogs and 52% of the cats arriving at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control were saved. In 2020, the “save rate" had improved to 92.5% for dogs and 75.3% for cats.
For more information about our numbers and statistics, click here