Thank you for your interest in our Cell Dog program – we are very proud of it. All Cell Dogs are available for an adoption fee through Lee County Domestic Animal Services . In addition to the training each dog has received, the adoption fee includes:
- Spay or neuter surgery
- All vaccinations appropriate for the dog’s age including rabies
- Worming treatment
- Flea treatment
- Heartworm test
- Lee County pet license
- AVID Microchip ID
After you are approved and have selected your dog, you are required to make an appointment to meet the dog in person. All prospective adoptive families are required to come out to one of our meets and greet. Cell Dog Open House is every Tuesday night from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the ( CPU ) Community Programs Unit phone # 239- 477-1751 or 239- 477-1727. We are at 2501 Ortiz Avenue (near I-75) between Colonial and S.R. 82.
The training each dog receives covers many aspects. First, the program is an intensive socialization program. The dog learns to be around and greet many people. They live with many other dogs. Basic manners training includes sit to greet a person, sit to go through a door, crate training and house training. Basic obedience includes sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, come when called, basic healing on lead and we deal with any problem behaviors the dog has. Many dogs will go on to learn hand signals, or other tricks.
After you take your Cell Dog home, you are offered two Fee training section for owner and dog working with one of our instructors, this beginner obedience classes with your new Cell Dog. The training course continues the dog’s training and teaches the new owner what the dog already knows. One of our commitment is keeping your dog in their happy home; this is why we offer this privilege.
Do I need to take the dog to this Training afterward? These dogs have had a 6 to 8 possible 12 weeks of beginner obedience training, which does NOT make them perfect. Some people have unrealistic expectations, and participating in the training process shows the new owner what to expect from the dog.
I want to adopt a Cell Dog!
What’s the next step?
submit an application at Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912. (239) 533-7387.
They are all unwanted rescues from Lee County Domestic Animal Services. But we select these dogs, sometimes nurse them back to health, and build their trust and confidence while we train them. We become quite attached to these dogs in the months we work with them, and so do the inmate handlers. We want the best-matched home for these animals for the rest of their lives.
I live outside Lee County, can I adopt a Cell Dog?
Maybe. This would be left up to the Lee County Domestic Animal Services and their requirements for adoption.
I already know which dog I want from his picture on the internet. Do I have to come to the Correctional Facility to meet it?
No, you would need to go to the Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
The Cell Dogs enjoy a certain amount of celebrity. Their pictures appear on TV, the internet, and in newspapers. People feel like they know the dog from seeing his pictures and story in the media, but the photos might not depict the dog’s personality accurately.
If you have further questions, please contact us.