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Since 1978, Friends of Strays has saved the lives of countless Pinellas County animals.

Friends of Strays is an exceptionally compassionate animal shelter. With more than 100 dogs and cats in its care at all times, Friends of Strays provides care to more than 1,000 animals annually. Friends of Strays distinguishes itself from other animal shelters through the breadth and quality of its programs, including Pets for Patriots, the Pet Food Pantry and Seniors for Seniors. Pets for Patriots matches pets with veterans, while Seniors for Seniors matches cats or dogs over the age of 10 with senior citizens. The Pet Food Pantry provides food for both people and their pets. Anyone who adopts a pet from Friends of Strays can be sure that the animal has received thorough, compassionate and loving care.

Company Overview

Company Name

Friends of Strays

Year Established


Number of Employees



Friends of Strays is an animal shelter that understands the unique bond that a person can have with their companion animals. The relationship between pet and person is one that provides a sense of well-being and comfort for many years. Friends of Strays' staff is dedicated to helping homeless animals in Pinellas County and beyond find homes in which they can stay forever. As a 501(c)3 non-profit animal shelter, their lifesaving success depends on individual, business and foundation donations.

Awards & Accolades

2018 Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency.

Core values/mission statement

Friends of Strays' mission is to inspire compassion for all animals, provide shelter and humane care to homeless animals, and promote adoptions and responsible pet guardianship in its community.

Company Leadership

Dara Eckart

Executive Director

In her position as executive director, Dara Eckart is responsible for the overall management of the Friends of Strays, Inc. organization. Serving as the key spokesperson and visible community leader of Friends of Strays, she has the unique opportunity to influence a dynamic community-based organization and will have a direct impact on achieving Friends of Strays' vision of providing a safe and loving home for every adoptable animal, and humane treatment for all.

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