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Collier County Domestic Animal Services is seeking volunteers, over the age of 18, to be a part of our Foster Care Team.

Volunteer Application

Opening your home to help an animal in need is extremely rewarding and helps save lives.  Part of Collier County Domestic Animal Services’ mission is to promote the adoption of homeless animals to new families. 

Foster Care allows Collier County Domestic Animal Services to help shelter animals that need time away from the shelter: puppies and kittens too young for adoption, those recovering from surgery or illness, senior pets that aren’t adjusting well to the shelter environment, dogs and cats that have been in adoptions too long and need a break, and pets requiring socialization skills that can only be learned in a home environment.  We even have foster opportunities for other types of animals, like bunnies.  

Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and by taking one (or more) of our animals into your home on a temporary basis, you provide that animal with a safe environment as they get ready to find a forever home. All costs, including veterinary care, medication and care supplies, are provided by Collier County Domestic Animal Services. Foster families just have to provide love, attention, and care, we provide the rest.

Please join us in increasing the number of lives we can save by improving the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for the animals in our care if you have a... 

  • genuine concern for the welfare of our animals

  • compassion for special needs animals

  • commitment to follow all foster policies and directives, as required by the Foster Handbook

  • valid driver’s license and your own car for transporting foster animals to and from the shelter

  • willingness to attend ongoing foster training

We have a great need for foster homes. In addition to the online  Volunteer Application, fostering requires an additional foster application and approval, to help us match the best animals for your individual home environment.  You can download the Foster Application and the Foster Care Manual for more information.