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Animal Control – Pasco County

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership

Pasco County Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 requires annual licensing for dogs and cats four months of age or older.

Most Pasco veterinarians and some neighboring county veterinarians sell licenses for pets receiving a rabies vaccine from their clinic.

Other ways to purchase a tag:

  • Through our online licensing option.
  • By mail to:
    Pasco County Animal Services
    19640 Dogpatch Lane
    Land O’Lakes, FL, 34638
    Make checks or money orders out to PCBOCC.
  • Pasco County Animal Services, Building A, by appointment during shelter hours and during our vaccine and microchip clinic.
  • By visiting the Fiscal Services Building at:
    8620 Galen Wilson Boulevard
    Number 300
    Port Richey, FL 34668
    Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Call 813-929-1212 for more information. This location only accepts cash, checks and money orders.

Required Documents for Licensing

The following documents are required for purchase of a Pasco County pet license.

  • Appropriate license fee
  • Copy of current rabies vaccination (must include vaccination information and veterinarian signature)
  • Proof of spay/neuter status (required for purchase of altered license)

For After Hours Emergency Calls:

Only 5 pm to 8 am (727) 847-8102 or (800) 547-9427

Emergency Assistance:

Animal-related emergencies that occur outside of normal business hours are addressed by a stand-by animal control officer.  Stand-by shift starts at 4PM and ends the following day at 8AM. One animal control officer is on call to provide service to the entire county and will only respond to calls meeting criteria as an emergency.

Emergency Criteria:

  • Animals that have bitten person and are still running loose
  • Seriously injured stray domestic animals, i.e. animals in imminent danger of dying. This includes animals that have been hit by a car or have a large, open wound. Emergency care is for domestic stray animals only.  Owned injured animals are the responsibility of their owner or caretaker.                                
  • Unconfined, aggressive animals that are posing an immediate threat to public health and safety

Lost Pets

  • Act fast! The best chance to find your pet is within the first 48 hours after they go missing. Take immediate action and seek help from your family, friends, neighbors, and community.
  • Check within your area! Although your pet may be at a shelter, it was most likely found by one of your neighbors. Hang up posters in your area and check-in with homes near yours.
  • Utilize social media! Stray pets are found by citizens every day, and many people use social media to help find the owners. The back of this form has many websites you can use to help find your lost pet.
  • Check your local shelters – plural is key! Although you may have one main animal shelter in your area, other citizens may feel more comfortable taking a stray pet to a shelter or rescue they know.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date! If your pet has a microchip, make sure your phone number and address are accurate. Also, call your veterinarian to ensure they have your latest information.
  • Don’t give up. Animal shelters see cases every year where animals have been missing for days, weeks, or even years. Pasco County Animal Services is here to help you try and find your missing family member.

Lost Animal Request

You can file a Lost Pet report here: Lost Animal Request Form

Found Pets

It can be easy to assume a stray dog has been abandoned. However, that’s not always the case! There are many ways you can try to find the owner of a lost dog.

  • Hang flyers or posters in the area with a photo of the dog and your contact information.
  • Walk the dog around the neighborhood to see if anyone is missing a pet. Many lost dogs are not far from home!
  • Post the dog’s photo to social media pages or groups and websites that focus on lost pets.
  • Take the dog to a local shelter or vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If all else fails, make an appointment to bring the dog into your local municipal shelter, which will keep the dog for its legal stray hold time.

Found Animal Request

You can file a Found Animal report here: Found Animal Request Form

If you’ve found a stray, healthy cat, we encourage you to simply leave it be!

19640 Dogpatch Lane Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638

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