Lee County Domestic Animal Services is a tax-funded government domestic stray animal control agency dedicated to:
Ensuring public safety and health;
Providing education on responsible pet ownership and compliance of local ordinances and State Statutes relating to animals;
Reducing pet overpopulation through non-lethal humane methods;
Strengthening the human-animal bond to reduce the number of animals surrendered to overcrowded shelters;
Reuniting lost and missing pets with rightful owners; and
Adoption of unwanted, abused and neglected animals into loving, permanent homes.
Ensuring a safe and compassionate community for people and pets.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Each year Lee County Domestic Animal Services provides temporary refuge for over 9,000 stray, abandoned and unwanted animals. Our agency provides every attempt to reunite lost pets with their owners and also provides an adoption service for pets unclaimed by owners. Our agency also offers the following programs and services to ensure a safe and compassionate community:
LOW-COST/NO COST SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Pet owners receiving public assistance (unemployment, WIC, food stamps, disability, etc.) are eligible for no-cost spay/neuter services. Please call (239) 533-9234 to schedule an appointment or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR PIT’S SAKE SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
LCDAS offers no-cost spay/neuter services for owners of pit bulls or pit bull mixes regardless of income. Please call (239) 533-9234 to schedule an appointment or via email at email@example.com.
COMMUNITY PET PANTRY PROGRAM
Pet owners receiving public assistance (unemployment, WIC, food stamps, disability, etc.) are eligible for free pet food and supplies through this program. Please visit Lee County Domestic Animal Services at 5600 Banner Dr., Ft. Myers (just off Ben C. Pratt Six Mile Cypress next the Lee County Sheriff’s Office) to receive assistance. Pet food and supplies are not derived from tax dollars but through the generosity of our community donating pet food and supplies for animals in need. Harry Chapin Food Bank also provides free pet food and supplies as well as human food.
TRAP, NEUTER AND RETURN FERAL (WILD) CAT PROGRAM
No-cost spay/neuter services are available for outdoor community cat colonies to reduce overpopulation while also reducing euthanasia statistics in local shelters. Please call (239) 533-9234 to schedule an appointment or for additional information or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is funded through the Lee County Pet Licensing restricted fund earmarked to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia in shelters.
PET BEHAVIOR HELP LINE
Are you experiencing behavior problems with your new dog or cat? For help call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). You may dial ext. 59430 at anytime during the message. Please leave a detailed message, including the number where it is best to reach you. A trainer/behaviorist will return your call during normal business hours. This service is provided through volunteers and the Animal Care Trust Fund.
Foster families are needed on a temporary basis to provide care for underage kittens and puppies until they are old enough for adoption and also sick and injured animals that require tender loving care and recovery until they are available for adoption. There are no costs to the foster families to participate as pet food and supplies including medications are provided free of charge. Most fostering opportunities range from a few weeks to several months. Our staff can match you and family with appropriate animals to fit your lifestyle and home accommodations. Please log onto our website at www.leelostpets.com. Under the “Services” tab click Foster Program to download and complete a foster application.
Due to budget reductions resulting in staffing limitations, our agency and most importantly the animals, depend on the generosity of our community to volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include dog walking; dog and cat socialization and grooming; adoption counselors; lobby greeters; clerical assistants; and spay/neuter transportation services. To join the dedicated staff at Lee County Domestic Animal Services as a volunteer please log onto our website at www.leelostpets.com. Under the “Services” tab click Volunteer Program for more information as to how you can donate a few hours each week to improve the quality of life for so many animals.
ANIMAL CARE TRUST FUND (ACTF)
This program was implemented to assist financially disadvantaged pet owners when their pets require veterinary care and treatment they may not be able to afford as well as medical care and adoption assistance for the homeless pets at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.. The funds that support this program are derived by the generosity of our community who make tax-deductible donations to the Animal Care Trust Fund. Tax-deductible donations for this program can be mailed to: Animal Care Trust Fund, 5600 Banner Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33912. Lee County residents, whose sick or injured pets need assistance through the Animal Care Trust Fund, may visit Lee County Domestic Animal Services Monday through Friday at 3 PM to see our in-house licensed veterinarian. No appointment is necessary and pets are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. A nominal fee may be applied for dispensing of medications. Documented proof of public assistance (unemployment, WIC, food stamps, disability, etc.) is required to be eligible for this program. Low-cost public veterinary clinics are also available to assist clients who may not be able to afford the services of private veterinary practices. A listing of the low-cost public clinics is available on our website at www.leelostpets.com.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services sponsors microchip clinics the first Friday of every month from 9 AM to 11 AM. The cost is $15 per pet or $5 for clinics receiving public assistance. Microchipping your pet can ensure the safe and immediate return of our pet in the event the pet were to become lost or stolen. A collar and identification tags can be easily removed whereas a microchip is a permanent form of identification.
For more information about the programs and services offered by Lee County Domestic Animal Services please log onto www.leelostpets.com. Photos and information about lost pets and pets available for adoption are also available on the website.
LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES
5600 Banner Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33912-4409