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Pinellas Animal Services, SPCA Make Pet Adoption a Holiday Priority

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Santa’s helpers will deliver your new cat or dog on Christmas Day under the “Home for the Holidays Santa Special” event.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Pinellas County Animal Services once again hopes to make the holidays a little brighter for dogs and cats in need of a good home this season with the “Home for the Holidays: Santa Special” campaign.

This year, Animal Services is joined by the SPCA Tampa Bay in the countywide campaign, Pinellas officials say. For the first time, all shelter dogs and cats adopted during the week of Christmas will be eligible for “special delivery” on Christmas Day. Special arrangements may be made for one of Santa’s Helpers to deliver the new furry family member on Christmas (Dec. 25) afternoon. There will be a $30 delivery charge and a $10 per day boarding charge in addition to the adoption fee.

“We encourage our residents to celebrate the joy of the holidays by opening their home and hearts to a furry new family member,” said Doug Brightwell, interim director of Pinellas County Animal Services. “We are asking our community to help us make sure that our kennels are empty by Christmas Day.”

Many animals at both agencies will be part of a “Name Your Price” special, where the adoptive family is able to set the adoption fee for their new family member.

Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered frp, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.The facility is closed all Pinellas County holidays. The shelter will be open extended hours until 8 p.m. Monday (Dec. 7) and Wednesday (Dec. 9) and normal hours all other days. A professional photographer will be on hand to take the family portraits for $10, with the proceeds going to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund. Pictures can be taken from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

For information about Animal Services, adoption, donations or volunteering, call (727) 582-2600 or go to The lost and found pets hotline is (727) 582-2604.

For information about the SPCA Tampa Bay, go to

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