About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hardee County Animal Control Division is to promote responsible pet ownership, increase adoptions, enforce Florida Statutes, to reduce pet overpopulation and to reunite lost pets with their owners.


The Hardee County Animal Control Division is a county agency under the Hardee County Board of County Commissioners. Hardee County Animal Control was formed in 1995 to provide the citizens of the unincorporated area of Hardee County with specific animal services related to dogs and cats.


Hardee County Animal Control staff consist of one Animal Control Officer, and one Kennel Technician.

Stray Animals

The holding period for stray animals not wearing any permanent identification is a minimum of five days. After the holding period is over the animal is available for adoption, transfer, or euthanasia.


We offer cat and dogs trap services. There is no fee to obtain a trap. Traps are picked up on Fridays but upon request can be reset the following week.