Friends of Strays - St Petersburg's Oldest No Kill Animal Shelter

By Published On: January 24th, 2024

Friends of Strays- St Petersburg’s Oldest No Kill Animal Shelter

Published on 01/24/24: Friends of Strays Animal Shelter! This is St. Petersburg’s oldest no kill animal shelter and I should have featured it long ago. After all, my wife started volunteering for this non-profit early last year and has always had great things to say! Colt and I certainly enjoy our visits, spending time with our furry friends and watching the FOS team care for them.

Adoptions Happen Quickly

First, the pups and cats in this post are from our prior visits. Adoptions often happen quickly, so they may not be available today. However, Friends of Strays does a great job of keeping their website current with available pets. My wife refreshes it each morning to see who was adopted (“yay!! Luke Skywalker has a permanent home!”) and which new animals she’ll be able to love on when she visits.

Future Posts about Friends of Strays

After this initial intro post, my goal each week (or few times a month) will be to post several of the current animals who would LOVE a pet parent. And in turn, they’ll give you love and companionship 10x’s back! The American Heart Association determined that owning a furry (or scaly, or hairy) companion reduces a person’s mortality rate by 24 percent.
Address: 2911 47th Ave N, St Pete
Google Reviews: 4.6/5 with 560 reviews
Hours: 7 days/week 10am – 6pm
Founded in 1978, Friends of Strays connects animals in need of rescue with people who will love them. Thousands of cats and dogs enter the shelter every year. The FOS team works hard to provide extraordinary love & care for every one of them.

Great Medical Staff

There’s a wealth of medical knowledge within FOS. ie Dr. Erik Pindar, DVM is the medical director and shelter veterinarian. He’s a UF grad and has been practicing many years. Just one of a large team who help care for the animals.

Pet Education and Life Saving Programs

“Through our outreach, advocacy, and services we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all. In addition to pet adoption, we seek to create a better world for pets and people by focusing on life saving programs promoting pet retention, community empowerment, and humane pet ownership education.”
More info on FOS to follow over time, such as the outdoor area for pups, the extensive thought put into pet accommodations & care, plus info on adoption fees.
Mike Braswell is a St Petersburg Realtor, with over 43K people following his St Petersburg Activity Guide on social media! Mike’s past includes developing a vacation rental advertising business that he ran for more than a decade, then sold to HomeAway/VRBO. He would love to help you buy or sell a Tampa Bay Area property! simply contact Mike

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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