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Bishop Animal Shelter SPCA    5718 21st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209     (941) 792-2863   Adoption Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 9am-4:30pm

5718 21st Ave W

Bradenton, FL


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are your adoption fees?
A. The adoption fee is a donation of $60.00 per animal, for either a male or female dog, cat or large bird. Heartworm positive dogs have an additional $100 adoption fee which helps cover the cost of the heartworm treatment. Small birds, rabbits and guinea pigs are $20 each. Rats are $10. Hamsters and Gerbils are $5. Ferrets and exotic animals such as Chinchillas, Sugar Gliders and Hedgehogs are $50. Payment can be made in cash, check and credit card.(Visa, Mastercard & Discover).

Q. What is included in the adoption fee for cats, dogs and rabbits?
A. The fee for cats and dogs includes spaying/neutering, microchipping and microchip registration, up-to-date vaccinations, tattooing for permanent identification on dogs, collar, leash for dogs, cardboard carrier for cats and rabbits, tag, heart worm testing on dogs, cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV, certificate for one free check-up with shelter veterinarian. All rabbits are spayed/neutered. *These items are included for rabbits, cats and dogs only.

Q. What are your hours of operation?
A. Our hours for Adoptions are as follows:
Monday 9:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm
Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm

Q. What do I need to bring with me to adopt?

A. Bring a photo ID and form of payment. If you have a dog at your house, we recommend you bring your dog with you to the shelter to make sure the animal you are adopting gets along with your current dog. If you are adopting a bird we do require that you bring a small travel-size bird cage. If you're adopting a cat or small animal we will send them home in a cardboard carrier.

Q. Where are you located?
A. We are located at 5718 21st Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34209 (Across from Blake Hospital)

Q. Can I place a hold on a cat or dog if I am unable to adopt that day?
A. Unfortunately we do not put animals on hold to ensure animals don't stay at the shelter longer than they have to.

Q. Can I adopt a pet as a gift for someone?
A. We believe it’s very important for individuals to choose their own pet, so they can find the perfect match for their family, lifestyle and expectations. Bishop requires that the person that will own the pet is present for the adoption process.

Q. Why are some of your dogs listed as "mixed breeds"?

A. Guessing a dog’s breed based on visual characteristics is very subjective. 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. 

Q. What does adopting a heartworm positive dog entail?
A. Heartworm treatment consists of 30 days of antibiotics, a series of injections that kill of the parasite and 60 days of cage rest. The heartworm positive dogs can be made available before treatment is complete and the adopter signs a contract that they will take their dog to any remaining treatments. Follow-up is crucial in these adoptions and both the Kennel Manager and Veterinarian follow up with adopters to ensure they attend follow-up appointments. Heartworm positive dogs have an additional $100 adoption fee which helps cover the cost of the heartworm treatment.

Q. I can no longer keep my pet. Can I bring him to you?
A. We accept animals based on available space, in addition to the animal's health and temperament. There is no guarantee your dog or cat will go into our adoption program. For more information about surrendering your animal, please call (941) 792-2863 and ask to speak to animal turn-in.