Live Release - Cats and Dogs

​Live Release is defined as the number of all pets that are adopted, rescued, transferred to another shelter, ​ or returned to their owners after being lost​ ​​​​


Lives Saved

​== Data collected on April 1st, 2024​ ==​

 Live Release Rate*

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Pet​ ​Adoptions*** ​​

​​​Dogs and Cat Adoptions 

*The Live Release Rate (LRR) is calculated by dividing the number of animals outcomed alive divided by number of ​animals outcomed *100 (excluding owner requested euthanasia)​
**Year to Date refers to the period between the 1st day of the Calendar year (1/1/) to the day the data was collected
 **Pet Adoptions refer to animals adopted to the members of the public, excluding animals sent to Rescue Partners ​​​​
== Live Release Rate and Pet Adoptions Data collected on January 1st, 2024 ==

​Accomplishments in 2023​
Calendar Year

​== Data collected on January 1st, 2024 == ​


​​6,262 dogs, cats, and other pet​​s were adopted and rescued​

5,760 spay/neuter surgeries were per​formed​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact Us

     ​Main Facility:

7100 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, 33411
(west of Florida Turnpike)​

Main Phone:

(561) 233-1200

E-Mail Us

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Animal Viewing Areas are open from

 12:00 pm to Closing

Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed on government holidays

Belle Glade / Pahokee Facility:

3615 State Rd 715

Pahokee, FL 33476

(561) 924-5657

*Limited Hours*

​For the first time, PBC Animal Care and Control is listed as a Nearly No-Kill shelter by the Best Friends Animal Society! Additionally, ACC has to been award a Most Improved badge! Every animal counts and everything the community does to find pets a home is making a difference! The next goal is to find homes for an additional 34 pets each month to bring the shelter to No-Kill status. Donations, volunteering, fostering and educating the community all help ACC get closer to that goal!​

​Accomplishments in 2023
Calendar Year

== Data collected on January 1st, 2024 == ​


​​​​6,262 dogs, cats, and other pet​​s were adopted and rescued​


5,760​ spay/neuter surgeries were performed

​​Monthly Averages - All Species*​

Monthly Averages  Year** to Date​​

== Data collected on April ​​1st 2024 ==​​​​​


*All Species includes cats, dogs, livestock, exotic pets, birds etc.​
** Year to Date refers to the period between ​the 1st day of the Calendar year (01/01/) to the day the data was collected​​​


Palm Beach County - Animal Care and Control - ​Transparency Data Report

 Calendar Year - 2024



Transparency Data Archives





About Animal Care and Control 

Shelter Hours:

Monday - Friday
11:00 to 6:00
10:00 to 5:00
11:00 to 4:00
Animal Viewing Areas - Adoptions - Redemptions
​12:00 to Closing
Closed on government 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.