Animal care staffer Elaine Tapp just celebrated her 5 year anniversary with Friends of Strays. It’s a safe bet that our entire staff would agree, with a strong degree of certainty, that no single individual has had a more profound impact on our animals’ lives than Elaine. Her job is physically and mentally demanding, yet after half a decade, her passion has not wavered one bit. It&rsquo... Read more
Hurry down the to the shelter! During the entire month of July, adopters will be able to name their own adoption fee at Friends of Strays! This special will apply to all cats 1 year and older. Whether someone wants to donate $1 or $1,000, they are welcome to adopt an adult cat and provide them with the love and kindness they all deserve.
“We hope this adoption special will help some of... Read more
Like many Americans, you may be looking forward to a festive Fourth of July. There will be barbeques, parties at the beach, and of course no celebration can be complete without watching fireworks light up the night sky. While you’re putting the finishing touches on your holiday plans, please take a moment to consider how your animals will be affected. Unlike humans, pets don’t associate... Read more
Friends of Strays is thrilled to announce that we have added Arin Greenwood to our board of directors!
Arin is a local animal welfare advocate & author. She's the winner of Creative Loafing's "Best of the Bay" Award for Best Local Author. Her stories all aim to help make this a better world for animals. They lead to animals getting adopted, folks donating to shelters and rescues, shelters impl... Read more
Friends of Strays is excited to annouce the following free cat clincs:
Tuesday, June 18th
Tuesday, July 2nd
Includes spay/neuter surgery, core vaccines, microchip placement, and deworming.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. Limited spots are available.
A Rabies vaccine/license and microchip implant is required for this program; if your pet does not have a ... Read more
Looking for a friendly companion to join you on a walk or for some ice cream? Friends of Strays is proud to announce its new Doggy Day Out program, which pairs members of the community with friendly shelter dogs for field trips. Outings can last from an hour to all day, and can include a hike, a trip to the beach, or even a nice dinner in a pet-friendly restaurant. Doggy Day Out is a unique program... Read more
Friends of Strays all-star volunteer Sandy Winter had quite the life before landing in Saint Petersburg. From South Dakota to Austria, she’s lived more places than most visit in a lifetime. Sandy’s career saw her spend 35 years at international manufacturing company Krauss-Maffei were she worked her way up from accounting manager all the way to CFO. Despite being an animal-lover, her lo... Read more
Friends of Stays is thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as the official rescue partner of St. Pete's first-ever Cat Cafe: Sunshine Kitty Catfe!
Want a place where you can go hang out with a bunch of adoptable cats while enjoying a tasty beverage? Maybe you fall in love with one of those cats and decide to adopt it. Maybe you already have cats, but need a cool spot to unwind and p... Read more
As of Monday, February 25th, Friends of Strays will be joining forces with The Saint Petersburg Free Clinic for our Community Pet Food Pantry. The Friends of Strays’ Pet Food Pantry has been providing low-income households with free cat and dog food since 2015. The program has allowed for community members to come to the shelter during open hours to collect food for their pets, but as of... Read more
Friends of Strays is pleased to announce it has received $10,000 for The Primavera and Ziti Special Care Fund from long-time supporters Joe Beaulieu and Joan Hutchinson. These funds will support the medical treatment and care for homeless animals with major injuries or illnesses. It is named for Joe and Joan’s two cats, Primavera and Ziti, both of whom were adopted from Friends of Strays... Read more
For the first time in our 41-year history, Friends of Strays has added a full-time veterinarian to the staff.
Dr. Katie Emerson, DVM, has been with Friends of Strays since Spring 2016 on a part-time basis, but as of February 1st she will be working at the shelter four days a week. Dr. Emerson received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine fro... Read more
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FIV & FELV?
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. FIV is transmitted between cats by either a deep penetrating bite wounds and sexual contact. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs.
Cats with FIV have a lowered immune system, but this does not mean that they will get sick more often. They do not require speci... Read more
Did You Know?
Spaying your female pet helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While in heat cats in heat will yowl and urinate more frequently, sometimes all over the house!
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Have you heard about our St. Pete Kitten & Puppy Program?
If you are you a local business owner, you have the opportunity to get a kitten or puppy named after your business!
For a donation you can sponsor either a kitten or puppy... Read more
Our foster program is a vital part of how we are able to save so many lives. Kittens come to us before they are old enough to be available for adoption and they need a place to go. They need a place that will help them stay healthy, get socialized, and recieve lots of love!
This is where our fosters come in. These incredible people have dedicated sleepless nights, and endless hours of cleaning, feeding,... Read more