Animal Control

Charlotte County           (941) 833-5690
Sarasota County            (941) 861-9501
Lee County                     (239) 432-2083
City of North Port         (941) 426-3111
DeSoto County              (863) 993-4855

Lost and Found

Report lost and found animals to your county Animal Control office. If you are a Charlotte County resident, you may contact Animal Control at (941) 833-5690. You should also submit a Lost/Found form to Animal Welfare League.  Click here.

Please note: All stray animals picked up by Animal Control in Charlotte County are brought to the Animal Welfare League and held for five days so that their owner can locate them. After five days they become the property of the AWL and are evaluated as to their suitability for adoption.

Surrendering A Pet

  • The Animal Welfare League can only accept pets from Charlotte County residents.  See list of local shelters for out of county options.  Please call the shelter after 11:00 a.m. to be sure we have a space for your pet.  (941) 625-6720. There is a $30 surrender fee.
  • AWL staff/counselors will gather all of the information a future adopter would need about your pet. You will be required to sign a release form giving the Animal Welfare League complete ownership of the animal so, please be absolutely sure of your decision for both you and your pet.
  • Adoptable pets stay with the shelter until a new home can be found.  There are no time or space limitations.
  • It is extremely important to bring your pet’s medical records. A lack of medical information can delay the time it takes to evaluate your pet, thus delaying its availability for adoption.
  • The AWL will require you to fill out a “personality profile” about your pet. The information concerning it’s health, behavior, habits, likes, dislikes is helpful to potential adopters and helps staff and volunteers decide which home would be the best fit. Please, be honest when answering these questions…inform us if your pet has a history of biting, refuses to use litter box, has a serious or chronic condition or any other issues. Let our staff and medical team address such concerns before we place the animal into another household.

The Animal Welfare League’s “WE CARE” program understands that surrendering a pet can be a difficult decision. We are committed to help you through this process and inform you of all your options.

The primary reason that pets are surrendered is moving.  Please click here to check our list of Pet Friendly Housing.

Emergency Veterinary Care

The Veterinary Emergency Clinic
17829 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 255-5222

Animal ER of Southwest Florida
15201 N Cleveland Ave #1400
N Ft Meyers, FL 33903
(941) 995 7775

Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital
7515-7517 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 923-7260

Pet Food Pantries

Animal Welfare League
3519 Drance St
Port Charlotte, FL
(941) 625-6720

Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 475-3877

Harry Chapin Food Bank
3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 334-7007

965 Pondella Rd.
North Fort Myers
(239) 652-6722

Humane Society of Sarasota County
2331 15th Street,
Sarasota, FL
(941) 955-4131

Dog Training

Southwest K-9 Academy
Punta Gorda, FL
(941) 639-5111

Peace River Dog Fanciers
Punta Gorda, FL
(941) 613-DOGS

My Buddy’s Pet Care
Port Charlotte, FL
(941) 258-3647

Pet Poison Helpline

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
The telephone number is (888) 426-4435. There is a $65 consultation fee for this service.

Be ready with the following information:

  • The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
  • The animal’s symptoms.
  • Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
  • Have the product container/packaging available for reference.

Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.

Low Cost Spay & Neuter

Choice Vet Services
6101 Duncan Rd #105
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 347-7212

P.A.W.S. Lee County
965 Pondella Rd
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Our Hope Center
1621 N Tamiami Trl
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
(239) 543-7387

Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 475-3877

Gulf Coast Humane Society
2010 Arcadia St
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 332-2719

Animal Rescue Coalition
6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 957 1955

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic
2544 Northbrooke Plaza Dr
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 514-7647

Old 41 Vet & Emergency Clinic
28380 Old 41 Rd, #8
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 498-0591


AWL offers  microchipping for your pets.  This simple procedure provides pets with a permanent source of identification. The $30.00 cost, includes registration of the chip.
Appointments are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Please call the shelter at (941) 625-6720 to schedule your appointment.
Also, please check our calendar of events for upcoming Microchip Clinic specials.

DNA Testing

The Animal Welfare League is now offering DNA testing of your canine buddy.  The test takes only seconds…..a simple mouth swab.

The waiting period is around two weeks and results will be sent directly to your home.  The outcome may surprise you.

You will receive a certificate/report providing compete breed analysis which includes primary, secondary and “in the mix”, along with your pet’s genetic background in order of prevalence, a report on each ancestry breed, as well as behavior, health and personality summaries.  The report also includes photos.  The fee is $100

To set up an appointment, please call the shelter at (941) 625-6720.

Dog Parks

Paw Park: Fenced-in park with small dog alternative.
Location: 22410 Bayshore Rd, Port Charlotte.

Hounds on Henry: Off-leash park, separate area for small dogs. Picnic benches, water,  fenced.
Location: Henry and Shreve Streets, Punta Gorda.

Please note: All dogs must possess a current rabies vaccine and license before entering the park. The license tag must be worn on the dog’s collar or harness at all times when inside the park. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times and for cleaning up after their pets.

Local Animal Shelters

Charlotte County

Animal Welfare League
3519 Drance Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
(941) 625-6720

Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive
Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 475-3877

Ears Animal Rescue Sanctuary
145 W Dearborn Street
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 681-3877

Peace River Wildlife
3400 Ponce De Leon Pkwy
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 637-3830

Community Cats of Charlotte (TNR)

Lee County

Animal Refuge Center
18011 Old Bayshore Rd
Fort Myers, FL  33917
(239) 731-3535

Gulf Coast Humane Society
2010 Arcadia Street
Fort Myers, FL 33916
(239) 332-0364

DeSoto County

Canine Castaways
PO Box 3295
Arcadia, FL 34265
(863) 491-6888

Little Angels Rescue
3288 SE Hansel Avenue
Arcadia, FL 34266
(863) 494-0673

Sarasota County

The Humane Society of Sarasota County
2331 15th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 955-4131

Alley Cat Rescue
5830 Hagerman Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-4241

Animal Rescue Coalition
6320 Tower Lane
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 957-1955

St Francis Animal Rescue
1925 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
(941) 492-6200