Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center launches Curbside Cuddles


Pet adoption in the age of COVID-19, it’s still possible. The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center has launched a new way for residents to adopt pets while keeping a proper social distance: Curbside Cuddles.

The Pet Resource Center has opened their Curbside Cuddles pilot program to adopters looking for a furry friend, but unable to come in for adoption. The trial programs will allow adopters the choice of submitting a request for a pet via HCFLGov.net/AtYourService or on the phone.

Visit the virtual adoption center

The shelter hopes this will help with their plea to clear the shelters during this time. 

Staff members will complete the adoption virtually and help schedule Curbside Cuddle pick-ups or deliveries via our limited Cuddle Shuttles to select locations only within Hillsborough County.

In order to clear the shelters, adoption fees are currently waived for all pets, including ones adopted using their new Curbside Cuddle pilot program.

Here’s how to adopt a pet online

The Pet Resource Center has listed the necessary steps for your convenience:

  • Visit HCFLGov.net/Adopt and view their online kennel. All the notes on every animal are kept up-to-date so, whether in person or online, adopters know everything the shelter knows about each pet. 
  • Once you pick your new best friend, visit HCFLGov.net/AtYourService or call (813) 272-5900 to submit a request. You’ll need to provide staff with:
    • Adopter’s full name as shown on driver’s license or state-issued ID 
    • Adopter’s contact information including phone number and email address 
    • The pet ID (this will begin with A and include 7 numbers, i.e. A0000001) 
  • If the pet is still available, PRC staff will contact the adopter to finalize the adoption virtually, just as it would be done in the office.
  • When the adoption is approved, staff will work with adopters to schedule their Curbside Cuddle pick-up. If a pick-up isn’t possible, staff will work to schedule delivery via one of our limited Cuddle Shuttles. 
  • Adopters will have to show the ID provided at time of pick-up or delivery and sign the finalized adoption papers. 
  • Lastly, enjoy your cuddle care package! These pets make great sidekicks during self-isolation and long after.

The Hillsborough Pet Resource Center is located at 440 North Falkenburg Road. Follow HCPRC on Facebook for updates on adoptable furry friends.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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