What is your adoption process?
Feel free to visit our shelter anytime we are open! No appointment is necessary to see our adoptable animals and spend time with them. Our hours are 9am-4:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you have a dog at home already, we recommend bringing them in for a meet & greet. When you find an animal you want to adopt or take on a sleepover, a staff member will walk you through our adoption contract and the animal's medical history. All you need to adopt is a form of photo ID and payment. We do same day, open adoptions on a first come, first serve basis.
Do you offer veterinary services?
We do not offer veterinary services for the public.
Can I put a "hold" on a pet or pay for it in advance?
We do not offer holds or pre-payments for any of our animals. We adopt out animals on a first come, first serve basis.
Do you have any huskies, poodles, shih tzus...? Why are all your dogs listed as "mixed breed"?
Guessing a dog’s breed based on visual characteristics is very subjective. Often staff members and members of the public may identify characteristics of a variety of different breeds within one individual dog. Studies have shown that breed designations based on visual characteristics can be wrong as often as 75% of the time. Instead of making personality assumptions based on a best-guess breed assignment, we encourage our adopters to choose their canine companions based on each dog’s individual personality. This is why Bishop is proud to join other local shelters in using the designation of “Mixed Breed” for many of our dogs that come to us with little to no information about their true breed. As they search for their fur-ever homes, we are excited to give our adoptable dogs the chance to be judged by their individual personalities.
Why don't you have any small dogs for adoption?
When small dogs enter adoptions, they are usually the first to be adopted. Most apartment complexes and HOAs in the area have weight limits on dogs which usually means larger dogs will stay in the shelter longer. New animals come into adoptions on Tuesday and Friday mornings and this is the most likely time we will have small dogs. You can see which dogs will be coming into adoptions by clicking here.
How can I donate to the shelter?
You can visit our Donate page to give directly to dogs and cats in need! You can also call the shelter at (941) 792-2863 to donate with a credit card, stop by the shelter to donate in person, or even mail us a check! Our address is 5718 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209.
Do you have a volunteer/foster program?
Yes, we do! We are looking for volunteers to be dog walkers, cat companions, small animal supporters, enrichment engineers, and event assistants. All volunteers will need to attend a volunteer orientation before they can start volunteering. You can learn more about our volunteer program here. We are also currently looking for large dogs and medical fosters. You do not need to attend a volunteer orientation to become a foster. You can learn more about our foster program here.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers have to be 18 years or older.
Where do your animals come from? What if I can no longer take care of my animal?
Most of our animals are owner surrenders whereas some of our animals are transferred from other shelters when they are out of time or space. If you can no longer care for your animal you can call us to schedule an appointment to surrender them to us.
What can I do if I found a stray?
We do not have road officers who can pick up strays. You can call our shelter at (941) 792-2863 and ask to speak to our Intake Coordinator to schedule an appointment to drop the animal off. We are always at capacity and can only take in as many animals as we adopt out each week. All animal surrenders are added to a waiting list. If you cannot keep the animal in your home until your appointment, there are several shelters/rescues in the area you can reach out to as well.
You have so much property - how come I never see the dogs running around outside?
We have 40 acres of property including a large forest with trails. Our gates are open all day during business hours. We cannot release the dogs onto the property without the risk of them getting out the open gates and into the road, climbing over or digging underneath the chain link fences, or getting lost in the forest. Not to mention trying to reign in dozens of dogs in for their evening meal!
You can however see several of our volunteers walking our dogs throughout the property. Our dogs also go out in our yards with our Behavior & Enrichment Team who are specially trained to work with the dogs and make sure that doggie playgroups run as smoothly as possible.