Pet Retention

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Alternatives to Surrendering Your Pet

This page contains general advice on those animal-related matters which, in Collier County Domestic Animal Service’s experience, affect animal lovers and pet owners most often.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to take into account individual situations or consider unusual problems or circumstances. Accordingly, Collier County and its representatives are not liable for any claims or damages which may result from the access and use of these protocols and of the information contained therein.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a particular animal, you should seek further advice and assistance from your veterinarian, or other appropriate expert.

Welcome to the Collier County DAS Pet Retention Program. The goal of this program is to help pet owners find alternatives to surrendering their pets when experiencing behavior issues. We know the happiness a pet can bring to your life, but sometimes there are challenges each pet owner may experience. It can be frustrating when you have problems with the pet you love and have made a part of your family. Before you decide to surrender your pet, we encourage you to use this program as a learning tool for finding alternatives so that you can keep your furry friend in the family.

Whether it is financial burdens or behavior problems, this program will guide you through your hardships. Each link will offer guidance to your challenges.


Baby Train Dog


New Cat Introduction


Doorbell Response Training


Shy Dog Protocol


Inappropriate attn seeking Behaviors


Visitors and pet stress final

 House Training 2