Animal services

Santa Rosa Animal Services begins process to help large numbers of unsocialized dogs

“These dogs are under-socialized, which means they’re not used to a lot of human contact,” said shelter veterinarian Dr. Megan Arevalo. “What we have done over the past week is just one step in a multi-step process. The next step after neutering and neutering all dogs is to start behavior modification with as many dogs as possible so we can adopt them into their forever homes.

Due to overcapacity at the shelter, dogs will remain with the owner and as kennels open, dogs will be transferred to the shelter. Thanks to the tireless work of the staff and partners of the shelter, more than 40 dogs have been sterilized and updated on their vaccines. The shelter would like to thank the following people for their involvement in the success of this operation:

Jacksonville Humane Society Fido Fixers – provided a mobile veterinary bus and veterinary assistance

Pasco Animal Services

Best Friends Animal Society

Rescue Guardians


The rabbit hutch

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management

Lifeguard ambulance service – standby in case of emergency

The shelter is now ask the community to help by making a monetary donation to their Partners for Pets fund at to recover medical expenses already spent and to assist with future medical expenses related to this case and others the shelter assists.

“It takes a village to help the animals in our community,” said Randy Lambert, director of the shelter. “Our work never stops and we are lucky to live in a community that cares for animals like these who need a little extra help.”

Other ways the community can help

  • Donate shelter items Amazon Wish List.
  • continue to adopt straight from the animal shelter.
  • Consider raise an animal from the shelter to open a kennel for another animal in need.

For more information on the programs offered by the animal shelter or to make an appointment to adopt, visit