How to Help

The Humane Society Naples is Collier County’s premier no-kill pet shelter, adoption center and full-service veterinary clinic. HSN does not receive funds from nor distribute resources to any national organization. We rely on private contributions and income generated from our operations to support our efforts. There are many ways you can help The Humane Society Naples provide comfort, care, and forever loving homes for our community’s orphaned pets. The Humane Society Naples depends on private donations to support its operations and community outreach efforts. Please consider making a gift online.

Other Ways to Donate

Forever honor your pet, family member, business or group with custom engraved brick pavers. The custom pavers will become a permanent part of The Humane Society Naples’ sidewalks and entry areas. Please email Patricia Connell at development@hsnaples.org or call 239-643-1555 x 21 to place your order today.

The Humane Society Naples can also help you provide a dignified farewell and final resting place for your beloved pet’s remains, with the comforting knowledge that you are also providing support for countless numbers of orphaned pets in the process. Learn More

If you have an automobile or boat you wish to donate to The Humane Society Naples, please click here to learn more. Our partnership with the Vehicle Donation Processing Center makes it easy for you to schedule pick up of your running/non-running car, truck, boat or other vehicle. Proceeds from the auction of your vehicle will return to HSN.

If you would like more information about how you can invest in the efforts, contact Patricia Connell at development@hsnaples.org or 239-643-1555 x 21.

One enjoyable way to get involved with The Humane Society Naples is to attend our special fundraising events. From our annual Pet Lovers Gala to our extremely popular Run For the Paws held each January, our wide variety of events offers an opportunity meet great people, wonderful pets and to find out more about the work of HSN. Many companies and individuals choose to publicly demonstrate their love of animals and support of our no-kill shelter by sponsoring our fundraising events.

For additional info/sponsorship opportunities, please contact Annemarie Zoller at events@hsnaples.org or 239-643-1555 x 18. View all upcoming events here.

The Humane Society Naples is also proud to partner with your family and your professional advisors to ensure you have properly planned for your pets in the event of your death or incapacitation. Planning for pets in your estate can be very simple via a caretaker provision, but there may also be a need to explore more sophisticated planning vehicles such as a pet trust in your family’s particular situation.

As Collier County’s premier no-kill pet shelter, The Humane Society Naples can help ensure that if the need arises, your beloved pets will be cared for and placed in a loving home through our Remaining Best Friends Program. While no consideration of an estate gift is required for us to serve as an emergency or contingent caretaker of your pets, we would certainly appreciate your family’s philanthropy in support of HSN’s commitment to providing this unique and life-saving program to our community. It is important to seek professional advice when planning for your pets and your estate.

We are proud to work hand-in-hand with your attorney, financial advisor, accountant, trustees or executors to help ensure the well-being of your beloved pets. It is important that you communicate your intent with our shelter so that we may properly document any provisions and prepare for them accordingly.

For more info, please contact Patricia Connell at development@hsnaples.org or 239-643-1555 x 21.

Shelter Naming Opportunities offer a way of honoring your family’s legacy at The Humane Society Naples’ facilities. Please contact development@hsnaples.org for information about these very special giving possibilities.

Volunteer Program

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of animals and help the local community? Join our dedicated team of volunteers! By coming to this page, you have already started the process to be a volunteer at Humane Society Naples. Soon you could become part of our amazing team, joining our effort to find new homes for the pets in our care, educating the community and encouraging people to support our animals.

Getting Started

The first step to becoming a Humane Society Naples volunteer is to attend a recruitment meeting for your age group:
2nd Saturday of the month – Feline Fan Club Volunteers ages 12 to 15 with parents/guardians who will supervise their time.
3rd Saturday of the month – Volunteers ages 16 and up.

Next Orientation Dates:
Saturday, November 11 at 10 am – Feline Fan Club
Saturday, November 18 at 10 am – Adult Volunteers (Ages 16 and up)
This hour-long meeting includes a brief history of Humane Society Naples, volunteer opportunities offered, plus information about the interview and training process if you are an adult volunteer.

Note: There will be no orientations in December. Please check back for January dates. Enjoy your holiday!

Age Requirements

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old. 12 to 15-year-olds may volunteer in the Feline Fan Club and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Student/Youth volunteers who are aged 16 years old may volunteer independently without a parent’s supervision. Volunteering for HSN is a great way to log student hours for class, graduation or scholarships. There are a few restrictions on the areas you may help us until you are 18 years old.
  • 18 and up – We welcome everyone who wants to help. We do not have any upper age limit for being a volunteer. It is not all kitten cuddling though, and some areas of our shelter work can be quite physically active and busy, so are not suitable for the skills and abilities of some individuals. Come along to our orientation to find out more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Canine Coach Volunteers are dog lovers who are responsible for socializing, training and giving outside exercise to all of our adoptable shelter dogs. It’s an active role and you should comfortable handling dogs of all sizes, temperaments and energy levels who are housed in mixed kennels. We’ll provide you with basic training for handling our shelter animals and expect you to continue with your training as you progress as a volunteer. Your work as a Canine Coach plays a big role in helping our dogs find loving new homes.

Our Feline Ambassador Volunteers give time, love and attention to all of our adoptable shelter cats. It is a busy role, as we have eight communal cat rooms. Read to them, sit with them, snuggle with them, all of which are part of being a great volunteer! You’ll be helping our team make sure all of our cats and kittens are happy, healthy and living in a clean and tidy environment. As you get to know our cats, you will also assist visitors as they decide which one they might adopt. You will feel great when you help your favorite shelter cat find a purr-ever home.

Our Front desk and Lobby Volunteers are good communicators with friendly faces. You are essential to our cause as you are often a visitor’s first point of contact with our organization. While it does not involve much animal handling, it is a great volunteer role for someone who can multi-task while staying calm and friendly, even when we’re busy. You will be in the central hub of the facility, meeting and greeting, answering questions, giving directions, transferring telephone calls, accepting donations, providing information and encouraging people to adopt or to support our cause in another way.

Our daily operations volunteers are our quiet heroes. If you want to help, but don’t think that handling animals or front of house is your favorite thing, this area could be for you. At the shelter, we rely on volunteer help for a variety of daily tasks so that our staff can concentrate on their roles and we can direct more funds directly towards saving animal’s lives. We looking for people who have the willingness and appropriate skills for tasks which make a daily difference.

These tasks include:

  • Shelter laundry, cleaning and house–keeping
  • Shelter Driver and Animal transport
  • Maintenance Projects

There are a number of interesting off-site opportunities available to you as a HSN Volunteer. We offer these additional fun roles to our adult volunteers who have completed at least 3 months of active on-site service at our main facility. You should have completed our necessary animal handling training and must understand our mission and the educational messages we want to share with our community.

The off-site opportunities include:

  • Coastland Mall Adoption Center Volunteer
  • Paws Around Town Mobile Adoption Event Volunteer
  • Fundraising and Special Event Volunteer
  • Pet Therapy Visitation and Educational Visits

Volunteering at The Humane Society Naples is a great way for local students of all ages to make a difference in the community and gain service hours for classes, scholarships, graduation or internships. Regular volunteering at HSN is also a unique experience to add to your resume or college applications.

Please attend the right orientation for your age and bring any paperwork for signature approval early. We try to help you wherever we can, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to meet your volunteer hours if you contact us close to deadline.

We require that you attend as a volunteer for at least 3 months of service and give a minimum 48 hour notice for written verification of your completed student volunteer hours.

The HSN Pawfessionals are an independently organized group of pet-loving, local young professionals committed to supporting the shelter though specific fundraising efforts and group projects. If you are interested in joining this group, once you become an HSN Volunteer, you can find out more information through their main contact.

Click here for more information.

Foster A Pet

Why Should I Foster?

If you decided to become a Foster Care Volunteer for our organization you are having a direct positive impact on the animal you take into your home. You are giving them a loving, stress free environment to nurse, to grow or to recuperate. You become their whole world for a while.

By taking a litter or even just one animal into your home until they are adoptable, you will be helping in our no-kill mission. Our foster families enable us to save more lives by creating kennel space at our shelter so we are able to take in a greater number of vulnerable pets from local people and other rescue organizations.

Is Fostering For Me?

Before you commit to fostering think about these questions:

• Is my whole household happy with me bringing new animals into our home?
• Do I have a separate, safe, clean place where the foster animal can be isolated from other pets?
• Have I got the time for the work involved in taking care of extra pets and am I going to be able attend shelter appointments for their vaccinations or for medical needs?
• Can I emotionally handle giving them back to the shelter when they are ready for adoption?

Foster Application

Keep informed of our #FosterFriday cases/opportunities – email foster@hsnaples.org to get on the list!

Testimonials From Fosters

Please consider opening your heart and home by becoming a part of our foster team and in return you’ll receive unconditional love and a lifetime of memories!

  • Ron and I are Canine Coach volunteers here at Humane Society Naples. It is our belief that our job is to make the fur kids at the shelter adoptable… to teach them trust, teach them to love and to be loved without fear. In doing this, we have had the opportunity to foster a couple of fur kids who we felt needed to be a part of a loving home and a chance to be in an atmosphere that would allow them to relax, enjoy life in a home setting… just for a few days. When they return to the shelter, they display behavior that makes them stand out in the crowd so to speak. We always fall in love with the fur kids we foster. Chubby fit right in to our home and we adopted her. Rico was adopted at the shelter soon after we had him in our home. There is always a special needs fur kid that needs just a couple of days in a home setting with love and a giving heart. Seeing the needy ones become more self-confident and trusting… That is what we, as Canine Coaches, get out of the Foster Program.

    We always fall in love with our fur kids we foster.
  • I was always interested in helping animals, but my job required long hours and travel leaving me no time for “hands on” helping animals. I made donations, but that was it. I decided that when I did retire, I would work directly with animals and the incidence of breast cancer gave me the wake up call to change my activities toward things I would enjoy. I was retired by then, so I had the time, and the Maryland shelter provided me with the opportunity. Eleven years later, between the Humane Society Naples and two shelters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I have fostered over 350 kittens. The kittens have given my husband (chief helper at kitten nap time) and me endless joy, hilarious entertainment, and occasional moments of sadness. Our fosters receive lots of hugs, kisses, cuddles, interactive play and plenty of lap (and nap) time. We come to love them while they are with us, and it is very difficult to say goodbye as they go on to find their forever homes. In fact, we are “failed fosters” too, in the sense that we have adopted 6 of our foster babies. I feel I have found something that I was meant to do, and my husband is experiencing the human/animal bond that he missed out on as a child. Pat Murphy

    I have fostered over 350 Kittens.