Pinellas offers foster tryouts for dog adoptions

Families can foster a dog for two nights before committed to a permanent home
Published December 6 2018

In an effort to get more pets into forever homes in time for the holidays, Pinellas County Animal Services is allowing families to foster dogs for two nights through Dec. 21 before committing to an adoption.

The program is being offered only for adult large breed dogs that have been in the shelter for more than 100 days. If the two-night trial does not turn into an adoption, the home would still be a comfortable break from the shelter for the dog, Animal Services Director Doug Brightwell said in a news release.

Brightwell cautioned that animals should not be given as spontaneous gifts during the holidays and should instead be a forever commitment. During the season, cats and kittens are available for adoption for $5, large adult dogs for $25 and small breeds and puppies for $75.

The adoption center at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo is open every weekday until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Families interested in the fostering program can call (727) 582-260 ext. 8 to schedule an appointment.