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Mission Statement

Our Mission at Alachua County Animal Services is to promote a peaceful coexistence between citizens and animals through regulation, protection, and education.

We are committed to working with compassion, courtesy, and in a humane manner to provide every pet with a loving and caring home.

In addition to handling lost and abandoned animals, ACAS offers adoption services, pet registration, public rabies vaccinations and public humane education programs.


The Animal Services Division provides all county citizens and animals of Alachua County with:

Enforcement of Federal, State and Local animal laws and regulations.

Emergency response in matters of public safety and health for animal-related aggression, accidents, disease outbreaks, sanitation concerns, and declared states of emergency.

Licensing, registration and identification of companion animals (dogs, cats, ferrets).

Investigation of animal cruelty and abuse concerns and related court testimony/action in prosecution of animal cases.

Humane sheltering of impounded, lost, abandoned and/or unwanted animals.

Adoption of un-reclaimed and/or unwanted animals.

Medical examination, vaccination and treatment of sheltered animals.

Surgical sterilization of adopted and reclaimed companion animals.

Public Education and Community Outreach on animal control and animal welfare issues and concerns.

Promulgation of local ordinances dealing with animal control and/or animal welfare.

Inspections of business enterprises that sell, show, or display animals.

Assistance in veterinary medical student education through an active Shelter Medicine Program offered by the University Of Florida School Of Veterinary Medicine.


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