Thank you for your interest in providing a loving home for an animal from Collier County Domestic Animal Services!
You may view all animals that are available for adoption here on our website at Collierpets.com (*Please note that you will have to disable your pop-up blocker to view available or stray animals). You can also follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CollierDAS. An approved adoption survey is required before you’re able to meet with any adoptable animals in person; you can find a link to our Online Adoption Survey, and some more information about adopting from us, just a little further below.
If you see a specific animal on our website that is not available for adoption, please contact us at 239-252-7387 and provide our employees with the Animal ID (this is a 6-digit number that begins with the letter “A”); the Animal ID will be required to locate the animal in our system and will enable our employee to provide you with additional information.
If you have any additional questions, or need any more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Adoption Surveys (applications) are specific to you, as the individual, and are valid for 30 days. Once your survey is processed, you are welcome to visit DAS, at 7610 Davis Blvd. Naples, FL 34104, to meet with any animal that is available for adoption; all adoptions are processed on a first-come basis.
Our Adoption Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; we are closed on all County Recognized Holidays.
Once your Survey is completed and signed, please e-mail it to DL-DAS-Ops@colliercountyfl.gov. If you are pre-submitting a survey for a specific animal or animal(s), please make sure that you reference their specific Animal ID(s) – a 6-digit number that starts with the letter “A” – in your e-mail.
Why is an animal shown on your website, but not available for adoption?
- Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is the only Animal Welfare Agency in Collier County that is legally authorized to accept and hold stray animals.Depending on the species, age, and owner identification status of the animal, we have minimum legally required holds before we are able to place an animal up for adoption; this provides the owner time to identify and claim their lost pet. You can find more information about legally required stray holds here. Sometimes, we may need to treat a specific medical or behavioral condition before they are able to be made available for adoption.
What if I’m interested in adopting an animal that isn’t yet available for adoption?
- If you see an animal that you think you may be interested in adopting on our website, we recommend that you pre-submit an Adoption Survey. Once your Survey is processed, we will indicate your interest in that specific animal’s record; if the animal remains unclaimed by their owner and becomes an adoption candidate, DAS employees will contact you and provide you with a specific date and time to come in, meet with the animal, and decide if you would like to proceed with adoption. We will only accept pre-submitted surveys on animals that are not yet our property.
Why wouldn’t an animal become an adoption candidate?
- DAS is dedicated to keeping both our animals and our community safe. Sometimes, animals are taken in that are behaviorally unsafe for adoptions or are medically suffering and cannot humanely be treated or rehabilitated. We work closely with many local rescue organizations, humane societies, trainers, behaviorists, and vet clinics, and we do everything we can to find the most positive, responsible, and safe outcome for every animal in our care.
What are your regular adoption fees?
- Regular adoption fees are listed just below and are separated by species and age. However, we also have monthly adoption promotions and discounts so be sure to check our Facebook page as well! Cats and Kittens are always BOGO-style, (the second one’s adoption fee is waived), we love sending home a pair! We also offer discounts for Seniors and Active, Honorably Discharged or Retired Military.
What’s included in an adoption?
- All dog and cat adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, flea prevention, Heartworm Test and Prevention for dogs, Feline Leukemia test for cats, Radio-Frequency-Identification-Device (RFID, commonly known as a microchip) with registration (if not previously microchipped), and a Collier County Rabies/License Tag for Collier County residents. All adoptions also come with 30-days of free pet insurance!
What if the dog or cat that I’m interested in isn’t spayed or neutered yet?
- We do our best to make sure that this is done before dogs and cats are moved into adoptions, but sometimes we just aren’t able to get them all done fast enough, and we don’t want to hold them back. Dogs or cats that are not yet sterilized remain at DAS, they are scheduled for surgery the next weekday, and are ready to go home that same afternoon.
What if my adopted puppy or kitten it too young to receive their Rabies Vaccination prior to adoption?
- Your pet’s Rabies Vaccination is still included in your adoption, but sometimes puppies and kittens are just too young to safely have them before they go home. We will still provide the vaccination free of charge, when performed at DAS, once they reach the age of 12-16 weeks; you will be provided information for how to schedule this appointment at the time of your adoption and your Collier County Rabies/License Tag will be provided at the time of your appointment.
What about the microchip and registration?
- DAS ensures that all dogs and cats are implanted with an RFID (aka microchip) before they leave, and this is also included in your adoption. The majority of the animals that are at DAS are microchipped here, and their registration is automatically completed at the time of the adoption. Sometimes though, animals come into DAS that were previously microchipped with an RFID from another company. When this happens, the RFID and its registration may not be automatically compliant with our system and you may be responsible for registering this RFID; if this is the case, your adoption counselor will provide this information at the time of your adoption.
I don’t live in Collier County, is that ok?
- Absolutely! We understand that we are located in paradise, and because of this we have lots of people that either only live here part-time or are just visiting. All adoptions are processed the same, regardless of where you permanently reside. The only downside is that we cannot provide a License for any adopters that reside outside of Collier County; you will be responsible for complying with your local Animal Control laws relevant to your specific jurisdiction.
What do I have to do to adopt?
- If you are interested in adopting, please fill out our Adoption Survey here, or in person at DAS; we do require a Photo ID for the person that submits the survey and you must be over 18 years of age. Once your survey is processed, it’s good for 30 days and you are welcome to meet with any animal that is available for adoption.
- As the enforcement agency for Collier County, we do check that any dogs or cats that you currently have at home are current with their Rabies Vaccinations and Collier County Rabies/License Tags; if you’ve fallen behind and you’re not current, don’t worry – we’ll help you come into compliance!
- Once you find an animal that you’re interested in adopting, you complete the adoption contract, pay any relevant fees, and are set to go!
I see an animal in adoptions that I’m interested in, but I’m not ready to decide. Can I place a hold on him/her?
- We don’t accept holds (or deposits) for any animals that are currently available for adoption. All adoptions are processed on a first come basis; we do this because we want to get our animals into loving homes as soon as we can and accepting holds can unnecessarily prolong their stay with us.
- The only program that we have that is similar to a hold is seen above, in the question “What if I’m interested in adopting an animal that isn’t yet available for adoption?”
What about animals other than dogs and cats?
- We’re so glad you asked! We often have a variety of other animals including pocket pets (like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, and others), birds, reptiles, fowl, and even livestock. Keep in mind that we are an Animal Welfare Agency and not a pet store, so we don’t keep a running inventory and we may not have what you’re looking for. If you’re interested in a specific ‘other’ animal, make sure you keep an eye on our website and even fill our an interest card on Petharbor.com where they’ll notify you via e-mail when we do get an animal that matches what you’re looking for.
- Adoption fees for “other” animals are dependent on the species and condition; however, they are always set well below ‘market’ value.
- All rabbits that are adopted from us are also sterilized (spayed or neutered) before they go home.
I’m nervous about committing – what if I pick the wrong animal and it doesn’t work out?
- While we would absolutely love for all of our animals to find the perfect forever home the first time, we also understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Sometimes it’s just not a good match, and sometimes life just throws us a curveball, and the pet can no longer be kept.
- We will always accept our adopted animals back at our shelter, but we do ask that you give us a call first; we would love to see if there’s anything that we may be able to help you with to keep the animal with you at home.
- Within the first 30 days, we’ll accept the animal back without any additional fees. At 31 calendar days and beyond, we do have surrender fees which will need to be paid; you can find information about surrendering and relevant fees here. We don’t refund adoption fees for returned animals, but we do offer an opportunity to adopt a like animal at no additional charge, in most situations – make sure you ask an adoption counselor or employee about this.
- You may also want to consider becoming a foster for DAS. This is the best of both worlds! You can provide a temporary home for a shelter animal, and if you fall in love, it’s a win-win; if not, then the animal returns to DAS when ready. We are also ALWAYS looking for foster homes! Our foster families provide love and care for animals before they are able to move into their forever homes (DAS provides everything else!). DAS animals could be in a foster home for a number of different reasons: sometimes they are too young to be adopted yet, have a medical condition that needs to be treated, need some behavioral modification before moving into a home, are too scared in a loud shelter environment, or just need some time (even a weekend) to decompress and take a break.You can find out more information about fostering for DAS here.
What if the animal that I adopted gets sick?
- We do offer 30 days of free Pet Insurance with all dog and cat adoptions, and we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this great benefit (you will be responsible for registering for this on your own). We also provide a list of local Veterinary Clinics that have offered our adopter’s a free exam within 10 days of adoption – even if your pet looks great, we always encourage that you establish this relationship before you have a problem.
- Without a full-service veterinary clinic that provides services to the public, please understand that our resources at DAS are limited and we have to help and care for thousands of animals every year; because of this, all of our adoptions are considered “as is”. However, if you have some concerns soon after your adoption, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we will absolutely try to provide as much assistance or information as we can.
What about your dogs that have Heartworm Disease?
- Heartworm Disease is unfortunately very prevalent in the south, where we have mosquitos year-round, and because of this we often have dogs with heartworm disease available for adoption. If the dog you adopt does have heartworm disease, we provide treatment free of charge here at DAS. Many of the dogs that do have heartworm disease have already started their treatment, so please ask a staff member about a specific dog that you may have questions about.