Q. How do I contact Lake County Animal Services?
Phone: (352) 343-9688
Fax: (352) 343-9665
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
28123 County Road 561, Tavares, FL.
Q. What hours is the facility open?
A. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Q. If my pet is lost, how do I look for it?
A. If a pet is missing, there is always a chance that it has been impounded for running loose, or brought to us by a concerned citizen. Owners of missing pets are encouraged to visit the shelter and look for their animal. We also recommend putting up signs with a photo, and offering a reward for your pet's safe return may help.
Q. What kind of animals do you have for adoption at the Animal Services facility?
A. Animal Services offers dogs and cats for adoption, and occasionally we also have ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc. Farm animals are usually adopted at auction, so watch our website or your local newspaper for notices. Some of our dogs and cats are purebreds, or nearly so. Also remember that many times mixed-breed dogs are more healthy overall because they escape some of the health problems that overbreeding has caused in many purebred dogs.
Q. Is low-cost spay/neuter available to Lake County citizens?
A. Currently, Animal Services offers reduced cost sterilization for animals adopted from the Lake County Shelter.
Q. How can I get a Lake County Animal License?
A. You may apply for your Animal License in person or via the mail. You must provide a copy of the animal’s current rabies vaccination certificate. To apply in person, go to Animal Services located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares. If you choose to get the license via the mail, please include a self-addressed/stamped envelope, rabies vaccination certificate and your payment payable to Lake County Animal Services and send to Lake County Animal Services, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, FL 32778.
Q. How much does a Lake County Animal License cost?
$8 for a sterilized dog or cat and $20 for an intact dog or cat. These fees are for an animal that has received its one year Rabies vaccination. For a 3 year license following the 3 year Rabies vaccination, the fees are $20 for a sterilized dog or cat, and $50 for an intact dog or cat. There are also some discounts available for Senior Citizens (62+). Please call 352-343-9688 for these details, or see our Fee Schedule
Q. I already have a tag for my dog. Why do I have to get one from the County?
A. A County tag confirms that your animal has been vaccinated against Rabies, a deadly disease communicable to humans and other mammals. This license as proof of Rabies vaccination is not only a Lake County Ordinance, but Rabies vaccination is also Florida State Law for the protection of its citizens. The tag is further a registration that can confirm your pet ownership and help to bring your pet home if it is lost.
Q. Can I give my animal the rabies vaccination myself?
A. No. A licensed veterinarian is the only one who can administer the rabies vaccination to pets.
Q. What can I do about cats on my property?
A. A cat trap may be obtained from Animal Services for nuisance cats. Animal Services will respond to remove the animal upon notification. Remember that trapping should only be done during nighttime hours and Animal Services must be contacted for pick up early in the morning to avoid the animal becoming overheated or dehydrated. Complete instructions will be provided at the Shelter.
Q. What can I do about a dog that barks all of the time?
A. First, contact the owner and discuss the situation to see if the problem can be resolved. If the nuisance continues, call Animal Services and provide the address where the nuisance dog lives.