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March 20, 2017 - Marion County Animal Services suspends intake of owner-surrendered animals, offers half-price adoptions for dogs and cats

Post Date:03/20/2017 3:35 PM

Immediate release
March 20, 2017

Media contact:
Elaine DeIorio McClain, Public Information Officer
Office: 352-438-2314 ▪ Cell: 352-857-1434


Marion County Animal Services suspends intake of owner-surrendered animals
Cat and dog adoption fees at half-price


The Marion County Animal Center is receiving a fresh coat of paint for the first time in more than 12 years, and the department needs the kennels as empty as possible while this work occurs. Beginning March 21, Animal Services is temporarily suspending intake of owner-surrendered cats and dogs and offering half-price adoption fees for cats and dogs ($25). 

Residents who have found stray cats and dogs are welcome to bring them to the animal center to be scanned for a microchip, but will be encouraged to pursue alternatives to leaving them at the animal center due to the temporary extreme space limitations. Animal control officers will continue to bring in animals.

Dogs and cats will continue to be available for adoption at the animal center – at the reduced fee of $25. Cats can also be adopted from the Lady Lake PetSmart in-store adoption center located at 534 S. U.S. Highway 441, Lady Lake. The $25 adoption fee includes the spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, microchip and license. For more information, call 352-671-8700 or email

Marion County Animal Services provides both animal shelter and animal control functions. The Animal Center is the county’s only open-admission shelter. That means the department accepts any Marion animal that comes to its doors, regardless of breed, temperament, health or how desirable that animal might be to some people. The center receives animals that were abused and abandoned, strays brought in by residents or animal control officers, and pets surrendered by their owners because they couldn’t or didn’t want to care for them anymore.


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