We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to ensure the well being of companion animals primarily within the shelter environment, provide compassionate and pet focused programming, increase adoptions, and end overpopulation, abuse, and unwarranted euthanasia.

Microchip your pet! A tiny implantation under your pet’s skin (about the size of a grain of rice) can help you locate your pet and save their life! This implantation does not track their location, but rather holds your contact information so you can be contacted once your pet is found. It can also facilitate your proof of ownership. This tiny, inexpensive device has reunited thousands of pets with their owners. These can be obtained through a veterinarian’s office, the Citrus County Animal Services shelter, The Humanitarians of Florida or through community events at a discounted price. Check back soon for our summer special for microchipping that we will be having for CItrus County resident pets!!!

Do Something Wonderful, Volunteer at the Citrus County Animal Shelter! 

Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering:

1. Be part of the solution. You'll join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You'll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.

2. Get warm fuzzies. You'll never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal you've comforted.

3. Keep good company. You'll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.

4. Meet the new you. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.

5. Gain a new career. You'll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service. 

6. Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile. Didn't someone once say that the best things in life are free?

So what are you waiting for? Volunteer today! 

Please contact Colleen Yarbrough, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at (352) 746-8408 or email colleen.yarbrough@citrusbocc.com for more information regarding volunteer opportunities. Must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer Job Descriptions:

Answering Telephones

Bathers / Groomers

Cat Cuddlers

Dog Walkers

Front Office Assistant Greeters

Outreach Support

Photographer for Animals

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We have a big need for DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) collars at the Citrus County Animal Shelter. We have a lot of scared dogs right now and these really seem to work well. If you can contribute please do. If you order from our Smile.Amazon Wishlist it will automatically be shipped to the shelter.

Thank you if you can help!


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          The Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) collars were recommended to us by a veterinarian. We tried them on the most stressed out, fearful, or anxious dogs. The results were very positive. It really helps take the edge off to allow staff and volunteers to help connect with them better so they gain confidence and become more adaptable. This medium - large size fits most of the shelter dogs. Shelters are stressful for animals and these are really great for shelter  -Volunteers of the Citrus County Animal Shelter Pets



       By becoming a foster caregiver to our shelter animals you get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet, or lend a loving hand to animals recuperating after surgery. Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, for the pet, and     you, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way.   

Training is required to become a foster caregiver. If you would like to become someone who fosters our shelter animals, please contact our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Colleen Yarbrough, 352-746-8408



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What a great way to help the Citrus County Animal Shelter Pets!

Download the "Walk for a Dog" app and add the organization: Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection !!! When you go on a walk, just open the app and each mile you walk, they will donate to the Organization!!!



Seeking to Improve the Lives of Shelter Dogs

Citrus County Chronicle - Guest Column - Thursday, March 21, 2013

By Judy McBriar

These days, foreclosures and an economic downturn have caused many pets from previously happy homes to be surrendered to shelters. Dogs, especially, have become the silent innocent victims of a struggling economy. 

As a volunteer at Citrus County Animal Services in Inverness, I see sweet loyal pets who once slept warmly on their loved one’s bed, or cuddled on a child’s lap, got kisses, played tug-o-war, had their own toys, went for long walks and had the freedom to take ‘potty breaks’ outside experience the anxiety and confusion of now living on a concrete floor with a strange kennel mate. The cold concrete floors can be tough on the older dogs with arthritis. The dogs have to adjust to life without the love and homey comforts that once made their lives complete.

From what I’ve seen the adjustment is the hardest on the dogs who, once praised for being housebroken, are now forced to eliminate in their kennels. For many dogs this transition from loving home to shelter life can cause deep depression and behavioral problems. The days of lying in the sun, rolling in the grass and playing with their toys are over. But they don't have to be.

I'm part of a new group, Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP), that was created to enhance the well-being of animals in the shelter environment. We are actively working to ease the pain of this transition for these dogs by a simple solution. To let the dogs out! We have a plan to add exercise yards so these dogs can have time outside of their kennels….to sit in the sun, chew on their own toy, run, play and work one-on-one with compassionate people to learn doggie-manners.

Currently Citrus County Animal Services has 3 small exercise yards. These yards have to be shared with over 100 dogs. This means that many dogs don’t get time outside each day. I see how hard the staff and volunteers work to keep the animals well fed, healthy and in a clean hygienic living environment. There’s often not enough time to walk the dogs. Having more exercise yards would solve that problem.

We are so fortunate to have a Strive for Life shelter. Most shelters only give the animals 5 days and then they’re euthanized if they are not adopted. Our shelter gives the dogs as long as it takes or as long as there is space. Many dogs stay an average of two months. It is our goal to keep these dogs happy and improve their training and well-being to keep them adoptable, but we need your help.

To create these exercise yards we need heavy duty chain link fencing, and lots of it. The addition of the fencing will make a tremendous difference in the quality of the day-to-day lives of so many sheltered animals, immediately, and in the days to come. Please consider donating. Your donation is guaranteed to help these unfortunate dogs retain their dignity and feel loved.

Please consider helping to fulfill this need by a generous donation to CCFAP.  Any amount will help.  Adopting or fostering a dog would be a huge gift as well. If you can donate please contact Michelle at 352-302-2664 or mail your gift to CCFAP, PO Box 1164, Inverness, FL 34451. So now, when someone asks, “Who let the dogs out?”--you can proudly say “I did!” Thank you. We are so grateful!