Adoption Policy

Placing An Animal For Adoption
The following guidance is used by Animal Control staff to determine when to place an animal for adoption:

  • Animals turned into the Osceola County Animal Control Shelter by the owner are available for immediate adoption.
  • In order to give the owner time to claim his/her animal, stray animals without a collar are held four working days before being placed for adoption.
  • In order to give the owner time to claim his/her animal, stray animals with a collar are held seven working days before being placed for adoption.
  • After the appropriate four or seven day period the animal becomes the property of Osceola County Animal Control.
Requirements

All adoptions are on a first-interested party gets first opportunity basis. 

  • In order to adopt an animal you must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • All dogs that are adopted must obtain a rabies shot.
  • Every individual that adopts a cat must leave a $25 security deposit.
  • Every individual adopting a dog must leave a $35 security deposit.
  • Security deposits are returned when the animal is spayed or neutered and receives required vaccinations within the time specified at adoption.