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Sumter County Animal Services announces new hours

The public hours for Sumter County Animal Services will change this May.

Beginning Monday, May 1, the shelter will be open daily from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“This change will open the shelter to the public for an additional 3.5 hours per week, and it will give our kennel personnel more time to finish cleaning and performing enrichment activities with our animals. It also allows animal control officers more time each morning to respond to calls for service,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Sumter County Animal Services.

The shelter will also be introducing a new program called Qless for people who come to the shelter. The new system will allow people to enter a queue for their needed service — this can be done by making an online appointment or in the lobby of the shelter. Online appointments can be made beginning on May 1, 2023 at

Animal Services is located at 819 CR 529, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538.