Citrus County Animal Shelter

Inverness, Florida

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About Citrus County Animal Shelter

Citrus County Animal Shelter is an open-admission shelter located in Inverness. They primarily serve the surrounding cities of Lecanto, Floral City, Beverly Hills, Homosassa, Crystal River, and Dunnellon. They also allow adopters from outside the state. They're the county's only animal shelter and take in approximately 6,000 animals every year. Any pet in need, no matter their health, age, or adoptability, will be taken in and cared for, from dogs to rabbits to birds to farm animals. Citrus County Animal Shelter relies heavily on the dedication of their volunteers who work tirelessly to place all pets in new loving forever homes.

In addition to adoption services, the shelter offers a weekly low-cost vaccination clinic. By offering affordable pet care, more residents are likely to comply with state and local laws. Heartworm testing and microchipping are also available at the clinic. Their educational and outreach services help to strengthen the human-pet bond and reduce the number of healthy animals being needlessly euthanized every year.

Why not give a loving animal a second chance in life? Adopt a new best friend from Citrus County Animal Shelter today!

Contact Info

4030 South Airport Rd
(352) 746-8400
Website: animal_services/index.php

Hours of Operation

Mon: Appointment only
Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Appointment only

Adoption Process

Interested in adopting from Citrus County Animal Shelter. Here's how it works:

  1. Start by browsing their website for available pets.
  2. If you find a pet that steals your heart, continue the process by filling out an application form online. Someone from the shelter will then get in touch to arrange an appointment for a visit.
  3. To be eligible to adopt, you must be at least 18 years or older. You'll also need landlord approval if you rent a property.
  4. Staff at the shelter will be happy to help you get acquainted with any pets that have caught your eye. Every effort is made to match the right pet with the right owner to ensure the purrfect forever home is found.
  5. Any dog adopted from Citrus County Animal Shelter will qualify for a free 6-week basic training course!

If you have any other questions about the adoption process or about the pets which are available, contact the shelter directly. We hope you find your perfect match!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Citrus County Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Still require spay/neuter surgery: $60
  • Previously spayed/neutered: $30


  • Still require spay/neuter surgery: $35
  • Previously spayed/neutered: $15

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery (where applicable), rabies and other age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm/feline leukemia test, deworming, microchipping, and parasite treatment. County residents must purchase a pet license for an additional $5.

Reduced adoption fees are often offered as part of current promotions. See the shelter’s website to find out more.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Citrus County Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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