Humane Society Naples

We save lives

aka Humane Society Naples   |   Naples, FL   |


The mission of The Humane Society Naples is to shelter animals in times of need, locate lifelong loving homes and promote responsible pet ownership.

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Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Baeckler

Main address

370 Airport-Pulling Road N.

Naples, FL 34104 USA

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NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

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Pet Shelter and Adoption Center

No-kill pet shelter and adoption center

Population(s) Served

Full-service veterinary clinic providing discounted and/or free clinical services for pets to qualified pet owners, including spay/neuter surgeries and emergency pet care.

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Humane Society Naples has as its stated mission "sheltering animals in times of need, locating life-long homes, and advocating for responsible pet ownership." More than 60 years after HSN’s founding in 1960, pet overpopulation, neglect and abuse remain significant issues in Collier County. Moreover, while Naples is amongst the wealthiest areas of the country, 10% of the county population lives in poverty. With recent inflation and skyrocketing housing costs, the number of families having difficulty feeding or securing medical attention for their pets is exploding, and an alarming number of families -- including their pets -- are finding themselves homeless because they can no longer afford their housing payments. Between April and June 2022, HSN’s requests for emergency boarding resulting from families' evictions increased 3-fold as did, heartbreakingly, the number of pets being surrendered to the shelter because their families were in financial crisis. And then between September 2022 and spring 2023, we were assisting literally hundreds of animals and their families displaced by Hurricane Ian. These trends add up to a growing need to address the pressures on our region resulting from lost, neglected, abandoned, abused and homeless animals. There is always more work to do, and each program operates to the fullest capacity our funding allows. Humane Society Naples’ programs seek to fill these voids and keep families together. While HSN may be best known for our animal shelter and adoption programs, which rescue and rehome up to 3,000 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and small mammals each year, we also provide numerous outreach programs at schools and businesses to promote responsible pet ownership, including pet sterilization. HSN's Yawney Veterinary Clinic offers a low or no-cost pet sterilization for low-income pet parents, as well as programs to cover costs for adopters of senior dogs and cats, compassionate care for animals needing surgery or special care whose families cannot afford it, plus a mobile veterinary clinic to provide surgical and wellness care in Collier's veterinary deserts. Our Denny Plesea Pet Food Bank keeps animals in their loving homes when financial crisis impacts a family's ability to feed its pet. Our Operation Rescue provides emergency boarding not only to individuals and families facing sudden homelessness, but also to those seeking help for domestic violence or substance abuse. Too often people do not seek the help they need because they are fearful for their animals' welfare. We provide a safe haven while the pet parents receive the help they need to rebuild their lives.

We have developed strong affiliations with the Florida Alliance of Animal Welfare Organizations, the Florida Animal Control Organization, Best Friends Animal Society (we are a network partner), the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators, and Florida Leaders in Lifesaving. We also have formal collaborations with Collier County Domestic Animal Services [HSN accepts transfers from DAS whenever possible to help achieve best possible outcomes for animals coming into DAS, especially animals with medical issues we are better able to address through our veterinary services], Collier County Sheriff's Office [HSN partners with Collier County Sheriff's Office to provide support and animals to their Cell Dog program, training inmates for future employment in the field of animal care; we also partner with the Sheriff's Office in local cases of severe animal abuse that the Sheriff's Office has rescued. Our Paws Around Town program also collaborates with the Sheriff's Office in their community outreach events], St. Matthew's House [free emergency boarding for pets of persons seeking help with homelessness and/or substance abuse, allowing them to have peace of mind about their pets while they seek the recovery services they themselves need], The Shelter for Abused Women and Children [free emergency boarding for pets of persons escaping domestic violence, allowing them to have peace of mind about their pets while they seek the counseling and relocation services they need], Discovery Village at Naples; Manor Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Barrington Terrace of Naples [HSN's Supportive Paws program brings trained volunteers and shelter animals to senior and memory care facilities to enrich residents' lives through interaction with pets],Collier County Public Schools, Private Schools, Summer Camps and Religious and Civic organizations [HSN's Pawsitive Interactions program and other Humane Education programs are requested throughout the year by these various institutions, providing free, age-appropriate humane education ranging from responsible adopting to bite prevention, how to interact with an unfamiliar animal to how to be a responsible pet owner. For high school students, a new program, Careers in Sheltering, is also available], ], GracePlace for Children and Families [Grace Place designs educational programs for children and families designed to offer pathways out of poverty. Our Paws Around Town program works with Grace Place as part of Grace Place's community engagement programming], and HSN collaborates with vaccination clinics and adoption clinics as well as community education programs at selected stores for local PetSmart and Petco stores.

Humane Society Naples is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no-kill animal rescue organization. A 10-member local Board of Directors governs the policies guiding the 80+ member professional staff. More than 600 active volunteers participate in every program and service area provided by HSN, with our off-site foster volunteers close to 60% of total volunteer hours each year. The management team is led by Sarah Baeckler, Chief Executive Officer, who has served in that role since 2017.

HSN maintains three operational locations: (1) the main shelter on the grounds of the Naples Airport; (2) the von Arx satellite adoption center in North Naples; and (3) the Oaks campus east of I-75/north of Vanderbilt Beach Road where our behavioral intervention services and emergency boarding facilities are located.

The main location offers pet adoption services, full-service veterinary clinic services, a pet food bank for families in need of help feeding their pets, and behavioral classes for individuals and families needing support to keep their more challenging pets in their loving homes. Administrative services are headquartered at the main shelter as well.

The von Arx satellite adoption center provides pet adoption services to the growing population center of North Naples.

The Oaks campus supports quarantine quarters for animals coming to HSN from emergency rescue operations in other parts of Florida, the southeast U.S. and Puerto Rico; behavioral interventions and retraining for animals who have been traumatized or who have hard-to-manage conditions that can be addressed; emergency pet boarding programs; and a new long-term housing option for senior cats who are having difficulty finding adopters.

Off-site service provision is delivered via our Paws Around Town program and our Mobile Veterinary Clinic. The Paws Around Town bus has long been a happy fixture in the Naples "scene." It supports the Supportive Paws program bringing animals to assisted living and memory care facilities where trained volunteers interact with those most needing the unconditional love a pet can offer. Humane education programming is also featured when the bus goes to community events or local schools, with Pawsitive Interactions being one unit most popular with schoolchildren learning about responsible pet ownership and how to get along with dogs and cats.

The Mobile Veterinary Clinic, just launched in 2021, brings basic essential professional vet care to areas in the county that are often 30-40 miles away from the nearest medical services and that have populations least able to afford to travel to treat their pets.

Thanks to tremendous local support, we were able last year to add a social worker to support our Operation Rescue program, providing much-needed links to area social services to families coming to us for emergency pet boarding assistance; we also were able to add one more veterinarian to support our Mobile Veterinary Clinic, expanding its outreach to underserved areas of our County. We saw nearly 2,000 adoptions and 1,539 spay/neuter surgeries at our main shelter and 866 pets served in our Mobile Vet Clinic in FY22. Then September 2022 and Hurricane Ian struck.... we became the staging area for all animal rescues in southwest Florida. We took in 562 animals from shelters across the region, plus we served as a "waystation" for more than 200 additional pets that we helped transport to safety in 19 other states. Of the 562 formally entered into our care, 209 also joined in transport to other states, while 352 came into our adoption program. We have significantly refined our behavior training program, offering more classes to the public as well as to our adopters and developing a well-regarded intervention program for hard to adopt animals that has shown success in turning these lives around. We have intentionally expanded our care for cats to include neonatal care for newborn kittens as well as long-term housing for older cats who do not do well in traditional shelter situations. We continue to pull from other area shelters animals that that are at high risk of euthanasia from either length of stay or medical problems, saving these innocent lives.


Humane Society Naples

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Humane Society Naples

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brad Jamison

Stacey Bulloch

No Affiliation

Virginia Cabai

FineMark National Bank & Trust

Rufino Hernandez

Garden District

Shanna Davies

JP Morgan

Susan Ostrowski


Sharon Zuccaro

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt PA

Brad Jamison


Courtney Lehmann

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Alicia Taylor

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Josh White

Sentry Insurance Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/18/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female, Not transgender
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Decline to state
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Person without a disability

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